Gentleman from Fiji

After posting a devotional about Fiji earlier this week, I decided to post a story about a man from that far-a-way place who I met a few months ago.  

Dr. Naroyan Nair – a kind and gracious gentleman – is the National Director of Ambassadors for Christ in the South Pacific.

My husband Jim and I met Dr. Nair in January when we were working at Marketsquare Atlanta – a Christian publishing conference.

Dr. Nair quietly walked up to Tyndale House Publisher’s booth on the last day of the conference, just as we were about to close.  He told us a moving story that we’ve heard from people literally all over the world.

Each time I hear a similar story, I get goosebumps.

This is how the account typically goes.  In 1974, Dr. Nair wrote a letter to Ken Taylor (the now deceased founder of Tyndale House Publishers), saying that he would like to start a Christian bookshop in Fiji – would Ken be able to send him some money?  Ken Taylor, in his typically generous fashion, sent Dr. Nair a check for the amount requested, apologizing that he wasn’t able to send more.

Fast forward to 2010.  There are presently two Christian bookshops in that area, along with a Bible College that includes a graduate program, where Dr. Nair teaches.

Whenever I hear versions of that story from places far and near, I’m grateful.  Grateful that God sees and provides, and grateful for generous people like Ken & Margaret Taylor.

If any of you are aware of other stories like this about Dr. Taylor, I’d enjoy hearing them . . .

“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”  Proverbs 11:25 NLT




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