May 31, 2015
Street Youth Ministry of Austin serves between 80 – 100 street-dependent youth every week. While we focus on helping these kids spiritually, food is also an important aspect of our ministry. This is because many of the street youth believe that nobody cared about them. Some of them may also think many Christians and churches have rejected them, and are very unfriendly toward them in general.
Due to some bad experiences in the past, some of these youth may also put on a tough act like, “I-don’t need-any-help, I-can-take-care-of myself”, but in general most of them are really happy to accept an offer of food, like sandwiches, when they are hungry.
The sandwich that we offer makes a big difference, because it shows that Christ is showing His love for the street youth through the believers, and it’s also a great way to begin a conversation with the youth.
Oftentimes, we get to know the street youth better, and build trust and relationships by talking with them for a few minutes. And some become receptive when we invite them to our Bible study or prayer meeting. They also may trust us enough to share some of the personal issues or prayer requests. Through those personal issues and prayer requests, we see God working in their lives, and turning their hearts toward Him.
It would be great for us to partner together in this ministry, since the job is too big for one single ministry or church to tackle alone. We usually need 50 sandwiches every week, and these do not take too much effort for a group of believers to prepare and deliver. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us to be the extension of His hands on Austin’s Guadalupe Street?
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May 17, 2015
Have you ever heard this phrase:
to be stressed”
You might wish to use it on occasion?
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May 14, 2015
We are welcoming our summer intern Darvin Tan.
He has been with us a few weeks.
Darvin wants to learn how to operate a ministry like ours in Indonesia to help street youth there.
Five Things About Darvin
5. From Indonesia
4. University of Texas at Austin Graduate
3. Experienced volunteer with a soup kitchen near UT – Austin
2. Enjoys SYM’s Bible Studies, interacting with street youth, & Wash Night
1. Seeks prayers for God to grant him wisdom and leading in his life
If you would like to receive our intern’s prayer newsletter, or you would like
to be an intern,
please contact us.
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May 12, 2015
We had a wonderful Bible study today.
We read Psalm 100 because there were a number of goals to celebrate. And we studied a client suggested verse: John 3:16.
Then, spontaneously four clients shared their amazing testimonies of how they came to know Christ; some quite recently. Thanks to all volunteers, supporters, and the prayer team that made Bible study possible.
A song of thanks.
1 Earth, sing to the Lord!
2 Be happy as you serve the Lord!
Come before him with happy songs!
3 Know that the Lord is God.
He made us, and we belong to him.
We are his people, the sheep he takes care of.
4 Come through the gates to his Temple giving thanks to him.
Enter his courtyards with songs of praise.
Honor him and bless his name.
5 The Lord is good!
There is no end to his faithful love.
We can trust him forever and ever!
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
Copyright © 2006 by World Bible Translation Center
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal.
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May 5, 2015
2 Corinthians 5:12-15
12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
English Standard Version (ESV)
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May 3, 2015
|Heard From A Client Today
He’s recovering from what drove him to the street. He and his fiancee expect a baby soon. He’s employed, pays his rent, has a vehicle and pays insurance. He’s sober and has a relationship with God. He and his fiancee go to a “small old-timey church down the road.”
Here’s the deal. This client was as much a handful as any client ever was. One day close to us and cool, the next day pushing us away with all his might, emotions, words and actions. Drugs were involved. Anger was involved. Legal issues were involved. Some would say it was hopeless. But somehow, God’s message of love got through anyway and changed everything.
One day he simply left the street. There was no celebration or goodbye or plan. He simply realized he had enough. He accepted help from places he said he would never accept help from. He turned to God in ways he said he would never be able to do. He grew in ways he believed impossible.
Today he called to pray for me. He prays that the ministry will always find a way to be there for people who need it. Hard people. Difficult people. People who are not sure about where they are or need to be going. And that we will have the right tools to be there for them.
I asked how I could be praying for him, he said, “I need focus.” Focus to maintain what I’ve done and to do it for the right reasons–for God and for my baby coming in a few months. I’m not perfect and I get off track. I pray for focus so I can stay right.
Two awesome prayers from a young man that no one would even recognize today. May God bless him in his journey. May God use his past and his experiences in ways we cannot even begin to imagine, to make God’s Kingdom on earth richer, more real, and more relevant here and now.
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