2020: Coming to a Close

2020 has been a year for the history books. We have seen so many unexpected things happen. The perfect plans we had laid out, all the goals we had set, and the trips we had planned never happened. Everything changed in the blink of an eye. Yet, Mesabi Range Youth for Christ has worked hard to lay groundwork for what we believe is going to be the most powerful year yet. 2020 may have brought challenges, but we have embraced them and used to time to rebuild and lay a solid foundation for 2021.

Following the shelter in place which brought many zoom calls, care packages, text messages, and Facebook live videos, we remodeled our entire office. From the end of May until the end of August, we painted, cleaned, sanded, sweated, and decorated our student center space. This transformed our space into somewhere where kids feel comfortable, welcome, and safe. We wanted to show them that they mean so much to us and deserve the best we can give them.

We launched in September with a bang by having an epic color war, and from then on we did our best to make the most of our time together. We did fun (and sometimes disgusting) games at club, had a spooky Halloween party, and just really made memories whenever we could.

Brad and I were also hanging out in the ERATS school, providing snacks and brain breaks to students there. This was definitely a highlight of our school year.

And then everything got shut down again and it was back to square one for us. But here is the best part: MRYFC is still going strong. While stuff may look different in 2021, we are committed to providing that fun, safe space for the students on the Iron Range. We will be opening as a student center in January with hopes of resuming Campus Life activities when the schools reopen. We are not shaken by the setbacks, we have grown stronger because we know God is preparing us for something BIG!

We cannot do these things alone. We need YOUR help to be able to continue. Like many other businesses and non-profits, MRYFC has missed out on many opportunities to fundraise. As our year has come to a close in December, we have had a generous donor offer to match donations up to $10,000, meaning a total of $20,000. This is a game changer for our organization! Would you be willing to partner with us and help MRYFC end with a big finish?

Here are some ways you can partner with us:

Pray for our students, staff, and the organization as a whole.

Volunteer to help out at our student center. We are looking for people willing to assist a couple hours a week to just be there for students.

Give:

Online at mesabirangeyfc.givingfuel.com/reaching-teens-with-the-gospel

Mail in a check to Mesabi Range Youth for Christ
P.O. Box 474
Virginia, MN 55792


Text the amount you wish to give to 218-296-9966

Consider joining alongside us as we fight to the finish! Let’s end 2020 with excitement for the coming year!

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