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May 2005
Dear Friends in Christ,
Most of you are already aware, yet some of you don't receive our e-mails, so we would like to let you know that Shelby's spirit has gone to be with her Heavenly Father. Her departure into the arms of our loving Savior happened as our entire family was in the living room with her, singing praise songs to our Lord.
There has been so much going on in our home over these past few days and weeks that we have decided to send this letter in place of a newsletter. It is our desire to send a regular newsletter on schedule the beginning of July with May and June news.
The following is the article written by Douglas W. Phillips of The Vision Forum, that ran June 3rd 2005 in the San Antonio Express News:
Shelby Kay Kennedy, much beloved daughter of Ken and Debora Kennedy of Kendall County, Texas, was called by her Lord and savior Jesus Christ to her eternal reward, Tuesday, May 31, at 7:15 p.m. after a battle with cancer. Shelby's life was the personification of sacrifice, servant-hood, spiritual joy and honor to her father and mother. In her short but Gospel-rich twenty-three years, Shelby brought hope and happiness to thousands through her mission work with her family throughout the world in regions as diverse as Mexico and South Africa. Shelby's heart however always pointed to Haiti where she personally administered Christian schools, participated in discipleship evangelism and managed significant food distribution efforts for the needy. A ferociously loyal daughter and an eternally optimistic servant of the Cross, Shelby rests now in the bosom of her Savior. "Absent from the body, (she is) present with the Lord." Shelby is survived by her parents, Ken and Debbi Kennedy; sister and brother-in-law Holly and Micah Wakefield and niece Heidi; sisters Sara, Brigitta and Michelle; brothers Kenny, Micah, James, John, Jonathan, Carlos, Mark and Alex; paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. L. Kennedy; maternal grandmother Barbara McGovern and numerous other relatives. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Porter Loring North. Service: Saturday – 2:00 p.m. First Baptist Church Boerne, Texas
Rev. Bob Welch and Pastor Doug Phillips officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Only a Servant Ministries, Inc. Attn.: Shelby Memorial Haiti Fund, P.O. Box 700155 San Antonio, Texas 78270-0155 (
Please keep our family in your prayers as this great loss will face us at every turn. Shelby will be greatly missed by her family as well as many of you!! There is no way to adequately express our appreciation for the prayers and love that has engulfed our family during this difficult time in our life. May our loving and merciful Father be honored and glorified through all that we do.
Because of Christ,
The Kennedy Family
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces;….For the LORD hath spoken it. Isaiah 25:8
Only a Servant Ministries, Inc.