Almost a year ago, we posted a story of RTN member, Richard Nair, “Healing: Meet Richard Nair”. As readers and friends of Richard responded to that post, he was able to successfully raise all funds for his kidney transplant. Praise God!
Unfortunately, for the past year Bro. Richard had continued to struggle with his health off and on. He had good days and even began to think about going back to Fiji and help plant churches. He sent money toward that endeavor. Then, Richard had a really bad day when he was struck by a car in December 2014. Although his leg was broken in the accident and he would have a long road to recovery due to his diabetes, we all praised God that he survived.
However, six weeks later, Bro. Richard began having more problems where he was passing out. On the evening of February 2nd, Pastor Kumar, who Richard had lived with for the past four years, went to check on him before going to bed himself. Pastor Kumar changed the bandage on his leg, prayed with him, covered him with a blanket and said “Good Night.” The next morning on February 3rd, Pastor Kumar went to wake him up but found him unresponsive. Paramedics were called and Richard was rushed to Dekalb Medical immediately. Although physicians tried to resuscitate him, Bro. Richard never woke up. Instead, he found healing when he woke up in the arm of his Savior, Jesus.
Bro. Richard’s life was celebrated on February 8, 2015 at Advantage Funeral Home in Lilburn, GA. Like RTN’s services, Richard’s memorial service was a mix of cultures. Friends and family gathered from many nations to share stories of an amazing and full life lived by him. The next day, Bro. Richard’s body was flown back to his home country of Fiji, where he could be buried near his family. Friends and family in Fiji celebrated his life in two additional memorial services. Bro. Richards Kidney Transplant Funds have now gone to help cover the cost of his death and burial.
Reach the Nations and Pastor Kumar’s family would like to thank members and prayer partners who have been continually praying for Bro. Richard. His life was celebrated because we have the knowledge that Bro. Richard is healed and we’re comforted knowing that one day we will see him once again.
Richard Nair left a legacy not only within the RTN body but also, the greater Clarkston community. Today, on the walls of the Community Prayer Room hangs a little note entitled, “Richard Nair- Faithful Friend, Co-laborer, and Member of RTN.” Below are the words as copied from the unknown writer.
Glory to you Lord for teaching us through him…
- That sinners can be saved
- That saints can be used by YOU
- Prodigals can be brought home
- Immense beauty can arise from intense suffering
- Hope is not drowned by despair
- Muslims are worth the persecution of the gospel
- Faith can be fought for and obtained
- We can see even when physically blind
- Even in the lowest of valleys, God can be given the highest of praise
- The repentant can be redeemed
- The greatest glory given to God is not, perhaps, the one given when physically healed in our bodies- but the one/glory ascribed to Him when we are healed in heart to say through our sickness, with confidence, that God is good.
Thank you Lord for his life!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us, also, lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1