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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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July 14, 2015

Our Interns What?

What do the numbers mean? Read here.

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May 14, 2015

Summer Intern Darvin

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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August 12, 2014

It Just Never Gets Old

We were at an event we call Wash Night. 

Interesting note. Wash Night is a very big success today, and it was the project of our very first intern, Remington! Our interns not only learn a ton and go on to do amazing things, but they also leave a lasting mark on the ministry!

“I remember you. You gave me coats when it was freezing outside. And you inspired me to go to rehab and start getting my life together. Thank you.”

A guy walked up I didn’t know. He was with a friend and wasn’t doing laundry. I didn’t recognize the guy at first. But then he said, “I remember you. You gave me coats when it was freezing outside” (and who knows, maybe a hand made scarf or hat made by someone). “And you inspired me to go to rehab and start getting my life together. Thank you.”

That kind of unexpected news just never gets old!

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September 3, 2013

Why Greeters and Hospitality/Helper Volunteer’s Matter

We ask that every one of our events have at least two greeters or hospitality helpers. Some have wondered why. We’ll try to explain the benefits to our clients by YOU being present for them.
First, we try to get friendly greeters. Your smile and laughter mean a lot to our clients. You taking time to show-up for them speaks volumes. It speaks in a voice and a currency that we alone cannot match. It says, “I took time today to try to get to know you a bit and help you out today.”
Second, you’re a visitor to our event. We run each event weekly and try to make them pretty much the same from week to week so that everyone knows what to expect. We challenge our clients, and it’s not unusual for a first time client to be unable to do everything we offer them the chance to share: prayer, asking about God, talking about Christian experiences, working on options, etc. As a visitor, you often bring a little variety into each event. It’s very welcome and they look forward to who might come today. 
Third, you help our clients with your presence. Everyone acts differently when a visitor comes into their home. The same thing happens at our events. Just by being present, you help everyone give their very best behavior.
Forth, you allow me to focus on clients. Greeters and hospitality helpers focus on the room, the food, getting people settled, requests. Terry is free therefore to focus on how each client is today, giving those who might need more attention, checking in with those we know to be struggling, and encouraging those we know to be gaining ground.
Your role as a helper is crucial. And so is the role of intern. Please prayerfully consider signing-up today. You can pick a spot or you can sign-up to be available for monthly assignments.


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