Eugenia Nina Corinna Rosamaria Virginae Paraskevopoulis Kendrick was born on August 20, 1945 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In June of 2008 Nina was diagnosed with stage four cancer. She battled for 19 months through prayer, diet, chemo, radiation and the unquenchable fighting spirit that she was known for. She entered the Presence of the Lord on January 29th, 2010 at her home in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Nina’s life was a grand adventure. Her journey began as an abandoned and orphaned young girl. Later, as a mother of four young children she headed to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 1975 where she found the Lord and began her 30 year journey with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Her passion ‘to know God and make Him known’ took her to five continents with King’s Kids, Impact World Tours and GX International – all aimed at releasing the next generation. She also participated in pioneering the YWAM Kona Base, women’s bible studies in the Kona community and the School of Performing Arts. Her missionary heart led her to share Jesus everywhere she went – on the street, in the grocery, at the beach and on the plane.
Her life was marked by a big faith simply expressed in her love for and obedience to God. She was generous, gracious, delicate, feminine, pure of heart – always believing the best. Nina was a ceaseless intercessor and those touched by her hospitality always felt welcomed, valued and blessed. Her friendship with God found expression in an encouraging and often prophetic voice that impacted the lives of countless people.
The love of her life was her family. She joins her son, Jesse, who preceded her to heaven on May 8, 1991 and leaves behind her husband, Kevin, and their 19 family members; their children, spouses and grandchildren.