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November 10, 2015

Goals Achieved Fall 2015


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October 4, 2015

October 2015 Prayer Requests


Reflecting on Romans 12, we are reminded that serving others isn’t just a “good deed” or something to scratch off our good Samaritan to-do list; it’s our spiritual act of worship. When we sacrifice – our plans, our days off, our comfort – to serve others, we glorify God and offer him our sincerest worship. I encourage you to pray about this verse and share it with others. Where could the Lord be calling you to serve? How would our lives look different if we began seeing sacrifice and service as a joyful act of worship instead of just a task?

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In light of this busy month, we ask that you would pray for us to get more volunteers to sign up across the board. We have an immediate need for volunteers to help out at almost every event we hold throughout the week. Our biggest volunteer need is for people to help out with our Food Recovery Event on Saturday. This event is a lot like the Food Network show “CHOPPED” but without the pressure, bright lights, and ridiculous emotional breakdowns.  We often have groups from UT or churches help us out and it’s always a lot of fun! I’m in charge of the event every week and need help. Grab a friend and sign up!

In addition to Saturday morning helpers, we also need helpers at our Prayer Time on Monday, topic leaders (share any kind of hobby or passion with the group–training, yoga, martial arts, meditation, drawing, fashion, beauty, etc.) for the Clothing Closet Event on Thursday, and volunteers for our Mini Mission Outreach on Friday. If you would like to volunteer with us for these upcoming events, feel free to click on any of the links to sign up on our website. You’ll also find our new Online Orientation on our website, which you can watch before volunteering to feel better prepared.

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As volunteers and clients head back to school, there are many adjustments to be made. Pray that volunteers can find a place for serving SYM in their new schedules. Some of our clients are heading back to school, too! Some still live on the streets but many get housing by taking out college grants or loans, so please pray for smooth transitions for them also.

Another prayer request is for our friend Darvin, whose worker visa status is still pending approval. Please pray that his visa would get approved soon as he continues to volunteer with us until we find out if/when he will be able to stay in the US longer.

We also ask that you would pray with us about a new event we hope to begin soon. At the moment, we are waiting on approval from a group that we’re hoping will let us use their team to launch this new event. We believe that this event will be very beneficial to our clients, and we will be able to release more details when we move closer to the event launch. For now, I can tell you that I’m very excited about it!

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October 31, 2013

What Do You Want God To Do In Your Life?


From Terry: 

We began our Wednesday night fellowship dinners again, taking as many clients that want to attend to Covenant Presbyterian Church for dinner with members; followed by a small group. It’s a great success so far; after three weeks. Although we do offer the option to leave campus after dinner, so far, not even one person has asked for a ride back to the Drag at 6:30pm. Everyone has stayed for the small group afterward. 

A co-leader has been preparing a class each week on a simple parable. This particular week was on how to pray The Lord’s Prayer, and the parable of the stranger at night. 

As we closed our discussion, I prompted the group to let me know how I could be praying with them by asking, “What do you want God to do in your life?” I got few responses. So, I prompted them several more times, probably freaking out my two co-leaders. But slowly, the numbness wore off, and the clients allowed their true wants to come to the surface. “A place to live.” “Money.” “Happiness.” In the middle of these and other answers, one young man simply said, “Forgiveness.” 

We closed our session in prayer and began looking for drivers to take the clients back to the Drag. I arranged to take the young man, who said forgiveness, back alone. On the way back, he played the radio. Eventually, I turned it down and told him that I needed to follow-up. I wanted to know more about the forgiveness he wanted in his life. We talked a bit in the dark truck cab. He knows he does wrong. He knows he’s been a burden on his parents. But he wants forgiveness in these things and more.

I shared how the Gospel works, forgiveness in exchange for asking and believing. It sounds too good to be true. And it would be if anyone else in the universe were promising it. But God IS trustworthy. The client wasn’t sure yet, but we are continuing to work on it. 

Please pray that this client comes to understand the grace of Jesus Christ. Please pray for all clients that suffer from numbness. Help the desires of their heart to break through, because no matter how much sin is in their life or has touched their life, some of their desires are truly good and noble. And these desires will give rise to the desire to know the One who is holy and worthy, and the source of all goodness in the universe. 

And that will be a great day for each of them!

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August 20, 2013

Thankful Clients: A Facebook Message


We received this from a young lady we have worked with for almost a year. About 25% of our clients are women. Half our clients are under 25. We have three or four pregnant girls and new fathers at most any time. We work to have the best outcomes for each, exploring options, exploring faith and simply being there with them daily.
Client: “I just wanted to say thank you for everything you do for all the street kids in Austin. I am really grateful for everything you do for me, even when it seems like I don’t. so I just wanted to say thank you”
Terry: I appreciate that. I don’t need to hear thank you all the time but it’s great when I do. You looked great today!
Client: “Thanks I looked good because of one of your programs that helped me look like [with new clothes and a safe, peaceful place to gather myself up]. I am trying and thank you again.”
Terry: You are simply welcome! I am praying for a great outcome for you!

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June 15, 2013

Creating a praying community on the street


Some supporters ask how we approach our clients about prayer requests. Many are not Christian, and most do not pray on their own regularly. We simply ask “What do you want God to do for you?” at an appropriate point in our conversations. We like this question because it places emphasis on God’s provision, which is available to believers and unbelievers every day. It also puts God in an active role. Often the answer is “whatever He wants” or “just bless me.” To that we reply, “That’s fine, and we’ll pray. But the more specific you can be, the more helpful it may be. I believe God really wants to know what you want. Maybe He won’t do it, but He wants to hear it.” 
Another way we get into prayer requests is when we are asked for something (like shoes, guitar strings or a backpack). If we have it, we simply say, “God provided one of those today, and I’d be happy to give it to you if it will help.” If we don’t have the thing they have asked about, we never promise to go buy it. We turn it into a prayer request. We write it into our prayer book. And we share it with a prayer team member. The street youth have come to value that a lot. One client puts it this way, “When things go into that little book of yours, Terry–they just happen!” We also usually give them a little homily when they ask for things. We tell them: “Jesus said ‘Ask, seek, and knock.’ The ask part is what you just did. We’ll ask God for it with you, too. The seek part means you start looking for it. We’ll watch out for it, too. And nobody who wants the door opened knocks once and runs away. It means keep looking and keep asking.” More frequently than not, the street youth finds the item before we meet them again, giving us an opportunity to talk about God’s provision for them even on the street. And that’s awesome!

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June 8, 2013

“There’s nothing better”


Yesterday in our weekly prayer time, a client started a sentence with “There’s nothing better than the feeling you get when…” That got my attention. The client had been quietly reflecting on our prayer time and filling out a brief worksheet designed to help him take something personal away from the group prayer time.
I asked him to repeat the sentence for everyone. “There is nothing better than the feeling you get when someone gets their crap together and gets off the street. It’s so great when they come back to visit.” He went on to describe how happy he was for several clients from Austin and from his home town of El Paso that have gotten clean, housed, employed and “together.”
We love it when clients come back to visit, too! We agree with our client, but we add one thing: there is nothing better than the feeling you get when a client gets their stuff together and claims their rightful place in God’s Kingdom!
In the rest of the prayer time, clients shared what it’s going to be like then they get their stuff together. I’ll be clean. My family will accept me. I’ll be completely sober. I’ll change my habits. I’ll have a nice place. I’ll be a good dad. I’ll start a career. I’ll make music every day. I’ll see doctors who keep me healthy. 
Join us that these prayers come true, and that our clients do find their place in the sun in God’s Kingdom!



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