Archive for July, 2014

July 31, 2014

Volunteers Impacted By SYM

Volunteerism really matters for our clients. It’s how we can afford a lot of the social justice that we offer our clients. And volunteers keep us going; we could not even thing about serving 100 individuals every week with more than 1000 conversations or interactions per month without volunteers. It would simply be impossible.

But volunteering also blesses our volunteers in lasting ways. Here is a story we recently got from a SYM volunteer:

Please pray for me to faithfully pray for the “traveler” Scott that I shared a meal and prayer with in Las Vegas.  Scott was raised in the church and is confused why a just God allows wars.  Scott also needs to be accepted by his father as the person he is, where he is at right now.

We prayed that Scott would forgive his father for his hurtful expectations and we prayed that Scott’s father would forgive Scott for not fulfilling all the father’s expectations; and that this forgiveness is by Christ’s work on the cross and not our power, but Christ’s power.

Scott was hoping to move into a weekly rate place and earn enough money to stay there. Pray that the person who was going to help this happen is true to his word and is not seeking to harm Scott in any way. As we parted Scott said, “thanks for a time of humanity”.

I have to tell you that this encounter made the trip for me – the rest of time was nice as it was spent with family, but I am really praying that Scott makes some changes in his lifestyle. My time with Scott made me so thankful for all that SYM does.

God Bless you all, especially today, and I am praying for all that SYM does and will do. 

Love in Christ.

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July 22, 2014

Street Family Reaches Far

We got this recently from a woman in Iowa.

She was responding to an appeal we made on Facebook for socks to give to our clients. Keep in mind that we’re a “little” grass-roots ministry here in Austin. 

Isn’t it amazing how big the street youth family can be sometimes? 

I’m humbled and amazed.

“Good afternoon. Regarding the need for sox, I sent an email to my pastor to see if he would allow me to organize a sock drive at our church here in Iowa.

This morning I received confirmation that it’s a go! He will announce the need to our congregation and ask them to bring socks over the next two weeks. I told him I would handle collecting and then shipping them.

I was able to share with him how your ministry helped my son. You have no idea how excited I am that we can help the street youth ministry even though we are so far away. Will keep you posted.”

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July 18, 2014

Short, Sweet And To The Point

Received these encouraging words from a client via Facebook. 

We haven't seen this client in months, but thank-yous are timeless, aren't they!

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July 13, 2014

Terry Cole on Trust

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

Q: How do you earn the trust of all of the new Street Youth you meet every year?

A: Trust is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Trust isn’t earned-it’s given. I understand what people say when they say trust is earned. But that’s not my experience of trust. 

Every week, I meet some people that I’ve never met before. And frequently, within five minutes, we’re talking about God, we’re talking about their drug addiction, we’re talking about their needs, we’re talking about very sensitive subjects, about their family life or their emotional health or whatever, in five minutes. There’s no way I earned their trust. They gave it to me. And I believe the reason they give me trust is they see me with people they trust. 

Three guys who had never met me before, who talked about all of those things, were introduced by somebody they knew who has known me a long time. Then they give me their trust. And they give it to you because you’ve proven that you don’t waste it.

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July 6, 2014

Terry Cole on Volunteering

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

My name’s Terry Cole. I started Street Youth Ministry. I started volunteering eleven years ago [2003] to feed some homeless people. I didn’t know who they were. I didn’t know anything about them, but somebody said, “Come help feed some homeless people on a Tuesday afternoon.” And I said okay. 

I found out that they were these younger people, they looked college-age, and they were apparently hungry, and we fed them. That made me really wonder a whole lot more about them, and I ended up volunteering every single week, and I liked it a lot. That’s how it kind of all started.

One of the things that has to happen in order for this to work is there has to be enough money coming in that I could afford to quit my job and do this. We completely depend on volunteers. And I like that, when people volunteer because they love to. It’s very different than when you pay them because they need ten dollars an hour. 

But working with volunteers is very hard because volunteers are busy, and your thing isn’t the main thing. It’s only a little thing in their life.

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July 3, 2014

Clothing Closet July 2014

Our clothing closet is now open every Thursday, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Here’s a rare sight! 

These are the men’s shoes we have. 

They will be gone in no time at all. 

Donations accepted at:

University United Methodist Church

2409 Guadalupe St.

We’d appreciate it if you label them “For Street Youth Ministry.”

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