Story of Hope: Reverend France Davis
“My father was one of those examples of hope. His name is John Davis. He always was a farmer, and as a farmer, you plant your crops in one season but you expect the harvest to happen in another season. So he was always a person who lived with hope. He didn’t realize it immediately, but after time, he was able to realize what he was hoping for. Family relationship has always been one of those that was hopeful. And by finding examples, or role models, we pursued hope as a way of getting where we want to get ourselves.
I got involved [with the MLK march] by being a student at the time, and during that time, there were those who were in despair, while we as students had no vested interests and nothing really to risk. We were hopeful because we saw it as doing something to help somebody else to reach their possibilities. And for people who otherwise had no hope.
I need hope all of the time. In fact, Jessie Jackson says, “Keep hope alive” and that’s what all of us need to do, is to keep hope alive. The bible says, “Now faith, hope, charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.” So hope is something that we all need to hold on to. We can keep hope alive by seeing the possibilities. Seeing the positives instead of looking at the negative. Dreaming about and imagining things that we have not yet been able to realize.
What I would hope that people would do in order to find hope is that they would consider the good and the bad, the alternatives, and then select the best. The ones that offer the most possibilities and the most present opportunity.
I believe that it is in the role of a minister that one can make the most difference in the lives of other people. You can help other people to realize their potential, and by doing that, you realize your own potential.”-Reverend France Davis