“I’m being mentored and growing closer to God by being here”
Victoria Aitken, from Buckie, a little town far north in Scotland, where DCC alum and professor Dr. Scott Middleton has ministered, has more of a close-call story. Having grown up in a Christian home, she was ready to study sports education at her dream school, University of Edinburgh, and to party (hard to believe if you know the Victoria we know).
“And then I lost the desire to go there. I was driving with my mom, who was teaching me to drive, and I told her I didn’t want to go there.” Her mom told her to pray, so she closed her eyes to pray—and Mom shouted, “Don’t close your eyes!” By God’s grace, they survived that ride.
Then a group from DCC showed up at Buckie on their Kingdom Week trip. She had visited DCC once when the family had made a trip to Colorado and Texas to visit the Middletons, and now the more Victoria heard and saw about DCC that week, the more she knew that this was where she needed to be.
The details on getting her visa make a story all their own. Two weeks before she was to depart for the States and DCC, she learned that she needed to show up in London in person for a visa application interview—she had thought it was all done by mail, having filled out the paperwork. She called London and was told to ask for the “expedite” option. An email arrived saying be in London at 8:00 a.m. Monday. They booked a flight for her and her dad on Sunday and showed up as directed at 8:00 a.m. And it took all of 30 minutes to get the visa approval, a process she had been told would take all day probably. It turned out that the office was to have been closed that day, so other appointments had canceled and instead of being 19th, she had become first or second. So she and her dad got to spend a great day sight-seeing in London.
But then the expected passport with visa was not arriving in the mail at Buckie. Another call to London, and London said it had gotten sidetracked and someone needed to come to London to pick it up the day before Victoria was supposed to fly to the States (!). So her dad went to London that day, picked up the passport with visa, and spent the night in London.
Meanwhile, Victoria finished packing in Buckie and said goodbye to Mom and sister and flew the first leg of her flight, which was domestic (no passport needed), the flight from Edinburgh to London. She got off the plane at Heathrow with an hour before her next flight. Her dad was there and handed her her passport, and then she was off to board her flight to the USA.
How did her dad take it? “I had never seen my dad cry before then.”
Now in her second year at DCC, she still knows this is where God wants her. “I’ve gained godly friendships and experienced godly culture. I’m being mentored and growing closer to God by being here.” She has served on camp team in the summer and now serves on the ministry team. She’s majoring in psychology and open to God’s leading for the future.
And she continues to see God’s provision: when her grandfather passed away last spring and she needed to fly home the very next day, British Air gave her a free ticket.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33).