“ This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;” Hebrews 10:16
July continued the mild summer weather conditions. I say that and then remember that we hit 100 degrees, but even that was just one day. The blessings go on.
It was on a Wednesday that Josephine and her 5 children left. Her husband came in from west Texas as planned. He arrived early that morning. When he drove up Martin and the guys were enlarging and moving the chicken pen. Roy (Josephine’s husband) saw what fun they were having and didn’t want to miss out. While Josephine was bringing her belongings out of the dorm and loading them into her car, Roy changed into work clothes and boots and walked over to help.
When the job was finished he gathered up his family and the good-byes started. The children were sad to go, but glad to have their dad back. We were sad to see them go and glad they had their dad back and a new home of their own. Pray for this family to know and serve the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
Hot dogs, chili dogs, sloppy joes, hamburgers and enchiladas were the special meals created by our guest cooks as we hit the mid point of the summer season. Ice cream and chilled watermelon slices have been a cool respite from the hot days of July. The garden has settled in and continues to yield zipper peas, tomatoes and tomatillos. Martin makes a mean green sauce.
Our hens took a short vacation from egg production, but I think the new location and bigger “diggings” have made them a happy bunch of hens. Once again, we are getting a full basket of our daily egg collection. Thank you, ladies.
Thank you. Soap came in. Towels came in. Soap was used. And towels were put out on the shelves in the laundry room. We are glad to report that our residents are not only clean they are dry. Well, until the next time sweat appears.
Update on who is who around Lufkin GODTEL. Dolores is our faithful chef. She prepares two homemade meals a day. Come rain or shine, hot or cold Dolores stays the course. She helps with the women in the dorm. What a blessing to have Dolores here.
Lorenzo is still on board. He is the “Lorenzo” of all trades. He has recently renewed his driver’s license and now he can take up some of the driving chores for Martin. Even though he doesn’t need a license to drive the riding lawn mower Lorenzo can be seen on Thursdays cutting the grass of all heighths at GODTEL.
Chris asked if he was in the newsletter this month. So-here you are, Chris. Chris is a big help around here. He has been working in the garden. The big shop is, also, one of his hangouts as he helps Martin with lawn mower repair and other small electric motor problems. Martin says he is “his good left-hand man”.
The thankless job of washing and drying the residents’ clothes falls to Hugh and his son, Joseph. Men’s and women’s clothes are washed on set days. And the sheets get their cleaning on Wednesdays while the rooms are being sprayed for bugs. Hugh, also, keeps watch over the machines and lets Martin know when they are not “acting” right. It gets most frustrating when we are down a machine or two. The work day becomes longer and hotter as the guys do or die finishing the job.
The Smith family got here mid June. They all have health problems-physical and mental. Their plan was to get a job, save money and get a place of their own. Each day they would head out to seek employment, but to no avail. Then here and there one of them would go to the health clinic. Then the next day another one would have to go to the clinic. The father and son soon began to abuse their medicine. They were caught smoking in the dorm. Mercy was given, but they continued to be foolish. They had to leave.
It was Brenda’s second time at Lufkin GODTEL. She, once again, made the daily trips around town looking for a job. One afternoon she walked back on property with a big smile on her face. Of course, my curiosity got the best of me and I asked “why the smile?” You probably can guess the answer-she got a job. She is working at a motel not too far from GODTEL. She is cleaning rooms, working the front desk and assisting with other chores as needed. And has a room of her own. Way to go, Brenda!
Colleita came in July. She wasn’t too sure about being here. After a day or two she settled in. With daily encouragement she went looking for a job. And now she has one. She and Pizza Hut are hanging in there with one another.
These two women are the new jobs that I reported earlier in the newsletter. Brenda moved out, but Lutricia is still here and already had her job at Taco Bell when she got here. Sadly, that makes two women, Lutricia and Colleita the only two employed folks, living at GODTEL, at the end of July.
Looking ahead, August has a lot going on in it. Our grandchildren will be spending a few days with us. We hope to go fishing this time with no rain outs. Our son will have a birthday, although I know he is not counting the years any more. School starts once again. Mission trips will bless all peoples involved.
And God will be EVER PRESENT. Thank you for your ever present support of GODTEL. You keep God’s light shining at the top of the hill on Moody Street. God bless you.
Because of Him we serve,
Martin and Mary Baker
“And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”