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Member Spotlight: Bethany Crawford

1-What is your ‘go to’ bible verse to get you through the day?

A year ago, a friend shared Jeremiah 29:11 with me and this verse has been with me through out the big moments of my life and the small ones. I know that life is filled with both adversity and joy, yet Jeremiah 29:11 reminds me that in the end, the Lord has a plan for me and his purpose is my purpose and the future I have laid before me is due to his master plan.

2-Briefly tell us about a recent fun activity you and or your friends/family participated in.

Covid has been an interesting season in all our lives. We love to travel as a family and have not been able to do as much of that as we like, yet this summer we did spend almost a month visiting some amazing cities right here in Florida and up through Virginia. One of the highlights was Colonial Williamsburg – where we were hands on with history! I loved teaching my kids about the stories surrounding colonial Virginia and enjoyed watching them explore the trades, customs, and costumes of the era. We also enjoyed visiting the site of Jamestown and learning about the impact the English had in the area beginning in 1607.

3-Do you have a favorite recipe or take-out meal recommendation you would like to share?

A fun fact is that while I can cook, I do not really enjoy cooking. But one of the things I do enjoy doing is baking! I don’t really have a lot of time to do so, but when I make homemade banana bread – the whole house smells delicious, and my kids gobble it up! Other than that, my cooking is relegated to Saturdays when I make many appetizers, lay them out on the table, and we eat small bites throughout the day watching football. If you want to meet the real cook of the household, it is my husband, John!

4- At the start of the 2021 school year, Grace Church will be offering a new Children’s Ministry program, led by Grace’s very own member, Erin van Santen (Father Frans’s wife). While Erin is busy preparing, please share how a mentor, youth leader, or Sunday school teacher had an impact on you and why? As a child I attended two very important churches that molded my faith – Plano Christian Church (in Plano, IL) and Orange Lake Christian Church (in Orange Lake, FL). Plano provided me a firm foundation in my faith and while I don’t remember the names of those who worked there – I only have memories of family, togetherness, fun, and learning. They showed me the joy God provides and they helped lead me to my faith. At Orange Lake, Debra Brabham was my Sunday School teacher. It was a very small church and, in my class, I was the only student, until my younger sister joined me. These sessions allowed me to have personalized, deep conversations about my faith and my beliefs. This was important because I attended this church from 4th to 12th grade and these were formative years in my life. Debra was a younger woman, not yet married, she was a role model for me, and I very much looked up to her. The times I spent in her class helped me to define what I believe and to learn how-to walk-in faith.

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