Why 'Young Life Capernaum' Is Something SO Special

Why 'Young Life Capernaum' Is Something SO Special

"There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability" Sharron Angle
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You may have heard of Young Life in high school but what you may never have heard of is Young Life Capernaum.

If you haven’t, let me just paint a quick picture for you of what a club might look like. Students arrive with the biggest smiles on their faces and greet their friends with the best hugs and happiest greetings. Students and their leaders sit down for a meal together and get to know each other through genuine conversation and abounding smiles. Club begins, we scream Taylor Swift songs at the top of our lungs and the craziest dance parties begin. Messy games encourage contagious laughter.

The speaker comes up and reminds us of the way we were fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of Jesus.

Capernaum is a branch of Young Life that gives students with intellectual and physical disabilities the opportunity to build a relationship with Jesus while also experiencing adventure, fun and love from leaders. We believe that people with disabilities deserve just as much as any other person to hear the truth of the gospel.

The term Capernaum comes from a story from the bible in Mark 2.

The story includes a group of friends who help their disabled friend reach Jesus by carrying him to the place where Jesus is known to be miraculously healing people. They are overwhelmed by a large crowd when they arrive but refusing to give up, they lower him down through the ceiling to meet Jesus. Jesus is astounded by their unwavering faith and heals the disabled man.

Capernaum is a representation of just that. Leaders walk alongside students in an attempt for them to experience the remarkable love, joy, grace and mercy Jesus has to offer. Everyone is given the opportunity to be abundantly loved by Jesus, regardless of their abilities and Capernaum is an environment that fosters that belief.

Having been a buddy/leader for several years now, I can honestly say that there is no greater joy than seeing a student sing a worship song and participate in a small group discussion about the love that Jesus has to offer people of all abilities! Some of the students may be non-verbal but it is so evident through their expressions and body language that God is doing great work in their hearts during Capernaum club. There is so much to be learned from the Capernaum students, as their constant joy and reliance on the Lord is so evident.

Capernaum doesn’t by any means always look perfect.

You never know exactly what may come up at any given moment whether it is an added singer that jumps up on stage with the worship leaders, a spontaneous dance party or a chant during the club talk but that is what makes Capernaum so beautiful.

Every student is loved for everything God made them to be and what could possibly be more incredible than that?

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Dear Self-Righteous Friend, Jesus Doesn't Support Your Message

Why do you claim superiority for being unaccepting?
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Dear Self-Righteous Friend,

We've been friends for years now. I see you often and I value your friendship and support. You were there for me when no one else was, and I’ll never forget that.

But you have to get over yourself.

I can't believe you would say the things you said to me tonight. Quite frankly, I thought we got past the point when your religious ideals got in the way of our friendship.

But we haven't. And that hurts me.

Forgive me for being distant for a while, but I can’t be stuck in this strange in-between world, with our friendship on one side and your prejudice on the other.

You have to decide whether or not you are going to love people for who they are, or if you are going to sit in the front row of a church and comfort yourself with the knowledge that the pews in a building will save you.

They won’t.

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