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,