Lufkin November 2015

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.” Psalm 51:1-3

Count your blessings. Name them one by one. Count your many blessings and see what God has done. Like falling leaves we had a bushel full of October blessings.


New jobs-5

Total working-9

Mosaic Center-1

Praise the Lord!

     Christi starts our October news. She began her month with neck surgery. Bright and early Thursday morning, October 1st, Christi and I headed to the hospital. Nurses came in. Doctors came in. IV’s were started-ouch! Surgery went well. She was in a room by lunch time. Christi spent one night in the hospital. She was quite the fashion queen with her high necked collar and people were waiting on her hand and foot. There was a lot of prayer for the pain she was in. BUT it was not her previous neck pain just the “after surgery” pain (as I call it).

     Patti moved into Christi’s room for the duration. She was a tremendous help. When the doctor released Christi from her queenly collar Patti moved back to her room in the women’s dorm. Not for long…

     Wedding bells were heard on the last day of the month. Bobby and Patti were married in a small ceremony. It was raining outside but no one noticed as we witnessed, before God, promises made from one man and one woman to each other in the sacred union of Holy Matrimony. Please pray with us that they will always stand for and stand on the word of the Lord as they grow in their love for Him and each other.

     Thank you to Burley Primary School for gathering and delivering canned goods to GODTEL. The teacher who brought the cans apologized for the small amount. My heart was quite full and I assured her that this is just the beginning of young students learning about reaching out and giving to others.

     DETAB, also, made a trip and another and another with cans of goodies to put on our pantry shelves. We have been the blessed recipients of their annual canned food drive for several years. Another thank you and blessing for GODTEL.

     Our guest cooks were in place this month with wonderful meals. We ate pulled pork sandwiches, spaghetti, chili dogs, pizza, frito pie, chili and barbeque sandwiches. Satisfied appetites, desserts and fine fellowship were on the menu, too. What more could you ask for?


11th-Veteran’s Day.

12th-Mosaic Center Graduation. Go, Kaiza!


2:00 pm Bible study and meal

Guests and volunteers welcome!

     One of our mothers and her two children moved out to a home of her own and started a new job. Candace said good-bye and made the long bus ride home to Maryland. Brrr!

     Rule #12. Personal Conduct:

No fighting; no gambling; no stealing; no lying; no loaning; no borrowing.

     Through the years we have met a lot of people. We have experienced many different situations. We have heard “all” the stories you can imagine. Just about the time you think you are immune to any new experiences, watch out! Here it comes.

     It was a Sunday evening. We had had a very busy evening. Four women checked in and the evening meal was served and chores were getting done. Bible Study was at 7:00 pm. After Bible study Kay (not her real name) asked Terry (not her real name) , who had a car, to drive her to Wal-Mart. Terry told her she couldn’t because she has children and her curfew was 8:00 pm. To be nice she handed Kay the keys to her car.

     Yes, you read that right. Nine o’clock curfew came and Kay and the car were not back. Almost 10:00 pm and the car and driver were still missing. The police were called. They said they would drive to Wal-Mart and see if they could locate the car. It was safe and sound at the Wal-Mart parking lot, but Kay was not to be found. The police came back and picked up Terry who had another set of keys. She drove her car home.

     I do not know why this flabbergasted and befuddled me. Terry just handed the keys to a total stranger. Then we found out that Terry was starting a new job the next day. All the “what ifs” came to my mind. I had to let go of this episode. I still shake my head and wonder when I think of it, but I realize that the biggest blessing this month is that God is in control. I don’t know why, but I am glad that our Heavenly Father poured His amazing and generous mercy upon Terry. She is safe. Her children are safe. And she still owns a car which provides much needed transportation.

     Kay was found with added troubles of her own. The original keys have been returned to Terry and Kay is heading home to Dallas. Terry and her children moved to a place of their own.

     Meet Tammy. She is waiting on an apartment in town. While here she has been a big help. She has been seen helping Barbara in the laundry room. She pops up in the kitchen with willing hands. And she has an encouraging smile.

     So you see, we have many blessings to count this month.

     Lest you think we have forgotten the blessing of our supporters-never fear-you at the top of our list. Thank you.

     Have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Remember to hug a veteran and save a hug or two for your family.

Because of Him we serve,

Martin and Mary Baker

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”   Psalm 51:10-11


So You’ll Know – October 2015

1st-37 people

31st-32 people

Total helped-71 people

Praise the Lord!




Nacogdoches/Livingston – November 2015


So-o-o Much to be Thankful For

      Even when everything seems to be going wrong and we don’t see anything to be thankful for, Christians are commanded to be thankful anyway. How? By making a volitional choice to be obedient to Ephesians 5:20. God has amazing power at the ready to enable us to accomplish all things He requires of us.

My thanks are sometimes expressed similar to this: “Lord, I really do not like these circumstances but I thank You for them because I am choosing to trust You and Your Word. You assure me that all things work together for the good of those who love (obey) You and who are the called according to Your purposes (not mine). So, by faith, I thank you.”

And then there are the times when the circumstances are pleasant, to my liking, “good” (by my definition) and I feel thankful. Then, it is very easy to give thanks and proclaim God’s goodness.

This year has had its share of both kinds of being thankful—by faith and by feeling. We have suffered losses and been blessed mightily.

We had a series of losses beginning in June of this year when June’s brother, John, (our Livingston grounds keeper for many years) moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Soon after that, June’s sister, Pegi, moved back to California and has an apartment in an assisted-living community near her doctors and family. (She called recently to tell us she is going to be a great-grandmother next spring.) She has been through some serious ailments but at last seems to be on the road to recovery.

In mid-July, my office assistant, Robin, accepted the secretarial position at her home church. We try to get together once a week but she is having to learn a new accounting system and, with her gone, I am busier than ever, so we don’t always make it. (She loves her new job.)

Then, in August, Royce Oliver, our very capable mission director at the Nacogdoches mission (all the previous departures were from the Livingston mission) left for an extended leave-of-absence. I hope he misses us as much as we miss him. That means he will return. Of course, if he waits too long, we will be reunited in Heaven instead of in Nacogdoches (which some natives consider to be a little piece of Heaven-on-earth).

Those have been some of the more challenging things to be thankful for. Please pray for each of these individuals and for those of us left behind as we seek to fill in the gaps left. I am very thankful that God has supplied several individuals who are volunteering their time to help us “cover the bases” as we continue to minister to the poor, housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, and clothing the needy.

Thank you to Mike, Morris, Joe, Benita, Catherine, Helen, Dennis, and Terry, just to mention a few of those who are working to help us get this mission accomplished.

Construction has finally begun on the road from the Douglass highway to where the men’s dormitory will soon be built. The foundation of the road is complete and the required retention pond has been hollowed out. Actual construction on the dormitory should begin by the end of November. PTL!

Thanksgiving Meal

As in years past, each of our missions will host a banquet on Thanksgiving Day to which the general public is invited. If you would like to bake a specialty item to donate, or come volunteer to help serve, or just come and visit with our residents to let them know you care and enjoy the devotion and meal with us, please come. We always have plenty of food and a lot of fun. In the past we have had a Noon serving time in Nacogdoches, 2:00 p.m. serving time in Lufkin, and a 4:00 p.m. meal in Livingston. Feel free to call one of the numbers below to confirm.

GODTEL on YouTube

I hope you have been able to find Bro. June’s sermons on YouTube. They have a great new look, beginning with the sermon entitled The Word, based on the Gospel according to John 1:1-14.

Gospel music CDs by the June Gentry Family, studies about the scientific evidences supporting Creation, teachings on Faith by Bro. Manley Beasley, and other literature which can help with spiritual growth can be ordered directly from GODTEL.

Creation vs. Evolution

“Do Scientists lie?” is this month’s topic as we continue our series on the scientific evidences supporting the Biblical account of a six-day Creation from “things not seen”. (See Genesis 1, the Gospel according to John, Chapter 1 and Hebrews 11:3.)

Nacogdoches Relocation Project

The money to build the men’s dormitory is in the bank waiting for the city to approve the architect’s plans. As mentioned earlier, the road base is complete but will not receive the asphalt until after the dorm is completed. We would appreciate your prayers as our relocation progresses.

Thank You

We are very thankful, primarily to God, for His Word, His Spirit, and His provision. We are also very thankful to each of you who supports this ministry in any way. May God bless you abundantly.

Nancy Gentry



Lufkin October 2015

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”   Philippians 1:21-24

The fast and furious pace of August did not slow down as the month of September began and ended.


New jobs-5

Total working-7

Mosaic Center-1

Praise the Lord!

     We continue to keep our high population. Our two mothers are still here. The two girls are in school. It is a precious sight to see Abigail and Halleluyah in their school uniforms-all clean and pressed, bows in their hair, smiles on their faces as they start the day ready to learn. Then they come home. There are still smiles on their faces, but…their outfits are wrinkled, the bows are hanging on by a hair, evidence of lunch is spotted on their clothes and they are ready to play. I remember those days as a mother of young children. I even remember my good ‘ole school days, I think.

The Wednesday morning Bible study that I attend started back. We are studying John, the beloved disciple. As we get to know John we are getting to know our Saviour and Lord in a deeper way.

Patti and Christi, also, started attending a Bible study. It is the Bible Study Fellowship group. They are meeting on Thursday evenings. They are studying the last book of the Bible, The Revelation to John. We girls have shared Biblical treasures garnered from both these studies. We are amazed at the whole God that He IS and cannot understand the unbelief of most of the world towards Him. But I am glad that I have Him. Praise God.

I heard singing and happy chattering all around me. I set out to investigate. Between the kitchen and the big room the activity was abounding. Several of the women residents and a couple of the men were squeezing lemons. Onions, zucchini squash and beets were, also, getting makeovers. The fresh vegetables were cleaned, washed, peeled, sliced and put in zip lock baggies. We appreciate the help of our residents when big produce donations come in, but we don’t always hear singing and happy chatter so this was a most pleasant work session. Thank you, girls and guys, for your happy and willing hands.

Canned goods came in from the KTRE Night at the Texas State Forest Festival at the Expo Center in Lufkin. We know this was a community effort as many came through the gates with cans in their hands. The canned goods gathered were shared with us and Christian Information and Service Center (CISC). What a blessing. Thank you.

We should proclaim this as “the year of the denture”. One day Christi decided it was time to be able to chew and smile, again. She made phone calls and asked questions. She settled on a dental place in Lufkin. An appointment was made and before you knew it, her upper teeth and most of her bottom teeth were gone and the temporary upper and partial lower dentures were in place. There were some painful days, but after adjustments you can see Christi eating and chewing and enjoying her meals, again. Plus she is smiling-just because she can.

Chris saw how well Christi was doing. He then made calls and asked questions. He found a dental center in Nacogdoches. And he, too, had all of his teeth pulled and now has his temporary dentures in place doing their job.

Not to be left out, our cook, Dolores, says it is time for her to have some working teeth. She will start her road to new teeth this month.

Speaking of eating, we had our guest cooks in attendance and, then some, this past month. Believers Bible Church came with a tasty meal, barbeque sandwiches. And the fellowship was delightful. Pork chops were cooked on sight by the Last Tuesday Methodist Men. Pick-up trucks line the street. One white truck stands out when it has the big barbeque cooker hooked to the back. The charcoal is loaded and the fire is started. And the cookin’ commences signaling that the eating is not far behind. Delicious!

We met two new couples who joined our 3rd Sunday evening cook, Phyllis. A group of five came from Victory Assembly of God for a tour and to serve the already prepared meal. They stayed and visited the residents before Bible Study. What a blessing to meet more of God’s family.

One of our women residents made a tough decision to seek help. She applied for and was accepted at Seasons of Hope. After the first few days she began to falter and want to leave. With prayer and council she has decided to stay for six months. Please pray for Jody. She has an opportunity to learn more about Jesus through daily Bible studies and learn more about herself.

Kaiza continues her course at The Mosaic Center. She probably gets tired of “what did you learn at class today?” She just smiles and then answers the question. Not only that-she volunteers regularly for chores and has done extra clean up chores on Saturday.

Brown grass and falling leaves, cooler morning temperatures and hot days desperately hanging on to the month of September. Changes, they are a happening. Come by and see what changes are happening around your local shelter.

My favorite part of the newsletter is thanking all of you for your faithful support. That is one thing that never changes. We love and appreciate your prayers, giving, visits, phone calls and service to our Lord Jesus by way of GODTEL ministries.

And our God never changes.

Because of Him we serve,

Martin and Mary Baker

“And the Lord said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

So You’ll Know – September 2015

1st-31 people

30th-37 people

Total helped-72 people

Praise the Lord!


Nacogdoches/Livingston – October 2015

One “Interruption” After Another—That’s Life

       This morning, after filing away some paperwork and printing this month’s insert, I sat down to compose this newsletter. Before getting it set up, the phone rang and I answered a few questions about GODTEL and the services we provide (temporary shelter, prepared meals, free clothing, and laundering—all done in the Name of Jesus to demonstrate His love and provision. The only fee required is abiding by house rules which include attendance at two Bible studies each day).

I go back to the newsletter and realize I have not yet completed the calculations for the number of people we housed, fed and otherwise ministered to at our three locations—cipher, cipher, cipher; call Nacogdoches for information; talk to Benita (in Livingston where I am working at getting the newsletter written) so she can explain her figures for the month. (Royce Oliver, our dearly beloved brother who worked at the Nacogdoches mission for 11 years has performed this task for all these years, so I am having to re-learn the process.) Calculations done, I return to the newsletter.

A co-worker comes in with a request for an envelope and before that task is completed a young man comes in telling us of several needs he and his pregnant wife have. My co-worker and I seek to point him to Jesus as we try to help him. After a lengthy conversation, the co-worker drives to the courthouse to pay for the young man’s wife to get a certified copy of her birth certificate so they can apply for government housing.

Meanwhile, I receive a call from a woman whose mentally disabled cousin is in a motel in Livingston with her 12-year-old son. She has run out of money and in need of a place to stay. I explain what we offer and ask her to call Ms. Benita, our Livingston Mission Manager.

Before I can get settled at my computer again, the phone rings and I speak with an assistant pastor at a nearby church checking to see if we have beds available. The young lady whose cousin was talking to Ms. Benita had called his church asking for money to pay for her to stay in a motel because, as she told him, “all the shelters in Livingston are full”. I assured him we had space available and were in contact with a relative of the woman he was calling about. He thanked me and said he would call and let her know. (I commend him for checking her story out and not just spending church funds unnecessarily when we are willing to house and feed her and her son as long as they are willing and able to abide by GODTEL rules.) In fact, we do not recommend giving money to people in need unless you know them very well. Instead, we give them a meal, or go to a gas station and pay to have gasoline pumped into their car, or, as my co-worker did, go to the courthouse and pay for the official document needed. (These precautions are part of being harmless but wise as God’s Word instructs.)

Back to work on the newsletter when our office volunteer at the Nacogdoches mission calls to exchange information. By the time this call is ended, it is time for me to fix lunch for Bro. June, after which I take our Livingston volunteers out for lunch and then Benita and I do the weekly grocery shopping for the mission. We are very grateful for a sweet Christian couple, Mr. Albert and Ms. Gertrude, who purchase needed food items each week to supplement our grocery budget.

Shopping done and back to work—not on the newsletter as planned, except to say I decided to write about why I cannot seem to get the newsletter written. It seems one of our residents needs help deciphering the paperwork Social Security Disability just sent him and getting his SS-provided debit card activated.

Oh, yes, and the insurance company called twice. We will meet with their representative tomorrow.

It is now 4:15 p.m., I have written this much, and have said nothing I had originally planned to say, but at last that is about to change.

Uh-oh, not so fast. A resident is suspected of illegal drug use and I am called upon to help decipher the test results. And so it goes…

Check us Out on YouTube

The “GODTEL Sermons” on YouTube have a new look, including a new opening and closing, with many illustrations throughout—beginning with the sermon titled The Word, based on the Gospel according to John 1:1-14.

Additionally available from GODTEL are Gospel music CDs by the June Gentry Family, studies about the scientific evidences supporting Creation, teachings on Faith by Bro. Manley Beasley, and other literature which can help with spiritual growth.

Big Thanks to C.A.S.A.

The Livingston Court Appointed Special Advocate organization gave GODTEL 46 gallon-bags of fish, corn, and potatoes left from their annual fundraiser recently. We are truly blessed and very thankful.

Creation vs. Evolution

This month, we continue our series on the scientific evidences supporting an intelligently-designed universe as described in the Bible as an act of Creation from things not seen. (See Genesis 1, the Gospel according to John, Chapter 1 and Hebrews 11:3.) This is Part IV (of Evolution: Science or Religion?) which delves into some of the illogic of the Evolutionary debate.

Nacogdoches Relocation Project

 Although we had a delay in getting the driveway from the Douglass Highway started, we have been assured this part of our relocation project will be accomplished this month. Then, as soon as the City of Nacogdoches approves the plans and issues a Building Permit, the construction of the men’s dormitory will commence. We are thrilled at the way God is leading and rejoice in His provision.

Former Resident

Bro. June and I recently ran into a former resident of the Lufkin mission. He thanked us for the help we had given him and told us he was a cook at a nice restaurant in Lufkin where he has worked for the past several years.

We praise the Lord and thank you for your gifts and prayers enabling us to help the poor and needy like this man was.

Nancy Gentry

Nacogdoches/Livingston-September 2015


Holy? Obedient? Salty? Backslidden? Worldly? or

Just Plain Lost—a Hypocrite—a Pretender?

        So how would you characterize your spiritual condition—your “Christianity”? Can a person live worldly (pleasing self) and be a real Christian at the same time? Is the claim to be a Christian (a child of God by spiritual birth) of any value, or even believable, if the actions of the one proclaiming such a relationship do not honor God by a life of obedience to every word out of His mouth?

What kind of a relationship can you have with a dead cat or dog? Hmm-m, the book of James declares that faith in God without accompanying obedient life-actions is dead/worthless/of no value (and like the dead animal it begins to stink!). Faith without obedience is not saving faith, but mere head-knowledge with maybe a bit of religious ritual thrown in. At spiritual birth, God’s new child receives the desire and the power to make the tough choices to obey Him—even when we do not feel like it.

Too many Christians, even preachers and Sunday School teachers, excuse their disobedience to God assuring themselves that God will forgive them. They minimize their sin and harmful influence saying they are not really hurting anyone else. The attitude of some seems to be, “What can I get away with?” rather than, “Do or die, I will obey God.

Non-believers can follow their so-called conscience which may let them “solve” their “problems” the way the world does, but we must remember that man has a wicked heart which will lead us astray from God’s plan for our lives. In order to have real peace and to receive God’s blessings, Christians must seek His will (clearly found in the Bible) and obey Him. He is the only One Who knows the long-lasting consequences of today’s choices.

A word of warning to any Christian in the process of choosing to disobey God: He allows you to make the choice to sin, but the choice of what bitter consequences you may reap and be forced to endure because of that sin belong to Him alone. As one who has been chastised by God, I can verify that He gets the job done of convincing His errant child to get back on the straight-and-narrow and never stray again. As 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, “Godly sorrow works repentance.” The sorrow God brings into our lives is to turn us back to Him and is for our good.

Check us Out

Since last October Bro. June’s sermons have been filmed and posted on YouTube by our youngest son Joshua. Just type “GODTEL sermons” into the search window on YouTube and it will give you a list of all 45 that have been posted so far.

We have Gospel music CDs by the June Gentry Family, studies about the scientific evidences supporting Creation, teachings on Faith by Bro. Manley Beasley, and other literature which can help with spiritual growth.

Creation vs. Evolution

This month, we interrupt our series on the scientific evidences of an intelligently-designed act of Creation, to reprint a timely article from World, a Christian magazine. The article concerns the tendency of Americans, including many so-called Christians, who are more interested in being politically correct, appearing intelligent, modern, and part of the “in-crowd” than in pleasing our Creator and abiding by His commands. When being right by God’s definition brings scorn, rejection or discomfort, many choose self gratification and go along with the world.

Blog from a Christian Friend

 Just a few days ago someone asked me if I was going to keep my son in cub scouts/boy scouts after the recent decision they made about homosexuals. I honestly had not thought about taking my son out due to this decision. Is leaving my son in scouts wrong? Am I implying that I agree with homosexuality by leaving him in? I have adult conversations with my children regularly since the divorce. As a Christian parent, I am charged with building strong Christian men and women with good apologetics – there is no time to sugar coat this lost and dying world. Probably a week before I was asked about scouts, I had a conversation with my kids about who defines what is right and wrong – God does. Man tries to redefine right and wrong but this is just our pathetic attempt to be “gods”. We do it personally and governmentally. This does not change the fact that God created us and God defines what is right and wrong. He gets to do that because He is the Creator.

Then the conversation went to how Christians are being called haters now because we follow God and His Word. I told them that persecution has always been around but it is increasing as our society turns further away from God. I told them that I pray fervently that they will be saved by grace through faith in Christ. I told them that if they are saved then their lives will not be easy. We will be tempted to allow sin to be redefined by man but together with Christ we can face all things, we can do all things. If we do not stand with Christ then we are standing with the world and against God. Do I hate sin? Yes and according to God sexual immorality is a sin which includes homosexuality.

So, what are Christians supposed to do with sin? Are we tasked with seeking out and destroying sin in the world? I perceive the answer to that question to be a bit complicated, so start with 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 and maybe we can discuss it another week or over lunch/dinner. I do know that I am tasked with seeking out and destroying sin in my life and there is a lot including fights against sexual immorality. I am also tasked with making the church holy by helping the members of the church seek out and destroy sin in their lives – whatever that sin may be (Galatians 6:1). Just so no one is confused, I was once a lost, sexually immoral, greedy, drunk, stealing, verbally abusive idolater (6 out of 10 sins listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11! – wait that’s not good) but I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus (hurray! – that is very good!). I am not claiming to be cured, just redeemed, because I know I will fight these sins in my flesh until Father God takes me home.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11: Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15: For no one can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, each builder’s work will be plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire will test what kind of work each has done. If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward. If someone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Lord, we love You and want our work to glorify You. — PB

Nancy Gentry