History of The Spero Project
Spero=Latin for 'to hope'
Begun in 2009 as a blog to help small group leaders find creative and challenging ways to engage those in their groups to care for their local and global communities, The Spero Project quickly evolved into an organization with a life of its own. At a critical time in its development, both the founders and several members of the Board of Directors began working extensively with the International Refugee population of Oklahoma City. It became evident that the organization needed to grow beyond the computer screen and function on a daily basis with under-resourced communities.
A local church was gracious to offer Pastoral guidance and accountability to the organization and helped us tremendously as we journeyed with The Lord, asking Him what The Spero Project was to become. Through that season, the vision became more clear and the mission more focused. And becoming a 501(c)(3) Registered NonProfit in June of 2009 allowed us to grow even more in scope.
A partnership with LifeChurch.tv's Mercy Ministries (food pantry ministry) allowed us to participate in new and different communities. Since our partnership began, this ministry has transitioned from Mercy Ministries into the program FULL OKC.
In addition to learning and growing through program development, The Spero Project team also became very passionate about training and equipping the Church for engagement in under-resourced communities. It’s so important to us that those who engage underresourced communities truly partner with these communities, that they listen well and that they become more devoted disciples themselves as they go. This takes preparation, prayer and intentionality. Both MARKED and SHARP grew out of this passion for training and equipping.
The Spero Project is also thrilled to partner with other social entrepreneurs who see a need in the city and do whatever it takes to meet it. We’ve been so thankful to work with both small and large efforts to host citywide events, launch innovative programs, and help kickstart new organizations. Check out our great friends at New Land Academy to see an example of what we’re talking about—we’ve got some amazing friends and partners who are ready to make a difference! The Spero Project is honored to be a part of their journey as they make it happen and playing our role in these types of initiatives will always be a key part of our DNA.
We are hopeful that this brief history is just the beginning of many years of loving our local and global communities, of partnering with others for the good of all and of being moved by hope!