Kumar Periasamy, director of international operations and programs for CBN's Operation Blessing, passed away Feb. 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 54.
Periasamy, a native of Singapore, helped lead a series of worldwide outreach projects, especially disaster relief efforts in war-torn Afghanistan as well as tsunami recovery in southeast Asia.
Family, friends and co-workers took to his Facebook page over the weekend, remembering Periasamy as a "friend of the poor" who did God's work until the end.
"Kumar Periasamy not only gave those with little earthly comfort physical nourishment, but also the eternal nourishment of Christ, the Bread of Life," CBN News Senior Reporter George Thomas said of his friend.
"Tonight from the shores of Sri Lanka to the hills around Kurdistan, from the dusty cities of Peshawar, Herat, Tehran, Kabul and Cairo to the slums of Peru and India, his legacy echoes in the hearts and minds of countless people he touched," he added.
Watch Operation Blessing International's tribute to Kumar Periasamy below. Also, read Periasamy's blog.
Periasamy joined Operation Blessing in 1998, serving as a regional manager until 2000.
He then transitioned to directing Asia Operations for CBN WorldReach. In 2002, he moved to India where he led efforts to provide clean water, medical supplies and other relief to some 30,000 people each month.
Periasamy was diagnosed late last year with Burkitt's lymphoma, and had undergone several rounds of chemotherapy since.
Operation Blessing International President Bill Horan said that although doctors recently told Periasamy he was cancer free, treatments had depleted his immune system and his health continued to fail.
Periasamy was admitted to the hospital Thursday with a dangerously low blood pressure, and eventually had to be given a blood transfusion.
Early Friday morning and then again Saturday morning, Periasamy went into cardiac arrest. Doctors could not revive him after a third episode of cardiac arrest Saturday afternoon.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years Smita and his daughter Manisha.
A scholarship fund has been started on her behalf. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Manisha’s Scholarship Fund are requested.
Checks can be made payable to CollegeAmerica noting "Manisha Kumar" on the memo line, and mailed to Monaco Capital Management LLC, 448 Viking Drive, Suite 230, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.