Summer, summer. Humid, humid. Hot, hot. Sweat, sweat.
Christmas in June. Well, let’s back up a few months. GODTEL received several gift cards for Christmas. June came around and it was time to spend the gift cards. At Wal-mart we purchased four sets of twin sheets. Two shower curtains for the women’s dorm were purchased at Target. And the gift card to Walgreens is yet to be used. Small electric alarm clocks are the item to “buy” from there. We are thankful for the gift cards and had fun deciding how to use them even though it took us awhile to do it.
Our guest cooks plus two blessed us with an array of menu delights. Sloppy joes, sausage sandwiches, Mexican casserole, pulled pork sandwiches, taco soup and pork loin were the “imported” treats for the month.
Martin and I were invited to speak to the Lufkin Lions Evening Club. We got cleaned up and put on our fancy duds and headed to the Golden Coral for the evening. After a delicious meal, Martin and I shared about GODTEL. We told the group who we are and what we do. Questions were asked and answers were given. The evening came to an end. What a blessing it is to meet new friends in our community.
It was Sunday morning. The donuts were picked up, Bible study was conducted, and some of us attended church. When we returned home Martin went to the attic fan switch and turned it on. Nothing happened. We waited a few minutes and then Martin tried again. The attic fan quit-didn’t even give us a two week notice. We had meals to prepare and serve and people to check in. We were busy.
That evening, once again, we tried the fan switch-still nothing. God “came through” again. I say this tongue in check...I tried to get some sympathy from our daughter, to no avail. Anyway, to get to the good stuff. Did I say God is good? He is. That weekend was one of our cool and comfortable weather days and nights. We had good sleeping conditions. Early Monday morning Martin and the guys checked out the fan. (Yes, the breaker was turned off) The motor had to be replaced. We had a working motor on the shelf in the big shop. It was installed and by noon the attic fan was purring like a kitten.
Taking a quote from an old TV program, “I love it when a plan comes together.” Of course, we know that It is all God’s plan. He knew the fan would quit. He knew we had a replacement for it. He is the One who brought it here in the first place. And He knew when we would need it. Isn’t God good? I love it when we acknowledge God’s plan.
Christi took a few days off this past month. Her sons drove up from Conroe and picked their mother up. One brought her back. The days in between were great fun. She got to visit with her three children. She got to snuggle, hug and tickle six of her seven grandchildren. We are most thankful that Christi came home. And we are glad she had this time with her family.
Martin and I were, also, able to take a quick trip to Spring and help our daughter with some home projects. Granddaughter Lauren requested that her granddad not ride her scooter. We all cracked up. We don’t know where that came from but then the mind of a three year old is quite busy and hard to decipher at times. Oh... and Lauren’s granddad did NOT ride her scooter.
Names: This past month we had 4 David’s, 2 Paul’s and 1 Ernest Ford (no Tennessee Ernie). We had 1 Bambi, no relation to the fawn. Two last names of Johnson appeared in the check-in book. One thing is for sure-all heard the gospel of Jesus Christ while they were here.
Several long time residents left. Cassandra came in February. She got a job and was faithful to go to work and save her money. It was almost time for her to leave when one evening she did not show up for Bible study or curfew. She returned a few days later to pick up her belongings. It saddens us when it appears that one of our folks is doing well and about to move out of the nest. Then they blow it. Pray for Cassandra.
Several of the residents were returnees. Kenneth, Jesse, David, and Christopher were just a few of their names. For some we become the safety net or enabler. For others we are the hand up help they need to get back on their feet. Our desire is to seek the direction of the Holy Spirit as each soul crosses our threshold.
Martin’s mom celebrated her 88 years on this earth this past month. Two of our nieces, also, added a candle on their cakes. However, they are not as eager to publicize their ages yet. Me? Some days I feel my age. Some days I feel older than my age and some days I feel younger. What can I say-my life is complicated...Not really.
July birthdays include Christi, friend Linda, daughter Amanda and granddaughters Kristen and Lauren. And the USA. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
God is good at keeping me grounded. If there is any distance between us it is me letting go of His hand. He does not forsake or leave me.
No matter your age we thank you for your support of GODTEL Ministries this past month.
Remember stay cool. Thank God for His grace as we serve Him gladly.
Because we serve a Living God,
Martin and Mary Baker