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Covenant offers inspirational event
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H.K. Derryberry, right, and Jim Bradford will be at Covenant Fellowship Church this Saturday, Feb. 2 offering an evening of inspiration. The program is open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. Families with disabled children will be allowed to attend a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m.

Covenant Fellowship Church is offering an evening of inspiration this Saturday, Feb. 2.

H.K. Derryberry, accompanied by Jim Bradford, will be the guest speakers. The two travel the country offering powerful and impactful words of inspiration based on Derryberry’s life story.

“He has a tremendous story to tell,” said Pam Gross, Covenant Fellowship’s minister of Christian Education. “We are having a meet and greet between H.K. and Mr. Bradford and families with special-needs children at 5:30 p.m. That will be a more intimate setting. Then, they’ll take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and share their story.”

Derryberry was born July 8, 1990 in Nashville. He arrived three months premature due to an automobile accident that took his 19-year-old mother’s life. Because of the accident and his early delivery, he was born blind with cerebral palsy and other lifetime medical issues. His father abandoned him at age 5 and his paternal grandmother raised him.

He met Bradord in 1999. A local business executive who was married and had two grown daughters, H.K. and Jim became inseparable and Jim’s personal mentoring and constant interaction exposed H.K. to a world he had never experienced.

Today, the two offer inspirational messages -- “If God is in your life, anything is possible,” “The only disability any of us have in life is a negative attitude” and “You can accomplish anything you desire in life by first defining your personal capabilities, maintaining a positive attitude, working hard, having fun, and never giving up.” 

They have shared their story nationally with more than 100,000 people since 2012.

“I heard them one time, two years ago, and I knew we had to have them at our church,” said Gross. “We’ve been working two years to get them. I think everyone will walk away from the event inspired.”

The event is open to the public. Families with disabled children will be allowed to meet and greet Derryberry and Bradford at 5:30 p.m., while the program begins at 6:30 p.m. The event will be offered in the school’s gymnasium.