It is with deep sorrow and, yes, pain that I write this so please forgive any confusion. It's extremely hard for me to do this with all of the tears and emotions that I just can't seem to suppress.
In 1995 I made a decision to completely surrender my life to my higher power and wanted to find a way to give. I found the Economic Justice Coalition, and little did I know that God had sent me an angel. I met this soft spoken, way too kind gentleman who saw something in me that I didn't know was there but was searching to find. He literally pulled me out of the hole of I had created with my life, took me under his wing, and showed me how to become a servant step by step. He would bring me into his home, edit my material, and share his peace with me in order to calm my fire.
The last major project Ray created with my assistance is the IWJ/OSHA safety training. In fact, I visited him in the hospital when he had first lost his ability to speak. When I walked in he shined brightly and (with the help of his wonderful wife and an iPad) he didn't ask me how I was doing. He asked me how was the OSHA project going. When I gave him the status he pounded his fist on the bed to say "hooray!"
I must apologize for I have not been able to force myself to go back and see him again, but I had to pray and thank God for placing this beautiful man in my life for seven years.
Little did I know that on May 21, one day before he went back home to be with the Creator I would be doing our first major training and accomplishing our project goals. So this, I do in dedication and continuance of the legacy of the late and great Dr. Ray MacNair. I love you.
In his honor ...21 trainees and 2 new trainers. Ray, I thank you for your leadership and may your greatness continue through the hundreds if not thousands of lives that you have touched.
Contributed by Ron E. Wynn, project director at the Economic Justice Coalition in Athens, Georgia. Learn more about the work of the EJC.