Tuesday, 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."

Image courtesy of  Gualberto107 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Friday, 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!

Sunday, 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.