MYM believes that youth and families and families deserve to be believed in and encouraged toward lives of purpose. MYM partners with local volunteers, churches, and non profits to provide the resources needed to break physical, relational and spiritual poverty.
This is where MYM started, on the third Saturday of every month we meet at the Wilmore Community Center and feed around 30-35 kids a full-course breakfast. After breakfast we have group discussion on real life topics while bringing biblical truth to the issue. We finish off the day with various games or serving opportunities.
Once a week we have in -depth conversations about real life issues with 13-18 year- olds. This is where we really start to dig deeper to reveal the lies that this world tells our kids. We give them encouragement and the spiritual tools needed to overcome their circumstances. This is a good place to start building solid relationships with our youth. The young ladies are the JC’s Divas and the young men are S.O.S (Soldiers of Success).
Serve as a mentor to a same-sex MYM participant ranging from age 9 to 18. Form a consistent relationship with a child who needs a continual voice of truth in his or her life. Provide support as a role-model for growth during their character development stages. While this is one of the most challenging areas to serve, it becomes most impactful in a child’s life as they begin to trust the mentor and to open up about real-life struggles that are too personal to be shared in a group session with their peers.
God has burdened our hearts to a huge need and this is the prayerful strategic plan that the Lord has given us, please prayerfully read through our action plan of attack against our enemy. MYM Ethiopia is specifically geared toward kids still on the streets and bringing awareness to the need for domestic adoption / orphan care and empowering the poorest of the poor families to care for their children.
This is a safe place where they street children can bathe, wash their clothes, eat healthy lunch, get biblical teaching, some basic education, games, some counseling and any minor medical issue they may have. Those who show consistent desire to come off the streets by their daily efforts; we invite them to the next step:
The ones we’ve evaluated and feel really want to change and get off the streets we bring in to these homes. In this home they stay for 1-2 years depending on progress shown. Our purpose and goals in the homes will be to teach them how a family functions. We teach them responsibility, they begin to going to school, dig deep with intense counseling, do a lot of role playing for family situations; for our goal is to have them prepared for a family. The Homes are not a place to live as the final step for each child is being place in a local family. There is a need for house sponsorship the cost is around$525 a month. For more info email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently working with the local church and other NGO’s to train and equip Ethiopian families in adoption. This is a new idea to this culture, but we are highly encouraged as God is having us meet families that have this desire. We are working towards having a yearly national adoption conference here to bring awareness and action. Why domestic??? Let’s look at the Ethiopia orphan crisis, as we said above there is 5.5 million orphans in Ethiopia. It would take 125 million USD and 2500 years for international adoption to be the solution. There are 80 million people in Ethiopia; if only 6.5% of the population would take in a child, there wouldn't be any orphans in Ethiopia, this has to be taught and this is what we’re teaching.
Our street kid prevention plan is coming alongside the poorest of the poor families to provide the needed resources to keep their children at home and not in the streets. At first we build relationship by providing some food assistance and full educational needs for the child. Our long term goal for each family is provide specific training to the parents in order to generate more income, in turn becoming self-sustaining. We also provide family consul and teach God-centered family values to strengthen the family’s core.
MYM founders Trent and Carmen Post are playing one of the most important roles in the lives of nine Ethiopian children, MOM and DAD. They teach, disciple, grow and show their kids what a loving family environment looks like. While they say going from a family of four to a family of thirteen in a matter of a year and half has been a challenging experience, they wouldn’t trade it for the world.
MYM believes that youth and families deserve to be believed in and encouraged toward lives of purpose. MYM partners with local volunteers, churches, and non profits to provide the resources needed to break physical, relational and spiritual poverty.
We want to be right in the middle of our mission field and so our home will be a safe place for those who are hurting to come and feel loved. We believe that our mission starts right here building relationships in the very neighborhood we live in, loving families and individual’s right where they are, helping meet needs and connecting them to the local church. We also plan to have bi-monthly care groups in our home to fellowship with our neighbors over food and studying the bible together, praying with them and supporting them through the pressures they are dealing with in their lives.
We want our neighbors to laugh and smile so we plan to do quarterly outreach events such as block parties and VBS/Back yard bible clubs where kids and families can participate in games, crafts, food and fun, all with the purpose of building and strengthening these relationships.