November Lufkin Report
Bible Study and Meal-2:00 pm
Volunteers and guests welcome
Preparations begin 10:00 am
Trick or treat, wedding bells, and the power of pink highlighted the month of October.
October teased us with cool temperatures. And the rain, it kept coming down. Will this lead to a cold winter? Forecasters say it will be an unusually cold winter in the deep east Texas area this year.
Christina came to GODTEL in January of this year. She had a job at WHATABURGER. It wasn’t long before she left that job to look for another job with more hours.
While here, she met Christine, who was attending the Christian Women’s Job Corps at The Mosaic Center. Christine shared her experiences as she completed her 12 week session. Christina thought this would be a good option for her. She applied, was interviewed and accepted into the fall session of classes. We agreed to let her stay as long as she completed the course.
Steven came in December of last year. He was waiting on a phone call for a job. While waiting he helped around here. The phone call never came. About this time, Warren asked Steven and Christina if they would like to take over his yard service. They said yes and started working with Warren and they soon took it over.
The Fieldhouse (Christian Men’s Job Corps) opened its doors for the first class. Steven was one of three students who attended and completed the first session. As you may have already guessed, the working relationship between Christina and Steven became more personal.
The couple attended church together and had special marriage classes after the Sunday morning services. Steven and Christina became Mr. and Mrs. on October 28th. They moved out of GODTEL a day later. He is working at Live Well and she is finishing up her classes at The Mosaic Center. Prayers are coveted for this newly made family.
Even though Nick moved out, we still had the “under 18” folks under our roof. John and his two sons are still here. For a few days Saxton and his mom stayed at GODTEL. Trenton, Jr. came with his older brother and sister and mom and dad. But by the end of the month, John’s sons still held the “under 18” title at GODTEL.
We do not participate in the Halloween festivities. However, we are blessed with the leftovers. We are delighted to satisfy our “sweet tooths” with the sugary and chocolate-y candies that land in our kitchen.
And then, late afternoon into early evening, we saw quite a few celebrity faces up and down our block. There was Superman, all the Disney Princesses, Spiderman, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Ninja Turtles, Rainbow Unicorn, Transformers, and many more characters. And, of course, the traditional-ghost...What a sight!
Sean came to us from the hospital on the last night of the month. Before he even arrived at GODTEL there was a message on our office phone from his grandmother in Illinois. Sean had been in a car accident here in Texas. She called to check on him and make plans to come and get him. Sean’s mother and sister, also, made calls to check on him.
His grandparents drove a day and a half from central Illinois to pick Sean up and take him home. We praise God that we were here to help this young man. While here he heard the gospel two times a day. Before he left, Sean said that this accident had started him thinking about his life and making better decisions. Now it is up to Sean and The Holy Spirit.
October. The Power of Pink Luncheon. The two go together like bread and butter. Once again, women gathered together for food, fellowship, laughter and current news on breast cancer research and cures. Each year there are more survivors because of early detection and new treatments.
Kay Francis spoke to us on how humor can ease the stress in our lives. And we know illness of any kind can cause stress. Proverbs 17:22 says “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.” Go ahead-laugh a little, laugh a lot. Toss that stress away!
We were blessed by our guest cooks. These mighty chefs prepared and served hamburgers cooked on the grill. Chili, as well as chicken spaghetti times two were enjoyed by all. The very tasty desserts top off the perfect meals.
It is November and we are reminded to be thankful and give thanks for all that we have. We are truly overflowing with blessings and mercy beyond our imaginings.
The name game: It was hard to keep up with the 3 Jones, no relation; the Weis (wise) Hunter crossed the Brooks where he saw a Starling. Walking through the Parks the Princess met her Destiny as she smelled the Oder of the Vines in the Groves. Instead of a Bass the Miller found a Crystal at the end of the Rainbow.
We are glad that we don’t need a special day to thank you, our supporters. We praise and thank God for your love and obedience to Him, EVERY day, by way of GODTEL in Lufkin. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving day.
Because we serve a Living God,
Martin and Mary Baker
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