Following this I entered ministry as a director of a home for homeless young people sadly it didn't work out. The Lord I felt had spoken to me whilst I was in Singapore that it would take 17 years before I entered the ministry had called me to.
This was difficult to accept and I struggle greatly period anyway who am I to argue with God. Eventually I was led to a place where almost 17 years after I was saved I was living with some US Air Force Christians and a Christian service centre in East Anglia
just before the first Gulf War this gave me the opportunity to minister to them from my previous experience. Many were a long way from home and we bonded strongly as we prayed study the Bible share their faith and witnessed in the local town. During this time
I started writing to a new friend one of my American buddies had put me in touch with in their home church in California.
Marriage!! A Christian girl called Cecilia and I became good friends
eventually I asked her to marry me. By that time my call had became clear I was to be some kind of missionary in the USA! In 1991 we were married. Since then I have served in both lay and ordained ministry as a Pastor of Methodist churches and non-denominational
Ministries. Currently we live in Jacksonville Florida where we founded ‘Crosswinds leadership Ministries Inc’ a faith based ministry to men primarily essentially we encourage enable and empower men in their leadership skills and ability as we share
faith in Jesus both on the sailboat and up until recently at Strongman rallies.
I find and the Christian Life amazing wonderful and and a great blessing but but it is also so quite difficult at times. Currently I have been taken to very deep
places with the lord through the loss of family period yet I know who I have believed is more than able to get it through. No Mountain is high enough and no ocean deep enough to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
I hope this encourages
someone certainly I give thanks to God for all those who shared my journey both in the past currently and in the future especially my beginnings I give thanks for my parents and Pastor John Cropley and May.