The measure of a life well lived is not found in the accumulation of houses, lands or monetary possessions. It is found in a deposit that is left in the lives of others. Dr. Joseph Rayman, late, of Ludowici, left a deposit that is being felt near and far.
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He went home to be with the Lord he served on July 9, 2014, after a brief illness. Born in California to the late Ivan and Eleanor Rayman, the family followed their Navy father around the country and finally settled in Norfolk, Va. Joseph served his country in Vietnam, and then continued to serve the U.S. Army until he retired in 1989. During his time in the military, he worked as military police, military intelligence, and air traffic controller. He also earned a bachelor's from Embry Riddle College during this time.
After completing his service, most of which was spent at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, he moved back to Norfolk to be near his aging parents. While there, he completed two master's degrees, one in education from Old Dominion University, and an MA in non-profit management from Regent University. After completing his degree at Regent, he and his wife, Peggy started Africa On Fire, , a ministry that seeks to mobilize Christians both here and in Africa to obey Jesus' command to go and make disciples of all the nations, in 1998. Believing that command to be non-negotiable, Joseph spoke at missions conferences both in the States and many countries in Africa, challenging believers to complete the great commission.
In 2001, the Raymans moved back to Hinesville and incorporated the ministry in Georgia. As they continued to travel in Africa, Joseph was especially touched by the plight of the children in the countries he visited. In 2003, after completing his DMin in Missions from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology, he started the African Orphaned and Abandoned Children's Fund to help fund worthy outreaches to children in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. Still not satisfied that enough was being done to complete the great commission, Dr. Rayman started Coastal Georgia School of Missions in 2010 to begin preparing people who would look beyond short term missions and begin preparing to serve as career missionaries. In his spare time, Dr. Rayman also taught business and management courses at Central Texas College and Columbia College at the Education Center on Fort Stewart.
He will be sorely missed by his wife and ministry partner, Dr. Peggy Rayman, by his children, Windye (Mike) Holland and Angela Callam; his stepchildren, Shawn (Alex), Troy (Mara), Chris (Latresha), Paul (Rebecca), and Tim (Ashley) Campbell, and Heather Devastey; 19 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; his house church family; and many more.
Matthew 25:21 "The master was full of praise. 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!
A celebration of life will be held at Connections Church, 116 Patriot's Trail, Hinesville, at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 14. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be sent to AOAACF, 287 Lewis Scott Rd, NE, Ludowici, GA 31316.
Thomas L Carter Funeral Home
1822 E Oglethorpe Highway
Hinesville, GA 31313
Published in Coastal Courier from July 14 to July 21, 2014