Ray Carter Murphy
At the recent North American Christian Convention in Cincinnati, OH (June 2015), Dr. Indu Lall, (Ajai Lall’s wife) came to the Kairos Benevolence Fund Hub to tell us about Ray Murphy, a lifetime Minister of the Gospel, and a Christian brother who was critically ill and facing a life and death struggle.
[Since then, Ray received his eternal promotion and went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 2, 2015]
Earlier this year Ray became ill and required amputation of a leg due to complications from diabetes. Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He underwent four surgeries; then the Doctors determined that he was no longer a candidate for further surgery or chemo therapy. He was transferred to a full-time care facility where he received daily physical and occupational therapy until Hospice was called in to assist with his final days.
Ray was 72 years old. For 36 years Ray ministered to three churches in Virginia, and while serving there he became deeply involved with Central India Christian Mission, serving on its Board of Directors, and for a season as the Chairman of that Board. In 2000 Ray began serving the Mission as its Director of Development, a position he held full-time until 2011, and then part-time until this year as his health would allow.
Ray and his wife Nelda never asked for, or expected great riches from the churches and mission they served. They lived very frugal lives, but as a result – they had virtually no resources to pay the bills for Ray’s health care needs. Their insurance company paid the maximum their policy allowed; however Ray required daily skilled nursing care until his death – so somehow – Nelda must find the resources to pay for the care Ray was given.
The Kairos Benevolence Fund Distribution Team reviewed this situation and authorized an immediate disbursement of $5,000. In addition, they have authorized the KBF team to reach out to Christians across the country and attempt to raise an additional $10,000 to help Nelda with Ray’s final expenses.
In 1 John 3:17-18 Scripture says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear Children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
Here is a perfect opportunity for Individuals and Churches to Love with Actions and Truth!
Will you, as an individual, send a generous donation to Kairos on behalf of Ray Murphy?
Will your church, share Ray’s story, then take up a special offering (or make a gift from its benevolence funds) and send it to Kairos on behalf of Ray Murphy?
Donations can be made online by clicking here.
Checks can also be made payable to the Kairos Benevolence Fund and mailed to:
Kairos Benevolence Fund
PO Box 19700
Irvine, CA 92623-9700
Post written by David T. Pace, Kairos Ministry Team Leader