Happy New Year

Posted on by YFC Seattle

As we look back on this past year, each of our ministry sites were asked to share some highlights of the past year.

Minta Buse, Casino Road City Life Director

It feels as though we have experienced two different years in one. From the beginning of this year through the spring, we were still doing home visits and delivering food to our students and their families weekly. It was inspiring to see the generosity of so many church groups to provide weekly meals for so many people. During this time, I feel like we really learned the importance of ministering to the whole family; caring for parents and siblings of our students. It was also such a blessing to receive some grant funding to provide COVID relief for families who couldn't pay their rent, bills, or needed groceries. 

In June we celebrated our graduates in a really special way outdoors with lots of food and gifts. It was important for us to celebrate them really well because it is a huge accomplishment for our students to graduate high school, let alone during a pandemic. Many of our students are the first in their family to graduate high school! 

This summer we were blessed to be able to collaborate with other ministry sites in order to do Summer Day Camps with our students. Several sites saw an increase of new students coming to our programs throughout the summer and into the new school year  In the fall, it has just been a blessing to be back in somewhat of a normal schedule for weekly programs. The new norm is wearing masks, but we are ok with it! 

On Casino Road, we also opened a drop in center for the first time ever and have loved seeing how it has created a really homey and welcoming environment for our students. We have an amazing team of young leaders who work together each week to lead and serve in their community. It is messy, imperfect, but we love it.

Chaffawn Smith, South Seattle Program Director

The biggest highlight was being able to do regular outreach gatherings with community partners in the south end. We are so grateful for the partnerships we have formed with Community Passageways, Emerald City Bible Fellowship, South Shore K-8, and Rainier Beach Action Coalition. 

These partnerships allowed us to share the gospel to not only our students, but the students they reach as well. We decided to call these gatherings "The Pull Up". They were a time for the students to play games, see amazing talent from the community and Cultured, and eat together. During each gathering, the gospel was shared through a creative demonstration. These gatherings allowed us to minister to anywhere from 30-60 students in a totally new way.

Yaritsa Galicia, Monroe City Life Director

In July, all of our sites came together and planned a 3-day camp for our students. One day we spent in Monroe doing field games, another day at Green Lake in Seattle, and our last day at a skating rink in Federal Way. I loved these three days because it gave our students a big summer experience to share with their friends and leaders. They got to hear a great word each day by Mike Davis and listened to the touching testimonies of our interns. 

We were sad at the reality that a normal summer camp wouldn’t be possible due to the pandemic climate at that time so I was super thankful that we still were able to pull off a huge moment like a 3-day camp. I was able to connect with new students because of these events and I am still in connection with them to this day! That’s a win!

Vasti Garcia, Bellevue City Life Director

Psalm 90:12 was the scripture God kept turning me towards this year. "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Time flies, life is uncertain, but God remains. I had so many “God moments” this year. We partnered with four local churches (Bellevue Neighborhood Church, Anthem, Kalos, Ember). These partnerships allowed us to have more volunteers this year than we did in the last three years. Students leaned in and participated in an intense discipleship class. 

Where doubt whispered, God showed up for Bellevue City Life. 

Vasti said it all. “Where doubt whispered, God showed up.” That was true for Bellevue City Life, but it was also true for our ministry as a whole. The last two years have produced challenge after challenge. These challenges have produced all kinds of doubts. But in response to each of these doubts, God has truly been faithful.

As we look back at the year that was, we thank you for being a part of God’s faithfulness to Seattle YFC. Your ongoing support has made it possible for us to continue in the work that we do. As we look ahead to the year to come, we pray that each of you would experience God’s faithfulness in new and exciting ways. Happy New Year from Seattle YFC!

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