About ten years back, when I first arrived with my family in Indiana, there were a number of people that were hugely supportive of us right from the beginning. Among those people were Barb and Randy Bills. They blessed us, fed us, loved us, and said or did more random nice things for us than anyone really had to.
As Horizon Central started, Randy led a men’s group. We’d meet every Tuesday for prayer, fellowship and a short time in the Word. His heart to love and serve God’s people was evident at that time.
Then after a few years, one bittersweet day Randy announced that he “sensed the Lord was moving him on,” or something like that. Pastors (like myself anyway) dislike those inevitable moments when quality people walk out the door, though certainly it made perfect sense. Besides, he and his wife both still worked downtown, so it didn’t alter our friendship in the least.
They committed to Horizon Christian Fellowship South. He and his family became a vital part of that church. They stuck it out with several others even as their fellowship remained pastor-less for the last year. But now all that has changed. After a good deal of soul searching, stress, and seeking God’s face, Randy has taken the plunge. He is now the pastor of Horizon South. I sense that our fellowship and friendship will be sweeter as a result.
God bless you Randy, and may those people continually see Jesus every time they look at you.
As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
– Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)