Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long. Psalm 25:4
Meet Garrett Davis, a Class of 2020 student at Saint Augustine’s University. Saint Augustine’s University, a historically black university based in Raleigh, North Carolina, was founded by The Episcopal Church in 1867 and today enrolls 1,000 students in 20 undergraduate degree programs. Saint Augustine’s is supported by a block grant through The Episcopal Church.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Garrett Anton Davis, and I am a sophomore at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU), from Rochester, New York. I am an English major studying literature and writing. I was raised Episcopalian from my childhood. I’m interested in screenwriting and am also the sports editor of our school newspaper. With my schedule, I don’t have a lot of spare time, but when I do, I like to spend it reading.
How have you felt blessed in your life?
I feel that my education is one of the biggest blessings in my life. When representatives from Saint Augustine’s came to my church and talked about how much students are able to grow and build their self-esteem at SAU, I decided it was a place I really wanted to be. Some parts of school are hard, but I always remember what a blessing it is for me to be at this university and it helps me get through the challenge. I also feel very blessed by the love and support of my parents. They never questioned my decisions and have been 100 percent supportive of me all the way. My advisor and my creative writing teacher are people I can always talk to and who give me encouragement.
In what ways are you called to pass on blessings to others?
I help out during services in the Saint Augustine’s University Chapel with Mother Nita Byrd. Sometimes I’m the crucifer or the acolyte. I’ve assisted during the past two Absalom Jones celebrations, and I like that service because so many students and faculty attend. Over the years, I have tried to give back by volunteering, such as through Jack and Jill of America before I started college. I have visited nursing homes, helped deliver Meals on Wheels, and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House.
What about the Way of Love or the Jesus Movement gives you hope for the Church?
My faith has been important to me since my childhood. There were moments when I could have made some bad decisions, but I heard the voice of my conscience telling me to stop and think and to remember that I want to be a good person. I think that the more people connect with their faith, the more they will make the choices that help them be the people God wants them to be.