Brandon Sergey Kerr

Mar. 29, 2000 to Jan. 30, 2012

Tragedy has struck the body of Christ at Berean hard! And we are grieving. Today the adopted son of Tim and Carinda Kerr battled with the flu and somehow-beyond our wildest imagination-the flu got the best of Brandon. Brandon Sergey Kerr died today and our hearts are breaking beyond measure. We are anxious to learn the exact cause of this death from those who determine such things, but even with this knowledge we must trust that the Lord has numbered each of our days.

Sunday morning we shook hands like we always do. I smiled at Brandon and he smiled right back. I moved to another part of the chapel and I caught him looking out of the corner of his eye at me and I smiled at him in a way that let him know I was crazy about him. Brandon was gift of love from God Almighty to the Kerr family and each of us. He is gift of love and joy that will continue to live on in our hearts and minds until that glorious day when we see our Savior and He wipes away all our tears. And this week will be a week for tears.

Brandon, born March 29th, 2000 in Ukraine, was the son Tim had yet to have and he was the brother Katie, Kylie and Haley loved as their very own! Grandparents on both sides adored this remarkably pleasant, always smiling, kind, considerate, attentive, determined little boy who loved every ounce of his new life with the entire Kerr clan and the world they dropped him in called "Berean."

The Kerr family will need the prayers and love of the body of Christ more than they have ever needed our love. They followed God's leading to adopt and through this adoption Brandon learned that he didn't come from monkeys-God made Him and God made him one special boy. Through this adoption Brandon heard the truth of the gospel and was challenged to trust in Christ like he had never been challenged to do before over and over again.

And I believe God's grace is more than sufficient with all my heart. The LORD God is able to be merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin though Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Please join us in praying that Tim, Carinda, Katie, Kylie and Haley all find the grace they need at the throne of grace to glorify God during the toughest week of their lives. Please join us in praying that this tragedy from our perspective will result in the salvation of a guest at the funeral and student at the Academy. Please join us in praying that God will protect our hearts from anger, bitterness, and questioning spirit.

Finally, pray for Tim and Carinda as they will have to tell Brandon's grandmother in the Ukraine that her grandson has died.

We love you Tim, Carinda, Katie, Kylie and Haley!

1 comment:

  1. Our family "attended" Brandon's funeral, today, via the internet. We found the words from Eccl. that say it is better to attend a funeral than to be at a party. We were so blessed and honored to share this precious life with his family...and the church family. We were overwhelmed with the love and unity of the Spirit with you all during the service. We are grateful for Sermon Audio and the internet. Your friends in South Dakota. We grieve with you and pray everyone there experiences His overcoming grace and immeasurable strength.