Portraits of Grace: Matt

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

Photo by Minnow Park

My first year of teaching was the worst year of my life. I was fresh out of undergrad and I had only completed a short stint of summer school student teaching before being thrown into the fire. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing as I was learning new teaching and math techniques on the job while attending grad school. Each day was filled with dread as I had little control of my students. My class was a joke as most of my students did little work and weren’t focused. My students did not respect me as I experienced arguing and fighting on a daily basis. It was a constant battle and I was losing. It also didn’t help that I ignored my church community. I attended Sunday service, but that’s about it. Because I wasn’t rooted with the body of Christ, I was miserable and felt dejected, alone and abandoned by God.

But by the grace of God, I was able to complete my first year of teaching and I’m still teaching to this day. And there isn’t a day that goes by in which I know for a fact that I am only able to be a teacher because of God’s provision and love for me. I have always been horrible with math, needing a math tutor in middle and high school, and to be a math teacher astonishes me what God has accomplished in my life. And through my students and their natural rebellious tendency, I can relate to how I am similarly disobedient to God. Yet, unlike the frustration and disappointment that I sometimes experience with my students, I am thankful to God that despite how evil and sinful I am, I am assured that I am infinitely loved by my heavenly Father. No matter how much I may fail as a teacher, husband, or father, I am forgiven and my identity is secure in Christ.


Portraits of Grace: Diana

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

Photo by Minnow Park

Sam and I had a very traumatic time at our first church, where I became a Christian. People were doubting the integrity of the pastor, who was a close friend to us. And it was very heartbreaking when it happened. There was a lot of mistrust. In the beginning we supported the pastor because we thought he was right. But we slowly realized that while there were aspects in which he was right, there were also aspects where his behavior was wrong.  His reaction to us in casting the doubts was wrong, and that was what hurt him more than whether he ‘did it or not’. It was how he reacted to us and how he fought against us. That broke a lot of relationships. A lot of people left the church. A lot of people left hurt. We left hurt.

Our friends who left fell into two categories. One group left the church entirely- because they were angry. They defined God by the people who loved God. So they distrusted God because of what happened. And then I saw others who were able to separate God and his people. They were able to flourish and continue to follow after God. I think that’s an important distinction that a Christian needs to make, because otherwise your faith is going to be damaged eventually. We as God’s people are still sinners. We make mistakes and we hurt each other- but the God that we love, the God that loves us, is perfect and is devoid of any sin. So the sin of his people should not be reflected upon God. I think people need to understand that so that they can continue to follow God.


Portraits of Grace: Justin

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

Photo by Albert Cheung

Basketball ministry has given me a great opportunity to share knowledge with the kids. When I was younger, I developed a love for the game through watching games on TV and attending camps as a kid. But I’ve also always loved developing relationships with younger people. It’s been a longtime passion of mine—I used to do VBS at my old church and gave up my lunch periods to monitor younger kids in the lunchroom, back in the day. I’m thankful that through this ministry, I’m able to be in these kids’ lives and speak to them. It’s about more than basketball—it’s about being that older brother figure and being there for them.


Portraits of Grace: Brendon (2 of 2)

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

Photo by Lucy Song

I’ll admit, transitioning to Flushing was difficult. Our church is big on moving into the community and getting to know the people here, so I thought I’d move and try to, you know, affect the community. Initially, I was so encouraged—these little kids playing in the hallway of my building wanted to get to know me, and I had such high hopes that they went to P.S. 20 since we worship there! But I guess they went to the other school, and it just seemed like everyone in my building just did their own thing. I’m glad that I can at least open up my place for CG. It’s amazing to see the relationships being built and the amount of trust you can bestow upon another person about your life. We’ve gotten so much more comfortable over the past year, and there’s no judgement. We’re all in it for the same purpose. We’re all trying to learn something from the passage. We’re trying to experience life together.  (2/2)