Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Deborah 13: Servant of God

In intended to post about this soon after the programme was first broadcast but completely forgot...

In March, the BBC broadcast a documentary on Deborah Drapper, a 13-year old homeschooler from Dorset, England. Deborah lives in a rural, secluded part of the county with her parents and 10 siblings. The family are passionate, Bible-believing Christians and the parents have faithfully taught their children 'the whole counsel of God'.

Although their interaction with others appears to be infrequent, they do take every opportunity to share the gospel with everybody they come into contact with. More than that, they are not afraid to speak of hell, sin and judgement. Needless to say, this has caused something of a stir, not just in the documentary but in subsequent discussions from viewers all over the country.

I found this SO challenging and so refreshing to watch. Although we may not agree with everything the family believes and does, there is no doubt whatsoever that they, and Deborah particularly, are doing a wonderful work and put so, so many of us to shame.


Please be aware: some scenes may be unsuitable for younger audiences. Parental guidance is recommended.

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Pray that God would send us many more Deborahs in these dark days! Pray too for the remarkable witnessing opportunity that this has given to Deborah and her family as, through them, the gospel has gone into many homes throughout the country. I know too that, despite the opportunity, this must be quite a trying time for them because the family have come under an incredible amount of criticism for their work: the parents have been accused of child-abuse and brain-washing for bringing up their children with Christian teaching.

Deborah has a blog: Make sure you check it out.


Ben Lowery said...

Yeah, I saw this. I thought it was interesting and I thought Deborah put most of to shame with her witnessing (though I think she was probably a little intense).

I wasn't particularly impressed with her older brother though. Even most non-Christian older brothers wouldn’t take their 13 year old sister into a nightclub (leaving aside his own regular attendance there)!

Anonymous said...

huh, am here after a long time. great :D

Suzanne said...

I actually thought the same when I watched the documentary; I was also a little shocked that the parents would agree to let their 13-year old daughter be taken to a nightclub.

However, I listened to an interview with Deborah and, apparently, the nightclub scenes were exaggerated a little by the BBC. Deborah says that she and her brother wouldn't have been partying and visiting nightclubs if she'd visited him independently. In her own words: 'it was like going into Sodom and Gomorroah'.

But yeah, that was one part of the documentary I didn't feel entirely happy about.