My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for YOUTH DIRECT MINISTRIES INC, Dallas, TX, USA
I began serving with Youth Direct about 10 years ago. The experience has been so positive and valuable that I have not been able to stop going out with them on mission. Youth Direct is serving God through investing time with troubled youth. YDM goes into Texas Youth Commission facilities to share the gospel, encourage and counsel young boys and girls. They help them to understand that they are valuable and are loved by God. YDM does this in a very unique way. They recruit born again believers in Christ to use there talents to perform, give testimonies and share how God is working in their lives. The director of YDM Don Smarto has an awesome testimony that really grabs the youth's attention. YDM also recruits Christian volunteers to counsel with the youth after the performance. Anybody that has been born again and knows Jesus can do this if they will surrender to the power of the Holy Spirit. YDM provides the perfect tools for sharing using its own YDM comic tract called "Where are you headed?" My experiences are many and always blessed. I can remember sitting with a young boy sharing with him and how thankful he was that we had come. When we finished talking, he wanted to accept Christ because he said no one ever shared with him in this way. The only thing I can think of that he meant was the TRUTH. YDM counsels the volunteers not to preach to the youth but to relate to them the things of God. That makes a big difference with young people. Our church now partners with YDM through out the year to go into TYC facilities and be God's hands, feet, and mouth. It is such good thing that Youth Direct is doing and that is providing us an opportunity to be of service and help these young people know, don't give up. We care and will help you. YDM director Don Smarto follows up with the youth and goes back to teach and provide seminar to train kids in writing skills. They provide a means where we as volunteers can be pen pals with the kids and prayer partners. This is an awesome ministry and everyone who knows Jesus can help Youth Direct share the truth and the love of God with these kids. Evangelism Servant Dwayne Pipkins - serving with gladness
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