126::365 – Nate Friend

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Randy S. Bister… We have all shared the amount of respect we have for this man. We could all go on and on about the impression Bister has, and is making on all of us starting from the moment we shook his hand. Randy never views anything or anyone as broken or impossible. There is not a person on this planet Randy would not speak to from a genuine love and care within his chest. He is a man who loves to get his hands dirty with a giant grin on his face every step of the way. More impressive than any of this is Randy’s ability to write, tell and live a story. There is a reason he chose the term “Rand-Venture,” and it is because he does not live a life not story worthy. Heck, he is the first person I ever met under the age of 60 who wanted to travel around in a R.V. His attitude is contagious. When you are around Randy you will have a good time, as well as be near a man who will be intentional with your life.

Don Miller wrote, “A story is based on what people think is important, so when we live a story, we are telling people around us what we think is important.” There are zero questions about what is important to Randy. He loves and serves the Lord well, he loves and serves people well, he loves to work with his hands (especially if it benefits or makes someone else’s life easier), he loves to write and he loves to tell stories. So, to the author of The Selfish Shellfish I applaud. I am daily challenged and encouraged by the amount of faith, fight and endurance you have Bister. Know there are tons of people across the globe behind you cheering you on. I cannot wait to continue following the story you are writing.

124::365 – Nate Hoag

Nathan Hoag  |  Randventure

Nathan Hoag | Randventure

Nathan Hoag  |  Randventure

Nathan Hoag | Randventure

Nathan Hoag  |  Randventure

Nathan Hoag | Randventure

Everyone craves adventure. Some go out and get it while others simply dream about it or fabricate it even if it’s not really there. I’ve always seemed to be able to sniff out a good adventure when I wanted one, but I wouldn’t say that it pervades my entire life. My buddy Randy Bister, on the other hand, is synonymous with the very idea of adventure.

Adventure follows Randy wherever he goes. He’s not an adrenaline junky like many adventuresome types; he’s an adrenaline factory.

Randy, as you are now in the throws of the most intense and overwhelming adventure of your entire life, bear down and press on. May Jesus be your guide as you embrace this pain, sorrow, victory, and joy. May you produce the grace of the gospel to an even greater extent than you produce adventure in all areas of your life.

I love you, buddy.

– Nate

122::365 – Brian Maloy

Brian Maloy  |  Randventure

Brian Maloy | Randventure

Brian Maloy  |  Randventure

Brian Maloy | Randventure

Brian Maloy  |  Randventure

Brian Maloy | Randventure

For everyone who is close to Randy, there are definitely warm sentiments that come to mind. Not only is he one of the most kind and humble men we know, he is passionate about his Faith and seeks the welfare of others at all costs. He is an immensely hard worker, but always takes time for others, to listen, to make sure they know how important they are. You can’t spend time in Randy’s company without knowing you we’re in the presence of Christ.

These are just a few pictures of things I remember about Randy, how serious he took caring for all the rafting equipment, the times we all spent in Silverton on Ironhorse Race Days (the Christ of the Mines sitting above the town), and something as simple as a columbine in the mountains that would have never gone unappreciated for its beauty.