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Compassion Int
Social Justice

- Social Justice, Motivational Speaker
- Willingly Homeless For 5 Months
- Author of "Under the Overpass"


Michael Yankoski is a writer, itinerate speaker and urban homesteader who dreams of one day becoming a competent woodworker, musician, potter and sailor.

He received his MA in Theological Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a (novitiate) Oblate of St. Benedict, has served on the Board of Directors at World Vision US, and is the author of four books:

-The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice–How Contemplating Apples, -Living in a Cave and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life (Thomas Nelson, 2014)
-Zealous Love: A Practical Guide to Social Justice (Zondervan, 2010)

-My 30 Days Under the Overpass: Not Your Ordinary Devotional (Multnomah, 2007)
-Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America (Multnomah, 2005).

Michael grew up in Colorado, adores the Pacific Coast, and currently resides in South Bend, Indiana where he and his wife are both pursuing their PhDs at The University of Notre Dame.



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Missions Banquet

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Under the Overpass

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 <p>Under the Overpass</p>

Under the Overpass

 <p>Zealous Love</p>

Zealous Love


"The presentation was absolutely wonderful. People loved his message, his passion, the humility in which he presented, the challenge he gave to Christians to think about putting faith in action....Mike's experience and his ability to share it were absolutely appreciated and impactful. I would recommend him to anyone. I very much appreciated that Mike began communicating with me directly and has since done that with follow up emails. He makes himself available and I just love that. More of his humble approach. I wish him nothing but blessings as he continues to serve the Lord. He is a gift for sure."
-Bernita Tuinenga, Volunteers In Service

"We’ve been fortunate enough to host Mike Yankoski for two donor events this year. Both times he overwhelmed his audiences with his sincere and powerful testimony, and we exceeded our goals and expectations. Mike shares such a moving and memorable message that guests from the first event brought their friends to hear him 7 months later. He gives a voice to those who are otherwise ignored or scoffed at while helping believers internalize the heart of the Gospel and respond to God’s calling for each of us to serve our neighbor. Mike’s message challenges listeners to do more for the cause of Christ in a hurting world."
-Angie Hatcher Sledge, Vice President of Development, Knox Area Rescue Ministries

“Mike was so gracious and everyone enjoyed hearing him speak. From our evaluations of the banquet, we were told that the speaker needed more time. We appreciate Mike’s endorsement of the ministry and we pray that God will continue to bless him through his ministry outreach. God bless you all.”
-Miracle Hill Ministries

“Mike was engaging, passionate, and inspiring. We accomplished everything we hoped and much more by scheduling him to come and speak at our annual banquet. We also launched a homeless awareness luncheon in order to build better relationships with other social service providers and local businesses. Mike was outstanding in presenting the need in an eloquent and intelligent manner that resonated well with this group.”
-City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, Inc., MI

"The feedback from the students was so positive and we are doing a follow up chapel in two weeks with two men who were previously homeless. We are so thankful for Mike's insights in this area and for the way he communicated that through his book. These students who read it, I believe, are forever changed. Mike Yankoski is an excellent communicator. He is professional in the way he handles himself and yet he is very personable and warm, as well. He is extremely engaging with his audience and his passion for his subject matter is more than obvious."
-NorthPointe Christian School, MI

"Mike Yankoski brought a prophetic, countercultural, shock-to-our-systems message re: God’s call to lift up the downtrodden and to live in such a manner that it is neither difficult nor inconvenient to do so. Exhorting without shaming, speaking truth in love and humility, Mike encouraged the students of Judson University to live passionately for the Kingdom right here and right now."
-Warren Anderson, Dean of the Chapel, Judson University