An update, at last!

While many people will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a party and an extra bank holiday, I will be sailing the high seas, with Tall Ships Youth Trust as part of this year’s Poole Regatta, for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, residential project, thanks to the help from the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation who have supported me financially.

Many of you have been keeping in touch since the BBC 3 documentary, in 2009, called “Deborah, 13: Servant of God.” Now at 17 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.

In my spare time I am working towards my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. So far I have completed my skills section, taking an NVQ level 1 certificate in Horse Knowledge and Care. I am a member of the Yeovil Road Running club, regularly running – well slowly jogging – 5-7 miles, and I hope to participate some races over the summer to complete my physical section. The voluntary section needs to be completed over an 18 month period so I have joined the Yeovil air cadets, squadron 1032, where I have already received the Hutchings Award for best trainee cadet and been nominated, by my CO, to attend their Personal Awareness course run at the RAF Chaplains’ School in Hampshire. While at the ATC I hope to study towards a BTEC in Public Services as well as participate in flying, drill, field training, first aid, and a kayaking expedition down the River Wye, which will also count as my gold DofE expedition.

This weekend I’m off to Stoke-On-Trent where dad and I continue to teach “Furnished,” a free, evangelism training day to equip ordinary people to share their faith and fulfill the Great Commission, using the biblical principles as presented in “Way of the Master.” On 7th July we shall be in Oxford. It would be great to see you there, but if you can’t make it then why not book us up to come and speak at your church or group.

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.

Have a great day,

Deborah

Deborah 15! Still a servant of God

Deborah - Taken by Paul Grover It’s been two years since filming the BBC documentary, Deborah 13:Servant of God, and on December 2nd, and again on 21st, at 10pm, it is being replayed on ITV’s ‘Truth At Ten’ series, repeated at midnight. You can find further details here.

So, I’m Deborah 15 now and still a servant of God. What has been going on in my life and what are my plans for the future?

Since the documentary was first shown in March 2009 I have been busy answering thousands of comments and emails. I have been contacted by people across the world from every continent, and from all walks of life: from professional sports personalities to housewifes; from university students to police officers; local counsellors to hurting teens; from people who think I am brainwashed to people who say I have been an inspiration and encouragement to their own faith in God. Muslims, Hindus, JWs, Mormans, Jews, Atheists, and fellow Christians have all taken an interest in my faith and life, and web forums have pages of discussion about issues the programme raised. Richard Dawkins’ supporters had a field day!!

I have been on radio and TV interviews and spoken at schools, churches, conventions, and evangelism training events across the UK. I have given out  ’Origin of Species’ books that have a special introduction by Ray Comfort, to university students in Oxford, and have spoken in London. I have travelled to America and France andDeborah and Kirsty at wotm headquarters spent time sharing the gospel with people in Hollywood and Nice, and done a video conference with students in Canada, answering their questions.

It has been amazing to be able to motivate young people, and not so young people, to get out onto the streets and share their faith and to start living Biblical principles in their lives. If you want me to come and speak to your youth group or school or church, or lead some evangelism training with my dad, then feel free to contact me.

God is still faithful and gracious. I am continuing with my home school studies. This last year I have been focusing on criminology and law, completing a Private Investigator Diploma, and courses in Criminal Profiling, Crime Scene Investigating, Evidence Law, Kinesics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Handwriting Analysis, as well as the usual Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, Art, Cooking, and Sport.

I’ve been keeping fit this year too, working alongside (or should I say….way behind) my older brother as he has been getting fit to join the Army.

Matthew, whose university I visited on the documentary, has finished his degree with First Class honours, and is now a Restaurant Manager.

In six months I shall be 16 and am thinking about my future. I am considering starting a Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree combined with Maths. I am also hoping to be travelling over to America to visit some amazing friends I have made there since the documentary, and touring around to see some sites and possibly the Creation Museums in Kentucky and Florida. I hope to pop in again to Ray Comfort, and Eric Hovind (who were mentioned on the documentary) and maybe attend the Deeper conference. All this depends on whether or not I get a part-time job soon so I can save up for the flights!!

So life is full and exciting. I don’t know exactly what God has in store for the future for my life, but I know for all of us it is going to get tougher as the return of Christ gets closer, and until that time comes I will do my best, with God’s strength and help, to serve Him and Glorify His name and share the law and the gospel while we still have freedom to do so.

Have a great day,

Deborah Drapper

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8v38

Origins in Oxford, UK

origin_bookYesterday, Dad, Joel, Kirsty, and I joined a team of around 20 others to take the 150th Anniversary Special Editions “Origin of Species” book into Oxford to give out to University Students.

I know you might be confused – “What? Deborah is giving out Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’! Are you kidding me?”

Well, I think it is only fair to give both sides of an argument. Ray Comfort, of Living Waters, has taken Charles Darwin’s original book and added a 50 page special introduction. This includes the History of evolution, Timelines of Darwin’s life, Intelligent Design vs. Evolution, as well as a clear gospel message. You can hear more about the Special Edition here.

If you want to buy some to donate to your library or local school then you can buy them here.

You can see how God blessed us in Oxford below.

Have a great day,

Deborah Drapper

Ambassadors Academy

Life has been crazy since getting back from America, trying to get things ready for going to France. But I thought that you might like to see some pictures from the Academy.

Deborah and Tony Miano

Tony Miano and Me

Eric practicing openair preaching and Deborah pretending to be a heckler.

Eric Hovind practicing openair preaching and me pretending to be a heckler.

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Off to America

Today is the day I start out on my trip to America! Tonight I journey over to my grandparents home where I stay the night ready for an early start up to the airport in the morning.

AA-takeoffAs a result of the Documentary “Deborah 13: Servant of God” I have been invited out to meet with some of the people who have most influenced my Christian life. The first week I meet with Ray Comfort and the ‘Way of the Master’ team, and even get to join him on the streets doing outreach. Then I fly over to Florida to meet with Eric Hovind from Creation Science Evangelism ministry and then Rick Wiles of TruNews.

If you want to keep up with our trip you can see what we’re up to on Bible-matters twitter. Look down the left hand side of the Bible-Matters page and follow our tweets.

Thank you to everyone who has made this trip possible and I’ll try and write again after I get home.

Have a great day,

Deborah Drapper

Revival Radio

I’m going to be on Revival Radio, on Sunday 19th,  at 7pm BST. You can listen to it here.  If you want to call in and ask any questions I believe that this is the number 1-347-426-3651.

Have a great day,

Deborah Drapper

America Trip 2009

American FlagAt the end of August Dad, Kirsty and I have been invited out to the United States of America. Our passports have now arrived and I am really looking forward to meeting lots of people who have taught me so much over the years.

The first week will be spent with some very good friends then Dad and I go to meet Ray Comfort and the Way of the Master evangelism team while Kirsty continues with our friends. Ray Comfort will let you know more about what we will be doing as you listen to a short clip from a recent radio interview below….

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The second week we all fly from Los Angeles, on the West coast, across to Florida, on the East coast, and share a few days fellowshipping with Eric Hovind from Creation Science Evangelism ministry. I am really looking forward to being able to ask him lots of questions about creation and evolution and visit their creation museum/Dinosaur Adventure-land.

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Earthen Vessels

earthen-vesselThis week I have been working on an article for a magazine called Earthen Vessels. This is a quarterly print magazine edited and published by an 18 year old, homeschool graduate, Emily Berge, and it’s purpose is to encourage, educate, and strengthen our commitment, as Christians, to the Great Commission.

earthen-vesseljpg-bArticles are written by adults, youth, and children, and frequently include topics such as large families, adoption, missions, and teens who are pro-actively making a difference.

If you would like to order a copy of this magazine then send your details to: Earthen Vessels, c/o Emily Berger, RR4, Lacombe AB, T4L 2N4, Canada

Or email djberger@platinum.ca

I hope you manage to get your own copy of this magazine and encourage Emily in her amazing publication.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

Have a great day,

Deborah Drapper

Why Is There Suffering In The World?

Picture by Paul Grover www.paulgroverphotos.co.uk“If God is the so called “Supreme Being”, why is there War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime and corruption?”

This is a question that I have received several times in my emails so I thought I would post the answer on here so others can read my answer.

There hasn’t always been War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime and corruption. In Genesis Chapter one we hear the account of how God created the Earth. Several times He says that it was good, but in Verse 31 it says, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Everything that God made was perfect.

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A Great Week!

Wow, what an amazing week!

Creation Resources ExhibitionIt started on Monday speaking with the Christian Union at Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, then Tuesday was my Brother, Joel’s, sixteenth Birthday, and then Wednesday to Friday I was in London helping at the Living Waters Europe stand at the Christian Resources Exhibition.

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