So Much to Do, So Little Time
The Patience of Job
I do not know if it is because we just concluded a study of the book of Job that I am being tested, but this past month has had many more than the usual number of trials and “hic-cups” in my life. The car in which I ran errands for GODTEL was totaled, so I have been driving a large pick-up truck with stick shift (lots of exercise) (at least other drivers can see, and hear, me coming). The computer we use to record our accounting crashed and the accounting program on one of our other computers developed some kind of error and will not accept updates. Hopefully, I will be able to resolve that problem soon. I am, oh, so very thankful I had the same program on a computer I quit using last year (when Windows XP was no longer being supported). We also had a backup on a flash drive. It pays to save backup copies and to have the accounting program on more than one computer.
I am reminded of a story about the devil and Jesus having a timed contest using computers. They were rapidly entering data and performing calculations when, right at the last minute, God “pulled the plug” and the computers went down. When the power came back on, the devil had lost all his data but the data entered by Jesus was intact. Satan cried, “Foul! Foul!” and demanded to know why there was a difference.
The answer is simple, “Jesus saves.” I am so glad Jesus offers salvation to “whosoever will” and I am eternally grateful that, as undeserving as I am, He has given me His eternal life, redeeming me from an eternity of suffering in hell. His presence within me supplies me with peace, joy, love, power, guidance, and protection. He leads me to victory as long as I choose to die to my selfish desires and, instead, choose to make myself do what God has instructed in the Bible.
We would appreciate it if you would keep GODTEL’s staff and residents at all three of our missions in your prayers.
Ladies’ Bible Study
In our Livingston Friday Ladies’ Bible Study, we are studying Creation vs. Evolution. We have just completed answering the question, “Is evolution a religion?” Actually, it is, and it takes great faith to trust in it. Unfortunately, it is blind faith and the adherents will wind up in a very deep fiery ditch called hell where they will suffer bitter regrets throughout eternity, while those whose faith is in the truth, who trust Jesus and what is written in the Holy Scriptures (doers of the Word) will forever enjoy the pleasures of Heaven.
Looking Ahead to the
Feast of Trumpets
The fall feasts will be here before we know it. This year The Feast of Trumpets will begin on October 3rd. Those of you who have been reading our newsletters for awhile, will remember that I have chosen to believe that Jesus will be fulfilling the celebration of that feast with His return. Maybe not this year, but as bad as things are in this world, it looks to me like He will be coming again — very soon.
Creation vs. Evolution
This month, we continue the series in our newsletter inserts on the scientific evidences of special creation, or intelligent design. We hope you find them informative and helpful.
Too many people are choosing to believe the hype evolutionists are espousing and are content to believe a lie because it is comforting. When Jesus does return, the comfort of the unbeliever will end abruptly and the discomfort of obedient Christians will turn into eternal pleasure. Our son, Josiah, read the following and quoted it to me, “Life on planet Earth is the only Heaven unrepentant sinners will ever know, and it is the only hell genuine Christians will ever know.” Interesting thought.
At GODTEL, we really like to eat. (No surprise there.) Our residents do not always like what is prepared for them, but they must admit, since the meals are served at no cost to them, the price is right. We are extremely thankful to the individuals, churches, and businesses who “put on their aprons,” roll up their sleeves, and use their time and talents to prepare and serve meals at each of GODTEL’s three shelters. It is a blessing to our staff and residents — and our cooks certainly appreciate this practical expression of God’s love in action.
In Livingston we were blessed recently with several pans of freshly baked cinnamon rolls from Camp Cho-Yeh the Presbyterian Church camp just up the road from our mission. Another day, we got a call from one of the members of Barnum Baptist Church (they bring a group and feed us regularly). She told the cook, Miss Benita, that, knowing how hot the kitchen is, she was going to bring pizza and watermelon for supper that night. There were smiles all around. I pray that God will abundantly bless each one of you who displays your love for Jesus by giving, in whatever manner, to help minister to the poor.
One hot afternoon while a large donation was being sorted in front of the Livingston mission, a woman came to donate some clothes and was given a doggie bed from our free-shed. Her child was delighted that her doggie would have a bed. They left, but soon came back with cold drinks for our workers to show their appreciation and concern. We were truly blessed.
To our regular duties of counseling, answering phones, writing to prisoners, paying bills, keeping up with the accounting, making needed copies, and printing Sunday bulletins, add the following: working with the accountant who is conducting our annual audit, completing application to the United Way for funding for next year and completing their mid-year report for 2016, dealing with the insurance company about the wrecked car, preparation of the Q-2 sales tax, newsletters with inserts, and receipts and you will know why we work from early to late.
Sale of Nacogdoches Building
Last, but not least, we rejoice to report that a contract of sale has been signed, selling all of GODTEL’s downtown property at our original asking price! Thanks to God! Now begins a 30-day feasibility study and if all goes well, we will sign the closing paperwork on August 21st. Please pray with us that this sale goes through so we can start building the women’s dorm.