Celebrating Fall & Dealing With COVID - Yaritsa’s Prayer Update

Posted on by YFC Seattle

By Yaritsa Galicia, Monroe City Life Director


I believe I say this every month, but wow, another month has come and gone just like that! At Monroe City Life, we have started rolling out weekly small groups, homework help times, and fun trips. Due to COVID policies with our partner church, we are not able to hold gatherings bigger than 5 people at a time. This has forced us to be more creative and flexible than before. Luckily, we have a pretty awesome team of interns and volunteers that have helped us get through these adjustments. So far, it seems like these programs are picking up and receiving good feedback from our students as we continue to do everything in a safe way that also meetings their needs. We've done a lot of this throughout the month of October including taking small groups out to dinner, having small groups of students at my house for game nights, playing four square at the church, taking small groups to the corn maze, small group hangouts on Sundays, and introducing CORE to them. So many small groups!

It is a relief and encouraging to hear for me personally from some students that they’re glad City Life was starting again. Not only does it give them something to do, but many of the students said that they missed being with friends. I’m very thankful they understand the need for changes in the way we run our ministries and are patient with us and we adapt along with COVID risks. That being said, we did have an incident where myself and my interns were exposed to COVID. We all got tested and quarantined for 2 weeks which was both unfortunate and stressful.

We had to cancel events that our team was excited for and our students were left eager to meet again. All of our tests did come back negative, but one of us did experience symptoms after being tested. In an effort to continue forth in wisdom and by doing what is safest for ourselves and students, we will be taking a look at how we can be even more safe moving forward. October may not have looked the way I thought it would, but in the end, I am thankful for the success and memorable experiences we all had in being engaged in relationships with our kiddos and volunteers.

As always God is good and I trust Him to takeover my plans.


  • Praise God for what is doing in Monroe and for the community members who support our ministry!
  • Join us in praying over each students' family: favor in the parents' work, finances, food supply, and family relationships.
  • Pray that our government officials would do what's right and be held accountable to bring justice to those who deserve it.
  • Pray for wisdom, patience, and guidance as we navigate and adjust what ministry looks like the next coming winter months.


Thank you so much for your continued partnership with me and the ministry work I do in Monroe. I invite you to prayerful consider one of these opportunities to get directly involved:

We would love to have you on our team!

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