Archive for August, 2015

August 30, 2015

Our Donors

If possible, won’t you consider becoming a donor? Donors help make our great programs and ministry possible.

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August 23, 2015

What Do You See?

John 1:3 

All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. 

21st Century King James Version (KJ21) 
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August 20, 2015

Dive On In

At our website, we made a big list of ways to be engaged. We organized the big list by “getting your feet wet” and “taking a bigger step” either with lots of people or with just a few people. There is an email button for each section. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Browse the list on our website and share the list with the right people. We made the list friendly to view either from your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
  2. Like an idea? Push the adjacent button and tell us what you’re thinking in the email.
  3. We’ll get back to you with additional information and next steps. No commitment or judgment!

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August 18, 2015

Our Prayer Walks

The “The 5 Love Languages” is a great book for relationships. I was recently reminded by the pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church that people have prayer languages, too. 

Some prefer silent prayer. Some prefer praying alone and aloud. Some sing. Some dedicate blocks of time and other pray in short stolen moments between tasks. Some pray driving, or running, or meditating.

Our prayer walks are a chance to walk through the neighborhood we serve. We have chosen 8pm on a Wednesday night because is a very quiet time. Most neighbors are gone. The sun is down (but it’s well lit as an urban landscape). The day is done and a new day will come tomorrow. That’s the setting for our prayer walk.

We begin at one partner’s church location. We explain what happens there and how to pray. We’ll ask if anyone wants to pray for the site and activities that will take place there. Then we will walk together along the sidewalks of Guadalupe to a new place.

As we go, we may point out places where people celebrate. Or where people beg. Or where people suffer. Participants will no doubt offer some prayers silently as we answer questions.

We’ll stop at locations important to our clients. Businesses that help out. Businesses that are sometime troublesome. We’ll offer prayers for the neighborhood.

We’ll stop at a place where clients gather in the evening. They will greet us and say hello. They may offer some prayer requests and we can pray with them. We may just have conversation in the calm still evening.

As we walk back to our starting point, we’ll answer questions and make suggestions for continued prayer for the community. It’s a great way to get to know us and what we do.

Sign-up at our Corporate Prayer Walk page.

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August 11, 2015

Dog Sitter

Can you be a dog sitter at our Bible study event called “Chillin?”

You will be assigned to watch dogs outside on the garden patio of the Congregational Church. Clients often also sit outside and talk with the dog sitters. All dogs are friendly and in good health. You should be familiar with handling dogs, however, so that you can protect the dogs from any improper approach or handling by others.;

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August 9, 2015

The Heat Repeats

Location – Guadalupe to San Antonio, 19th to 26th area.
Please mention Street Youth Ministry and Terry!

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August 6, 2015

God’s Confirmation

Darvin feels that the best thing about doing his internship is to see God confirming His calling in my life.

When I first came back to the States, I wasn’t really sure of what to expect. I was pretty familiar with American culture, so I sure was glad there’s hardly any issue with culture shock. Serving the street youth and those with a drug addiction in America, now that’s really new to me. As a matter of fact, some of my family members and office coworkers really didn’t think this was a good idea in the beginning.

Yet, when I decided to just follow God’s will, I was really surprised at how smoothly it went and, how everything seems to just sort of fall in the right place. And the best thing is that for the first time in my life I have this feeling of peace and rest, just like in Hebrews 4:10-11, where we are called to cease from chasing after our own ambition and desire, and instead resting in doing His will.

I find American Christians very friendly & supportive in general, so I’m really glad and grateful to be accepted in every church I’ve visited so far. It’s always good and encouraging to find fellow believers wherever you are! 

There’s one thing that surprised me: for the most part, the clients did not seem to notice that I’m from another country. Some clients did ask me about Indonesia and stuff, I’ll say about five out of a hundred. But overall, it’s as if I quickly became part of the scene. In general, street youth may develop feelings of mistrust against outsiders, so I was pleasantly surprised to be accepted pretty quickly. I’m guessing it’s because I’m with Terry and Street Youth Ministry who’ve been around for years and earn the trust of the street youth, so they quickly transfer their trust to me.

One thing that was tough for me is that to see some churches and Christians actually being more concerned with their own well-being, their own comfort and their own projects than concerned with helping the poor, fatherless, widows, etc. This is not just a problem in the States, similar things happens in Indonesia too; so it’s quite universal. On the other hand, it’s pretty gratifying to see some churches seriously taking their God-given mandate to help the poor; either by donating money and stuff, having soup kitchens or opening their space for activities.

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August 2, 2015

You Made A Wrong Turn?

Joyful Toons

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