You no doubt have met Cynthia as you made your way into the Crossroads sanctuary looking for a seat. She is always there, donning a smile and ready to help. Cynthia serves as a Special Education Instructional Resource Teacher Aide at united United High School and is a bright and shining light at the Crossroads.
We appreciate her taking the time to answer these questions.
Editor: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Cynthia: I was born and grew up in Laredo.
Editor: How did you end up coming to the Crossroads and how long you have been attending?
Cynthia: This is the only church I remember going to. 25+ years!
Editor: How long have you known the Lord and how were you introduced to Him?
Cynthia: I have “known” the Lord since I was small. I was introduced to Him as a child. In 2004 I was involved in a car accident that left me severely injured. Although my physical limitations are more difficult to handle some days than others, the spiritual benefits that have resulted far outweigh them. I have a much deeper and more personal relationship with My Savior now.
Editor: How would sum up what your experience has been at the Church of the Crossroads?
Cynthia: Childhood at the Crossroads was great, especially with “Adventure Weeks” in the summer. Then “Sacred Dance and Worship Thru the Arts” in my late childhood and early to mid adolescence. Not only was I a participant, but when I was about 15 I had the honor of instructing the younger girls (6-9 years).
Editor: Do you have any hobbies or favorite pastimes?
Cynthia: My favorite pastimes were the years I was a cheerleader as a 5th/6th grader at Trautmann Elementary and in volleyball and basketball as a 7th grader at United Middle and 8th grader at Trautmann Middle.
Editor: Share a favorite quote or two.
Cynthia: “Words don’t have the power to hurt you, unless those words come from someone you Love and Care about.” and “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Editor: Besides Jesus and the Bible, what books and/or people have had the biggest impact on your life?
Cynthia: “How Good is Good Enough?” by Andy Stanley. “She’s All That” by Kristen Billerbeck (No relation to the movie.)
My parents have been my backbone since the accident. They’ve truly been there for me!
Editor: Any items left on your bucket list?
Cynthia: Travel to other countries: Japan, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, Paris and Hawaii.
Editor: What is the legacy you want to leave?
Cynthia: I was “Christ-like” in all my actions, speeches and behaviors–e.g. kind, loving, patient, giving and non- judgmental.