Posted on May 30, 2017
The Philadelphia Project is blessed to be in partnership with Eastern University who is supportive of the mission and goals of The Philadelphia Project and Roxborough Church to see college graduates returning to and investing in the local neighborhoods of Philadelphia. The partnership that we have created will honor the ministry of the Project while building a bold Christian witness in our great city. Our hopes are that this partnership will leave a legacy in the years ahead of us that will have a long-lasting Kingdom impact. Together we offered a four-year scholarship to two individuals who will continue to remain involved with TPP as they are educated at EU beginning in the fall of 2017. Please meet Davier Daniels and Jaelyn Holland, our 2017-2018 TPP Scholars!
Tell me about yourself in 3 sentences… I love music. With my Dad being in ministry and having been around the Church my whole life, music has been around for a long time. I love people and interacting with them and sports is a passion of mine.
What is the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t know?… The first time I sang in public was when I was 12 years old. A lot of people didn’t know I could sing. Do you still sing in church now? Yes, I sing at school, church and on tours with our worship team.
What do you attend high school? The Christian Academy (TCA)
How have you been involved with the ministry at The Philadelphia Project?… My Dad and Pastor Ray are good friends. I came out to a few blitz weekend this year. I enjoyed a lot. I really enjoyed the staff and I became good friends with Juliet (the 2016-2017 Eastern University TPP Scholar). Serving was a lot of fun and it was nice to be able to meet the needs of people.
How did you feel when you heard you were the recipient of a four-year scholarship to Eastern University?… It felt relieved and excited. It felt like a burden was lifted off my shoulders. One of the goals I set for myself was to get through college debt free. I was stressing about finances and how I was going to be able to achieve this goal. When this actually happened it was exciting and a confirmation from God telling me that I can trust Him. During that process, I heard God saying “I gotcha.” He had me all along.
What are you most excited about as you prepare for college?… I’m excited about the college experience and being independent. I’m excited to live on campus. I hear that there is more freedom and time. I want to grow academically and spiritually. I want to establish myself as a leader in a new place and I’m excited to see how God uses me at Eastern and as I flourish and grow.
What is your greatest fear about the upcoming year?… My greatest fear overall is failure, not specifically to next year but overall in life. So, I guess my fear for next year is picking a major that I’m not supposed to be doing. I want to follow God’s plan.
What do you hope to be able to do with your education that you receive from Eastern?… It’s a little complicated right now. For a while, I’ve been set on psychology. The end goal, the dream is to be a sports psychologist for a professional team. For now, the plan is a Bachelor Degree in Athletic Training and a Master’s & Doctorate in Psychology.
As our supporters at The Philadelphia Project read this, how can they continue to pray for you going forward?… Pray for wisdom and that it’s clear what God’s plan is for me in terms of my major. Pray that I stand. I’m not naive; there will be times that I’ll have to make a decision and I’ll be tempted. There might be a fork in the road and I’ll have to rely on my relationship with Jesus. I’m also thankful for how I’ve been prepared and molded by my parents, TCA, and church.