Winnipeg, MB – April 2, 2020
Youth For Christ (YFC) may not have their King Street doors open to the public, but they are expanding their welcome mat as they deliver goods and provide resources for kids at home.
Amber Skrabek from YFC says staff members are learning new ways to connect and support others during the pandemic from their young members. She says that YFC works hard to get kids to connect in person, but the change in ways Manitobans can communicate means YFC staff are learning from kids how to connect in new ways online.
“I think the challenge of ours is staying connected in a time of isolation,” Skrabek says.
YFC workers have been connecting to kids using a variety of social media platforms, but have also found a need for an old-fashioned telephone call.
Skrabek says that young people are asking questions about Jesus that they might not have before the outbreak.
“The conversations that we are able to have with the kids right now are far more intentional and far more Jesus focussed because kids want to know where God is in all of this,” Skrabek says.
YFC may not be able to provide classes in their building, they have moved towards hosting online dance classes, are checking up onkids, and providing critical supplies to those in need.
“We just want to be there for them,” Skrabek says. “We are still here and still willing to do that.”
YFC has been delivering supplies, including much-desired toilet paper, to people in need. YFC had been doing small services such as this before for their guests, but are doing it even more now that there is a strong need in the community.
Skrabek is noticing that due to the pandemic, YFC appears to be connecting closely to the root of their work.
“I think what we have learned very quickly that the ministry is not about the programs… I think God is reminding us that it is really about the relationships,” Skrabek says.
Because of the pandemic, YFC had to postpone its CHVN radiothon and other spring fundraising activities. Skrabek says that she believes “the Lord will provide” but is asking for prayers as they continue their ministry