COVID-19


 

Dear YFC Family,

Over the last week so much has changed for all of us with Covid-19. Schools in the FM area have been closed and all of us have been asked not to congregate in groups larger than 10 people. What that means for us is that our Friday club at Bethel Church and our lunches at Woodrow Wilson HS have been put on hold. Small groups, one on ones and church service at the West Central Juvenile Detention Center is postponed for the next 30 days. What it does NOT mean is a stop to ministry! It will just look differently. 

Our staff is currently hard at work to find creative ways to connect with our students in the coming weeks.  We live in a world blessed with technology that allows us to stay connected in so many different ways and we plan on making the most it.

We know “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). And at the same time, we are also called to be responsible and wise (Eph. 5:15), to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31), and to be motivated by what is in the best interest of others (Phil. 2:4).

We recognize that circumstances are fluid and constantly changing. During these uncertain times we are looking at this pandemic as an opportunity for continued ministry as people search for God and for answers.
 

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?

First and foremost, keep communication open with your kids. Talk with your kids. Ask them what they know about the Coronavirus as there is a lot of misinformation on social media platforms. Ask them how this makes them feel. Uncertainty can elicit a lot of anxiety such as, “What is going to happen with school?”, “What about all my activities?” When your kids see you calm and knowledgeable, this in turn decreases their anxiety and fears.

We have links here to various articles that we hope can help address many questions you may have.
 

WHAT CAN SUPPORTERS DO?

PRAY. Despite all the daily changes we need to remember that we are called to trust in God. Let us remember what makes followers of Jesus Christ distinctive in times of anxiety and uncertainty. We are called to not fear but to trust in God. We cast our cares on Him, knowing that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:17).

GIVE.  We ask that you pray for guidance on how you can financially support the ministry of Youth for Christ, your home church and other nonprofits you love as well. We will continue to invest in the lives of young people in our community during this season of heightened concern. We appreciate your donations and continued support. Consider giving online here. Your gifts are greatly appreciated!

We will continue to keep our regular office hours during this time. If you would like prayer, we would be privileged to pray for you. Email us here with your confidential prayer requests. Stay safe, help others and continue to use technology to keep community alive. We are proud to be a part of this extremely generous and resilient community. Also, don’t hesitate to contact us at 701-237-6682 if you have any questions.

We leave you with this prayer from Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”