As in years past, each of our missions will host a banquet on Thanksgiving Day to which the general public is invited. You are welcome to come enjoy the devotion and meal with us, or come volunteer to help serve, or just come and visit with our residents to let them know you care. Donations of specialty items (pie, dressing, vegetable casseroles, ice etc.) are always appreciated.
We always have plenty of food and a lot of fun. Serving times will be as in the past: Noon in Nacogdoches, 2:00 p.m. in Lufkin, and 4:00 p.m. in Livingston. Feel free to call one of our shelters to confirm. (Phone numbers are on the back of this page at the bottom.)
Nacogdoches Personnel Changes
In our July newsletter we announced that Joseph Parrott was coming to manage the Nacogdoches mission, which he did for just over two months before he felt the need to move to San Augustine and take care of his ailing mother.
We are very thankful that June’s youngest brother, Richard, has been willing to fill in again until we can find a staff family to manage operations. Though Richard is very busy with other tasks, this time he has the help of my office assistant, Stephanie, when June and I are at the Livingston mission.
Tyson Chicken Donation
Last month, we received a call from Tyson Foods in Center, TX to see if we were interested in a donation of chicken. We were, so we made arrangements to pick up a trailer load which was distributed to our three shelters. It went like this: Greg drove from Livingston to Nacogdoches where Richard hooked up the trailer. They then drove to Center, loaded up and returned to Nacogdoches to fill our freezers there. Greg then headed south, stopping by Lufkin to unload many cases there before returning to Livingston with the remainder of the donation.
Below are two photos taken as the unloading began in Nacogdoches. We are looking forward to the many delicious ways our cooks will prepare these birds.
We are delighted to announce the birth of Astrid Nerys Gentry, our 14th grandchild. She is the daughter of our youngest son Joshua and his wife Erin. (Photos below)
Bro. June Injury Update
All is well with Bro. June following his injury. His bones and joints will be mending (and aching) for a long time to come but we are so glad he does not need surgery. To God be thanks and praise.
Several church groups have come in recent weeks to feed and serve us at each of our mission locations. In Livingston, we’ve been blessed by Barnum Baptist Church from Chester, TX, Grace Baptist Church from Fred, TX, and Calvary Baptist Church from Woodville, TX. In addition to the church groups, we have enjoyed receiving leftovers from banquets, funerals, fund-raisers and individuals, some who prepare food and bring it to serve or who prepare and serve it at the mission.