April Newsletter - Lufkin
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Our month started with a visit from our daughter and her girls. We were thoroughly entertained and impressed by these precious granddaughters. Emily is quite the artist. The Emily v. collection has a wall to itself in this grandma’s house. And she is well acquainted with Dr. Seuss and Fancy Nancy books.
Lauren may be younger, but she is definitely her own person. She is a story teller deluxe. She likes to dress up. And sometimes it is hard to get the “outfit” off. No matter what her wardrobe choice is she makes a fashion statement wherever she goes.
The girls had to go-spring break activities were waiting to happen. Fun times were had. The week came to an end only to wake up to school and work closures. So mom and dad are working from home and the girls keep them on their toes.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!...Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, that passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4, 6&7
Corona virus or Covid-19 has been the front page news in our newspapers and the breaking news on our TV news programs. Face masks and gloves are the fashion statements these days. Distancing is the new dance of the year. Safety, caution and precaution are the activities that fill our days.
We, at GODTEL, are doing our part. Our folks are doing more hand washing and sanitizing. Masks of various sizes, styles and fabrics are keeping the “bad dude” away. Tables, chairs, doorknobs and whatever else looks vulnerable is wiped down with bleach and disinfectant. Non-resident eaters are handed a “to go” plate out the kitchen door.
Psst...Christi is making masks. She has made several different styles found on the internet. We searched high and looked low for elastic and fabric. We have plenty of these items. She has swapped some masks for thread, fabric and other elastic items. Christi is glad to give one to anyone who asks.
Even with the closing of non-essential businesses we have five people still on the job. Praise the Lord! The Fieldhouse and The Mosaic Center have suspended classes. Churches have gone tech-with sermons on You Tube and web sites and Facebook. God is good all the time. All the time God is good.
Weeks before the corona virus touched our lives, GODTEL received a large donation of hand sanitizer. Another “early” donation of paper towels was put in the storage room. Dish soap was also plentiful. Even the toilet paper inventory was more than plenty. Since then we have had two more donations of toilet paper. Wow!
Some of our guest cooks called to say they would prepare and deliver, but not stay to serve. We called the Bible study teachers and suggested they take a break until the worst part of this epidemic is over. Just like you, we are staying home, staying safe.
During spring break, we were blessed by the youth of Central Church of Christ. They treated us to a macaroni and wiener casserole with broccoli on the side. It was quite tasty. Pizza and lasagna came in from the “ghost cooks”. Still good eatin’ no matter who served it!
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
The last few years Martin has said “no garden next year”. And we still put one in. The routine is the same this year. “Stay at home” residents cleared the key hole gardens of weeds and nut grass. Tomatoes and asparagus are what we plan to plant and nurture this year. Christi has already transferred her pepper and tomato plants into one of the gardens.
Our yard has been blessed with spring cleaning activity. Grass is being mowed. Edges are looking nice and trimmed. Our front planter has been lovingly renewed. And our spring rains have come at just the right times.
Even though there is daily care, we took the opportunity to give our big dining room a deep cleaning. The tables were moved out. The floor was swept and then it had a squeaky clean bubble bath. The kitchen got the same attention. The furniture and appliances were moved to the side and back as the floor was swept and washed. The broom closet was cleaned, too. We praise God that our residents have complied with the city declarations and been a help around here.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Psalm 46: 1-3
Thank you, God. Thank you for standing by us this month.
Because we serve a Living God,
~Martin and Mary Baker
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