One Hope fellows are at least 21 years old or recent college grads who are interested in developing experience in urban ministry, community development, and nonprofit work. Our fellows:
Due April 1st, 2022
"For me, the One Hope Tulsa Fellowship Program gave me the opportunity to grow in faith, learn about community development and pursue professional skills related to my interests. Having recently completed a double major in English and Philosophy & Religion, I came to One Hope having read and wrote a lot. The Fellowship Program gave me the opportunity to combine my love for reading and learning with actually participating in community development work. Each month of the fellowship, I had a different focus topic, with themes such as restorative justice, prayer, the Beloved Community, and many more. Each theme gave me the opportunity to read Scripture, theology, and relevant discussion and research. In tandem with these readings, I also got to participate in spiritual formation activities, involving a creative host of resources (whether it was the prayer room, meditating on artworks, liturgies, spending time in nature, visiting memorials, writing reflections, and so much more) all directed towards deepening my trust in Jesus. Probably the most important thing I’ve learned is that trying to do meaningful work in the community without Him is futile. In my year as a fellow I witnessed the deep brokenness and seeming hopelessness for many in the community. My eyes were opened wider to the injustice, evil, poverty, sin, and hatred around me, and sometimes in me. Learning that God loves our community and is already at work was a perspective change for me and still requires constant remembering. He really is our only hope.
Besides spiritual growth and learning about community development, I also got the chance to pursue my interests and gain new skills. As part of our COVID-19 response, One Hope paid for me to be trained as a tutor in the Orton-Gillingham method for teaching reading. This has allowed me to spearhead our reading program and help kids behind in reading catch up and gain confidence. I also got to coach kids in soccer, mine and the rest of the world’s favorite sport, and have fun building relationships with my players. I am truly thankful for all the experiences and opportunities I’ve had at One Hope and I trust God to continue using me and growing me to do his work."
Caleb Water | Fellow 2020-201