Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Fuel Family Friday - Mel Capra

We have a fearless Leader Adam who chases after God in amazing ways, The Fuel Band which includes Dave, Jacqueline, Shane, Amber, and Dennis, Mac on sound, Mark – aka Gunther, and Steve at games, The girls - Mel, Jessie, Megan, and Brynne, and the high school leaders Jessie, Selena, Ashley, and May and to round it all out… me, the Fuel Mom.

Sounds kind of crazy… As individuals, they are amazing and as a whole, whew, there isn’t even a word. Every one of us is different, talented in our own ways (and to be completely honest I am a little envious of their gifts). I cannot even tell you how much I have come to love each one of them. So each week, I will tell you about a new one! This way I got Fridays covered. This week is Mel Capra.

Name: Mel Capra
Your favorite thing about being a Fuel Leader:
My fave thing about being a fuel leader is that I have anawesome oppurtunity to let God use me and the gifts hehas given me.
What’s your favorite song (you need not limit to one):
"I will live for You" Dave Buckenberger
"This is our God" "Blue and Yellow" The Used
"I'm moving on" Rascal Flatts
Favorite Food:
I love food! I don't really have aparticular favorite. I love chicken fingers, pizza,spaghetti, mexican, etc....
Favorite Dessert: CHEESECAKE!!!!
Have you always known Jesus? Have you always> loved Jesus? If not, where did He find you?
I haven't always loved Jesus, unforunately. He found meat a really bad place in my life. I was a sophmore inhigh school and I had depression badly since junior high. And by chance a girl that I knew sinceelementary school invited me to Cedar Point with heryouth group. I went only because I usually didn't havefriends to hang out with and I was shocked I wasinvited. I went to the trip and started meeting peopleand some of the leaders invested into my life. One ofthe most important and influential people in my lifethen and now was Jessica Chubb. She taught me so muchabout God and taught me that I'm beautiful and Godcreated an awesome girl in me and I just had to findwhere she was. Well, I kept coming back to Real Life,because I was so loved, even though I didn't lovemyself, the leaders and my new friends did. I neverhad that before. I listened to the messages Jeremyspoke, and everyweek I just thought more and more andmore about Jesus and who He is and why He did what hedid for me. So about six or seven months after I wentto Real Life I accepted Jesus. And it has been a crazyand wild ride ever since.
Tell me something cool about you, something that you are super proud of: I don't really think there is anything. I haven't done anything really great.Maybe I should work on that.

Mel is Dave’s girlfriend, I can’t tell you which one is the better half because they are both awesome. I met Mel a long time ago, at a DRIVEN/Fuel event. When I first met her it was weird, I didn’t think she liked me. I don’t think that anymore. I love her, she has so much patience and when you stand next to her, you can feel God’s love resonating from her. My first day of Fuel, I really did a lot of observing, one of the coolest things I watched her do was lead the kids by not saying a word… There were a bunch of girls talking during worship, I watched her walk up to the girls, she didn’t say a word, she just worshipped. The instantly stopped and before you knew it, they were worshipping right next to her.

She stated on her sheet that hasn’t done anything special. Here’s the thing about Mel, she’s an encourager. Speaking from my own experience, as an encourager, I don’t think I do many things that are all that great. I think Mel is so special and so awesome, love pours completely out of her pores. When you have a smile as great as hers, and not be special. She also has an amazing amount of patience, I watch her with the girls and they know they are loved, they are like magnets to her.

I think God will work in amazing ways through her.

Her blog is listed over on the right...

1 Thes 5:13 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.


KayMac said...

Great pic of Capra and Buckenkowski! Love this girl...nice post!

Jada's Gigi said...

This is a great idea to spotlight your Fuel kids...Mel is definitely a beautiful sister.thanks for introducing her to us.

Pat said...

What a terrific post and a good idea - leave it to you Margie!
What a beautiful person mel is not only her sweet face but inside too!
Thanks for sharing with us Mel - and may God continue to bless you!

Amber Land said...

She sounds like she has a sweet spirit as do you!

mel capra said...

Thanks Margie. I love you a lot!!! This was really encouraging. Fuel has been really tough on me lately, it is good to hear that I actually do something.