|One of the boys :)|
|Can't cross my eyes|
|They usually are smiling|
The Hope House has a triage(spelling?) every spring. Throughout the year they go once a week and hangout with the people living on the street and get to know them, and minister to them. They don't bring food, because sometimes in these situations handouts can be used as a crutch to stay on the street. Of the know they have meals coming they don't need to get off the street.
If through relationships the boys show an interest of getting of the street, or ask abut the hope home they are invited to the triage. The triage consists of taking the interested boys to the beach house for an allotted amount of time to see if they want to commit, etc. a lot of times they never show up when the staff goes to pick them up. Too scared of change. If the boys adjust well to the beach house they are welcomed to the Hope House. They cannot be kicked out of the Hope House easily, but they may leave if they want. At the Hope House they have chores, go to school, play soccer, go to church, and as they get older are trained with computers and get jobs on base. Once they turn 18 they are prepared for a computer type job off base or on base, and move into an apartment if they choose to stay at YWAM. Most do because this has become home, and family to them.
I pray all of them continue to live in the Hope House, and be discipled and come to know Christ on a deep and intimate level. I pray blessings over the staff - the volunteers and the ones that live along side these boys each and every day, that they would have strength, endurance, patience, and wisdom. Thank you for the incredible blessing of an outreach where we live in our ministry. Thank you for these boys being off the street, the boys who went through before them, and the boys you are preparing to come through after them. Thank you for placing this ministry where it is, and giving the staff the passion to serve and disciple these boys! Thank you for the change we've been able to witness, and the words of life we were able to speak over these boys life.