Dear Friends,

Christ is in our midst!

Praying that you are healthy and safe during this challenging time. We hope to offer you support and resources as we navigate the effects of COVID-19 on our communities.

We will be offering opportunities to gather together online, along with supporting you in your efforts to care for your loved ones and your own city. Please email us at yes@focusna.org if you have questions or need support. We love you and want to know what you’re experiencing at this time.

Praying that you find peace through prayer, serving others, and seeking God and His will.

With love in Christ, Katrina Bitar

YES Program Director | FOCUS North America

Tell us in one word...how are you today?

Every Tuesday on our Call to Action, we will share an invitation to serve.

This Week’s Challenge:  Stand for the Oppressed

Psalm 9:9 – The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 

Let us hold fast to these words of the psalm, to be with the oppressed in times of trouble. This is our calling. This is who we are as the Lord’s people. We are not to be against anyone, or to defend ourselves. But to defend those who have their humanity and freedom in Christ taken from them.

Let us bring the peace and comfort of Christ to those who need it. And when we bring it, it must look like love and peace. It cannot, in the name of Christ, look like anything else. The only division that is blessed of the Lord is separation from our egos and the “powers of darkness.”

Let us stand for each other and respond, in the way God has uniquely called each of us, to  the cry of those who are oppressed.

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Servant Leadership Conference

We are so excited for our annual SERVANT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE!

Wednesday – Friday, June 24-26, 2020, 10am- 3pm, PT.

This conference will be for participants ages 18-25. Anyone is welcome! Spread the word!

As a combined effort of Camp St. Nicholas and the YES Program, we hope to provide an experience of Servant Leadership development centered on:

– Exploring and using your unique gifts
– Youth ministry training and approach
– Creating community where you are
– Being the church in and for the world

We will send an email a week before the conference with more information.

We look forward to sharing this experience with you!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

"Call" to Action

Join us Tuesday, June 2 for a “Call to Action,” at 6 pm PT, 9 pm ET, as we seek to create an open space to discuss awareness and care for ourselves and others. 

Be with us as we seek to create an open space to discuss awareness and care for ourselves and others.

EVERY CALL WILL OFFER SOME KEY ASPECTS OF THE YES EXPERIENCE PERSPECTIVE ON:

Becoming servant leaders

Exposure to the suffering in your city

Participating in God’s healing work in your communities and the world

Be with us EVERY TUESDAY as we come together in the ways that we can.

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How To Assess Your Community's Needs

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people all over the country are being affected in ways we could never imagine. Children who receive most of their meals from school no longer have access. People aren’t able to work and cannot provide for their families. Shelters are losing volunteers. Some are feeling more lonely than ever. Knowing there are needs to be met and asking what they are will allow us to better serve our communities. While seeking to serve, keep in mind all precautions that have been set at this time for the sake of ourselves and each other.

Identify major needs and concerns of your city by asking “what has changed and how can I help?”

Education in your community changed. How can you support families? College students?

How is the economy in your community shifting? What can you do to help people who are unemployed?

What are the local shelters doing to serve the homeless and those living in poverty? How can you help?

Talk to nurses and doctors you know in your city to be aware of what the hospitals are experiencing.  How can you help?

Discover how you can serve the vulnerable populations in your city. What are their needs at this time?

Many communities will have common vulnerabilities. Below are a few areas where you can begin researching needs:

      • Need: Connection, Groceries, Other Supplies
      • Call: Nursing Homes, Retirement Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, Parish Priest
      • Need: Food, Volunteers, Donations
      • Call: Family Shelters, Homeless Coalition, Red Cross, Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, Free Health Clinics
      • Need: Food, Donations, Grocery Shopping, Transportation 
      • Call: Food Banks, Your Neighbors, Parish Priest, Friends and Family
      • Need: Tutoring, Babysitting, Food
      • Call: Parish Priest, Schools, YMCA, Community Centers, Food Banks

Ways You Can Serve NOW!

Don't Hesitate To Share Love!
  • Make a prayer list of the most vulnerable people in your life
  • Reach out to friends and family in other cities who you haven’t seen in awhile, just to see how they are
  • Offer to babysit for people who work from home
  • Consider the needs of those who are currently out of work. Reach out to see if you can help
  • Check on your neighbors. If you are going to the store, ask if you can get them anything
  • Check in with your parish priest and see if there are any elderly or homebound parishioners that need assistance
  • If you are home from College, offer to tutor children 
  • Organize an online bible study with your priest or youth director
  • Write letters to nursing home residents who currently aren’t receiving visitors
  • Call local homeless shelters to see what their needs are
  • Contribute part of your grocery shopping to your local food bank
  • Encourage people to make bags to meet specific needs of organizations in your city.  They can be dropped off in one place and one volunteer can deliver them to the organization

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