Camelia serves faithfully at the Crossroads, loving and teaching our children. We appreciate her taking time to share her story with us.
Editor: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Camelia: I was born in Laredo, Texas, but grew up in Houston. We moved back to Laredo, when I was 9 years old, and I made it my home.
Editor: How did you end up coming to the Crossroads and how long you have been attending?
Camelia: A very good friend of mine was going through a difficult divorce and she needed help. I felt I could not give her good advice because I had gone through the same thing. I asked my brother, John Achord, to pray over her. He told me…”Take her to church so we can all pray for her”…So I did but I realized I needed it just as much as she. That day I felt the Holy Spirit come into my heart, and through prayer and love I found God and I have been at the Crossroads ever since. It’s been about 5 years.
Editor: How long have you known the Lord and how were you introduced to Him?
Camelia: Because of my friend I found God and realized that I also had a situation with my daughter that was not going well. I was counseled by pastor Sandra and she advised me and prayed over me and I learned to accept the Lord and whatever would come my way, whether it was what I needed or not, to thank Him for what I had. I have since realized the blessing and fulfillment of having the Lord in my life and I have endeavored to give Him more of my life. My faith has been restored in Him.
Editor: How would sum up what your experience has been at the Church of the Crossroads?
Camelia: Very enlightening. I was feeling so much pain and crying. Worship would bring me to my knees. It was a comfort to have so many people I didn’t know out their hands on me and pray for me and feel my pain. I knew the Lord was there, touching me through them, and I felt a sense of peace and serenity. The Lord sent me to this church to be part of a wonderful congregation.
Editor: Do you have any hobbies or favorite pastimes?
Camelia: I teach the children ages 5-8 on Wednesday evenings at church and also help with the children one Sunday once a month. It gives me such a great feeling of accomplishment to know the children have learned verses from the Bible and to show them how much the Lord is a part of their daily lives. And I love to teach them to worship with wonderful heartfelt music.
Editor: Share a favorite quote or two.
Camelia: Something I taught me children: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Editor: Besides Jesus and the Bible, what books and/or people have had the biggest impact on your life?
Camelia: Joel Osteen. I have become an avid listener of his radio station and I have read some of his books. I have also learned so many songs from worship and I instill these in my children.
Editor: Any items left on your bucket list?
Camelia: I want to give my testimony and be baptized again. I want to show how much the Lord has made a difference in my life, and how He gave it to me through teaching the children at the Crossroads.
Editor: What is the legacy you want to leave?
Camelia: I want to learn to be a great teacher of the children, teach them how to become better Christians, how to worship, how to pray with their heart and how to live through Christ.