In the days since, I've been reflecting on the relationships and times we ministered with one another. Personally, I shared more time with Randy than with Harold. Randy would often bring his family to help our teams present VBS or evening outreaches to youth in Mango Valley Jamaica. Following one such evening, Randy and I prayed together. I remember being struck with the awe, honor, and deep reverence Randy had for God (it was regularly evident, but especially so when he prayed!). Simply listening to him pray stretched my awe for God, as well as my understanding and practice of prayer. God showed me that He could make me a better missionary/person of prayer simply by placing me with others who held Him in high reverence.
Randy partnered with us in many ways. VBS, distribution of Jesus Film DVDs to people around his part of the island, and construction ministry are just a few.
During my last visit to Jamaica in 2012, I was able to personally see a new roof that Randy, Harold, and some local Jamaican men, helped construct for a family in desperate need. OnSite raised finances for Randy to help make the project possible; and his work and leadership paid off months afterward.
2 months following that visit, Hurricane Sandy struck the island and damaged many neighboring homes. The home with the new roof withstood the winds and rains, and became a shelter for many neighbors in the storm. The articles, linked above, share about one of Randy's greatest passions- teaching the Bible and training new pastors/leaders in Scripture. I hope you'll read.
In closing, here's a note that Randy's youngest daughter shared over social media in recent days. It's an accurate snapshot of Randy's heart.
Please join me in lifting Randy's wife, Sara, and their five children, in prayer.
"I started writing down some of my thoughts yesterday about my dad and I think I can pretty much sum it up in a few sentences. My dad loved serving others very much but he was always very intentional about his kids. Dad always took time out if his week to do something with us, whether it was helping us with school, beating us at a board game or reading the bible after dinner. Even when he wasn't doing something with us, he was teaching by example. My dad always demonstrated a servant heart. He always exuded love for others. I hope that one day I can be just like my father. We miss you very much Dad but I know you are worshiping God with the full extent of your being, a dream come true." -Anna, Randy's youngest teenage daughter