Archive for October, 2012

October 29, 2012

Drop Us a Line!


We have about 160 clients on Facebook now as friends. This is a great way to watch as they work through their lives. Here’s an update we got recently after posting a “Happy Birthday” note on their page:

 

“I am doing great! At the end of October I will be sober for a year. I am off the road and have my own place. I have been going to school, studying to become a sound engineer and open my own studio one day. I am transferring to a private music school in MN to make this dream become a reality. I play in a punk/metal band that is getting some exposure and getting bigger. I also work about 35 hrs a week delivering pizza, so I don’t get in to that much trouble any more. Hope all is well in Texas!”

 

We don’t claim our client’s success, but we sure do celebrate it! We know they have it in them!

 

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October 27, 2012

Why do I give?


We received this recently from a donor. We are so thankful that we have supporters from all walks of life and all over the country. We help our clients understand that supporters have lots of reasons for caring. Here is one story:

 

SYM is one of several places that I have chosen to tithe.  I think that the work that you do is important and may be the only glimpse of Gods love that several of Austin’s street youth will ever encounter.  God bless you in every way possible. I attend a United Methodist Church in Lubbock,TX and I currently work as a mental health tech, but I am working towards my LCDC. I was a nontraditional older student and attended Texas Tech through the Center of Addiction and Recovery and I am a recovering alcoholic/ addict…going to school around all the college age students. Through this experience, God opened my eyes to some of the unique struggles that youth have and I had forgotten the importance of.  My passion for going to school was homelessness and somewhere in the mix I found your site when I was looking for information. I did a powerpoint presentation in class that included SYM as an example of how we can respond to the needs of homeless youth. God Bless you and put his angels of protection around you and the youth…in the name of Jesus Christ..Amen

 

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October 15, 2012

An ad hoc Bible Lesson


In Bible study last week, things were so peaceful that we chucked the planned lesson and simply talked. My ground-rule was it had to be Biblical or ministerial. The first question was “Why does God do all these things to me?” My response was to consider that acts arise from three sources: from God, from the devil, and from man. We must also discern if things are righteous, evil, or simply flesh. But I reminded the questioner that no matter what the source of trouble and challenge, God can use it all for good and to help us.

 

The second question was about how we know if we’re praying for the right things in our lives. I shared that I believe God wants us to be in conversation and to share all our wants. However, the bible says we will only get answers for those right prayers. But it doesn’t hurt to ask and I believe the dialogue will help. And there are several cases of “arguing” with God when the answer doesn’t come. I don’t believe God changes his mind really, but he does relent and do things differently when it is in accordance with his plan. As we find wants, we need to examine if they are good. The heart is deceitful. We can pray, “Search my heart. Show me the dark places that are not right.” And finally, sometimes we simply don’t know what to pray. In those cases, cry out in agony, pain, anger or simply sigh. The Bible promises that the Holy Spirit will intercede for us with the Father and change our outcry into prayers for us.

 

Then we discussed the gist of Acts by request. And then Revelation. It was a great day!

 

Great questions!

 

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October 6, 2012

Be the Change


We participated in a Be the Change service project this year. We agreed to lead about 20 people through making sandwiches and handing them out to some of our clients. Our intention was to attract college students from UT, teach them who our clients are, stash some sandwiches in our freezer for a later date, and help our clients. Before the event was available for registration, it was booked fully. A group signed up. But we didn’t know who they were.

 

We opened the door and in came a group of adult traditional Indian men and women. Some were more elderly. Many were practicing Hindus. They begin putting together sandwiches. Some could touch the meat and others couldn’t. They worked through teamwork to complete the assignment. They have regularly made peanut butter sandwiches as a group and given them to the Salvation Army in the past.

 

Then I began to teach them about what we do and who we serve. They have lots of questions. I provided them with a great background, but some questions simply cannot be answered with words. I gathered them to go out and meet clients.

 

They met quiet clients. They met mature clients. They met rebellious clients. They met pregnant clients. They met clients who had slept out in the rain the night before. They gave each love and attention, and offered them food, clothing, and other donated goodies.

 

In the walk back and the discussion afterward, here are there observations:

 

I liked how respectful they were.

I liked how smart they are. One greeted me with a few words of Hindi.

I was surprised that all didn’t want everything, but they did want to talk.

It was hard seeing pregnant girls and knowing they live on the street.

I was touched to see a young man crying in your arms.

I heard you talking with a Muslim and not judging him. He was very open to you.

I was surprised to see how much of a family they are. When you told us that earlier, I didn’t believe you, thinking maybe you were exaggerating or “maybe in la-la land.” But it’s true. They really care for one another.

It was hard to see the ones that are rebellious and so unhappy.

 

We closed our service project in prayer. Christians, Muslims, and Hindus praying together, acknowledging that only God can change and heal these precious children of God. It was a great day. 

 

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Become a fan on Facebook!
Mobile? No problem: m.StreetYouthMinistry.org.
I’m a notary for benefit of clients and supporters. Ph: (512) 553-3796
Volunteer or donate (tax deductible) online
Arrange a meeting with me: tungle.me/terrycole

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