Praise God with us!
One of Young Life Capernaum’s constant, big prayers is for the Lord to raise up more leaders with a zeal to share the Gospel with our friends with disabilities. The Lord answered that prayer in the form of Maddie Hicks, their newest leader who was officially welcomed to the team in late June. Maddie is a rising sophomore at NKU and a 2019 graduate of Boone County High School. She was a faithful peer tutor at Boone and has been a wonderful, loving volunteer buddy with our Capernaum ministry for many years. Living life with our friends with disabilities is a natural passion point for Maddie and she’s excited to begin further investing in the female students!
Young Life lifted its indefinite interpersonal ministry suspension for Capernaum in mid-June so their leaders have been able to spend solid 1-on-1 time with students the past 6 weeks or so. Without some of their usual outreach tools like Club and Camp they’ve had to get extra creative and intentional in their pursuit of friends. The Lord has further developed and established new friendships this summer despite obstacles and restrictions.
The only way Capernaum has been able to physically “gather” is by having parking lot socials where families park their cars 3 spaces a part, set up lawn chairs, and enjoy a drive-in kind of feel. Grace Fellowship Church has hosted our community three different times for an ice cream social, pizza night, a chalk-art contest, and Kona Ice night in the past month. It’s different and strange, but YLC is thrilled to be able to see our friends face-to-face and serve the disability community with fun nights of connection like those at Grace!
Join us in prayer-
- It appears like we are headed for a fall that looks like this past spring….which is another bummer in a year filled with bummers. Pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to provide Capernaum’s leadership team with a zeal for making His glory known to our friends, hunger to know Christ more intimately, and endurance to navigate this pandemic lovingly.
- Pray for YLC families and students as we head into an untraditional fall. This season should be filled with excitement about the new school year, Special Olympics sports, clubs, The Royal Prom and all kinds of Capernaum fun. All of that will be heavily adapted or in some cases, like The Royal Prom, be canceled altogether. Rhythms and routines are important for our friends and those have been some of the most challenging things to establish for anyone in 2020. Pray for the Lord to provide peace and comfort for the families of our friends and that He would use the tool of Capernaum to shine His love brighter than ever in a trying season.
- Pray for the Lord to give Capernaum opportunities for verbal Gospel proclamation. It feels like many of the usual tools in their tool belt will at best have significant restrictions and at worst be stripped completely this fall. Pray for the Spirit to open doors to proclaim Him and ignite creativity within their leaders’ discipleship with students.
- YLC has decided to postpone their fall fundraising banquet until April 2021 due to the pandemic. That will mean going almost 18 months without their most significant fundraising initiative, but they praise Him for blessing them to the point that they could responsibly make this decision to postpone! Pray for the Lord to continue to provide and protect their ministry financially.
Pray 2 Timothy 1:13-14 for Capernaum leaders-
“What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.
Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.“
Young Life Capernaum exists to show our friends with disabilities that they are accepted, loved and needed. Capernaum wants to introduce our friends to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. They do this by pulling together a community where our friends can experience fun, friendship and growth!