LIYFC’s Response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus

PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT WAYS THAT YFC IS RESPONDING TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK.

Dear YFC Family,

Over the last few days we have learned more about the Coronavirus, having remained apprised of the recommendations of the CDC and WHO, and have maintained close contact with medical professionals within our community. We have noted that may of the churches we are in partnership with on Long Island have made the decision to switch to an online solution until they can resume their regular activities.   We have decided to do the same.  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).

It is with this in mind that we have decided to suspend all public gatherings for the next two week beginning today, Friday, March 13th to Friday, March 27th. For at least the next two weeks, we will not gather in person for Campus Life, City Life or YFC Core meetings and activities.  In an effort to exercise an abundance of caution, we are advising our students to stay home on our normal club nights but remain connected to our YFC community in other ways.

HOW STUDENTS CAN STAY CONNECTED

Our staff is currently hard at work to find creative ways to connect with our students in our programs during these next two weeks.  Each student will be hearing from their Club leader about how they can still connect with their Campus, City Life or Core Club online.  Through the gift of technology, we will be replacing our in-person club meetings with an online solution.  Be on the lookout for a text, call, email or Facebook post about how each student will be able to connect online. We will also have information available on our website at ww.liyfc.org that will be updated on a regular basis. We know it is less than ideal, but I hope all our students will join us online for club!

WHAT CAN SUPPORTERS DO?

Give - We are aware of how the markets have affected many of us financially but ask that you please consider the financial impact of this decision on the ministry of Youth for Christ. We depend on the generous donations of those who believe in our mission and want to invest in the lives of young people in our community, and ask that during this season of heightened concern you continue to mail in your donations to our office or consider signing up for online giving. Many of our donors give online already because it is a convenient and consistent way to give. You can do this at www.liyfc.org/donate.

Pray - Despite all the daily changes we need to remember that we are called to trust in God. Let us remember what makes us distinctive in times of anxiety and uncertainty. We are not a people who get swept away in the current of fear and worry, but a people whose trust is in God. We cast our cares on Him, knowing that He cares for us (1 Peter 5:17). Join us in praying for those who have been affected by the virus around the world. Ask God to protect our doctors and nurses who every day place their own health at risk in the service of others. And ask God, not just to keep us safe, but to make us courageous and full of hope.

We will continue to keep or regular office hours during this time so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 631-385-8333.

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.”

-Craig Muller and the LIYFC Staff

Click here to get Information on our  Different Clubs and how they will be connecting with students during this time.