Archive for June, 2014

June 29, 2014

Terry Cole on Making A Difference

Part of An Interview by Lael Weatherby, March 15, 2014

My name’s Terry Cole. I started Street Youth Ministry. People are always asking: What difference does it make? How do you know you’re succeeding? 

It takes a long time to see success in the form that you want to see it, which is somebody completely changing their life. Giving up drugs, getting a house, getting a job, going to school, and making their life really, really good. That’s a long process, and it can be hard to see the progress.

We have activities because you have to do something, but every activity is ministry. Every activity is a chance to show Christ’s love. And so, that’s what we try to do all the time. We have a Tuesday meal that includes bible study and food, and we give out the donated clothing and whatever else has been donated. But we do the food first, and if you want to leave, you can leave. 

And then we talk about the bible, but we don’t force anybody to believe anything. We don’t force anybody to listen. If they want to take a nap or read a book, they can. It’s very compassionate and understanding that maybe they are not in a good place today that they want to participate. But they can stay there, it’s okay with us. 

And then we have stuff at the end, no matter whether you stayed, whether you participated, whether you listened, it’s there. It’s been given to us, and if it will help you, it’s yours.

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June 26, 2014

Why I Give

Encouraging words from a former volunteer who no longer lives in Austin:

“I give because I believe strongly that what you’re doing is important to God’s kingdom and, 
since I can’t volunteer, 
I want to still be able to support that. 
Your personal sacrifice 
is an inspiration.”

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June 24, 2014

Terry Cole: An Introduction to an Interview

Part of An Interview by Lael Weatherby, March 15, 2014

“They really want the same things we want. They may have different ways of expressing it, but they want the same things.” Terry Cole

Terry Cole started Street Youth Ministry in 2008. While working as a successful electrical engineer, he did an internship with Lifeworks, another street youth support group. Afterwards, he quit his job and started a ministry program to help street youth (meaning high school-college age) become stable.

Terry helped street youth in many different ways. Many of them gave up drugs; moved into houses; got jobs; but, even more important to Terry, they devoted their life to God. Terry’s entire street youth program is about getting kids to stable places, of course, but also about connecting with God and knowing that God will always love them no matter what.

My dad knew Terry Cole because he was a good friend of his and helped with him and his street youth. He was the one who suggested Terry for the interview. I liked the idea, but I wasn’t sure what to ask him about. 

But, I realized that there are lots of interesting subjects that I could ask him about, and he had even more interesting answers.

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June 22, 2014

Why Are There So Many Street Pets

From an Interview by Lael Weatherby, March 15, 2014

Q: I have noticed that a lot of the street youth have pets. How are their pets important to them?

A: Well, I would like to start by asking, how is your pet important to you? They really want the same things that we want. They may have different ways for expressing it, but they want the same things. And so, to a street youth, a dog or a cat or a duck or a chicken or a rat or a possum or a raccoon or a snake, all those things are someone they can care for. Many of those pets show affection back. 

Dogs are by far the most popular, and a dog offers you something that is really hard to find in the world, unconditional love. I think that’s one of the reasons it’s real important. And we point that out all the time.

Read the full interview here:

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June 15, 2014

Summer Needs

Biggest needs for drop-off donations: 

  • reusable water bottles (300-400 for the summer), 
  • adult shorts, 
  • practical shoes (mens and women) for summer–tennis, 
  • sandals, 
  • flip-flops, 
  • work shoes, 
  • adult swimwear (especially women’s), 
  • CASH for our intern programs

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June 11, 2014

Shopping on We’re not sugge

Shopping on We’re not suggesting you go buy stuff for the sake of helping us, but when you buy, why not? will donate $5 to us until Father’s Day if you shop through them. And they normally donate 0.5% of purchases if you designate us as your charity. Street Youth Ministry of Austin.

June 10, 2014

Biggest needs for drop-off donations: Re

Biggest needs for drop-off donations: Reusable water bottles (300-400 for the summer), adult shorts, practical shoes (mens and women) for summer–tennies, sandals, flip-flops, work shoes, adult swimwear (especially women’s), CASH for our intern programs (

June 10, 2014

Cooking It Up

We hold our very popular Cooking It Up event every summer on Wednesdays!

A group or family selects a favorite meal, shops for the ingredients for 12 plus yourselves, and works with our clients to prepare the meal. Everyone works together, eats together and shares a great fellowship time!

Some popular meals from the past two summers have included: breakfast, sushi, and pulled pork, but you can use your imagination! You’ll bring drinks and food supplies.

2202 Nueces – Austin, TX 78705

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June 10, 2014

Here is what a client observed today at

Here is what a client observed today at our Bible study: “At SYM’s rejuvenated Tuesday bible study. Great subject matter, he’s fired up, amazing spread…and for the first time, there’s visiting children. I feel like quite a bit of this is for their benefit. I feel that if we saw this kind of drive in more of his functions, there would be not only a better turnout, but also more participation.” We love feedback…. positive or otherwise.

June 3, 2014

Firsthand History Interviews Terry Cole

Lael Weatherby, on March 15, 2014, interviewed Terry Cole of SYM. 

The introduction profile and audio interview are available at this URL.

“Firsthand History is a website of collected stories created by the 7th grade students from the Kealing Magnet Program.

The students:

  • schedule interview
  • conduct research
  • analyze interview methods
  • create questions
  • record the interview
  • edit their material

The Kealing Magnet Program, part of the Austin Independent School District, states that it is a comprehensive advanced academic magnet program for grades 6 through 8.”

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