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Lambert Royal – a great husband, father & friend

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The Royal family has played an integral role in AIM’s history. Kristina was one of the first staff members to join us after we moved to Gainesville in 1994. And over the years, her sister Joanna and her parents, Lambert and Jackie Royal joined us as well. When Lambert passed away three days ago, …
By Seth Barnes
Lambert RoyalThe Royal family has played an integral role in AIM’s history. Kristina was one of the first staff members to join us after we moved to Gainesville in 1994. And over the years, her sister Joanna and her parents, Lambert and Jackie Royal joined us as well. When Lambert passed away three days ago, he left a large hole in many hearts. Here are some things we remember about him:
He always had a smile, a hug and words of encouragement to give.
 
He continually strove to trust and honor God – in the midst of terrible trials that would shake the best of us, he spoke well of the Lord and trusted Him with his life and family. it was always comforting in the midst of the trials to have him there because he was so strong and so vulnerable all at the same time, it made you feel like it was okay to be sad but that you were going to make it.
 
He was up for adventure. When he brought Kristina out to Kenya (the picture above is of that experience) he tried everything enthusiastically and enjoyed himself even if he didn’t want to leave her there!
 
He loved his wife dearly and treated her with the courtesies and sweetness of newleyweds and his girls were his treasure – he adored them.

He made time for people without complaining and was always ready to lend a hand.
 

Lambert served in AIM’s IT department for a number of years. He and Joe Countiss were coworkers and compadres, solving all manner of computer problems for the rest of us. During that time they became very close. So I turned to Joe to help explain what Lambert has meant to us all.
 

Joe writes: “It has been a difficult journey for the Royal family since March of last year when they found out Lambert had cancer.  I am thankful that I had a small part in that journey.  As you can imagine my thoughts have been quite jumbled since Friday when Lambert when home to be with His Lord. I find that my mind jumps from things that happened nearly 10 years ago to last week in the hospital and everywhere in between.
 
Our friendship has grown deeper over the years as we experienced many things together. I can’t count the times we prayed together, laughed together and even cried together. We both loved a good cup of coffee, eating Johnnie’s Bar-B-Q and catching people with our dry sense of humor.

 
He often said he didn’t have the gift of teaching or the ability to go out on the streets, but his ministry was to provide AIM’s missionaries with the tools they needed so they could do those things.

 
It is hard to imagine the pain that Lambert endured over the last 17 months as one vertebra after another collapsed – he eventually lost 4 inches in height. Yet His faith remained strong and He continuously looked to Jesus. As it began more apparent in the last few months that he would not be healed, the enemy tried to introduce a spirit of fear of death into his life. In the week before his home going, God have him a grace gift in letting him experience for one minute what heaven was like when his heart stopped. Later that afternoon he told me what it was like. In his words “it was a place of intense peace and extreme light. I didn’t want to come back, but knew I had to.” Often that afternoon he would stare off into odd corners of the hospital room as if he was still looking through a thin veil separating him from heaven.
 
Lambert was more than a best friend, more than a coworker at AIM, more than a fellow believer to me. Lambert was the brother I never had growing up. I will miss him greatly.”

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