Yes, that is correct. We had our 2nd ever Capernaum club this past Saturday the 13th!! I don’t even know where to start. In the most genuine way possible: it was so much fun. Jamie, our Area Director, gave Abby, Lizzie, and I most of the reigns and responsibilities and planning, which gave us the opportunity to make club our own. It was a beach themed club so we played volleyball and another beach ball game, and the whole club room was decorated in beach stuff like inflatable palm trees, towels, Hawaiian shirts, plastic coconuts, and a beautiful painting of a beach scene on a bedsheet by the one and only Abby Steger. Jamie said it was probably the most fun he’s ever had at a YoungLife club that he’s ever been to and that is the work of God. Not us. Glory and praises to Him.
The talk and the craft afterwards were one of the few things that Jamie organized. His talk near the end of club was in Luke 19 and about the story of Zacchaeus, who not very liked at all because he was a tax collector back in the day which pretty much means he stole money from everyone for a living. When he heard that Jesus was coming to town, Zacchaeus wanted to take a gander and see what’s up, but the crowd around Jesus was way too big to go up to him so he climbed a tree in order to simply see him. Jesus walks up to Zacchaeus and calls him out by his name and asks to hang out with him for the rest of the day. These kids, our friends, are the same way. They’re are neglected, pushed by the wayside, and misunderstood by society but Jesus not only knows everything about them, He wants to be best-friends with them. The craft, which reinforces the talk and leaves room for meaningful conversations with the kids, was that they would take a picture in front of the bedsheet beach scene and then we would print it out right there and then they would decorate it. The point is, and Jamie talked about this too, if Jesus had a refrigerator, their picture would be on it and He is so proud of them and He loves them so dearly. I loved every bit of club so much even though there were only 5 kids that showed up. The number kids and level of fun have no correlation.
One of the coolest things: so this past Wednesday when I walked into the coffee shop, one of the girls who was at club (Emma, a girl with Down Syndrome and one of the sweetest girls I’ve ever met), immediately yelled my name and told me to come to the back of the shop. At the back, and who would’ve guessed, a picture of all the girls (kids, buddies, and leaders) with the beach scene in the background is mounted onto a refrigerator. That picture, from our club, is sitting in the coffee shop in Hudson High School. Wow. God is so good.