The Peacemakers

The Peacemakers


Hi, my name is Chanique Davis and I’m a Lakeland artist. I’ve always loved art as a child but never did anything with it growing up I just thought it wasn’t going to go anywhere but December of
last year I started feeling like my life needed to go in a different direction so
I decided to use any and all of the gifts I have to make a difference and so I
started painting for the very first time ever. What led me to begin The Peacemakers group, my own personal testimony is that I was homeless for three years. Me and my family and we are originally from New York, we moved to Florida, we kind of got on some hard times and so for three years, we were homeless. Some of my family members were split apart but some of my family stayed at Talbot House and Lighthouse Ministries and all of us stayed in actually an abandoned home in the woods somewhere for months and so we were really hard off but I knew that I wanted to use all of my gifts to make a difference and so that’s why I started The Peacemakers because we believe that it’s awesome to have gifts but what does it do for other people? So we want to make a difference with the gifts that we have and that’s what led me to start the group. My name is Jamin Smith, I’m a member of The Peacemakers and also a graphic designer for the city of Lakeland. We go through things in life and from that it only makes you stronger and only makes you push further and further and so with her trying to use her gifts to give back to the community it’s like full circle because she’s been there. Chanique: There’s a scripture in the Bible that says “blessed are the peacemakers”, and ‘peace makers’, we believe that there’s a reason why that didn’t say blessed are peace ‘keepers’ because we believe that peace is something that doesn’t necessarily, organically happen. It has to be created and it has to be formed and has to be made. As Peacemakers, what we do is we find where there is lack of peace. Whether socially, whether economically, whatever that is and we try to go and we try to make peace through our gifts. Our first event is the H.E.A.R.T event, October 14th, and we want to give back to the homeless through therapeutic art and not just to the homeless to the general public as well. We just want people to come out, we want them to express themselves to paint on the large collaborative pieces and let the homeless community know that “Hey, we’re not pushing you out, rather, you’re a part of us.”

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