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.

Many of my early memories were of time spent alone or at the casinos. I remember that ugly purple carpet dotted with pink flowers, the smell of liquor and smoke that wafted through the air, and the jarring sounds of slot machines whirring and turning. My mother was enveloped in gambling. We lost our three story home to debt and gambling and moved ourselves to a one-story flat. I stopped inviting friends over because of the shame that caked our apartment.

I began working at 14 because I wanted to make my own money; I didn’t believe in my parent’s money. I didn’t believe they prioritized me. I learned to “build a tab” at local restaurants to feed us while they were away. My mom would be gone for weeks and we would not hear from her or know when she’d return,

Later on, I discovered that she had another lover of many years. I feared I would turn out to be like her: a degenerate, a cheater, and a bad mother. I hated her. She abandoned me when I was small and I never knew her as a mother that loves her children and will protect her family. Instead, she puts us at harm and risk for her selfishness. I hated her. (1/2)