July Newsletter - Lufkin
Greetings from deep east Texas. We’re still here, praising God and serving our Lord, sharing His Word and staying faithful.
As planned, The Mosaic Center started back the 1st of June. The women completed their session with graduation on June 25th. All the students returned from the “shelter in place” furlough.
The Fieldhouse students, also, returned to class. Their graduation took place June 16th. Like the high schools and colleges the ceremonies of these two ministries were different than their past ones. The Fieldhouse had a private ceremony for the students. Teachers, students, mentors and Board members were present. After this, family and friends were welcome to extend their congratulations to the graduates with a “drive by” in the parking lot of Denman Avenue Baptist Church . Good job, Sam!
The Mosaic Center honored their graduates with a ceremony acknowledging their completion of classes at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars Building). Lunch was catered by Tome. No family or friends were in attendance but a video will be given of the ceremony to each graduate to share with family and friends. Way to go, Barbara!
Hey! Let me share with you something really neat. In the last session of The Fieldhouse and The Mosaic Center a married couple each attended the Christian Men’s/Women’s Job Corps. They both completed the session and both have graduated. What a blessing for their family. God is good.
On the road again...Warren had a week off. He had purchased two broken vehicles. The plan was to get one working car out of this situation. Warren was up early. In the summer heat of June, he worked many hours every day. Martin took him to the parts store several times. By the end of the week Warren had a working car. It is inspected, licensed, insured and on the road.
Nic was here for awhile. He works for one of the small carnivals that travels from town to town. As the state started to open up, Nic got a call to come back to work. But first he needed to be tested for the virus. We are thankful to report that he is covid-19 clean. He left after receiving his test report. He was very helpful and got a few day jobs. We pray that he and all fellow employees stay healthy.
Fun with names: John Voight checked in but didn’t stay. The Hunter was Weis to look for Leeks in the Wells around the Cassels. The Dancer Ott to ask the Price of the Crystal before buying it. Avery camper should be careful with campfires or they will have many Burns.
Our guest cooks were faithful in June. Oh-pork chops, spaghetti, tacos and Mexican lasagna were the delicious meals prepared and delivered to GODTEL Ministries. Nobody went to bed hungry. Folks, we do have a cook and she does a great job in feeding us every day. Dolores appreciates the break from the kitchen. It is a hot job any time of the year. Summer time is tough but she is faithful to head to the kitchen three times a day.
Alice (not her real name) came in early June. She is 18 years old. She is pregnant and her baby girl is due soon. Even though we have rules and we don’t have air conditioning Alice has decided to stay awhile. She is getting pre-natal care. There are several ministries and agencies helping her. Hers is a sad story. She is alone. She needs Jesus. With the two Bible Studies every day Alice is hearing the truth of how Jesus loves her. And how she needs Him. She is well supplied, at this time, for diapers, wipes, clothes, bedding, towels, and other small needs. The “grandma” in me and Christi are getting excited but the “mother” in us gives us pause knowing she has no family to love and help her. God is in control and we will follow His lead on how to minister to her as this baby girl is born. Prayers for Alice and her baby girl, Grace.
The tomatoes and asparagus are doing well in the garden. We have had a few already picked, sliced and eaten. The asparagus has to wait a year or two before the first pickin’.
Martin and I had an opportunity to go to Nederland to visit our son and his family. We had a good time. It was relaxing until the granddad and grandson (16 yrs old & a foot taller than his granddad) started “wrastlin’”. You would think that the granddad would be wise and not start such foolishness. I did request the young man to keep his granddad in one piece. He did.
We attended our son’s church. I was glad to report to our pastor that the truth is still being proclaimed in other churches. After a delicious Mexican lunch Martin and I headed home. And we here, still serving our Lord.
Remember the “Needs” box is on hold for awhile. God is good and He is faithful to supply all our needs at GODTEL. And thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support-especially during these challenging times.
Because we serve a Living God,
~Martin and Mary Baker
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