Based on a true story
A Touching Testimony
Drexel Deal gives personal testimony at the Englerston Homecoming Choir (EHC) Healing and Deliverance Service on Sunday, March 27th, 2016 at the COGOP Englerston, Prophecy Way & East Street, Nassau, Bahamas. The service was interspersed with singing, worship, prayer, testimonies.
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Ms. Hanna, I am so excited that Mr. Drexel Deal is coming to Grand Bahama. It was such a coincidence, as I have just completed reading his book and I wondered how I could get him to come to speak to our students, especially our young men who can identify with his family structure, childhood, rejection, economic environment and anger, and so much more. Looking forward to reaping the rewards of what I have no doubt will impact the lives of our young men as we declared at Jack Hayward Senior High: “2016 - The Year of Your Dreams." As he stated in his book, the title of his book was birthed in a dream! Students need to understand that their dreams become reality when they surrender ALL to God and begin to seek Him for their purpose in life - the reason they were magnificently created! Mr. Deal has a "real" story to tell that will not only captivate this young audience but also teach valuable lessons! Regards,
Good Day Drexel Thank you so much for sharing this powerful story. Your story is my story brother. And I relate to what you have experienced growing up fatherless in many ways. I read your book first chapter and I admire the way you tell the truth as is, simple and powerful. Man you are really a gift to this generation and let me know how can I help to take your message to the youth of my country, South Africa. Love in Action
Hello Drexel, Thank you for sharing this marvellous story..I have purchased three copies of your book for friends and have others, to whom I have promised to get copies for them.. I am raising a 17 yr old grandson, whose mother died almost two years ago..He is grieving hard, as they were very close and shared a beautiful loving relationship.....I am not happy with some of the new friends that he has made since his mother's death..His father is not in his life… It is a difficult time, but I am happy reading your book, and very grateful that you were brave enough to share your journey....A huge 'thank you' from me..I am not at the end of your journey yet, as in order for me to fully grasp what you lived through, I am reading, and digesting slowly... God Bless You
Good evening Mr. Deal, We really enjoyed your time with us at our school. I just finished your book. Congratulations! You did a wonderful job. I didn't want to put it down. What you say about boys and their fathers is so true. My first son grew up without his father. It has not been easy for me and especially for him. But also I think being fatherlessness affects girls as well. My father died when I was very young. I spent a lot of years making mistakes in relationships. I think not having him in my life left me inadequately prepared to find what I was looking for. Keep writing. I look forward to the sequel.
Mr. Deal I am a prison sergeant and when you came up to the prison a few months ago to present your book. You were being led by Mr. Carlos Reid. I was told who you were and when you left I was given your book by Miss Sweeting the education officer at the prison. I open the book and begin to read it and could not put it down for some reason. You got my attention from the start from your first robbery to you finding out your father was not your real father, you also talk about the Rebellions and when you went to Junkanoo with the brothers. Some parts of the book you had me in stitches but most of all you open my eyes to the real world. God Bless you Mr. Deal and I hope others get the chance to read the book because I can’t wait on the next one to be publish.
Drexel, I must say your book made fascinating reading. Normally, I do not read too much of these kinds of books; however, I just could not stop....it was riveting, to put it mildly. I honestly believe, that a copy of your book should be in the hands of every child in The Bahamas. I fully endorse your book and am extremely proud of you and the outstanding work you are doing in the community to help make Our Bahamas a better place for all. God Bless You. Best Regards
Mr. Deal: It is with profound appreciation I extend my sincere gratitude to you on behalf of the students and staff of the home of the great parrots, James A. Pinder Primary. Your inevitable testimony has indeed left an indelible mark upon the lives of our young darlings and the community members present, who were left amazed and in awe of your boldness to publicly express your shortcomings in the youthful stage of your life, however, you did not allow it to keep you handicap. Instead, you use it as a means to help detour other young persons from walking the same road or a similar path that you did. After completing the reading of your book, which I couldn't put down once I started, so much was left untold. I am certain the experience shared will encourage many to change and live a fruitful and productive life. We will forever be grateful to you and your wife for affording us the opportunity to embrace a dynamic individual such as yourself. May God continue to open doors for you as you unveil your testimony throughout the Bahamas and the world at large. It is truly worth it. I pray that persons who are in a position to assist you will do so graciously because your testimony is indeed relatable to today's youths and adults alike. Once again, thank you so kindly for this one moment in time. Respectfully, Mrs. Brenell Clarke-Higgs
Good morning Mr. Deal: I purchased your book at Chapter one about a month ago and although I have not had time to complete it, I can tell you it is one of the most honest, insightful and empowering books that I have ever read. I would love to arrange for you to come and speak to our youth at The Red Cross After-care centre on Blue Hill Road if you had the time to do so. Many thanks, Shelagh
“Today was very special for us, as we welcome Mr. Drexel Deal. Mr. Deal testimony was not only an inspiration to our students, but it was a much needed message for many of our young boys. We’ve had many incidents of boys who are drop out, who are from fatherless homes and we truly appreciate his message. We have his books, and we will make it a part of our reading for our school. So, we are very please and bless to have had him with us today.”
We enjoyed the presentation by Mr. Deal. The words he shared were very enlightening, and we thank God for allowing such a thing to happen. The Bible says, “Whatever the Devil meant for bad God will turn it around for His good.” So God is using this opportunity and He’s using Mr. Deal as a servant to encourage other children and our youth. To not be bullies, and not to bully others, and the most important thing is to listen to parents
“This afternoon presentation was very well received by the students. It was down to their level in ways they can understand. It can also help them to make those positive choices in their lives. I like the two key words that Mr. Deal used, listen and obey: and they were reinforce throughout. If the students of High Rock Primary School listen and obey, they’re not only going to be better citizens in their community but in the entire world as well. Thank you for coming to South Andros, we appreciate you.”
The presentation by Mr. Deal was very informative, and right down to earth children of all ages would’ve appreciated it. I saw my grade ones listening up because it was very locale to them, in that these are things they experience daily. They deal with bullies, and they also deal with the fact they don’t listen to their parents and their teachers. I think Mr. Deal really drove home the point about listening. When I did the time for learning at the end of his presentation, one of the scriptures a student gave was: ‘A warning is better than fine gold.’ So, they seem to get the point, and I thank you for coming.”
We just heard from Mr. Drexel Deal who spoke to our students, and he gave an awesome message. It was a message of hope, a message of love and a message encouraging students to always listen and follow the instructions of parents and teachers. So our kids were grately impacted. As well as having the opportunity to not just hear what he said, but his experience of what he would’ve went through truly impacted our kids.
We are just out of a presentation by Mr. Drexel Deal, and it was really powerful and very timely. The interaction with Mr. Deal and the students was really powerful. He brought home to the students the importance of listening, and I’m sure the students took away quite a bit from the presentation. Mr. Deal drew on his experience letting them know why he’s blind today, because of the bad choices he made. So, I’m very grateful he came to address the students of grades 4, 5 & 6 and I am positive that today’s experience will leave a lasting impact on their lives. If there’s ever a time we needed a conversation like this, it was today.
Dear Mr. Deal, Indeed your presentation to our school was a momentous one. The students were enthusiastically engaged as they were made a part of the presentation. The staff and students both gain much insight and wisdom from the experience, and were quite please that the presentation was a meaningful one. We wish to express much gratitude for the books as well; even students from grade two were asking to borrow them. Thank you so much for making us a part of your ministry; surely with your message and experience many of our children will see the need to be law abiding citizens.
I listen to Mr. Deal this morning on his presentation which was so timely and profound. As he encouraged our young people to listen to their parents and teachers, and I thought it was just so awesome. His having been to prison twice, because of not listening to his parents. I think the kids at this age are more incline to listen to everything that he and his wife said. Particularly with the young women, who we find at this teenage period in their life they are very emotional and very touchy. Who think that when a man touches them, that he’s in love with them I just found that so profound. I believed that the Lord really ministered to both the men and the women this morning in a profound way. I think that what you did here this morning God will richly bless you Mr. & Mrs. Deal, because you ministered to young lives who are very impressionable at this moment: and will take your message with them for the rest of their lives
We were very impress with the presentation by Mr. Deal; it was very timely and very encouraging. It showed children how decisions can impact their lives, we hope from his presentation that our children are encourage to make positive decisions that will result in them becoming productive members of the community. We wish best of luck to Mr. & Mrs. Deal as they continue to travel throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, encouraging our young people in their ministry.
Today a presentation was done by Drexel Deal, and I must say it was a wonderful and inspiring message that he had. He spoke on what it means to listen to your parents, what it means to hear your parents? I was most inspired because as a young teenager I also had difficulties in school. His story of getting in fights and being beaten up, I share similar experiences. Today we are on a positive path; we are on the right path. His book call, ‘The Fight Of My Life Is Wrapped Up In My Father,’ is a book you need to buy, it is a book you need to read. I haven’t heard a story like this in the last 35 years, and I fully endorse this book. So I thank God for being here at this time, and today I am most inspired by this story.Sergeant 2120
Thank you Mr. Deal, You spoke to my 10 grade class on yesterday, and your words really inspired and encourage me. The way you quoted scriptures was excellent and magnificent. The point you made about walking away from insults can help me in my everyday life. Looking at you I would've never thought you when through all that in your life time. It was nice to meet and to hear your stories, and you really made me think more about life and how much our parents are important and how we should not take things for light. Thank you.
I found Mr. Deal’s presentation quite realistic and interesting. I learn a lot of stuff from him and I’m hoping he will come back again before we leave.”
“I want to thank Mr. Drexel Deal for inspiring us boys to always respect our parents, and not becoming a bad influence on our friends.”
Thank you so much for coming to my school on Friday. You were a good choice as our father figure because you talked to us and got us to understand we aren't the only people out here that may not have their father in their life. You shared with us your stories and some of us noticed that we don't have it so bad; and what we shouldn't do when we are adults. You taught me something special "know the company you keep and how to walk away from situations" which I will use throughout my life. I really hope that you can come back and talk to us again because I really felt that you relate to us.
Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to attend Kingsway Academy's both senior and junior high chapel on last week. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the students and I. We know that in our generation most of us take life for granted, we think of it as a competition on who could be the baddest or coolest person. Your experience was well shared with me and my fellow peers. The testimony shared by you, if taken into consideration, will help us all greatly as we continue our journey through life. I myself, if not the rest, took this submission very seriously and will allow it to inspire me and help me continue my journey on the right path. I have learned that no matter how much pain you cause God by sinning he can always get you through the toughest time. I myself love reading books, but never took the time to read the bible, with your advice, I will take anytime I have to read the Bible and learn God's word. I appreciate the time you have given to us and do not know how to thank you more than to just take your advice. I hope that you are able to take your testimony to other schools and/ or countries to help spread the word of God and share your experiences. Thank you once again
I found Mr. Deal presentation interesting because I have a few friends who can relate to his problems. It was really inspirational to see that there’s someone going around sharing his experience, warning us youths that this is what can happen and stay away from it.
Hello Mr. Deal, Your presentation today was heartfelt; I honestly appreciate your bravery to testify about your experiences you went through. And you spoke so passionately and inspirationally. You are truly blessed by God to have been spared and to be able to be used by the Lord in such a great way! God bless and continue to share your story with others because many people need to hear it!
Hello Mr. deal, My name is Andre Arthur. I was very inspired by the words you spoke today at Grand Bahama academy. I would like to thank you for coming to my school today. Because of your words I have learned the error of my ways, and have decided to change into the good student I am ought to be. I ask that you pray for me and my school. Once again thank you
I am Chad a grade 8 student from the great mighty Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School. I just wrote to say that your speech made a big impact on my life. I learned to make right choices and pick right friends. I just wrote to say THANK YOU!!!
Hi Mr. Deal, My name is Geneka and I'm in grade 11 at Eight Mile Rock High School. Your testimony was wonderful, inspiring and a wake up call for me. It helped me realize my real friends from associates, and who's actually looking out for me. I appreciated you taking time to speak to us today, so keep in mind if no one else listened....you got through to one student. Thank You.
Mr. Deal, Surprised, why you did that? That was an interesting story. It opened up my eyes to life, I am in grade 5 and that was the best assembly of my life. I attend Grand Bahama Academy; your story was well put and easy to understand. You should keep it up; I believe you would save many lives with that simple talk.
Mr. Deal presentation thought me how to treat other people the way I would like to get treated back
Good morning Mr. Deal, On Friday I attended your talk to our middle school. I would like to thank you for coming to speak with us. I believe in the three rules you gave us, (read the Bible, listen to your parents and choose your friends) and I also believe many children have been told these rules in several ways by their parents, teachers or even counselors. But many children put these rules aside and believe that they don't need to follow these rules because "They know what they’re doing." I believe being shared these rules by someone who "Did it all, and regretted it all" really made an impact. I know a couple of teenagers who were heading down the wrong track and really needed someone to stop them in their tracks, although many people tried to do so, they carried on going, I feel that you may have finally been the one to get them to realize what road they were heading down by telling them the same rules but from a different perspective. I saw many faces of realization as something from your talk resonated with other students and with that, I know that you have impacted not only me but them as well. Thank you for coming to speak at our school I know it will make some big changes in many lives
I have had the chance to write an autobiography on you in the beginning of the school year. In doing research to complete my assignment, I was utterly inspired to your story and motivated that you may come from a negative beginning and shift it to positivity. So to hear you actually speak in front of me, I was more than excited. I learnt many things from you that I will apply to my life. Yes, I will continue reading, growing in faith, being honest at all times and honoring my parents. Your message surely did not go to void. I’ll pray for you from now on for strength and guidance from God, so you can continue in his will. He has directed your feet to walk in his testimonies and surely you will have a prosperous and expected end.
“Today Mr. Drexel Deal has taken the time out to share his experiences, in making better choices with us students. I am really thankful that he came to encourage and inspire us students today.”
I found Mr. Deal presentation very interesting. What he told us about his background and his personal life, I found it really touching. I know that the other students really love his presentation as well, because of the outcome they gave him. I hope that he could visit us again
I heard Mr. Deal 15 years ago when I was a student at the Bimini All Age School, his presentation had impacted me a lot and helped steered me in the right path. During that time I was the one who use to be bullied a lot in school, but Mr. Deal presentation helped me to walk away from certain stuff, because not everything I had to jump at. His presentation motivated me to walk into what God has called me to be. So seeing he today brought back a lot of memories, and it makes me think what my life could’ve been if I hadn’t listen? But through listening to him I was able to accomplish much in life, and I thank God for the brother and to be able to see him again. May God bless the brother and may he continue to keep up the good work.
“Today Mr. Deal came to our school and he presented his life story to us. His stories were inspiring and motivational. The thing that appeal to me the most from what he said was that we always have to listen to our parents. As children that’s one of the things we don’t like, we think that we know more than our parents and sometimes we think that we don’t share the same experiences as our parents: that’s one of the things which stood out to me. Also he talked about being shot, the experience, that was a bit too over whelming for me. I had to sit down because I couldn’t bring my mind to comprehend all of what he been through. Having to go to jail, and all the things he went through with his father. Those are things I personally don’t imagine, and if I was to have such an experience, I think I’ll be overwhelm, I might have a mental breakdown. So, I applaud Mr. Deal for being so strong in sharing his story with us.”