HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Back by popular demand the GODTEL Thespian Society returned for a special Christmas production. Translation-Martin, Mary and Warren read their lines as they performed a short skit based on Luke chapter 2. Not only did the audience see an award winning act they had to sing for their breakfast.
The volunteers came as early as 8:00 am. The cracking of eggs could be heard. The sizzling of bacon, ham and sausage came from the skillet. Fruit was peeled, cleaned, cut and put in bowls. Biscuits were readied to be heated. And there was butter and jelly to slather on or spread inside the heavenly bread or, maybe, gravy on top.
Serving and eating tables were decorated for the festivities. Soon after the bell was rung at 10:00 am all the chairs were full. After the one act play was presented, we sang for our breakfast. Our voices were joined in the first verse of “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing”. A blessing was given and the serving and eating began.
Our tables and chairs were overflowing. We scrambled to find more seating and eating arrangements. It was a beautiful day and so some of our guests ate outside. We tried to get an accurate count of bodies present. The count was around 70. The breakdown is-residents-31; volunteers-21; guests-18. This is the most we have hosted in many years. There was plenty of food to feed the residents, guests and volunteers. Praise the Lord!
Gifts were handed out. Some were placed on the residents’ beds the night before Christmas. And the rest were handed out Christmas morning. We have six children living here. Several phone calls from caring and thoughtful groups made sure the children had a wonderful Christmas. We did this once before...at curfew Christi and I set up the Christmas gifts on a bed down the hall, away from their room. The next morning giggles and yells and smiles were heard all over the property as the children from 14 years to 18 months enjoyed the generosity of Jesus-loving people. The day was a good day to think upon the birth of our Lord Jesus-the best gift EVER!
Our day continued to be blessed with the arrival of our son and his son and daughter. Christmas tacos are one of our favorite Christmas traditions. We ate our tacos with much gusto. Ole! Y Feliz Navidad!
December was full of deliveries of all kinds. Canned goods came from Trout Primary School. The students may be small but their competitive spirits are big. Warren unloaded “bunches of boxes” with good food items in them. Mustang CAT, also, gathered and delivered canned goods.
Our Christmas breakfast menu was provided by the TEL/Willing Workers and Victory Sunday school classes of LifePoint Church. Gift bags were filled and then given out to the residents from the Texas Veterans Commission and American Legion, Angelina County Post 113. We have veterans pass through our doors throughout the year. Whether there is a veteran here at Christmas, or not, these two groups have been faithful to think of our folks for quite a few years. Our cup runneth over.
Memorial Baptist Church adopted our resident family. Gifts were bought, wrapped and given to the family Christmas morning. If your group was left out please forgive me. God knows who you are and His blessings are far better than any worldly accolades we could bestow on you.
Not far from Christmas is the end of the year. Tuesday night, AKA new year’s eve, after Bible study, we popped the corn and pulled the TV out and put in a movie. Soft drinks were also served while the residents watched the old movie “The Thing from Another World”. Do you know who played “the thing”? James Arness was the plant based alien visitor. Most of us may know him as Matt Dillon, US Marshall. When the movie ended the lights were turned out and we headed to our beds to wait for the fireworks and new year to start. 2020...who would of thought?!
It is easy to pray “God’s will”, but I find it is not so easy to accept “His will” That is the challenge of the great adventure with God, our Heavenly Father. This year let us, brothers and sisters in the Lord, walk together in accepting and obeying God’s will. Let us lift each other in prayer.
Pray for our military personnel and the first responders. Pray for those in authority over us. Pray for our teachers and students. Pray for accountants as they spend the next four months of looking and deciphering numbers and as they put into place any new tax laws.
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou has sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.” John 17:21-23
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Thank you to the many supporters who partnered with GODTEL-Lufkin last year. We look forward to the new year as we continue to help the homeless and poor.
Because we serve a Living God,
Martin and Mary Baker
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Emily!