Daniel Davidson, My Roommate

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Just like any mission year, 2019-2020 has been one of hardships, change, and service. Exemplifying these realities is Missionary Educator Daniel Davidson, my roommate. Daniel started off this missionary year with Teach for Christ in a slightly different way from the others in that he had no idea he even was going to join the program at the start of the 2018-2019 year. The members of the men’s house last year met Daniel when we were invited to eat at a local house of other Catholic men. As fate would have it, Daniel happened to live there. That evening, many of the men noted Daniel’s large collection of books and other collections of art. It was a fun night, where connections were made and friendships were started. Unfortunately, we didn’t see Daniel again until July. Along he came, looking to get a chance to discern a call to Catholic education. He approached us, went through the interview process, and thus he entered the program

Daniel was placed in the beginning of the year at St. Mark’s School in Saint Paul. However a little into the school year, a particular need at St. Peter Claver School opened. After much consideration and prayer, Daniel was sent to give St. Peter Claver his full attention. One of the few educators to have a room assignment change (due to a scheduling conflict) he became my roommate. As roommates we had to work through some challenges, but through it I’ve come to get to know and appreciate Daniel more and more.

He likes to end his day reading many different books and writing in his journal. He’s always quick to give a sly or witty remark to any situation and his slow southern charm (he hails originally from Alabama) breaks through in his desire to help out around the house. He especially enjoys cooking delicious meals alongside fellow Missionary Educator Colby Cantillon and taking up art projects in the study. Though there has been a lot of change in his life since joining Teach for Christ, in Proverbs 16:9, the Lord says "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Daniel’s heart continues to guide him to follow the Lord deeper in prayer and in service to His sons and daughters. In turn, I know that even through trials and sufferings the Lord continues to change Daniel's life, leading him to greater and better things. Though his path is unique, so is God’s will and love for Daniel.


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