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Portraits of Grace: Norman

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.

Growing up I wanted to be an astronaut. I went to Space Camp as a kid and grew up fascinated with science and the stars. I also grew up going to church and learning all the Bible stories in Sunday School. I was good at answering questions and knowing what happened in each Bible story.

At some point, I realized that the stories about origins in the Bible and the...

Portraits of Grace: Peter

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.

These past several years, I really struggled with loneliness. I think that has been a huge part of feeling the weight of ministry is just that there is a perceived expectation that people have when you become a pastor. One of the first demands are for me “die to myself” for the sake others. I grew to love and give up a lot of my personal relationship so I can devote my...

Portraits of Grace: Anonymous (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.

For years, I fought tooth and nail to never let myself be a cheater and a liar. I sought to be perfect–to redeem my mother’s failures, so I won’t be a failure. We fought and by God’s grace, she continued to love and move towards me. By God’s grace I challenged and told her how much hurt I experienced and how much I still need her as my mother. I think I fought to forgive...

Portraits of Grace: Anonymous (1 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.

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...

Portraits of Grace: Alice

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.

Motherhood hit me hard after having two kids. I struggled a lot with depression and mood swings. While I love my kids immensely, I also became embittered by the constant lack of support I had and what seemed like the never-ending needs of my children. Steve’s job was another issue as he constantly worked late nights and went on extended business trips that lasted one to...

Portraits of Grace: Joseph

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.

I remember freshman year in college, I was attending a praise and prayer session on a Friday night and I got to church about half an hour early. I brought my Taco Bell $5 box for dinner and was having a hard time finding a good place to enjoy my dinner in the church because they really only allowed eating in the fellowship hall. The Korean congregation was eating their...

Portraits of Grace: Xiu Mei

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.

Five years ago I missed my shift at a restaurant because I was in a traffic accident. I was rushed to the hospital for surgery. I have experienced a lot of pain and suffering especially after the traffic accident, but I’m thankful that I was able to conquer through it. I feel that God has given me strength. I am grateful that God has helped me survive the accident and...

Portraits of Grace: Jordan

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.

My all time and perhaps only favorite song is: I hope you dance by Leanne Womack.  One of the lines in lyrics that really resonates with me goes: “When you get the choice, to sit it out or dance… I hope you dance.  To me, life is a series of crossroad, and at every junction, there is the decision to either “sit it out” –meaning allow the fear of failure, and the judgement...

Portraits of Grace: Liu (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.

Against all odds, God brought me back to Flushing. I felt as if God was pulling me to some forsaken land. It took me a couple of years to understand why I had to come back. I needed to reconcile the anger and hostility I had for my father. Even though I became a Christian in college and knew the Bible said to honor my parents, I couldn’t do it. Jesus died so I can...

Portraits of Grace: Liu (1 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.

I moved back to my family home in Flushing around 2008. It was not by choice but out of financial hardship. I was once again in between jobs and couldn’t afford to live by myself anymore. I really don’t like Flushing and at times hate it with a passion. It’s too crowded, too dirty, too noisy and holds many traumatic memories. When I started high school, my parents...