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Paying Back
AFTER RETURNING from Vietnam, Tommy Kerr got a railroad job with Amtrak, married his sweetheart, Linda, and became an active member and associate pastor in his local church.

Paying Back

Under Kerr’s stern but fatherly leadership this diverse group of boys became a tight-knit unit. His policy on fighting required the winner of any fight to take on the scoutmaster. When it came time to sit around the campfire, he told them tales of the Marine Corps and war stories from Khe Sanh. He often helped the poorer kids purchase their uniforms and took special care to make sure everyone was doing their schoolwork. He provided the spark for many to make the long journey to Eagle Scout.

Tragically, Tommy Kerr died in 2007 at age fifty-nine from heart-related problems. There were many friends and family members at his funeral, and his Scouts served as pallbearers. His wife pointed out that Tommy had received a lot of help from others as a boy that “kind of rubbed off,” and that he had spent his life paying back that kind of help.

This man’s life is an inspiration to anyone wanting to serve in God’s kingdom. Our heavenly Father has many ways of putting things on our hearts, and we see one in this story: the simple desire to “pay back” what others had done. Tommy Kerr listened to this message of the heart and passionately followed where it led. His life took on a purpose that blessed him and countless others.


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