Portraits of Grace: Nathaniel (Age 6) & Alistair (Age 4)

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

Who do you want to be when you grow up?
-Nathaniel: “I want to be an astronaut and discover new places in the universe and the galaxy.”
-Alistair: “I want to be a firefighter so I can save people. I can help people and put out fires.”

What do you think about your brother?
-Nathaniel: “I love him because he likes to play with me at home and in the park.”
-Alistair: “He’s fun and snuggly!”

What is your favorite thing about church?
-Nathaniel: Sunday school. I like answering questions about different stories in the Bible.
-Alistair: Seeing my friends!

When you think of Jesus what do you think of?
-Nathaniel: I think of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. It makes me happy because without Jesus, we won’t be alive today.
-Alistair: I think of songs like ‘Jesus Loves Me’. (and then he went off singing…)


Portraits of Grace: Gary (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 Albert Cheung

When I married Lisa, I don’t ever really remember discussing the specifics of how many kids we wanted and I don’t even think she knew how much it meant to me to be a father one day. As we approached our 30’s, we were already married a few years and thought it ‘was time for us’ to finally start a family, as if it was OUR decision to miraculously produce a child. As God would have it, we actually tried conceiving for about 5 years before we turned to modern medical science. Unfortunately, we were clinically diagnosed with unknown infertility (which is about 30% of all infertility cases). We persevered and prayed and trusted God – some of the times. Other times, we doubted, argued and were discouraged through multiple failed fertility treatments and we’d go on long vacations to ease and counter the disappointment. But through it all we trusted that God would have His Way…

In the Spring of 2013. God blessed us with a beautiful and healthy baby girl! We were elated and grateful for all the answered prayers. Not just our prayers, but the prayers of our friends and family who so lovingly went to their knees to join us in prayer. Avery Joia was not just a gift to Lisa & me, but an answered prayer and miracle for our whole community! She will always be a reminder of how God promises to bless us in HIS time and not ‘our time.’ Now, I wish we could say that after that amazing miracle, that we never doubted God from that day on, but alas we are sinful creatures and still struggle to appreciate God’s blessing. But as we prayed for Avery to have a sibling, our faithful God has once again come through and blessed us with a 2nd child due this Spring 2017! Thank you, Jesus!


Portraits of Grace: Vivian

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

The week Aria was born was one of the most joyous and challenging times of my life. She was three weeks early and I had a rush of emotions that I could not sleep for three days straight. I could hear every peep that came out of her and even though she was sleeping most of the time I would rush over and just stare at this beautiful gift from God.I felt immense pressure that I failed as a mother because who would’ve known that breastfeeding would be so hard. My milk had not fully come in and Aria had difficulty learning how to eat. We were told she needed to be fed every three hours but she would sleep the whole time or cry because she was hungry and I couldn’t figure out how to help her learn to suck. I was so worried and on top of this I was overly tired and still recovering from labor. I had no guidance as a first time mother and didn’t know many mothers that well, I needed God’s help and he definitely provided.

As a desperate cry for help I emailed Wives group for advice and I felt God’s love through our church community of mothers. Plenty of emails came in to teach me, comfort me, and tell me that I was not the only one that was going through this. Andrea came by to my house to help teach me tips, Steph brought over lactation cookies to help my milk come in, and Jane also came for emotional support.  I was so thankful for the overflowing support and love from King’s Cross family. I am constantly encouraged by God’s love and reminded that we need to trust in the Lord for He is good.


Portraits of Grace: Addy

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

Ever since I was a young girl I struggled with insecurity.  I never felt like I quite fit in anywhere outside of my family.  Having a foreign sounding name with dark skin and a heightened sense of self consciousness in a, at the time, predominantly white suburb led me toward an intense fear of rejection.  Shy by nature, it was difficult for me to make friends. Hurtful words about my ethnicity, my skin color, my hair and my race only confirmed the negative portrait I began painting of myself.  In addition to this I began to experience these unwanted, intrusive thoughts that were offensive to God, whom I had begun learning about in religion classes and who my parents introduced me to through teaching me about prayer.  My view of myself became one of unworthiness.  I began praying fervently for forgiveness, thinking I could “fix” myself, creating my own salvation.  In my searching, I came across a sermon given by a priest in my parish.  He said something that shocked me. He compared God to a dog that we abuse and neglect. But if God is a dog, he is one who is ever faithful and still comes back to you.  It was shocking because it seemed so wrong to me to view God in this way. It was then that I realized the power of God’s mercy.  Here was this man of God comparing God to a dog, revealing my sinfulness in such a crude way, shedding light on the shame I had wrestled with, and I suddenly realized the acceptance and salvation I had in a loving God in-spite of  who I was and what I had done. I fell in love. I, in all of my faults and failings, was adopted by Grace, just as I am. I continue to have to remind myself from time to time that I am in possession of this most sacred gift when my self doubt and shame creep back in to harangue me.  As I wrestle with these thoughts I am comforted by the remembrance of the day he adopted me into His grace.

I had to admit and confess my desire to be in control of everything and my angry reaction when reality resisted this desire. I confessed this willful, habitual sin against God and against Ben and Eugene (my closest people). Since then, God has continuously brought my sin into light and granted me a new desire to fight and hope for change. I want this sinful anger in me dead. I want gentleness to grow in the place where anger died. In his book, The Problem of Pain, C. S. Lewis describes God’s unceasing pursuit of holiness in us as his “intolerable compliment.” In his “intolerable compliment,” God pursues us until he accomplishes the good he’s willed for us. God’s unbounding, ceaseless love embraces me and constantly transforms me. How many triumphs have I achieved? Not as many as I would want. The struggle is ongoing. The challenge is present. The battle is still on. But God will love me and be with me until the end (John 13:1; Matt 28:20). I hold on to this truth. And the hope I have in this truth keeps me fighting.