Prayer for a Friend

Randy Bister

The last couple of days, I've been up in Portland Oregon with my buddy Randy.  Crazy thing, only a few weeks ago he went into the doctor for a routine checkup, and he found out he had AML leukemia pulsing through his veins. 

Randy is an unbelievable part of our KIVU family.  He came out a few years ago ready to work, and instantly became adored by the family we're a part of out in Colorado.  He worked hard, loved kids, and enjoyed setting kids up for an adventure of a lifetime. 

When he e-mailed and told me about the hospital visits, I was just floored. 

I had no idea stuff like this can  just come up on you without any warning or symptoms. 

So a few of us decided we wanted to come up to Portland and see him for ourselves. 

We spent yesterday laughing, playing cards, telling stories, and we even broke out the Risk board game to dominate the world. 

It was great being with the fellas. 

The Psalmist wrote, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;" (Psalm 133:1-2)

And that's what yesterday was like. 

Pleasant.
Peaceful.
Hopeful.
Together.

While we were there he had some meetings with the doctors to plan out the future treatments, tried to figure out where they were going to go for the forseeable future, and Randy had his eyes set to beat this thing. 

As we were leaving, we prayed, hugged, and said, we'll see you soon.  And as we walked off, I just felt the prompting to continue. 

Continue to pray.
Continue to lift up my brother in a time of need.
Continue to pray this disease would end.
Continue to champion his cause through the channels I know. 

So if you think about it today, lift up my buddy Randy Bister.  He's a good one! And he's going to need our prayers going forward. 

Love you dude…

4 Comments

  1. I have a friend who is a very active hiker and bike rider, etc. She, and another friend of mine, just in their early 40’s have just had the bone marrow transplant due to this stuff. They are both recovering well, but the long road is unbelievable!! I have watched her journey, high spirits are a must! And support so good for all of you to take time for him!

  2. My neighbor, who is a good friend of mine, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It was a tremendous shock to me and my parents, and I cannot even image how she and her parents were handling the situation. At first I couldn’t even believe the news, and she was only in the 8th grade. Thankfully she recovered quickly after the surgery. As long as you don’t lose hope and keep your faith in God, you can rest assured he will be be by your side.

  3. Randy, if you are reading this, I want you to know that YOU CAN BEAT THIS!! you are an amazing young man and hundreds at GC are praying for you and love you. I will go to “Be the Match” May 9th and I fervently pray that one of us is a perfect match for you!!! your old secretary, peggy

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