Archive for September, 2012

September 10, 2012

Encouraging Words


Check out these words from a young person struggling. Together, we’re helping this person every day! This young person is making progress and wrestling with the concepts of who God is and how to know him. Together we make a difference! Bless you!

“My choice of sobriety was a tough one, and I still feel I want to be high. I have set my personal feelings aside because, despite how I feel, the things I want are different from the things I need. I know in my short time being sober that I have found more enjoyment in the little things than I could ever have enjoyed before–like someone’s company or a simple conversation. Not to say it’s easy or I don’t get stressed, but the things I enjoy now I get to enjoy with my heart and soul. I know when I start my day that I am in control. No one can drive my life but me. I for once in my life have faith in myself. I know I can do this. 

I have been on the streets for eight years now, off and on, and I am only 23 years old. I dropped out of high school because moving around I lost credits. It set me back as well as not being able to get to school some days. Sometimes I was too high to pay attention or just fell asleep. I regret not finishing and now that I am sober I plan on making a solid effort and at least getting my GED.

I am taking my life back from myself. It’s even hard for me at the moment to admit all my faults, but I cannot lie to myself anymore. This is not the life I want. I want to be happy and to know what true happiness is even if I have to struggle and fight to get it. I know nothing in life worth having is easy to get. It is not going to be a fast fix or going to happen soon enough for me. But it’s going to happen. I believe!!!”

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September 7, 2012

Afraid to Come Home


He believes in God. He has read the Bible. He comes to our events from time to time. One day, he came in pain, wanting help. 

 

Tommy is typical of the young men we work with. He’s been in foster care off and on from his early teens. He has family but they aren’t great for one another. He’s done just about everything: drugs, theft, sex, and more.

 

Tommy is addicted to drugs. He has a drug of choice, and God has given him strength to stay away. Like many others in his situation, he has substituted other drugs in its place. He goes for a while without drugs and he has other times when he uses a lot. On the day he came to me, he was ready to give them up for good. He was hurting and frightened. 

 

He told me he wanted God to heal him, to take away his addiction. I told him he needed to confess what he has done, so that Jesus can take it away. He began, but stopped. “I can’t. I can’t talk to Jesus. I talk with God but I can’t talk with Jesus.” I asked him why. “I know God is real and understand what God wants. But I’ve tried to talk with Jesus and I just don’t feel him.”

 

Tommy listed all his sins to me. And he said, “God is mad at me. He’s done all these things to me. And I just want to know why. I just want to understand. Why does it all happen this way?”

 

I explained that God loves him and that Jesus is the way to the Father. I explained that he need only confess his sins to Jesus and that Jesus has already done all the work on the cross to take away his sins and restore Tommy. God has always loved him and always will, but God does expect Tommy to have a relationship with Jesus to be restored.

 

Tommy couldn’t do it. I pressed him to find out why. Tommy cried and finally said, “I’m afraid. I don’t want punishment. I know He’s going to break my legs like a lost sheep so I won’t wander off anymore. I don’t want him to hurt me.” I was shocked but I recognized the truth of the moment: how misled Tommy is.

 

God loves Tommy so much, but Tommy is unable to cry out to Jesus for his help. Tommy remains too prideful, independent, and hurt to hear the Gospel. Jesus will not break his legs, but rather will hoist him on his shoulders and carry him back to the flocks. He will celebrate Tommy’s homecoming.

 

We will continue to shamelessly offer the Gospel to Tommy. And we will continue to relentlessly ask Jesus to be near Tommy. The Father loves Tommy so much and will provide great and wonderful things for him when Tommy is ready. All the work is done already by Jesus on the cross. The banquet table, a table set in part by supporters of SYM who give, pray and love street-dependent young people, is ready. Many will be invited, including the poor, sick, and lame. We will go out and find the outcast and invisible among us and continue to invite them in. There is room for all because of Jesus! Will Tommy come? Only time can tell. 

 

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September 3, 2012

Talk Time


We had 12 people in our “Talk Time” Monday morning at 11:00am. We discussed what prayer is and then began an exciting prayer concert, modeled after something that was common in 19th century tent revivals in the US.

 

We began slowly, with short statement about who God is. “God is love. God is… what?” I would coax a statement out of them, repeat and expand it, and then ask the question again. It grew almost into a rhythm. Then we moved into “I am thankful for … what?” And then “Here”s what”s going on with me.” And finally, “I admit… what?” The participation was nearly 100% and the prayer seemed to build up to a crescendo.

 

Then we prayed, “God, I ask for me that you… what?” Then “God, I ask for us that you… what?” And “God, I ask for this city that you… what?” 

 

They were brutally honest about their lives and what they wanted. As we closed by praying thanks for how God will have acted in their lives five, ten, twenty, and even fifty years from now, they gave thanks for healing, provision, and the ability to help others who are like them now. Now that”s some sweet prayer that you can join us with!  Join our prayer list.

 

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September 1, 2012

What did you do on your summer vacation?


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Some girls from the Dripping Springs/Wimberley Service Unit worked on their Community Service Bar by volunteering at the University United Methodist Church’s Fig Leaf Store.  This is a ministry for aiding the homeless population in the UT Austin area and serves Street Youth Ministry (SYM).

 

The girls worked to sort donated clothing, hang and stock the store.  Clothing that was not appropriate for the current weather conditions were hung in their storage room.  When time came for the street youth clients to shop, they assisted them in locating items they were needing, folded and bagged their items. 

 

When they saw how fast the donated items were depleting, they took their service a step further and held a donation drive to collect additional items for the Store.

 

On Thursdays the girls worked to prepare the store for SYM.  Young adults were invited in for discussion, snacks and could visit the store to obtain clothing and other needed items.  About 20 street youth are served each Thursday. Fig Leaf is open to people in need of all ages on Saturdays. The customers began with serving brunch and visitors were able to visit the Store.  A few hundred people attend on Saturdays for brunch and shopping.

 

The experience the girls attained provided a whole new perspective to the topic of homelessness. 

 

The Fig Leaf Store is SYM’s chosen clothing partner. They can store and receive a lot of clothing. However, there has been a severe clothing shortage this summer that has resulted in the need to ration clothing. We always need men’s shoes, belts, pants, and shorts, but this year we even need simple T-shirts during the “clothing drought!” Donations can be dropped off anytime at University United Methodist Church by the elevator. Please label them “Street Youth” so the closet will know that SYM is contributing to the clothing store even more than it’s clients receive!

 

Join us at SYM.

 

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