Last summer while serving at Carolina Point we met a dynamic
young man named Nick. Nick had been in a horrible car accident earlier that
year, losing his leg and having a series of other injuries. We had great
conversations throughout the week and he’d already been helping some in his
Capernaum club back home. We started a
conversation that week about him serving as a coach this summer for a Capernaum
After months of preparation, Nick (from Florida) and Ben
(from Tennessee) were paired together to serve at Carolina Point for a month in
ropes. They were responsible over the
course of the week to get the campers up to the top of the Canopy Course
(multiple zip lines) while also making sure they had all of their needed
gear. Nick drove the truck and Ben
ensured that everyone was set up. This meant that the two of them got to
interact with every single camper and leader throughout the month. That’s close
to 350 people per week, for four weeks.
After their month finished up, Nick emailed me. I wept as I read it, only God could be so
“I am so grateful for the chance to work with Ben this
last month. Being his coach was challenging but it was incredibly rewarding.
One of my old WyldLife guys was a camper week 2 and one of the first days he
asked me why God lets people have special needs. I told him I don’t know why
God does most of what He does, but I told him “I see God more in friends
like Ben than I see him in anything else.” At the end of the week he said
he saw so much of Jesus in Ben… and in the Greenville Capernaum group that was
at camp that week. I think Jesus taught him a lot through that group.
Another one of my good friends who was in my Campaigners
group all through high school had lost his faith this last year. At camp after
the SaySo he sat with Brady (a Capernaum alumni who is a leader in
Greenville,SC; has Down Syndrome) and cried for 30 minutes until he was forced
to go to his bus. After they finished crying together Jeff told me how much he
saw and felt Jesus through Brady. Jeff is going to UCF in orlando and I am hoping
he will get plugged in with the Orlando Capernaum group.
This month was so incredible, the worst part about it was
leaving Ben after being with him most of the entire month. I miss him a lot.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve with Ben.” -Nick
Enjoy this incredible video of Nick and Ben!
A post by Suzanne Williams, YL Capernaum Southern Division Coordinator. Read more on the Capernaum Young Life Blog.