Portraits of Grace: Stella

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

Aside from occasionally going to Buddhist temples, I didn’t really grow up with a religion. When I was 7, my dad was diagnosed with leukemia, and that’s when my grandma, who was the only Christian in my family, started bringing my mom, my sister, and I to church.Two years later, my dad passed away. My mom continued to bring my sister and I to church, and I wondered why we still had to go to church when God didn’t do anything to stop my dad from dying. It took me a while and many personal struggles to meet God personally and comprehend what had happened and why. It’s been 17 years. When I look back at it now, I see it as part of God’s grace. Although I lost my earthly dad and I will always miss him, I now have an eternal Father. I see clearly how God had a plan for my family, and I realize it’s a huge blessing to even be able to see that in this life, because I always have something to point back to, and I have confidence in God’s presence in my life. It had left such a big mark on my faith, that no matter what, I know He will give me the strength to walk in faith through the midst of pain and suffering in the future, too.