Student receives fellowship in urban ministry
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
The Spencer W. Perkins Fellowship was created by the Nehemiah Corporation of
CALM, which formed in 1995, is a partnership between local residents and church volunteers in a neighborhood of primarily single-parent families. CALM addresses the spiritual, educational and economic needs of families in the low-income neighborhood where they’re based.
As a CALM intern for eight weeks, Sas was responsible for helping elementary and middle school-aged boys with computer programs and tutoring students in math and reading. In the afternoons, he assisted young men who were working on projects to revitalize the community, such as picking up trash and fixing up old buildings. In the evenings, Sas initiated Bible studies with some of the younger boys.
Sas says that being part of this ministry changed the way he looks at people who are poor. “My awareness of the importance of God’s call for us to take care of the poor has grown. I like helping people.”
In addition to covering his summer travel, lodging and food expenses, the fellowship also provided Sas a grant to apply to his college tuition. Sas and the other fellows will receive an award for their participation in the program, along with their final paychecks, at the annual Christian Community Development Association conference, to be held Nov. 16–20 in
On campus, Sas has coordinated the prison ministry team for two years, serves as a tutor in accounting and marketing, and participates in intramural athletics.