Today the word is….
Flexibility. Adaptability. Fit. Modify. Conformity. Versatility. Change, change, change and more change.
The first day of school was set and then pushed back. Schools opened then they closed. Face to face learning in the classroom or on line or on Zoom. Masks or no masks. The decisions are endless.
The Fieldhouse (Christian Men’s Job Corps) started their fall session August 24th. After three weeks of classes the number of students has landed at 7. They are meeting face to face wearing masks. Temperatures are taken before entering the building.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm the men meet for a meal, Bible Study and class. Jobs For Life is the curriculum used on Mondays and Thursdays. Computer basics is taught on Tuesday evenings. After the 16 sessions of JFL, Personal Finance and Character First are taught. Pray for the men who volunteer to teach and mentor. Pray for the administrative body. And pray for the men who attend the classes that they will hear the truth and know the truth and live the truth. GODTEL has one resident participating in this session.
The Mosaic Center (Christian Women’s Job Corps) started a week later. They are conducting their classes on Zoom. Our Christi is still mentoring on Thursdays. It is different and all are trying their best to adapt to these (hopefully temporary) changes. The desired plan is to return to face to face classes soon, Lord willing.
Our guest cooks, once again, shared their culinary skills. The meals that arrived in our kitchen were chicken, Mexican casserole, pizza, meat loaf with delicious side dishes and homemade ice cream. Many thanks to all our guest cooks!
Resident news. For a few weeks we had three men and two of them were named Jeff. For chores and Bible Study roll call we call them; Jeff 1 and Jeff 2. The number given is based on who arrived first, who checked in second-well you get the picture. Both Jeff’s got jobs while here. Jeff 2 and his wife moved out suddenly, one evening, after receiving an emergency call. We have not heard from them since. We pray they are safe and in God’s hands.
Most months we have people who have been here before, moved out and then need to check in again. The first time a person checks in we do not drug test. The second time, however, we do drug test. Those who test positive for drugs can not check in. They can return anytime to try again. If they are clean they have a bed with us.
One woman left to care for her mother. Shang had been here quite awhile checking in way back in March. For awhile she and the other residents were restricted to the “house”. When the shelter in place was lifted she would look for a job. It is hard to find a job when so many are being laid off. So it was a blessing for Shang to get the call to help her mother.
Barbara returned to GODTEL. She still works at Subway. She had a little “detour” but was now back on track with a plan. The next paycheck she received paid the deposit on an apartment. The next paycheck was to pay off an old electric bill. Then with the next check and help from her sister, she moved into a place of her own. Way to go, Barbara!
Remember Alice and her baby, Grace? They moved to a more suitable place for her and the baby in Jasper……..Hurricane Laura headed our way. From Jasper, Alice and the other residents at that home were evacuated to Beaumont. Grace needed medical help and so she and her mother went to Houston for the medical attention needed. When things were ok Alice and Grace got to GODTEL. When the power returned and the facility in Jasper was cleaned, Grace and her mom headed back to Jasper.
Hurricane Laura was THE news for several days. Local motels filled to capacity quickly. Even though we are not an official emergency shelter, anyone was welcome to come as long as they went by our rules. Most evacuees went north of Lufkin. Martin and Warren spent a whole day preparing for “what may come.” Generators were set up. Gas cans were ready to refill the generators if needed. Loose items like trash cans were put up or secured. Flashlights were tested and new batteries were handy in case needed. All that and we did not need to crank up and use the generators. Praise the Lord!
Even though we did not need to use our “storm preparations” we were praying for all who might have been in the path of the hurricane. We are praying for Lake Charles and all the communities, big or small, in the wake of the storm.
As summer turns into fall don’t let the virus hinder your walk with the Lord. Get that vitamin D from the sun and set your thoughts on THE Son, Jesus.
Remember, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Thank you, folks, for partnering with GODTEL this past month. Thank you that we were able to help, Barbara, Jeff 1 & 2, Grace and Alice.
Because we serve a Living God,
Martin and Mary Baker