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“This is a video explaining the results of a group discussion we held at a past Street Youth Ministry event. Take a look and see what our clients said they needed.
We’re still happy to take donations to invest alongside our clients in the things that will help them.”
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I wrote this thank you note for my administrative helper the other day. She is a contractor who works to help off-load some of my administrative tasks. But this letter could really be for any supporter, cook, prayer team member, or volunteer. The work you do matters! Have a read.
The obvious thing is enabling us to share all those prayer requests with prayer team members. I think it might be the most effective thing we do. But, we are also constantly using the data in our records to communicate with people who follow the ministry, give needed items, support the work financially, and volunteer. So every little bit of the data matters for our clients.
This is long term work. I talked with a client yesterday on the Drag who I have known for many years. He is 28 now. He would be best described as a sex maniac; in the past. Now he knows that God does not want that for him, and he has begun to focus on committed relationships. He wants to know Jesus and is asking lots of questions of pastors, friends, and me. Who could have ever guessed such a thing years ago!?
My point is, that the work we do in administration today may support who knows what breakthrough in the future. Maybe one of these people becomes a permanent partner for SYM, becoming our second missionary one day? Or, maybe one of them buys a building for us one day? Or, maybe one of them becomes a dedicated prayer partner, praying for hundreds of street youth over the years?
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Now you do.
Sharing a photo of the goodies baked by a volunteer and her children.
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Funny story about blankets.
A couple weeks ago, a wonderful volunteer from San Antonio asked me if we wanted blankets. She had the ability to save some blankets from being disposed. They were bailed in huge bundles of 25 blankets. How many did I want?
She wouldn’t be coming to Austin for a while, so it would be the end of March before I would get them, so who would want any? But three bundles represented about $750 in money that donors or volunteers would not need to contribute next year, so I said yes to 75 blankets.
She bought them to me on a very hectic day, and I could not take them straight to storage. So I had them in my truck when I went to a meeting with a local church to celebrate the end of Cold Weather efforts in Austin for 2013-2014.
Following the evening celebration, I walked back to my truck. There was a client I hadn’t seen in a long time; asleep by my truck. He had fallen asleep waiting for me. He had been looking for a blanket all week; since losing his job and being back on the street again. He saw that we had them and he waited.
We caught up as we pulled a blanket from the bundle (without breaking the straps so the bundle still could be efficiently stored until next winter).
It was fun telling him how God had provided for him through the actions of so many; even starting before he even lost his job.
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We received the note below from one of our cold weather partners.
If you want to write a review of SYM based on your experience (as a donor, as a volunteer, as an in-kind donor, as a partner, or even as a client) please send it to us.
We love feedback!
It was our joy [to come out and help with SYM’s Cold Weather Response again this year,] and honestly this gets easier every time. Cool thing is that most of the folks who came this time had never been and at least a couple of them are fired up to do more.
[One person] spoke to me on Sunday about she and [a friend] wanting to do more, particularly helping to organize the clothing storage for you. I asked her to contact you directly about it, and then let me know what y’all work out and we would announce it to the greater congregation to solicit more help if needed.
The teenagers that came are also up for engaging some more this spring or summer. Maybe we can do another wash day mid-May?
We Continue to pray for you and the precious ones you live to love.
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