Capernaum Ministries

​Young Life leaders in the countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) have the privilege of knowing and sharing their lives with kids and young adults with disabilities. This dedicated ministry is referred to as Young Life Capernaum.

Many of the countries in the FSU have limited resources for kids with special needs, so these ministries are a real lifeline for these kids and their families. In addition to providing spiritual mentoring, parental support and care, some FSU Capernaum ministries may also provide socialization, transportation and education. Capernaum gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop f​​ulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities.​
Capernaum ministries for special kids in the countries of the Former Soviet Union.

  • ​Young Life Central Asia Capernaum

  • Young Life Armenia Capernaum

  • Young Life Ukraine Capernaum

  • Young Life Russia Capernaum
  • Young Life Capernaum
    In Mark 2, the Bible records the story of four able-bodied men and their friend with a disability. Eage​​r for their friend to see Jesus, the talk of the town in Capernaum (kuh-per-ney-uhm), the men carried him on a ma​t to a home where Jesus was teaching. When the friends arrived, cro​wds already there prevented the men from getting their friend anywhere close to Jesus. Undaunted, they carried him to th​e roof where they cut a hole through layers of straw and hardened mud, and lowered the man to Jesus’ feet. Moved by their bold faith, Jesus restored the man with​ a disability to wholeness and health. The lives of all five men — and the crowd who witnessed the event — were never the s​ame.

    We call Young Life’s ministry with adolescents with disabilities “Capernaum,” because we don’t think intellectual or developmental limitations should keep an adolescent from the presence of the One who promises fullness of life. Like the friends in the story, we move through barriers, including the isolation and marginalization that can accompany having special needs, believing that the lives of teens with disabilities, as well as their able-bodied friends, are transformed by the shared experience of Young Life.​​​​

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    How you can help
    • GIVE – Support the many ​prog​rams of Capern​aum.
    • PRAY – For more local volunteers, for increased training for leaders, for community involvement.

    • SERVE – Contact Carrie Fraser about opportunities to serve special kids at camps in their countries.

    Young Life Former Soviet Union Div | 420 N Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3325

    Phone: (719) 381-1774

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