The Spero Project
In A Huge Nutshell:
The Spero Project is a faith-based organization that provides avenues that move awareness into action in four areas/groups within Oklahoma City: marginalized woman (human trafficking), international refugees (flee due to war/persecution), foster care & adoption, and aids to combat poverty (food pantry & clothing center).
Why They Rock (4 Big Reasons):
- spero:aspire exists to provide AVENUES that move AWARENESS into ACTION on behalf of Marginalized women locally and globally. Marginalized Woman: A woman who has been pushed to the edges; viewed as less than human. Throughout the world today, women are owned as property, forced to deny themselves education, and victimized by violence and assault.
- spero:voice serves International Refugees from war-torn regions across the globe who have been relocated to safety in Oklahoma City. Their mission is to provide AVENUES that move AWARENESS into ACTION on behalf of those in the Refugee community. They seek to connect the network of resources in the local community with the needs of this population.
- spero:legacy was created to provide AVENUES that move AWARENESS into ACTION on behalf of children and families affected by Foster Care and Adoption. By partnering with awareness initiatives as well as service agencies meeting the needs of this population, Spero:Legacy will help individuals and small groups understand what their Next Step should be in addressing the issue of Foster Care and Adoption locally and globally.
- spero:resource provides AVENUES that moves AWARENESS into ACTION on behalf of those living in poverty. They are committed to providing the best assistance possible to the individuals by encouraging the local church to aid in an individual’s development, both physical and spiritual, while responding to them with respect and compassion. They believe working as a network with others who share this passion benefits all agencies involved and, more importantly, those they serve.
A guy strolls into Oklahoma City and has lunch at the home of an Iraqi family…it sounds like the start of a joke, but this is just a taste of the openness and tight community within The Spero Project, and I received the same amazing goodness from my host family…actually sent me on my way with a goodie bag (better than my 3rd grade birthday party – sorry mama).
My contact Kim compiled a magic day which started with all-star new hire Austin who helped me pack groceries for families, individuals, and homeless. I also meet Spero member Brad who was gave me a Wikipedia session on refugees and the Middle East, I was more parched after a 90 minute soccer match taking in all his stories…he was very informative and I was amazed to hear the voyages of families escaping murder before arriving to Oklahoma City.
Lela another Spero member arrived to the office and the whole crew headed to enjoy authentic Iraqi cuisine…everything I ate was great but these taquito things took the prize. While there, Brad aided with a car purchase online (spero helps with ‘routine’ things that might be difficult for refugees) and he also provided a breakdancing show (Oklahoma Gangster Scary Style).
After digesting a great meal and OKC breakout, Lela and I headed to tutor refugees. I helped with a sharp 3rd grade Burmese girl who dominated her reading comprehension. We sanitized the after-school reading/computer lab and I went to be with my second giving family.
I think Mark and Sharon were competing for the 50Give Stay of The Tour…laid-back people, awesome dog (deal-breaker), and man-cave bedroom (slept past 9am…first time on tour!). I made my own soup one night and Mark said enough of that, and presto – steak dinner! Also, first time I felt like I was home-home – there is nothing like bonding over ‘20/20’ and hollering at the TV, oh yes he did it!!! The whole family kids included were giving, it was like second-nature to help people…refreshing.
The Spero Project and my host family are all about giving and they haven’t given up the greatest asset on earth: PEOPLE. The following passage is from The Shawshank Redemption which embodies the message of hope and everything positive I felt in Oklahoma – “[in a letter] Dear Red, If you’re reading this, you’ve gotten out. And if you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the town, don’t you? I could use a good man to help me get my project on wheels. I’ll keep an eye out for you and the chessboard ready. Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well. Your friend, Andy.”
Spero = Latin for HOPE
“The battle for justice in the world is not fought where we think it is. The struggle against injustice is not fought on the battlefield of power or truth or even righteousness. There are pitched battles waged on these ramparts, but the war is ultimately won or lost on a more forward front. In the end the battle against oppression stands or falls on the battlefield of HOPE.” – Gary Haugen