Archive for November, 2012

November 29, 2012

What Do Our Former Clients Say?


We received this on Facebook recently. We love FB. It lets us keep up with clients whom we don’t see anymore because they are doing well! Clients… be inspired! Life gets better and it can happen for you. This client went through all the stuff you are and came out great on the other side! And supporters, please be inspired to know that what you help do really makes a difference!

 

Thank you for everything you have done. You helped me get my life back, even though I don’t think you know it! I’m still getting on my feet, but I’m with my family. I have also met the man that God intended me to find. He’s amazing and treats me very well. When I get back to Texas, I only request an hour of your time, Terry. I want to treat you to something, even if its just Ice Cream, and to thank you in person!

 

Help us help serve our clients.

 

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November 20, 2012

What a Volunteer has to Says


Commnets from a recent volunteer:

 

First night with SYM walking the drag meeting some of Austin’s street youth/homeless young people. I really became aware of America’s–and my own–”ignore = doesn’t exist” view of the marginalized. So many people/kids in need–all of them just wanting to belong and to be loved. I want to do so much more. Then I had to drive through the fun fun fun fest on the way home and get all pissed off at social injustice in general. It’s been a roller coaster of a day.

 

And a giant thank you to Terry Cole and Street Youth Ministry. Terry, you POUR yourself into those kids. I am inspired by your humility, kindness, gentleness, willingness to listen, and servant’s heart. May you find energy and refreshment today so that you continue to bear the fruit of acceptance and love to the marginalized and the oppressed, and may the floodgates of blessings be opened up to you so that your house will not be able to contain all that God has in store for you.

 

Join us at SYM.

 

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November 10, 2012

Running on Fumes and Filling Your Tank


Some days ago we were doing some Christian counseling with a client over anger. We’re very proud of this client. Great strides are being made.

 

Someone recently said something mean to this client and the client became angry. This scared the client. For one of the first times, I saw a client who owned being hurt: “That person really hurt me with what they said. And it made me angry.” They controlled their anger. I reminded them, “You did a great job. You didn’t lose control because of your anger. What a change!” I asked, “Can you tell me some reasons you didn’t lose control?” Here is what the client said:

 

o First, I could see where it would lead. I’d do this. He’d do that. Then I’d do that. And I don’t want to go there. 

o Second, I have new strength from Jesus Christ to resist hate and evil.

 

I commended his new skills. He can look ahead now and choose whether he wants to go down a road directed by anger or not. And he is able to allow Jesus Christ to fill his gas tank of life. And when something comes along to make some of it leak away–and something always comes along to steal some of our gas, he now has enough in his bucket that he doesn’t run out of gas. The fuel tank of his life is now Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! May he never run on fumes again such that anger controls his life. May he always stop to refuel frequently. May he never run out of gas again on his road of life! Amen.

 

 

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November 8, 2012

What do we want for our clients?


Kevin Portman, a graduate student at Duke University’s Divinity school, recently

wrote a paper about homeless youth that he encountered near UT while studying as an

undergrad. Portman interviewed Terry about SYM’s role in caring for these young

people. Following are some excerpts from his paper:

 

SYM is focused around four key dimensions of growth, which they share up front with the street youth: stability, sobriety, God fearing nature and connection to Christian community. Regarding stability and sobriety…the reason for youth homelessness is due to the complete depletion of resources. Although being a source of aid referral…SYM makes a constant effort to prevent the ministry from becoming “Walmart,”…because the giver and the homeless street youth will have no relational connection greater than the gift itself, and the homeless youth will only seek more resources, because they have to survive. The end result of this is a broken relationship, then no relationship…Rather SYM encourages a relationship based on love and prayer. For physical needs: clothing, money, a place to sleep, food—the immediate stance is that the Lord will provide if you ask. SYM volunteers play a large role in this as they learn what the clients need, and

look around their walks of life for things they can give to meet those needs.

 

Without question, SYM’s ministry is sharing the message of Christ with clients…The counseling and Bible studies are directed toward revealing to these youth the truth about God and God’s call upon their lives. Essential for reinstituting the youths’ God-fearing nature, Scripture is used from an early point. A fascinating insight into the cognitive and spiritual state of these youth can be gained through a common Bible study exercise that SYM employs. The youth are asked to go around the room and take turns sharing a story they know from the Bible….Commonly, 40 or so stories are shared, a significant amount of retention for this “un-churched” demographic. However, one important characteristic that all the stories shared: the stories were “twisted” in some way. They each had the framework of the story, but either specifics or interpretation was leading them to have somehow previously heard a lie. One youth stated that he failed to ever begin following Jesus because he misinterpreted the model of Jesus the Shepherd such that Jesus would, in a sense, break his legs the moment he chose to follow. It is obvious that these youth have not been properly educated in Scripture. The Church is the only place that homeless people are ever going to learn about Jesus and learn about faith. Without question, the Church has much work to do. For how can someone make an informed decision to follow Christ or recognize the grace of God working in him or her while holding these untruths?

 

Connection to Christian community is the pivotal goal moving forward for street youth. SYM receives hundreds of volunteers, partly because we need the help and partly because our clients need to see Christians care, and partly because the Church needs to see these people. SYM desires for these youth to transition into the local church where they can be baptized and put down roots in a constant, supportive Christian community. Nearly all of the street youth perceive Christians as “judgmental, hypocritical and no fun,” and a crucial goal is to reconcile this issue.

 

SYM desires to partner closely with the churches in the service area or near its boundary, sharing volunteers, facilities and services. In addition, SYM wants to partner with Christian churches all over the city, sharing volunteers, resources and educational and speaking opportunities, in a desire to share God’s heart for the city.

 

Kevin Portman wrote in his paper, “No matter the day or the hour, the sidewalks were

always bustling with young people – young homeless people….Surely God loves them,

but do I love them also?” SYM is responding to God’s call to love and serve homeless

street youth. Pray and get involved!

 

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