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.

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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.

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 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


Lufkin September 2015

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.”   John 1:1&2


August-still hot. August-end of summer vacations. August-school starts back.


New Jobs-4

Total Working-6

Mosaic Center-1

Praise the Lord!

     God is merciful. He got us through the month of July and blessed us with the month of August.

It was a Tuesday evening when Martin and I drove south to Woodville. We met our son and grandson at Subway. After eating yummy sandwiches we drove back to Lufkin with Blaine in the back seat.

The preparations began early Wednesday morning. Martin and Blaine lined up the rods and reels and lures that they were going to use later that day. The moment finally arrived for the guys to head to a friend’s cabin and pond for some “guy time”. Fish were caught and cleaned and eaten. There was some target shooting. Gun safety was followed. There were two tired guys when they got home Thursday afternoon.

Friday morning we, once again, drove down to Woodville and met at McDonald’s to pick up Kristen, Blaine’s older sister. She had prior engagements so could not come with Blaine earlier in the week.

The fun did not stop there. We invited Cordelia, Patti’s daughter, to go with us. You see-Friday was museum day or maybe it was tourist day. We started with the Museum of East Texas. Yes, middle school children can enjoy museum exhibits. The Art Camp was going on at that time. We took a peak to see what the camp students were doing. One of the exhibits showcased photos of doors-pictures taken by east Texas citizens. The two girls took pictures of some of the artwork on display.

The Forestry Museum was our next stop. What fun we all had. Oh my, there was plenty to do. Still pictures, short videos, actual logging tools and equipment. Kids of all ages “engineer” the miniature train cars around the town and lumber mills. There are games that children of long ago played and still play today. There were frontier dresses and bonnets for the girls to put on and overalls for the boys to wear allowing their imaginations to flow.

It was a hot summer day and Martin said we “had” to go to Dairy Queen for a dip cone. We didn’t hear any moans or groans-just oohs and ahhs as we ate this cool, delicious summer treat. Later that evening Kristen, Blaine, Martin and I played Chinese checkers. There was plotting, planning and strategy in place with each move. This year we made big penny nail crosses. The nails were secured with wire that had beads strung together on the wire. Both crosses were different and unique to each of the children.

Sunday was our in-gathering day. Paul came to pick up his children. Our daughter and her family came up for the day, also. Martin’s mom joined the festivities. Tacos and homemade ice cream were the bait for the day. Even though Blue Bell ice cream is a favorite around here you just can’t beat homemade. So we ate ice cream with dark chocolate syrup. There is always one purest in the group. Martin goes straight vanilla. The end-it came way too quick…our children loaded up and drove home. The memories are there and our hearts were filled.

Forgive me for filling this month’s news with family fun. After last month’s news I just had to write about the blessings we have in our lives.

Keltys United Methodist Church came to serve at their regular time. This month the Vacation Bible School students came and served the meal. We ate pizza. Then the ladies from my Sunday School class pulled out the finger nail polish of all colors. The ladies spent time visiting with the women residents and Abigail, Halleluyah and Cordelia. Then the girls showed their skills and put polish on the Sunday School ladies’ nails. It was an adventure in color.

Providence Baptist Church brought some wash-a-roos made by their Vacation Bible schoolers. They are really cute. Each resident gets their own soap and washcloth. The washcloths look like kangaroos –therefore the name of wash-a-roo. Thank you-what a fun way to clean ourselves.

We are excited to report that we have another young woman attending the Mosaic Center-Jobs for Life session this fall. Kaiza came in early July. She was seeking God’s will for her life. Christi and Patti suggested applying for the next session at Mosaic Center. She applied and was interviewed and accepted. It has been a joy to see her face when she comes home. The math has given her a challenge. She says that is definitely NOT her strong suit. But she is still excited after finishing the second week of classes.

Ronnie was able to move out. We see him regularly when he comes to check on his mail or drive one of the residents somewhere.

Pamela was here for a few days. She got a job right away. She moved out because her work hours conflicted with our Bible Study attendance requirement. We praise God she did have a place to go.

Whether a person stays one night or many nights the Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared with them. We thank you for your partnership in this ministry.

Remember to pray for our first responders-police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. We all know at least one of these special persons.

Stay cool. Stay in the word.

Because of Him we serve,

Martin and Mary Baker

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:3


So You’ll Know

August 2015

1st-28 people

31st-31 people

Total helped-68 people

Praise the Lord!



Lufkin – August 2015

“Let all their wickedness come before Thee; And deal with them as Thou hast dealt with me for all my transgressions; for my groans are many, and my heart is faint.”

Lamentations 1:22


Sad news. Glad news. Bad news. God is the same, praise His Holy Name! July. Independence Day. Let freedom ring!


New Jobs-1

Total working-3

Praise the Lord!

     They came from everywhere, pillows from the south and towels from the north. I hesitate using the word “rain”, but it is accurate in telling you how the pillows kept coming and coming, adding to the already generous response from last month. Most of them were collected and then hand delivered to GODTEL from some Nederland folks. Thank you, Shiloh and Jody. We enjoyed your visit and thank you, again, for your generous giving. They brought more than the pillows-all treasures for a homeless mission. Every bed has a new pillow and a few are on the shelf, ready, when needed.

We, also, had towels “flood” into GODTEL this month. Wow! One afternoon we had a delivery from South Dakota. It seems that the northern part of our family answered the call for dryer southerners. So, thank you, Tom and Tricia. When are you moving back to Texas? We have beds available and plenty of towels to dry you off.

Car Mart had a box fan drive. They called us and asked if we would like to have them. We answered yes and picked them up. We sure appreciate these fans. From last year’s use and old age several of our fans quit just before the summer season. So you can imagine our thankfulness and cool thoughts for this local business. Perfect timing, don’t you think? Or God is in control?!

July began and ended with the passing of several friends and acquaintances. James was killed in a tragic truck accident. He worked at all three GODTEL locations. Then he “retired”. Martin called and went by to check on James and his wife, Jerrie, and helped when he could. Jerrie has moved to be with family. We will miss them both.

We met Terry in 2009. He stayed only a few days. He came back September 2012. While here he went through and completed the Jobs For Life session we had at GODTEL. We were glad when he became a part of our team. Terry resigned the end of March in 2014. He was plagued with an alcohol addiction. We would not hear from him for long periods of time. The last time he landed on our steps Terry said he needed help. It broke our hearts to see him in such a desperate condition. Martin said yes and told Terry he would have to stay on property and work for GODTEL for his room and board. He agreed.

Terry was doing well. He had plans for his son to come and stay for a few days before school started. He woke up one day and felt bad. A few days later Martin suggested that he go to the doctor. He thought he had heat exhaustion. Thursday night after curfew an ambulance was called to GODTEL-Terry was taken to the hospital. He died early Saturday morning. He had a lung infection that developed into sepsis and traveled to his kidneys and heart. Please pray for Terry’s son, TJ. He is 14 years old.

We will miss Terry. But we were able to use this sad incident to remind everybody that we are not promised tomorrow. (Proverbs 27:1) Today is the day that we have to say yes to the Lord. Today is the day to serve the Lord. Today is the day to praise and worship our awesome God. Today is the day to pray for TJ.

The women’s dorm bathroom was completed. The new paint on the walls compliments the new tile floor. Meanwhile, in the men’s dorm bathroom there was some vandalism. We believe two of the younger men decided to practice their skate board skills in the bathroom. Tiles were cracked and replaced more than once. They have both left-and no more acts of destruction have happened.

Our numbers continued to rise. We had 94 people this past month. Our Lufkin temperatures continued to rise just short of 100 degrees. (although we are there now) The women’s dorm was full. Martin made some beds to make sure everyone had a place to sleep. Nine children and their parents were counted in the population. Folks came in groups and left in groups. Or they trickled in one by one and broke rules one by one.

Four hurting people were waiting on a bed at a rehabilitation center. Only one made it there.

Todd and his wife, Jenet, came up and worked at our mission on their vacation. I call that cool! The plan was to strip, wax and seal floors in the women’s dorm. Plumbing came first. Then the floors. Wow! They are shiny. He ended his stay with some auto repair. Thank you, Jackson family.

Praise the Lord news. The Nacogdoches GODTEL has received a grant to build a new building at the Jordan Street location. Floor plans, city codes, decisions, dirt work, cement slab, frame work, plumbing, electrical, windows, doors, insulation, sheet rock and inspections-all this and more. But we are excited. Bring on the nails and hammers…

What is red, green, juicy and cold with black “polka dots”? Twenty-nine watermelons-that’s what. We were blessed when a man drove up and unloaded this summer taste delight. And we did enjoy every bite.

Hot or cold; rain or drought; our God is ever faithful. Hot or cold; rain or drought; we know we have faithful partners in you. You keep our hearts warm with cool thoughts as we go through these summer days.

Remember; stay cool. Stay in the word.

Because of Him we serve,

Martin and Mary Baker

So You’ll Know 

 July 2015

1st-35 people

31st-29 people

Total helped-94 people

Praise the Lord!

“The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.”   Lamentations 3:22 & 23







Nacogdoches/Livingston – August 2015

“They That Wait Upon the Lord…” Isaiah 40:31

       For the past ten years, ever since we purchased 29 acres of land on Highway 21 (Douglass Road) just inside the Highway-59 Bypass in Nacogdoches, we have been waiting and working toward the day we could construct new facilities and relocate our Nacogdoches mission. We rejoice to report that God’s timing for us to construct the new men’s dormitory has arrived. This has been made possible due to a very generous grant from the Charles & Lois Marie Bright Foundation of Nacogdoches.

We found it quite interesting to see that nearly everyone on the Board of the Bright Foundation is someone we knew and were friends with 30 and 40 years ago. Way back then God knew they would be in a position today to not only consider our request for a grant but to encourage us to apply for the grant to start with.

Our dear Christian friend, Danny Powell, has offered to be the general contractor for this project which will get underway as soon as the architect has completed the schematics required by the city, even though we had the plans drawn up over six years ago. While we wait for this to happen so we can get the required permit to begin building the men’s dorm, the planned construction of the parking lot and driveway from Douglass Road is scheduled to begin on August 10th.

Again we are reminded of God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises and renew our strength when we wait on Him.

The picture above is of a meeting Bro. June (GODTEL Executive Director), and Martin Baker (Lufkin Mission Director and Board Vice-President/Secretary) had with Contractor Danny Powell and Stanley Jones (representative of the Bright Foundation). They met at the staff house of GODTEL’s new location to discuss the construction project and check out the existing architect’s drawings and plans.

A New “Nest” for Robin

 My Administrative Assistant, Robin Nye, has been blessed with the secretarial position at her home church, First Presbyterian Church of Livingston. Though we will miss her greatly at GODTEL, we rejoice that she is where she earnestly believes God wants her to be—and with a generous increase in salary. We are sure she will be back to volunteer her expertise when we are in need from time to time as she has promised. Meanwhile, we pray that God will guide her daily and give her understanding, wisdom, and strength for her new duties.

 Creation vs. Evolution

 This month, we continue the series on the scientific evidences for God’s magnificent act of Creation which took place only 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. We hope you will read and learn the true facts rather than blindly accepting what many scientists and teachers teach. They have a “form of godliness but deny the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5) and teach what the Bible calls “science, falsely so-called” (1 Timothy 6:20).

 On the Front Lines

 In the Bible, the Christian life is compared to that of a soldier (ex. 2 Timothy 2:3-4), and for good cause. We are to obey, without question or delay, our Heavenly Commander-in-Chief. At times we are called upon to suffer deprivation and separation from family and friends for the sake of advancing the Kingdom of God. We are called upon to sacrifice personal comfort to rescue lost souls. The Christian life is one of discipline and preparation for warfare against the world, the flesh (a.k.a. our wicked hearts—Jeremiah 17:9 & Matthew 15:19), and the devil.

Those of us who minister at GODTEL are definitely at the battlefront. For example, this last month our Nacogdoches Mission Director, Royce Oliver, was sitting at his desk when suddenly attacked by a man he had just allowed to take a bath and eat at the mission. Royce suffered broken bones in his nose and sinuses, the nose-piece of his glasses was shoved into the corner of his one good eye, and his face and neck were bruised and swollen. He was taken to the hospital and admitted overnight with many x-rays taken. He still has numbness in part of his cheek and nose as well as a hospital bill over $10,000.

Royce was not going to press charges (as in turning the other cheek—Matthew 5:39) but we convinced him that the man needed to be held accountable for his choice of actions. Our hope is that he will not make this choice in the future, thereby saving someone else’s face. We do request prayers for both Royce and his attacker.

Yearly Audit

 To show ourselves financially responsible, we have an outside audit conducted every year. Part of the process is for the auditing firm to send out letters to random donors to verify that we have correctly credited donations received from our supporters. I can remember receiving similar “Confirmation Letters” when our bank was audited and I thought it was a bad thing and someone was in trouble, but that is not so.

This year our auditor mentioned that one of our donors expressed dismay at receiving several letters requesting confirmation of the amount he had donated to GODTEL during 2014. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused him or anyone else and we thank you for helping us maintain financial credibility.

 Nancy Gentry

Heading West – Nacogdoches/Livingston July 2015

 Farewell to Pegi & John

        The first day of last month, Bro. June’s sister, Pegi, told us she was going to sell her house and move back to California. She explained that for the past year, she has been sensing that God was speaking to her about leaving Livingston and GODTEL and returning to the “Golden State.” She has several trusted doctors there who she has seen on visits to her daughter Karen who lives near Los Angeles. Pegi also has many Christian friends there who have communicated to her that they would love to have her assistance with various ministries they are involved in. So, though she may be retiring from her full-time volunteer work here with us at GODTEL, she is certainly not retiring from serving the Lord!

God provided a buyer for her home within days and as soon as the paperwork on the sale of her house was complete on the 17th, Eli, June and Pegi’s brother, loaded her belongings into his vehicle and they headed west.

Pegi will be sorely missed but we will pray for God’s continued blessings on her life and His guidance as she re-establishes herself on the West Coast. Our loss is California’s gain.

We really appreciate the fact that she left a job description and had a replacement trained to do much of what she has so faithfully done for the past eight years. Thanks, Peg.

A week and a half before Pegi left for California, John (another brother), departed for New Mexico. He had come for a visit nearly seven years ago and stayed, becoming an employee of GODTEL. He had an amazing green thumb and a way with animals. His talents will be missed here but we are sure they will be put to work in NM.

We would appreciate it if you would keep both of these individuals in your prayers—as well as the entire staff at our three missions. And don’t forget those we house, feed and minister to otherwise in the Name of Jesus.

 No More Puddle Jumping!

 The abundance of rain earlier this year made it very clear that we needed some sidewalks at the Livingston mission. Staff and residents of GODTEL worked hard at mixing and applying concrete for our new sidewalks. The job took several days, many bags of cement, and a lot of sweat but the finished product looks great. Thanks, guys!

 Meanwhile, in the Office…

 While the men were outside pouring the concrete, a group of ladies were inside the business office working assembly-line fashion preparing our monthly newsletter for mailing. Once the newsletters are printed and folded, GODTEL staff and residents put inserts inside the newsletter, stuff the envelopes, then tape, label, and put them into boxes where they await the zip-code sorting process. This is a great opportunity for fellowship and “girl time” that we look forward to each month.

 Creation vs. Evolution

This month, we begin a series in our newsletter inserts on the scientific evidences of special creation, or intelligent design as some call it. We hope you find them informative and helpful.

For years, many in the scientific community have worked to undermine the foundation of Christianity and the very existence of a Divine Being we call God. During my college days as a Biology Major, I stayed confused about the “Origin Issue” and could not reconcile what I was being taught as scientific fact with what I read in the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

As June studied this topic, I was greatly relieved to find solid scientific evidences that God’s Word is true and I did not have to “park my brain” to believe what God had men write in Scripture.

Nacogdoches Mission May Meals: 

  • First Christian Church—taco salad
  • Jamie Hall—pork
  • Ali Schneider—BBQ chicken
  • New Hope Congregational Methodist Church—chili dogs
  • Jennifer Leuschner—pizza
  • Lonestar Baptist Church—fried chicken
  • Family & staff from the Hancock Advertising Agency—hot dogs
  • Holly Springs Baptist Church—lasagna


We are so thankful for all the generous and delicious meals provided by these and other churches, groups, and individuals for all three GODTEL mission locations. We are blessed to receive your meals and services.

Nancy Gentry