In life, chance encounters can lead to lasting connections that span decades. Such is the story of Kerry Kendrick and David and Dana, who first crossed paths over fifty years ago on the Florida College campus. After years of pursuing separate careers, their shared faith and desire to practice “pure religion” brought them back together.
This blog post is a heartfelt account of their reunion and Kerry’s journey towards becoming a valued member of the Sacred Selections Corporate Sponsors and Business Advisory Board.
A Reunion Ignites a Common Purpose
Kerry reached out to David in 2018, expressing his interest in supporting the remarkable work of Sacred Selections. Despite the passage of time and the differences in their professional paths (Kerry in the oil and gas industry, and David in healthcare), their faith became the common ground that rekindled their connection.
Annual phone calls and emails continued to reinforce their bond, with Kerry consistently asking, “What do you need and what can I do?” Their paths finally converged when they met for lunch in Franklin, Tennessee, on April 6, 2023.
Discovering Shared Values
During their two-hour conversation, Kerry and David discovered that, despite their diverse life experiences and geographical distances, they shared the same spiritual foundation. The meeting not only solidified their brotherhood in Christ but also deepened their commitment to living out their faith in practical ways.
Kerry’s genuine desire to make a difference was evident when he expressed his intention to utilize his blessings and life experiences to invest in the future of Sacred Selections. Furthermore, his motivation to set an example for his daughter by serving the King and the kingdom showcased his compassionate heart.
Kerry’s Journey and Motivation
After a successful four-decade career in the energy industry, Kerry felt humbled by the remarkable work of Sacred Selections. His professional journey took him across the United States and various international locations, including Russia, where he met his wife, Julia.
The experience of witnessing the plight of orphans in Russia and Ukraine deeply impacted Kerry, inspiring him to contribute in some way. That’s when he discovered Sacred Selections, an organization that matched his desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children.
The Complexity of Adoption and the Role of Sacred Selections
Kerry realized that the adoption process, much like the completion of an oil well, requires a broad range of expertise and support. Sacred Selections stood out as a remarkable organization capable of coordinating the legal, logistical, and emotional aspects of adoption.
Kerry’s own family had experienced the positive impact of Sacred Selections when his nephew and his wife adopted a child with their assistance. This firsthand experience reinforced his belief in the organization’s ability to make a significant difference in the lives of families.
Embracing a Family Affair
Kerry recognized that even the smallest contribution could have a profound impact, and involving the whole family in the mission could create a ripple effect of positive change. By sharing stories, participating in fundraisers, and engaging children in communication and involvement, the next generation can learn the value of doing good works that bring glory to God while sustaining the mission of Sacred Selections.
Kerry Kendrick’s journey from a chance encounter with David on a college campus to becoming a dedicated member of Sacred Selections is a testament to the power of faith, compassion, and the desire to make a difference. His commitment to investing in the future of the organization and setting an example for his daughter showcases the profound impact that can arise from the meeting of kindred spirits.
Kerry’s story is a reminder that when individuals unite in pursuit of a common goal, lives can be transformed, and the world can be made a better place.