This issue marks a sad occasion for myself, and for many of our readers. Kirk Rightmire, a long-time friend of mine and my partner with Westside Christian Chamber of Commerce, passed away on January 4, 2020 at the age of 56. As some of you may recall, several years back we ran a story about Kirk and his struggles with Celiac Disease, an auto-immune disease caused by an allergic reaction to gluten.
I first met Kirk in 2006, when he was the marketing director at College of Biblical Studies. His career later led him to Faith West Academy, where he served as their marketing director for ten years, before once again working with College of Biblical Studies. Kirk and I were great friends, and it was an honor to get to know him. I know that he is now in Heaven with the Lord.
In so many funerals that I have attended in the past, I had no certainty where the deceased would be spending eternity. With Kirk, there was no doubt. When a loved one in Christ passes away, they are forever at peace and in the presence of the Lord. For those of us left behind, we experience sorrow, but sorrow only lasts for a season.
On another note, this issue features our annual Voter’s Guide. We take our time with these selections, and try to vet as many candidates as possible. We also seek outside sources for input. In doing so, we try our best to find the candidates who share the values that our readers hold. We feel that the chief issue to focus on is the sanctity of life. In Jeremiah 1:5, God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you.”
That said, this was probably the hardest time we’ve ever had coming up with our Voter’s Guide. So many of the candidates running are not only highly qualified individuals, but outstanding Believers as well. For instance, just about anyone running in Congressional District 22 would do a fine job representing our district. Congressman Pete Olson was an outstanding Representative for CD 22 for many years, and he will be sorely missed.
Also, keep in mind that on April 11th, we are having our annual Resurrection Run Katy. The proceeds for this run support the Eagle Initiative, a 501 (C) 3 charity by Faith West Academy that benefits countless needy children in and around our community. For more details, visit www.ResurrectionRunKaty.com.