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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

My Journey: Full Circle

By E. Loraine Crookshanks
Oct. 19, 2014

In 1965 I attended Central Bible College (Assemblies of God) in Springfield, Mo. For the duration of my stay at CBC I worked in the Spanish Department at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. By this time I could speak Spanish fluently.

While in Springfield, I desired to go to the mission field, but God had other plans for my life.

The Spanish Department was transferred to Miami in 1966, shortly after my graduation. I was then promoted to the editorial staff as an associate editor of Poder, a magazine similar to the Pentecostal Evangel. I helped produce and write articles.

After two years, I accepted a position teaching second grade at Miami Christian School. I began to understand why God had told me, “Your missionary work is to train future missionaries.”

For 16 years, I taught children from many nations — Norway, Iceland, Egypt, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and many others. Over the years, I watched as God called my students into ministry.

One former student is a missionary in Russia. Other students are now pastors, Christian teachers, and missionaries in other nations. Because missions was on my heart, I tried to pass on my vision to the students.

I taught at several Christian schools, and in 1999 I retired after 35 years of teaching and evangelizing children.

God was also at work in my personal life. After I went away to college, I had lost contact with a friend, Joseph Crookshanks. I remained single throughout my teaching career.

Joseph married and had two daughters and four grandchildren. His wife passed away in 1999. In 2001, Joe and I met again after 47 years. Within one week we were engaged, and we soon married.

Besides bringing Joe and me together after so many years, God also directed us to begin attending the church of our youth. Parkview Assembly of God in Newark, Del., has grown to an average attendance of approximately 400, with people from at least 25 countries speaking approximately 30 languages. The new church building, overlooking White Clay Creek State Park, literally makes us a light on a hill.

Now, nearly 80 years after this church’s beginning, Joe continues to say, sometimes with tears, “If only my dad could see what God has done.”

Pastor Alan Baker with his wife, Patricia, came in 2013 to become our ninth pastor. The church is looking forward with great anticipation to what God has in store for us.

We believe God has a Pentecostal revival for us at Parkview. We also believe Christ’s return is imminent, and His church is preparing for His coming. At the throne of God, we shall see all the people of God who built our church block by block in spiritual growth. We expect a great harvest when at last the journey of this church has ended.

I give glory to God for His faithfulness through the years, as He has directed my life and ministry. I never served on a foreign field, but God let me touch young lives from around the world. Today, at Parkview, I rejoice every week as I see the many nations and languages that make up our congregation.

My life has come full circle, and what a joyful journey it has been.

E. LORAINE CROOKSHANKS attends Parkview Assembly of God in Newark, Del.


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