By Joel Salazar
As I write this I am entering into my fourth week as a Capital Fellow. In the past weeks I’ve done everything from discussing the theological significance of work, to riding elevators with senators, and running around the halls of MPC with student ministries. Yet, through it all, the thing I have been most grateful for and impacted by are the people I have had the privilege of sharing these four weeks with.
God’s workmanship, love, and providence are shown in his people. I have been blown away by the character and uniqueness of each person in this year’s Capital Fellows class. Their passion for Christ and his Kingdom is so evident.
Part of our nine months as Fellows includes taking seminary classes. One of those classes is Introduction to Biblical Theology taught by Bill Fullilove. In our opening class for the semester we discussed the significance of humans being created in the image of God. While the imago dei (which means image of God) is likely a familiar concept for many, Dr. Fullilove’s class shed a fascinating light on the reality. Not only do we have great dignity by being created in the image of God, but we also stand as images of His restorative reign and work in the world.
In recent days I have not only studied this reality in the abstract but have gotten a rich experience of it in my relationships with my fellow fellows, professors, work colleagues, host family, and Capital Fellows directors.
For example, an early highlight of the program was to hear each Fellow’s story. It is remarkable how Christ has worked differently in each one of our stories. Each of us came to follow Christ at different times in life through wildly different life experiences. Each person’s story shows a glimpse of the image of God that is unlike any other glimpse that has been or will be. I have learned so much about the character of God and his grace, mercy and faithfulness in his people's lives. I am blessed to be surrounded by such incredible image bearers.
I am beyond thankful that our stories have led us here together for Season 16 of Capital Fellows for such a time as this.
Pictures from the Week
National Mall scooter gang
Fellows enjoying dinner on BeReal
Dishwashing after Capital Commons in MPCs kitchen is the best
Capital Fellows at the Capitol
Know a Potential Capital Fellow?
We are actively building Season Seventeen! If you know a college senior or recent graduate that would benefit from this program, please let them know about our upcoming informational webinars. About Capital Fellows. Capital Fellows is an advanced leadership and discipleship program for recent college graduates. Through graduate courses, a paid internship, one-on-one mentoring and many leadership and community service opportunities, fellows develop and apply their gifts in real-world situations while learning to integrate a Christian worldview into all areas of life. Capital Fellows is a unique opportunity to live and work in the Washington DC area and to be an active member of a supportive community that seeks to serve the city with the love of Christ. It is also a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in the workplace while deeply exploring God’s design for us as workers and contributors to human flourishing.
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Thank you for praying for the Capital Fellows each week!
This week, the Capital Fellows began their service in the city with Cornerstone Schools of Washington DC. This amazing school has been a partner of McLean Presbyterian Church for many years. Please pray for the fellows as they enter into special relationships with faculty, students, and administrators.
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About The Fellows Initiative
Capital Fellows is part of a network of similar programs across the country. This network is called The Fellows Initiative. There are 34 Fellows programs in TFI, roughly 3,000 alumni living around the world, and more Fellows programs on the way.
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