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YWAM Salem COVID-19 Updates

*For Further Information and Updated Case Numbers About the Effects of COVID-19 in Oregon Please Visit: http://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Public COVID and Fire Update 9/18/2020

Greetings from YWAM Salem,

To be quite frank, there were more moments then I care to admit where 2020 left us wondering. What is going on? What is God doing and how do we partner with Him?

1 Chronicles 12:32 inspires us to partner with God and his understanding of the world to bring about the desires of the kingdom. In the midst of our current day struggle, we ask the question: are we focused on the world interpretation of current events or on what we believe God wants to do?

What do you believe for? We continue to anticipate a move of God that will see our campus full within the next couple years. Full of people not seeking their own comfort but, young and old, set on fire by the passion of their Savior to go into all the world.

About the wildfires: Thank you for your concern and sympathy for our state and community. YWAM Salem and the city of Salem are safe from the fires. The air quality as been very poor for the last two weeks however, this will continue to get better over the next days. Praise God we got some heavy rain recently! The fires are more under control and many of those effected are able to return home. Please continue to pray for our state and especially those who lost everything.

Our amazing staff team jumped in to help with the relief efforts day one. Our staff kids made cards and prayed over them. Our adults were out sorting donations, listening to people, and praying over them. Many were encouraged and some gave their lives to Jesus!

We expect God to sweep across our valley with a mighty wave of his presence. There is such a great hunger in our youth and evangelistic opportunities are everywhere!

COVID-19 update:

We continue to be very focused on the physical and mental health of our staff, students, and local community. We continue to adapt how our campus is functioning regularly in order to comply with state mandates and further mitigate the risks of active cases on campus.

While travel is limited international outreach opportunities slowly start to open up again. We are also able to reach a struggling city and our nations youth like never before.

We are prepared to safely host anyone who would like to receive missionary training!

You may have seen that we ran a fundraiser to cover the financial gap caused by COVID-19. We are blown away by the support of our community and we have been able to reach our goal!

Thank you so much for your support and love as we continue to activate youth to reach an unreached world.  It continues to be an incredible privilege to be called and  commissioned for such a time as this.

Blessings,

Samuel Matthias

Ywam Salem Campus Director

If you have further questions, please refer to the FAQ section below or contact us directly:

 

Public COVID Update 7/15/2020: 

Greetings from YWAM Salem,

Due to the incredible grace of God, we are excited to report that over the last few months we have been able to reach over 5,000 people with the love of Christ.

Despite our present challenges we are able to reach a struggling city and our youth. It is an incredible privilege to be called and commissioned to reach people for Jesus at this time.

Currently we are working on:

  • Bringing Minority Leaders and Law Enforcement together
  • COVID- 19 recovery ministry for Business Leaders and Pastoral Staff
  • A large scale Evangelistic Outreach with city wide partnerships to reach Salem for Christ

Due to the ever evolving COVID-19 situation we would like to bring a short update.

In this season we continue to be very focused on the physical and mental health of our staff, students, and local community. YWAM Salem follows all federal and state of Oregon mandates put in place in regards to COVID-19. We continue to adapt how our campus is functioning regularly in order to further mitigate the risks of active cases on campus.

Could we share a financial update with you?

We want to specifically thank our donors for their incredible support. Without you it would not be possible to activate this generation to disciple the nations.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic our Spring and Summer Courses went from training about 60 missionaries to 11. This and additional COVID-19 related loss of income put a significant financial strain on us. We have been adjusting budgets and limiting spending but have a $80,000 gap to cover our expenses. 

We already raised $35,000 and secured a matching donor of $25,000 to give us a clear path to reach our goal! Would you please consider a gift towards this critical need of YWAM Salem?

To make a donation to the COVID-19 response fund today

 https://giving.ywamsalem.org/giving 

(designate giving to COVID-19 Response)

We want to thank you for your grace. We trust that God will give each one of us the wisdom to navigate these uncharted territories (James 1:5).

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”James 3:17-18

Thank you so much for your support and love as we continue to activate youth to reach an unreached world. 

If you have further questions, please refer to the FAQ section below or contact us directly:

  • Students or family of students: Amos Hathway at (503) 779-3761  or Denise Schlegel at (951) 807-7586 or email us at training@ywamsalem.org. 
  • General Inquiry: Cassie Ries at (951) 567-1438 or  directorsassistant@ywamsalem.org

Blessings,

Samuel Matthias

Ywam Salem Campus Director

 

YWAM Salem COVID-19 Update  4/17/2020

Hello from YWAM Salem,

We are all living through challenging times and  it is difficult to predict how long this challenge will last and how it will impact us personally and professionally over the next weeks and months. Despite this uncertainty, God is still in charge! We find comfort that even during this time He is our constant hope, and that you take comfort in that too.

YWAM Salem continues to see a flood of young people wanting to pour their life into serving God. We believe that we are at the beginning of a true outpouring of the Spirit of God. In this season of COVID-19, that heart has not changed. As our prayer and support go out to all that have been affected by this disease we still exist to equip, train, and send missionaries. We invite you to join us to continue to press into what God is doing in our world.

We feel led to spend a special time of consecration and alignment for our community during this next week. We want to take time prepare for a significant breakthrough for our ministry.

In this season we continue to be very focused on ensuring the health and safety of all staff, students, and our local community. YWAM Salem follows all federal and state of Oregon mandates put in place in regards to COVID-19.

We are excited to share some updates:

  • While we still do not have a timeline for when Shelter in Place will lift, we project that our Training Programs will start with our Summer Quarter on July 1st, 2020. We will adjust if needed based on the mandates of our nation and state. 
  • In order to ensure we do everything we can to make this happen, we continue to hold our line with all necessary steps in how our campus functions. This means continuing to follow the Shelter in Place mandate of Oregon. Limiting interactions to those in our household and working remotely if at all possible. The few areas on our campus that require physical staff attendance, work in shifts, practice social distancing and have routine cleaning to minimize the risk of exposure. All of YWAM Salem’s corporate gatherings (worship, intercession, staff meeting) are video-conference based.
  • We are limiting those outside of our community coming onto campus. Our on campus playground has been closed for the foreseeable future and unfortunately, we will no longer be able to have any guests staying on our campus .

On Tuesday 4/14/2020 Governor Brown gave a statement. Amongst other things she highlighted three areas: 

  1. Slowed growth of the Virus with fewer cases of COVID-19
  2. Adequate Personal Protective Equipment to protect healthcare workers and first responders
  3. A robust public health framework including increased testing, contact tracing and effective isolation

Anticipating a gradual and systematic return to normal life (e.g. certain types of businesses opening over a slow period of time, slowly increasing size of group gatherings, etc.), our COVID-19 Task Team is preparing ways for us to potentially open our campus to be ready when Shelter in Place is lifted.

Thank you so much for your support and love as we continue to activate youth to reach an unreached world. 

If you have further questions, please refer to the FAQ section below or contact us directly:

    • Students or family of students: Amos Hathway at (503) 779-3761  or Denise Schlegel at (951) 807-7586 or email us at training@ywamsalem.org. 
    • General Inquiry: Cassie Ries at (951) 567-1438 or directorsassistant@ywamsalem.org

Let us continue to pray on behalf of our campus, state, nation, and world. Let us seek God’s guidance on how to proceed in his will.  

Blessings, 

Samuel Matthias

YWAM Salem Campus Director

 

YWAM Salem COVID-19 Update  3/17/20

Hello from YWAM Salem,

As a campus we have seen unprecedented growth over the last five years. We had a great start to the year, and God has met us in so many ways. Our hearts are hungry for more of God, especially in our student body because we have seen Jesus speaking purpose over people and changing their lives in remarkable ways, and want to see more. We are grateful for all that God has done, and all that he is yet to do in and through us as a community. 

In this season we are very focused on ensuring the health and safety of all students and our local community.  Given the ongoing spread of COVID-19, we have had to make some hard decisions as YWAM Salem leadership:

We have sent our current students home to minister while being with their families. Our school leaders have created several pathways for students to complete their schools within the year.

As of now, we will be postponing both the Foundations of Counseling Ministries and Korean Discipleship Training School. All currently enrolled students have been informed and we will continue to monitor the situation, and with hope, determine new start dates in the near future.

We have also made decisive internal changes in how our campus functions. We have increased our cleaning of surfaces, food dispensaries, and bathrooms. We also adapt our kitchen schedule to serve only those students and volunteers who are unable to leave YWAM Salem.

Keeping with the Oregon mandate of limiting group gatherings to no more than 25 people and the additional recommendation that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more we implement strong social distancing measures. This includes staff working remotely as much as possible.

We will limit those outside of our community coming onto campus. Unfortunately we will no longer be able to have any guests staying on our campus unless determined risk free by our COVID-19 Task Team. 

Thank you so much for your support and love as we continue in this trying time. We  continue to work with all government mandates and requirements with respect to the virus.

We have a great hope for our generation and a sense of anticipation of what God is going to do this year. It is in testing that our personal relationship with God grows deep. He will assemble world changers uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of our societies today. We encourage everyone to not question the promises of God in darkness that He has revealed in the light and continue in this journey of being his loved disciple.

If you have further questions, please refer to the FAQ section below or contact us directly:

    • Students or family of students: Amos Hathway at (503) 779-3761  or Denise Schlegel at (951) 807-7586 or email us at training@ywamsalem.org. 
    • General Inquiry: Cassie Ries at (951) 567-1438 or directorsassistant@ywamsalem.org

Please continue to be interceding on behalf of the situation, our campus, and our nations. May we join to seek the Father’s wisdom and peace as we navigate this together. 

Blessings, 

Samuel Matthias

YWAM Salem Campus Director

 

YWAM Salem COVID-19 Update  3/13/2020 

YWAM Salems continues to follow state and national recommendations regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of now, our county, Marion County has reported 3 cases. We have no known reported cases on our campus or in Salem. However, in the light of the rapidly changing nature of the virus and our commitment to preserve the safety of both our campus and our Salem community, we will continuously evaluate the situation.

We have established a COVID-19 task team to address our campus needs, mitigate risk, and establish protocol for YWAM Salem’s response to the spread of the COVID-19 disease. The team has been working hard to protect our staff, students, and volunteers from the virus as much as possible. Working with Marion County Public Health, we have updated our Response Plan and set up protocols to best protect our YWAM Salem community. 

What actions are we taking?

  • Constant contact with appropriate parties and keeping up to date information as much as possible. Appropriate parties include: Marion County Public Health, and following the guidance from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization
  • Ongoing protocols created for those coming to our campus from at risk nations. 
  • Rerouting outreach teams to less-risk locations
  • We reserve a prepared and dedicated space on-site and off-site that can act as a quarantine site in contingency that a case occurs inside of our community. 
  • Entry survey for people coming on campus including screening of symptoms and previous travel itinerary.
  • Encouraging all of our staff to follow health care guidelines. 
  • We created a FAQ page to answer some more questions. These guidelines are put into place to protect the community per recommendations by Marion County Public Health. 

Please continue to be interceding on behalf of the situation, our campus, and our nation. May we join to seek the Father’s wisdom and peace as we navigate this together. 

Blessings, 

Samuel Matthias

YWAM Salem Campus Director

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated on 7/16/2020)

What is the threat status of COVID-19 at YWAM Salem? 

  • YWAM Salem is actively monitoring the situation locally, state-wide, and nationally. 
  • Any incoming students, volunteers, or staff need to monitor their temperature daily for the isolation period (14 days) and submit their temperature to our COVID-19 Task Team.
  • Any person (staff, student, volunteer) showing any signs of sickness are requested to be in self-isolation. Those people living on campus will be self-isolated until symptom free or negative for COVID-19.
  • Those living in on-campus housing who have tested positive for COVID-19 will immediately be put into designated quarantine rooms.

What are YWAM Salem’s current actions to protect the health of our community? 

    • YWAM Salem has formed a COVID-19 Task Team to monitor the evolving situation and to lead our campus in ways to respond. This team will continue to collaborate with local authorities, other YWAM campuses, and affiliates. 
    • We are working closely with Marion County Public Health and Oregon health authorities, and following the guidance from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization
    • We will comply with all legal mandates (Oregon’s Mandates here).
    • We reserve a prepared and dedicated space on-site and off-site that can act as a quarantine site in the contingency that a case occurs inside of our community. 
    • Entry survey for people coming on campus including screening of symptoms and previous travel itinerary. 
    • We’ve increased our sanitization and cleaning process to mitigate risk of exposure.
    • If you are needing additional information: 

What do arriving students, staff, and visitors need to know?

All arriving students, staff, and visitors should be taking precautions for cough and hand hygiene. They should be aware of their personal health and practicing social distancing. All arriving students, staff, and visitors fill out our health risk survey prior to arrival.

YWAM Salem requires that all of those traveling from high-risk nations: 

Prior to Arrival:

  • Self monitoring for fever twice a day, morning and evening 14 days prior to arrival in the United States. Mandatory reporting of these numbers to YWAM Salem. These will be recorded along with name, date, etc.
  • If at all possible by law of the country of origin, get tested for COVID-19, 3-7 days prior to departure, and send the official test results to YWAM Salem prior to departure. They must be negative for COVID-19 to come.

AFTER Arrival to US from risk regions:

  • Arriving students and participants will continue to self test for fever 2 times a day, morning and evening 14 days prior to departure. Reporting these numbers to YWAM Salem. These will be recorded along with their name, date, etc.
  • An off-site quarantine location will have the capability of creating a separate secondary quarantine room in the contingency that a COVID-19 case occurs within the off-site Quarantine house. This is so that a secondary quarantine measure within the house can happen and no more people will be exposed. The original members of the initial quarantine can continue to quarantine without further exposing others.

What should I do? 

  • Keep cough and hand hygiene etiquette: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap isn’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and completely cover hands, rubbing hands until alcohol is dry. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Commit to social distancing practices encouraged by health care professionals - maintaining 6ft distancing with those outside of your household and when you cannot do so, to use masks/face coverings. Use masks/face covering in all indoor and outdoor public places.
  • Remain alert to any cold like symptoms. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please work from home until you can determine that 1) it is not COVID-19 or 2) you are symptom free.
  • If you are experiencing any of the symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, lack of taste and/or smell) please stay at home.
  • If you have any questions about symptoms please contact your medical provider. Those staff, students, and volunteers experiencing symptoms should notify their department leader and the COVID-19 Task Team symptoms monitor. 
  • We are also recommending, per Health and Safety, for our staff and students to stay away from gatherings of people of more than 10. This will reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus and will keep us all safe.
  • When on campus, you will need to wear a mask in any place (indoor or outdoor) where you are unable to maintain 6ft of distancing. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever over 100.4F, cough, and shortness of breath, are the three most common. 
  • Less common are body aches, fatigue, and sore throat. 
  • Many children and young people may have no symptoms at all 
  • If you would like to know about the symptoms of COVID-19 please refer to the CDC.

What should I do for prevention? 

  • Keep cough and hand hygiene etiquette. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a mask whenever you cannot maintain 6ft social distancing.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough illness