This past Friday, I had the opportunity to speak at an Indiana high school about self-value and healthy relationships. A friend of mine is the director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Terre Haute, Indiana and for years I have wanted to get involved with our youth and promote the importance of positive life choices. I contacted my friend, Sharon Carey and told her that I really felt I had a heart's desire to get involved in some way with young teens. She put me in contact with Jill Shingleton, the current coordinator of the abstinence-based program for schools and set a date for me to go and share my testimony at a local high school, coincidentally it was where I had grown up as a young teenager. I had never done anything like this and have always had a bit of a fear of public speaking, but I really felt a tug on my heart to do this. So I stepped out of my comfort zone and did what I felt I needed to do and all I can say is WOW! How rewarding this experience was!

These young people were so attentive and respectful and during my talk I could see on several of their faces that they had a whole new perspective on relationships, sex and about themselves. It was powerful! I had some incredible feedback and already have an additional date scheduled to speak at another local Indiana high school in May! I am very much looking forward to more opportunities like this. Empowering young people to want the best for themselves and for others is so fulfilling!

If you would like to check out my slide show presentation you can do so by following this link:

Self Value & Healthy Relationships presented by Leah Delcamp

I must note that my presentation has been edited for web format. My testimony was part of the program delivered in a public classroom setting but was not originally put into slides. In the classroom setting, I simply told my story verbally, not written out as seen on the slides. In order to integrate my story for online viewing I added slides 2 through 8, but to me it is not as effective as hearing me tell my story raw, and unrehearsed as compared to how it appears when written. I hope to add audio of my testimony at a later date to eliminate the written slide format that you see. For now, I hope that you can still get a clear understanding of my personal perspective through this web based version. All of the information you read is authentic and none of it has been embellished. The events happened just as they are told. Be sure to check out the notes for each slide to get more in-depth information. You can read the notes by clicking on the 'notes' tab located in the bottom left hand corner of each slide.

A big thank you to Sharon and Jill of the Crisis Pregnancy Center for coordinating this opportunity for me. I also want to thank the teacher and all of the students I had the pleasure of being in company with that day, you all made me feel so welcomed and your respect and attentiveness was truly appreciated. I hope that you benefited in some way from this, I know I did and you all were a part of the reason why. I also want to thank my amazing husband who gave me a love story that I can now share with the world and for supporting me in this and in everything I do. He's given me the strength and inspiration to pursue the best life has to offer. Above all, I thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for putting the desire in my heart and the dedication and courage to pursue that desire. He deserves all the glory for any and all success. I'd also like to thank my wonderful family and friends who encouraged me, supported me and prayed for me during all of this. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.
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