A couple of years ago (in 2009) the BBC featured an interesting documentary about a 13-year-old Christian girl. Deborah Drapper, who, unlike other British teens had never heard of and wasn’t interested in Britney Spears or Victoria Beckham (gasp!). She had been brought up in a deeply Christian home schooling family and her parents had tried to make sure she and her ten brothers and sisters grew up with a Biblical world view. For those who didn’t watch the original video here it is:
I was glad to read an update from Deborah the other day. She is still a servant of God by the grace of God. In her own words:
Many of you have been keeping in touch since the BBC 3 documentary, in 2009, called “Deborah, 13: Servant of God.” Now at 17 [on 23rd Nov 2012] I thought I would write a post to let the rest of you catch up with what I have been doing.
First and foremost, I am still a servant of God and my life is buzzing with meaning, purpose and fulfillment. The more I get to know God and His word, and the more wonderful Christian people I meet on my travels, the more excited I get about what God is doing in this world. Back in April I went to a young people’s conference with the New Frontiers church and was inspired by the energy and commitment of over a thousand students and twenties, all eager to share their faith with others and to make a difference in their every day lives. Next month I will be meeting up with a young lady, traveling over from Egypt, who contacted me after seeing the documentary, desiring to find out how she can live a more biblical lifestyle. What can I teach her? She has seen some of her Christian friends killed in the Cairo troubles recently! I am sure I will learn a lot from her instead…
Home schooling has continued to be an amazing tool to help me, not only gain great and exciting qualifications but also life and character skills that I can use in any situation. Holding a Diploma in Private Investigating, I also have certificates in Criminal Psychology, Crime Scene Investigating, Evidence Law, Handwriting Analysis, and Kinesics – which is the study of body language, as well as the Maths, English, Sciences etc. But not one GCSE or A’level!! This summer I venture out to Guildford to spend a week working with a Private Investigating firm and then back home to spend a week working along side the legal advisors at Yeovil Magistrates Court, to compliment my continuing law studies…
I am so looking forward to seeing how my life unfolds this next year as I move toward my 18th birthday. Until then I shall continue my studies, including learning to drive, so that I am equipped and trained to be the best I can be, ready to serve God wherever He may call. I hope that you too are training and equipping yourself ready to serve God, the best you can, wherever He calls you to serve.
[Further reading here]