Lufkin May 2016

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”  

Colossians 3:16

So You’ll Know:

April 2016

1st-19 people

30th-29 people

Total helped-50 people

Praise the Lord!

     April showers. April flowers. April headaches. April allergies. April taxes. April blessings!

EMPLOYMENT REPORT:

New jobs-8

Still working-10

Praise the Lord!

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through him.”   Colossians 3:17

No foolin’. The first day of April our helper Chris moved out. He came to the decision that it was time for him to move on. He loaded his truck and moved out. Pray for Chris.

     Christi took her last pill of an “every day for twelve weeks” regimen to rid her of Hepatitis C. It was a rough ride for all of us. The treatment is compared to taking chemo. Christi would wake up with a different body reaction everyday. She journaled. She cried in pain. Some days she threatened to stop taking the pills. We prayed. We survived. And God gets the victory. So we celebrate and praise the Lord for “good riddance” of her Hepatitis C. No foolin’.

     CORRECTION: Last month I told you about resident Mike…first correction-his name is James. Second correction-he is only missing one foot. My mistakes don’t change the point I was making- which is that there is something that everybody can do. Physical limitations may slow you down but they don’t STOP you from living and working. James has moved out now. He was a blessing and a big help to GODTEL. Thank you, James, for your help and willing attitude.

     Goulash, frito pies, chicken spaghetti, pork loin sandwiches, chili dogs and seasoned baked chicken were the meals prepared and served by our guest cooks this past month. Wonderfully delicious memories…

     For three sessions during our 7:00 pm Bible study Jerry came and presented basic money management. Love in the Name of Christ has put this most important and valuable information together. Through scripture we are told to be wise and responsible with our money. Writing checks, filling out deposit slips, reconciling bank statements, borrowing money, paying bills, saving money-all these were presented to the residents with scriptures to back them up. What’s in your wallet?

     The key hole gardens continue to do well. The rain this year has come at just the right times. We are ready to see the reds, greens and yellows of our labor.

     The chicks are growing and growing. Baby fuzz has transformed into fluttering feathers. When the gate is opened for feeding and watering they run and hide. When they think they are alone the games begin. It is a test to see who is the leader of the pack. Dirt whirlwinds can be seen as the chickens stir up the dirt floor of the pen. Hay keeps them warm and is a great place to hide. Summertime is the projected dateline for home grown eggs to make their appearance. A taste treat for sure!

     Martin made a trip to west Texas to visit his uncle Gerald. Gerald is only two weeks older than Martin so you can guess that they were more like brothers than uncle and nephew. No matter where they were Martin and Gerald were side by side in boyhood pranks, wrestling fights and yard work for parents and grandparents.

     While Martin was gone Joseph came to help. Joseph was on our staff for six years until he moved out in 2014 to help his folks. He got here and it was like he had never left. Alas, when Martin returned to Lufkin Joseph returned to San Augustine. Thank you, Joseph. We appreciate your help.

     This story happens more often than we want. Tommy and his family, wife and two sons, checked in early April. The boys are in school. Tommy receives a check and his wife was looking for work. A few days into their stay the parents were tested and found positive for drugs. Because of the boys, mercy was extended to the parents. Tommy and his wife were told not to leave the property. Sadly, that didn’t last long. Tommy’s wife decided she could not follow the new restriction. She moved out. We strongly suspected that Tommy was still using drugs but for the sake of the boys we allowed them to stay until Tommy received his check at the first of this month. Please pray for this family. They need a Saviour. They need Jesus.

     Thank you, Parkview Baptist Church, for the umbrellas. It wasn’t raining when you brought them, but it wasn’t long until they had to be opened up and used. Not to mention-we had to keep those tasty rice krispie treats dry.

     We look forward to May with spring days, green grass, colorful flowers, big shade trees, graduations, Memorial Day and more.

     There is nothing backward in our thanks to you for your support this past month. We look forward to another month of housing and feeding the homeless while sharing the gospel message twice a day to those who come through our doors.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

Ephesians 6:10-13

Because of Him we serve,

Martin and Mary Baker

 

 

 

 

Nacogdoches/Livingston – May 2016

 

Acquisition, Change, Marriage, “Showdown”

       At the Livingston Mission, we have been waiting for almost a year to purchase the house next door to the office for use as our women’s dormitory. The purchase price has been in savings during the delay, which was due to a problem with the seller getting a clear title, but, at long last, all the necessary paperwork has been gathered and signed and notarized and the purchase is complete. Renovation of the house will soon be underway.

       As is often the case with me, I find a parallel between physical and spiritual things. In this case, I see that Jesus provided the purchase price for our salvation long ago but the transaction cannot be completed in our lives until He gets a “clear title” to us. We must unconditionally surrender our will to His before He will take possession of us, move in, and begin renovation. (I have been under His “reconstruction” for over 40 years, and He is still working on me.)

More Livingston Happenings

Our third-Tuesday Bible Study teacher, Tommy McManus, graduated to Heaven at the end of March this year and we miss him. Our residents enjoyed his knowledgeable presentations and his story telling as he illustrated what the Scripture-of the-day meant and how it applied to our lives. We would appreciate your prayers for his family.

We are very thankful for all the individuals who volunteer at each of our missions. Some teach a Bible study or share a testimony. Some help clean, wash clothes, etc. Some prepare and/or serve a meal regularly or periodically. Some collect canned goods, staple food items, and personal hygiene supplies. Others pray for our staff and residents, donate clothing, furniture, cars, and scrap metal for us to recycle. Our core crews work from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (and beyond) and we are most grateful for all the help we receive.

When the groups that prepare and serve meals come to our missions, it lets our residents know that someone cares about them and it encourages our staff to have someone help bear the load of the day-to-day routine jobs.

The individuals pictured above are part of a group that comes to our Livingston mission monthly from Barnum Baptist Church in Chester, TX. These folks not only bring food that is dee-licious, but they bring smiling faces and an infectious joy as they share with us God’s love and their culinary talents.

Thank you to Barnum, and to all our precious co-workers, paid and volunteer, for your love and labor. We know God smiles as you minister to and with us.

Nacogdoches “Changing of the Guard”

When long-time Mission Director, Royce Oliver, took leave of the Nacogdoches mission last summer, Morris Randall, one of our residents who was expressing his desire to be the kind of Christian that brought honor to God, and wanting to learn and grow spiritually, volunteered to step up and try to help fill the void left by Royce. We accepted his offer and he worked in the office until the second week of April when he moved out of GODTEL. He is very active in his home church, Lonestar Baptist, which regularly serves meals at our Nacogdoches mission. We are thankful for all the hours Morris worked and we will miss his disarming smile. Our prayers for God’s guidance and protection go with him.

Succeeding Morris as our new mission directors are Richard and Kimberly Silva, who were married this past April. Richard is Bro. June’s youngest brother so that makes Kimberly our sister-in-law. They are having to learn a lot and the position they are in demands long hours, so we ask that you lift them up in prayer.

KTRE Pineywoods Showdown

For the past six years, KTRE-TV has sponsored the Nacogdoches County and the Angelina County All-Star high school basketball teams in a competition to benefit a charity of their choice—winners’ choice receiving a cash donation. In 2014 and again this year, GODTEL was chosen as the Nacogdoches girls’ team beneficiary. In 2014 “our” team won and GODTEL received a check in the amount of $922.44. Although the girls did not win the basketball game this year, GODTEL had the benefit of having the team come one Saturday morning in April to prepare a fancy breakfast for our residents. We greatly appreciate these young ladies. Thank You.

Gospel Music, Christian Literature

Remember, we have Gospel music CDs by the June Gentry Family, studies about the scientific evidences of Creation, teachings on Faith by Bro. Manley Beasley, and other literature which can help with spiritual growth. See our web site for a listing. (godtel.org)

Though Bro. June is not a “TV Preacher”, he can be seen on YouTube if you have a computer connected to the internet. You can also see and hear him “live” at one of our missions each week. Call for days and times.

Nancy Gentry

Lufkin April 2016

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”  

Exodus 20:2&3

     Blue bonnets. Wind. Yellow pollen. Rain. Weeds and grass are showing their greenness. Trees are exploding with new leaves. Spring is in the air.

 

So You’ll Know:

March 2016

1st-21 people

31st-19 people

Total helped-52 people

Praise the Lord!

EMPLOYMENT REPORT:

New jobs-5

Day workers-2

Total working-8

Praise the Lord!

“…for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God…”

Exodus 20:5a

     The month of March started with excitement at the voting polls. I hope you used your right and privilege to vote. It is easy this year to avoid the campaigns and election, but we need to practice our freedom to vote before we loose it. No matter your politics-listen, pray and vote.

     We had the pleasure of meeting Father Ralph Morgan from St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. He and two ladies from the missions committee came to GODTEL. We toured and talked about what God is doing. We enjoy meeting the new “shepherds” who come to lead God’s flocks.

     Canned goods were gathered and delivered to GODTEL from Redland Baptist Church and Hillcrest Baptist Church. Thank you!

     More food talk…our guest cooks did not disappoint us. We ate pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, chicken spaghetti, sloppy joes, with seconds on the chicken spaghetti and hamburgers. A special group came one night during spring break. The Spanish Youth group from the First Assembly of God Church came with the most delicious homemade enchiladas. Gracias a Dios.

     We have talented and generous guest cooks who cook and serve every month. What about the other days of the month? Dolores has been our faithful and steadfast, on site, cook for almost seven years. She seeks and finds recipes from cookbooks in our little GODTEL library. She has culinary secrets in her head that she shares each day. She has been flexible when left-overs have come in and changed her menu for the day. She has survived the very hot summers in our air conditioner-free kitchen. Pray for her as we enter another summer season-after all we are all getting older. Thank you, Dolores, for hanging in there with us.

     Hudson Helps is the name of the service group of junior high students from Hudson Junior High School 🙂 This is the second year students from that group have come to GODTEL for a tour and an hour of service. Six students got out of the school van-all girls. Wearing their maroon Hudson Helps t-shirts the girls got right to work cleaning the windows in our big room. The chairs were washed, also. Doors and door handles were cleaned inside and out. The kitchen cabinet doors and drawers were wiped cleaned, too. The visit was short but the work got done and the tour was informative. Thank you, girls, for a job well done.

     Let the drums roll and the trumpets sound. The garden has finally had its plants move in. Our friend, James, has been starting the plants from seed. He has lovingly spent time planting, watering and talking to his baby plants. The time came to let go and let these babies spread their own leaves and move into the big garden.

     There are five key hole gardens. Each is supplied by their own compost basket and separate watering routes. We have tomatoes planted. Zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, blue lake green beans and zipper peas complete the first group of plants in the ground. Peppers and melons are backstage waiting for their move to center stage.

     We have baby chicks! Our twelve brown leghorns first roosted in the warm, close surroundings of the house of James. He not only mothered the baby plants he has babied the baby chicks. They, too, are now outside in the newly renovated and more secure home of the chicken pen. Our nights are still on the cool-ish side. But never fear, they have a bale of hay and heat lamps and blankets continuing to keep them warm at night. Soon more chicks will be added to the bird population.

     Residents moved in and residents moved out. Some broke the rules and had to leave. Others were prepared and found a home to move to.

     Tim arrived in May of last year. He started looking for a job. There was one he thought he had but that fell through. He was not discouraged. Soon he found employment with Domino’s as a pizza delivery guy. Maybe you have seen him when you ordered a pizza. Or if you haven’t, now is your chance to meet, pray and encourage a fellow road warrior. He has his own place now. This will enable him to increase his work hours.

     What a blessing it is when a man who is missing a leg on one side and a foot on the other side does not sit and feel sorry for himself. Resident Mike is that person. He has been a tremendous help in the kitchen this past month. He has been seen peeling the already cooked potatoes that we get from The Spud. He has, also, suffered through the eye stinging and tearing of cutting onions. He has gone by the rules and not been late for Bible study or meals. What disability?

     Timethia and Kendrick checked in waiting for their income tax refund. They have been here before so they are familiar with our rules. Kendrick has a job thus adding to their moving funds.

   We thank you, our fellow servants in the Lord, for adding to our finances in March. We celebrated Resurrection Sunday. We see new life springing upward. A perfect picture of the new life we have in Jesus Christ, our risen Saviour and Lord!

Because of Him we serve,

Martin and Mary Baker

 

 

Nacogdoches/Livingston – April 2016

Tragic Consequences

    In last month’s newsletter I told of a young woman who had broken our rule about all cell phones off at 10:00 p.m. (She had been on her phone until 3:00 a.m. and was late for Bible study that morning.) When I told her the consequence of that wrong choice was to turn in her cell phone to the office at curfew (9:00 p.m.), her response was, “That’s not happening!” Her alternative was to move out, which she did, spending that rainy night in the gazebo at the park a couple of blocks away.

We recently learned that she was walking along Highway 7 late one night (March 19th) and was hit by a car. She died shortly after arriving at the hospital. If she had only been willing to forego the possession of her cell phone from 9:00 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., she would have still been living at GODTEL and not out on the road in harm’s way.

She had stayed at GODTEL on two separate occasions, so we know she had heard the Gospel message many, many times. We are unsure, though, of the choice she made about Jesus. Now, her final destination has been reached. If she had rejected Jesus and wound up in hell, there can be no escape—no matter how much she bends her knee and proclaims, “Jesus is Lord.”

Thinking about that possibility makes me so sad, I will choose to hope that she had trusted in Jesus and surrendered her will to Him. Some of His children do take a little longer to mature than others, but they all will be conformed to the image of Christ. That’s because His children are “the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) and they are being conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).

The last I heard, the authorities had been unable to locate any of this young lady’s family (she had refused to give us the name of any next of kin.) Please remember to pray for our residents as they are daily presented with lessons from the Bible and shown God’s love in a practical way as we clothe, house and feed them.

One last thought on this. It would do us all well to ask, “Am I making wise choices?” The choice of what actions we will take is ours, but the consequences are out of our control and in the hands of God.

Christian-Movie Night

At our Livingston mission, we show a Christian movie every two months while our faithful Friday night Bible-study teacher takes a break. Our March movie was “Do You Believe?” We were further given a treat with the purchase of enough pizza for everyone to enjoy for supper that night.

This is not the first time our resident, L.H. has gifted pizza for all. He and his wife came to GODTEL in September of last year. They are both hard workers and helped out around the mission until they both got jobs. They saved up some money and bought a van. Now, they are saving (most of) their money and will be able to move out in the next month or so. We will miss their positive attitudes and smiling faces.

Available Resources

Remember, we have Gospel music CDs by the June Gentry Family, teachings on Faith by Bro. Manley Beasley, You-Tube sermons by Bro. June, studies about the scientific evidences of Creation, and other literature which can help with spiritual growth. A list is on our web site.

Nancy Gentry

Nacogdoches/Livingston – March 2016

 

Foundation and Slab Complete

       It took a long time to prepare the ground for the foundation of the men’s dorm, run the plumbing, and install the necessary lines for a fire hydrant and sprinkler system. At long last, though, the concrete foundation is set and the carpenters are busily constructing the building. Come see!

       As I observe the process, I am reminded of the Scripture that says we are God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:9-10). Things are a bit different because Jesus is our foundation. Our “construction” process is much quicker if we spend a lot of time reading the Bible, studying Christian literature, attending church, and spending time with other Christians.

Are You Making Wise Choices?

Life is full of choices. We often go through a day not realizing the possible consequences of the choices we are faced with. Christians are to make choices based on the truths, instructions, and commands found in the Bible, God’s “Operating Manual for Humans.” When we thoughtlessly follow our feelings, instincts, logic, or emotions, we can get into big trouble with our Creator because He cannot and will not bless disobedience.

Two young ladies who were guests at GODTEL recently made bad choices which resulted in losing their place to stay. One left a Bible Study because she objected to what we were proclaiming about God, warning of His judgment of sin in the lives of unrepentant sinners. When I went to check on her, she told me her God did not judge her and threaten to send her to hell. He just expected her to get up each morning and do the best she could. One of the things I told her was, she had the wrong God because the God Who created all we see has commanded us to live by every Word out of His mouth, not by our best efforts. He also warned us that the soul that sins shall die eternally. John 3:18 tells us that just being physically born into this world means we are condemned already. We must receive spiritual birth which results in Jesus Christ then living His life of obedience to the Father through us. She continued arguing and breaking rules, with the eventual consequence of being told to leave.

The other young lady was given several warnings about her violations of our house rules. I continued to let her stay with us as there were some very helpful ladies working with her to get her qualified for disability. She assured me she had no place to go and begged me for additional chances. One morning she was late for Bible Study (again). I later found out she had been on her cell phone until 3:00 a.m. (all cell phones are to be off at 9:00 p.m.). Since I really wanted to let her stay until her disability hearing, I told her she could stay if she would turn in her phone at night. She said, “That’s not happening!” and she moved out. She and her boyfriend spent that rainy night in the Gazebo at a nearby park.

Losing out on being sheltered at GODTEL can be uncomfortable, but losing out on the beauty and wonders of Heaven for eternity is tragic. I pray that these young women, and all our residents, will cease making foolish choices to reject God’s plan for them on earth.

Jennifer Comes to GODTEL

The following was written by my new office assistant, Jennifer Champagne. She gives us credit for helping her grow in the Lord. I am thankful God brought her our way because she is a great help to me.

 

My coming to GODTEL was no accident. When I was about 29, I arrived here at the Livingston Mission five months pregnant. I only resided here for a long 3 days.

I have often said to others, “Don’t leave before you are supposed to…. you will end up right back here.” In March of 2012, my second adventure here, I learned that lesson and, well, let’s just say God has not told me, “It’s time to go, My child”. I was in a bad spot and I needed a change in life. I prayed to God many times for a place of my own and also to have a relationship closer to Him. I was very much a baby Christian. I could barely crawl. God is amazing! At the time I did not see how amazing He is but He orchestrated an event on March 10, 2012 that would force me to want to leave the place I was staying and start walking to GODTEL. I took the clothes I had on, a change of clothes, some important papers, a couple of cokes, and my Bible (I learned not to leave home without it). I was in the country so the walk was 6 miles out of the neighborhood and about 6 more miles to town. I made it out to the main highway, walked about a mile, and prayed for God to send me a ride to get me to where I was supposed to go. Next thing I know, a gold F150 (a fiery chariot?!) pulled up right next to me and asked me if I needed a ride… I heard Christian music playing in the background….Victory! I knew God sent this couple.

I lived at the mission for almost a year, getting that relationship I very much wanted with God. I do remember asking Him about getting a place of my own a few times…nothing. Then one day I asked Him again and He quietly told me, “Be Still….first things first”… What? God taught me to be still and grow closer to Him before I could have my own place. He wanted me as much as I needed Him and He knew He had me in the perfect spot!

At the end of that year I was invited to move to Ms. Pegi’s (Bro. June’s sister). God still always kept me tethered to GODTEL in one way or another, continually growing me and teaching me. I did finally get my own place, in the house right next to Ms. Pegi’s, plus, I got married. Funny thing is, everything I asked God for concerning my very own place, my house has.

Last Fall I was answering phones at a landscape company. If it rained, there was not much need for me to work. Although I loved my job very much and my bosses, I knew I could not get enough hours to pay the bills with winter-time coming up so I started praying for another job. Well God had a plan. He told me to go talk to Ms Nancy. She hired me! I am very glad I have prayed and listened. I have learned a lot while working here and now I get the opportunity to help others who are searching for that relationship with the Lord, just as I was 4 years ago.

Gospel Music, Christian Literature

Remember, we have Gospel music CDs by the June Gentry Family, studies about the scientific evidences of Creation, teachings on Faith by Bro. Manley Beasley, and other literature which can help with spiritual growth. See our web site for a listing.

Nancy Gentry