Friday, September 30, 2005

Believers,

Yesterday was such blessing to us! Well over a 1,000 of you came and visited with us. Somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of that number were bloggers we did not know.
Today will be a day we never forget...bittersweet. Thank you to our family who have arrived from all over the U.S. We pray that the celebration brings glory to our Lord and Savior.

Just under a year ago, BJ attended a youth retreat with Plainfield Baptist Church. In his writings of that weekend, he shared the following thoughts (Keep in mind he is not legalistic by nature or training, rather he felt the Lord leading him):

"Self, I will not be satisfied. I will not let my passion be held in a bottle. I will not let my light be hidden under a bush...I will stand up. I will let my voice be heard. I will lead. I will serve. I will fight. I will tell people about Christ. I will bring Him up in conversations. I will not watch t.v. or play video games. I will... visit only at Christian, beneficial websites and will only email if it is edifying to a believer. I will fast from the telephone and the rest of media. I will memorize Scriptures again and read Christian books again and spend more time in the Word. I will unsheathe my sword and stop playing [only] defense in this war. It's time to raise a revolution. I cannot and will not do anything mentioned above or anything otherwise. God will give me the strength and do these things through me"...

At the bottom of this page was a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.:
"You don't know what you're alive for, until you know what you'd die for."

Beej held fast to most of this and it wasn't easy for him. I give thanks to our Father that he did strengthen him. I pray that we also unsheathe our swords, that we pray with power, and let the revolution begin...for He is Worthy.

Serving the King beside you,

Beej's dad

77 Comments:

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Phil said...

Dearest Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,

What a blessing it was for me to finally put my arms around you all and hug your necks last night. I wanted so many times to come to the hosptial but didn't want to take time away from your time with BJ. I was reminded last night how we all are family and also the scripture when one part of the body hurts we all hurt. Oh if I could only ease your pain, but I pray my love can in small part bring comfort. Today, while a day of celebration will be also be terribly emotional but, hey, that's ok. Jesus wept.....so I think you are in good company. Just try to draw strength from all of us who are there not only to celebrate BJ's life but to help sustain you. Imagine 1000 sets of arms that are right there to hold you up. Please know that our love and certainly our prayers will not stop when the sun sets today. Your spiritual family will continue to lift you all up to the Throne. Until the day comes when you see BJ face to face please find peace and comfort in the mighty Word of God.

Jesus, lover of my soul.
Jesus, I will never let You go.
You've taken me from the miry clay,
Set my feet upon a rock, and now I know.
I love You, I need You.
Though my world may fall,
I'll never let You go.
My Savior, my closest friend,
I will worship You until the very end.

I love You, I need You.
Though my world may fall,
I'll never let You go.
My Savior, my closest friend,
I will worship You until the very end.

10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

You are our FOREVER Friends.......
we Love you Phil & Paula

 
At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Kailey (Gulf Shores, AL) said...

Know that you are in my prayers.

In Christ,
Kailey<><

PS. I am wearing pink!

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger tochina4emma said...

We will be praying for you all today as we realize it will be bittersweet as you said.
We will pray and celebrate with you here in KC.

The Daniel family

 
At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never met your family or your son but my life has been so blessed by you all this past week. I first heard about BJ from the MercyMe e-mail. My heart has broken for your family this week. Most of all though, I have been inspired by your son. What an awesome young man he must have been! I am the mother of 3 pre-schoolers and I pray that my children grow up having the same firey passion for Jesus that BJ had. What a legacy! I pray that God carries your family through the coming days as only He can. Your family's faith has been an encouragement to more people than you can imagine.
With Love,
Sarah
Eldorado, IL

 
At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Matt Littell said...

Matt Littell said...
Brent, Deanna,
I would like to take a moment to thank you for last evening. I wish we could have fellowshiped longer, but as there were many people there that felt the same, we will soon fellowship again.
My family continues to lift your family up to the Lord for continued blessings.
As I grow older and continue to walk with Christ, I realize that in my Journey, I reach new plateau's, I have reached a new Plateau just through knowing you and your family. You have helped me (without knowing it) reach a new level. I am forever grateful. God continues to speak to each of us every day, yet, for whatever reason we don't take the time to listen. I proudly wear my Pink Shirt (did I say that?) YES I DID! I was able to share last evening at dinner with three waitress'. It was exciting. My girls have seen what it means to be not just a believer, or a follower, but a messenger of Christ's word. I pray for them daily, that they will Lead, and share the message. The Higgins Family is an incredible family, that if for only a moment a person can get to know, will truely be blessed. I am proud, and blessed to have known you and thank you! I am forever grateful to be able to call you "FRIEND"!
Forgive me if I seem to run on, but I am not a good communicator.
I am glad we all got to hug last night, and I look forward to the hugs again tonight. I will continue to pray for you through this difficult day. My family will be there to celebrate with your family this evenging.
May God Bless you with more apples than you can count.
Love, YOUR FRIEND!
Matt Littell

 
At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins family,
I noticed how people were quoting songs that have helped them in this time. I thought I'd share the one that has touched me the most.
Rachel Burkholder
HLG

When peace like a river, attendeth my way;
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well...with my soul... It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 
At 8:27 AM, Anonymous marissa balog said...

Bj was such an amazing person and it takes a strong person to do all those things that he wrote. He really did live for Jesus and he is was and still is a person i look up to and just admire for his love to Jesus and others. You and your whole family are just a blessing to people around the world that read this blog, i have many friends who have read this site and it has changed their lives. Thank you for everything and i love you guys.

 
At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Pat said...

Just wanted you to know that I added prayforbj to my site. I just wanted to have other Christians the privilege of knowing BJ and the solider he was for Christ. I have it in pink in his honor.


Because of Grace,
Pat

 
At 8:37 AM, Blogger critnshelby said...

Your dear son has touched my life. I am praying for you in these difficult days ahead. What a blessing to have his journals, what a comfort to know where he is, and what an honor for us that you have shared them. I am so sorry for your loss...pink is my color today. God bless you Always, May He Lift You up, and hold you close, set you upon the rock so you will be a beacon to the lost generations, just as your son was.

Praying for you today,
Shelby Muniz (shelbon2000@yahoo.com)
Virginia Beach, VA

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger Sheila said...

Dear Higgins Family,
I started today like the last 6 weeks...checking this site. I still find hope like I did all those other days. As you go through today know that your family has touched so many lives and will continue to do that as long as you let God lead you. I know there will be days that are harder than others but remember Jesus is always beside you even when you need to yell at Him...He will understand. I have found that when I am totally honset with God about what I am feeling, He can help me so much more. I will be praying for you today and always.
God Bless,
Sheila
Troy, Illinois

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Higgins family
I used to think all of this was awesome, yet unbelievable. After yesterday, I still find my experience through BJ awesome, yet believable because all of "this" came through BJ.
I will say it again BJ is awesome!!!
You all stand so strong. I pray you continue with strength and have peace in your hearts. Your BJ is so loved
and has inspired so many. I give so much thanks for BJ being in our lives. My family has been truly blessed. We shall all see you today and I assure you I will honor BJ and sing praise as loud as I can
{sorry to the people next to me!LOL}
God Bless you all
Your friend and sister in Christ

Lisa Gresh/Meils
Indpls., IN

 
At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a warrior and servant BJ was, and is. What an incredible gift.

Peace and love to you all.

 
At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Bonnie said...

Hi, Higgins family!
Yesterday WAS bittersweet, but I was so uplifted by the strength and love that I witnessed. I wish I knew what to say yesterday. Just know that BJ, although I hardly knew him, has had a profound impact on my life, and God is truly doing amazing things as a result of BJ!! That makes me overjoyed. I love you guys.

 
At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you again.

We continue praying, praying, praying in pink


Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

 
At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing so much of this experience with us! I have said before that I have shared this all with my Youth Group, and Sunday we will be having a talk about your son and the testimony that his life and death speaks. Are there still plans for the "webcast" or just the audio feed now? Just keep us posted as you always have! Thank you for making us a part of this!

 
At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could only pray that in this day and time in this world that we as adults would have the courage that your son had. He has inspired me to be a better person and to make a difference in someone's life the way he has. I pray for your family today as I know it will be sorrowful yet joyful, for you know he is in a place unimaginable to us here on earth.
I know you miss him, but the peace I get is that he is up there on our side, continuing to play for our team. May God Bless you this day and everyday.
Love,
Missy
Hampstead, NC

 
At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Dear Ones,

BJ's story came up in one of my classes at Hannibal-LaGrange College last week. We prayed for him there, and I went home that day and logged on....
I shouldn't have read everything, but I did. When my children came home from school that day, they wondered why I'd been crying. Their dad, a minister, died almost three years ago after such a saga as BJs.
Such things...I don't know why, but I trust that God's reason is perfect.
I miss my husband, and now I miss BJ too.
Thank you for sharing him with us.
Love,
Lisa

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger Bro. Kenny said...

I cannot attend, but I am praying for your grief, Walkers words, and God's glory.

Kenny C
Bullard, TX

 
At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What a mighty servant BJ was. I stand in awe of this faithful warrior. Praise be to God that his legacy will live on forever! I will be in prayer for you and your family today. I pray that Walker's words will be those given him by God. What an opportunity he has to speak to so many about the God that BJ served so completely. Keep your chins up and smile because you have so much reason to.

For His glory,
Glenna Scott,
Catoosa, OK

 
At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What an awesome kid BJ is! He has certainly touched the lives of many. I think he has set a challenge before us all to "Strive to be a BJ!"

 
At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God continue to bless you through the encouragement & love of family & friends. Praying that God will give you srength & peace on yet another difficult day in the journey.

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Come, you weary, and He will give you rest...come you who morn, lay on His breast..."

Praying for peace in your hearts

 
At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In times like these, I cling to the verse that says that all things work together for good. With God in control, I have found that promise to be consistent everytime. It is hard to say that all things work together for good through my tears for your family, but it is what sustains me and I pray that God will bring you through this in a most victorious manner. In the course of praying for BJ through this time, my prayer life was strengthened and my priorities were rearranged to have Jesus more in focus. Thank you for sharing with all of us, and again I pray for God's comforting arms around you. Candy

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Lara said...

Hey-

I have never commented, but i've been keeping up with the blog. I wanted to simply let you know that your family has constantly been in my prayers. I'm encouraged by your faith in the Father.

Praying-
Lara Johnson
(Garland, Texas)

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Deanna said...

Every time over the past several weeks that you have shared from BJ's journal, I have been amazed! I attend Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne, IN and our mission statement is His Word, Our Walk. BJ is truly an example of living the Word through his life. And even though he was here for such a short time, it is incredible the things he accomplished for the Kingdom. And, even though we are so sad right now, through his death I think the Kingdom is strengthening. I feel so bonded with all of these brothers and sisters in Christ. Satan is not going to win this battle!!!!! Christ will always prevail!!!

Praying in pink!!
Deanna

 
At 9:22 AM, Anonymous caleb said...

My family is there with you, I hope you know I sent my love along with them

 
At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Steve and Barbara said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers today. May many lives be touched through the service today and may the Holy Spirit cover you and your family and give you strength.

Youngstown, Ohio

 
At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in our hearts and prayers during this day of mixed emotions . We will be celebrating with you here in Kansas City and will continue to keep you in our prayers long after the celebration.

Dietz family

 
At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,
An unexpected situation kept me from coming to say goodbye to BJ yesterday. He has been in my thoughts and prayers since the beginning of his battle. I was awed by the amazing daily miracles that happened when you asked people to pray.
You have an incredible son. Thank you so much for sharing him with us.
Linda Alms
Zionsville

 
At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Linda Anderson said...

Sweet Higgins Family~

I prayed for you all day yesterday, as I have been for so many weeks now. And like others, your is the first site I check first thing in the morning!
You cannot imagine how much todays reading from BJ touched me. I have struggled with too much tv (WAY TOO MUCH YUCKY STUFF) and the Lord is always touching my heart to turn it off and focus on him. I listen way too little! Bj's words are astounding! Live for Christ and Christ only and don't let the world and all its evil stuff in!!! Because then you are opening the door to Satan, and he will barge in and take over! GOT IT!!!! Today I make a commitment to Jesus and myself to not turn on the tv unless for Christian reasons, to spend that time in the Word instead, and to let Jesus change my heart once and for all so that I can be who He wants me to be, and not who I am. And not to be obsessed over the computer (except your site!) and to be bold in my commitment to Christ instead of floundering in a 1/2 inch puddle of water, struggling and fighting! Thank you BJ for being such a wonderful teacher for me. I love you so much!

I look forward to hearing on this site the service today, more stories of BJ ( I hope) and celebrating his life with you from afar, and weeping for you and your loss (and ours). May God bless and keep you today, may He wrap His mighty arms around you and sustain you in love and peace, and carry you when you are exhausted.
Wearing Pink in California~
Linda Anderson
Willows, California

 
At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still remember checking your site the first time after getting Bart's email. Since then it has been almost a daily thing for me to want to check and pray over your concerns and needs. Today was no different. My heart aches for you all and I know that this is tough, but keep in mind that God has used BJ's life to share His Gospel in so many ways. I can only hope that someday when I become a father my child is that faithful.

You'll remain in my thoughts today and always!

Josh Suiter
new Albany, Indiana

 
At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna, Brent, Lauren and Whitney,
It was so wonderful to see you guys yesterday. I know I didn't say much but was blessed with the love that was spread throughout the building.I can imagine that the Lord and Bj are looking down with big smiles on their faces. Today we will look up and sing out praises to the Lord with smiles on our faces and love in our hearts. It is going to be a great Celebration!
Our prayers are with you.

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to that. We are tempted each and every day. Being a christian is very hard, espically in today times. For a child to be so obidient to the Lord is just incredible. Thank you so much for still writing and sharing with us so many of his entries. We are inspiried by this and I know it does help you out by sharing it.

God Bless

 
At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney:

It was an absolute honor and priviledge to meet you all last night. Your a wonderful, inspirational family full of love, glorifying god in all you do.

Your family will forever be in my heart and prayers. I'll see you again this evening at 4pm. I can't thank you enough for sharing BJ and his journey with us. I hope that you are able to read my emails to Tony and that God is truly glorified through BJ - he was a faithful servant who fulfilled the plan god had for him, and certainly spread the good news of jesus with his life.

God Bless You.

With Love and arms around you always,

Christy K.
jbck@sbcglobal.net

 
At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdie ... I thought I would share a little something I wrote a couple of years ago that I reflect upon often. You know, it is SO easy to get caught up in ourselves because we are human, but in Christ we are called to REJOICE and worship Him in all circumstances. This came from a time when I just wanted to let the world go and just be with My Savior, but He put us all here for a reason, and that is because there is work to be done in this "dark world" - The Lord's work of showing His people love and learning the price of endurance - which was Christ on the Cross! May you be blessed by a heart that is FULL of prayers for you all... Lord bless you!

Laurel, San Diego

My Heart Will Worship You

When the days are cold and my heart is numb,
When the sun shines bright & my well has run dry,
When the days are lonely and there seems no hope,
My heart will worship you…

When the pain won’t stop like a thorn in my side,
When I fall broken like shattered glass,
When my arms are too weak to lift to the sky,
My heart will worship you…

When my feet have lost rhythm and I’ve forgotten how to dance,
When my FAITH seems smaller than a mountain moving seed,
When the race to heaven seems too long to run,
My heart will worship you…

When my armor has wilts and seems rusty and worn,
When I fall on my face and you pick me up again,
When all of my love seems pointless and without cause,
My heart will worship you…

When there are too many complaints and not enough good deeds,
When people keep making war & not love,
When the walls fall down and no structure stands,
My heart will worship you…

When my weaknesses become your strength,
When you’re amazing mercy has stripped me of all worldly things,
When the last day comes and the heavens open wide,
My heart will worship you.

My heart will worship you,
In spirit and in truth,
When I’m too blind to see,
How much you love me,
My heart will worship you.

 
At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing person. You have so much to be proud of in BJ.

God Bless your family on this very hard day.

 
At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins,

I am so greatful that God gave you the strength to share with so many of God's family on BJ's behalf yesterday. 1000 was just a drop in the bucket to the number that God has touched, strengthened and turned around for The Kingdom! Praise God for one teenage boy so committed to the Lord. We are all the better for his example. His journal entry today has challenged me to pick up my sword and continue the battle. My 11 yr old son read it and said, "That's the way we're supposed to be." I'm looking forward to worshipping on line at the bittersweet service this afternoon. My prayers go out to your whole family today and the days ahead.

prayers in Gray, Ga.
Lynne Hutto Albanese

 
At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear family in Christ -

How my heart has been REJOICING for you today because today you will continue to celebrate a Life Worth Living and worth dying for! Deanna & Brent, may the Lord's mercies that are new every morning continue to blanket you with PEACE as you bless others and as He sets you to shine before those who do not know Him - a city on a hill! Lauren & Whitney, may you look back on wonderful memories of a fun & silly little brother who wanted nothing more than to love his family (& ALL people) the way Christ loved Him! I pray you will believe in that when times get hard - and love the Lord all that much more for His amazing sacrifice and LOVE!

God bless you all as you are being LIFTED UP by the body of Christ,

Laurel Lynn (again), <><
San Diego

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,

It was so good to see you last night. The love, the joy, the pain, and the presence of God is something I will never forget. Thank you so much for allowing us to share in celebrating BJ's life. I thank God for the example BJ has provided. God gave you an awesome responsibility when he decided to make BJ your son and brother. For the past 16 years, you provided him with love, encouragement and guidance. Because of this BJ has touched many lives in the name of our Savior. BJ's life was short but he leaves a legacy that will impact others for generations. Thank you for allowing us to share this past 6 weeks with you. Your updates and sharing of BJ's journal have provided many lessons of love and faith.

In Him,

Jonathan's Mom

 
At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Brenday May said...

Higgins Family,
Just know that Jim and I are praying for you today. We pray the Lord will give you strength and peace throughout this day. Thanks so much for the entry today. I read it to my students; they could not believe the maturity shown by BJ in his writing. Some remarked that BJ truly was a soldier for Christ. What a thing to be said about your son! We will continue to pray for you guys.
Jim and Brenda

 
At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wearing my pink prayforbj.com shirt today and thinking and praying for you all. It is so incredible to me that during this difficult time, you take the time to keep those of us out there who are missing BJ and praying for all of you, in touch with all of you. BJ's journal entries are such an inspiration. May God wrap you in His loving arms today in a special way and give you the strength you will all need.

Peace and Love of Christ, Tina from Cedarburg

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney, my prayers are with you all again today. I look forward to sharing BJ's celebration this afternoon via the webcast. I can't promise no tears as many have been shed over this past week. Please know that you all have this "cloud of witness" (your blog family)holding you up today. When you feel you can no longer stand, the Lord will carry you and give you strength. I don't have all the right words that I would so love to give you, just know that I love you all and you are in my constant prayers. Again thank you for your precious son.

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee.OK

 
At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are still praying for ALL of you. I just wanted you that the article on BJ(Indianapolis Star, Metro Section) has blessed many hearts at my office today!

SuzAnne Keith

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Kris said...

Wow. That's really cool that he kept to all of that-I probably wouldn't be able to keep to that for a week! I enjoyed seeing you again and I will be back in PINK today! BJ has really influenced my life and I will strive to be more like him every day. I hope you will keep on blogging-you guys are awesome!

Bundled in God's Love,
Ellie Fillio

 
At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ, Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,
I can't express to you in words the admiration and appreciation I have for each of you. Through you and your journey, I have completely evolved my relationship with Christ. He has blessed me beyond measure to have been brought to your family!! Your unwavering faith and continued ministering has me in AWE!

Last evening at BJ's service, I wanted to comfort you all -- instead, again in AWE, you asked me MY name and wanted to hear how this journey has impacted my life!! I am overwhelmed with so much emotion -- and I'm gearing it all to GLORIFY Jesus!! I woke in the middle of the night and got excited and fulfilled just praying...

I am now hearing God speak to me in ways I never knew. It is amazing - - THANK YOU

BJ - - YOUR LIFE ON EARTH SERVED ITS GENUINE PURPOSE - - THANK YOU

With Much Love and Respect
Vicky Ward

 
At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know that we will be praying for you all today in many ways, but especially for physical strength. The pictures, slides, music, and the sweet expressions of hugs and tears were so precious. Thank you to the staff at St. V's who came yesterday. Pink was everywhere.

Father,
We pray
for your presence to fill the sanctuary, the hallways, overflow room, and the homes around the world who will be listening today.
for those who will be traveling today to attend the service
for the "celebration of life"
as we raise our voices to you in song, spoken words, prayers and testimonies.
and for God's annointing over everyone who is to participate in the service.
Father, we want to glorify you in that place today. You will hear a concert of worship and praise rising to you from across the world this afternoon.... your sons and daughters coming in adoration, acknowledging You are our sovereign, loving Lord.

We pray for Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney. Father, please give them whatever they need for each and every moment today. Fill up those empty spaces in their hearts with your love and spirit. They have remained so faithful to you through it all. We love them so much.

Thank you Father for BJ and the difference he made and is continuing to make in people's lives. Praise You, that he opened his heart and life to allow you to "do a good work" in him through you. Father, may we too, get serious and open our own hearts, thougths, hands and lives to let go of whatever you lead us to, so that you can reach the innermost part of us, to change us through your word and Holy Spirit.

Thank you for sending us your Son. Praise you that you loved us that much.

AMEN

I know that your own "alabaster box" has been broken at the feet of Jesus How precious is that aroma to Christ.
"Broken and spilled-out, for the love of you, Jesus. Life's most precious treasure, lavished on thee."

Brenda F. FBC Mooresville, In

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Sean Smith said...

I am very happy I was able to go with Liz Wiseman yesterday to meet all of you. Bj seems like an exceptional young man. I wish I had a chance to meet him.
Praying for you always,
Sean Smith

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Over a 1000! What a tribute to what a difference BJ has made in this world!! I will think of you today as I can not be with you in body, but will be there in mind and heart!

 
At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent & Deanna & Girls,
Know that you are in our prayers. BJ has touched so many live & continues to do so. He will continue to be an inspiartion to many, and his impact is just beginning. Please keep this site & his writing posted to inspire all.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,

We have been lifting you all up in prayer like mad here in Costa Rica! We have our fellow missionaries praying for you also. We hope that today is a celebration like BJ wanted. I am sure it will be a wonderful celebration of his life. I know there will be tears shed and a lot of kleenex passed around. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. We wish so much that we could be there in person to support you guys. We love and miss you all !

Andrea Clark for Jeremy, Berea and Jason

San Jose, Costa Rica

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God Bless you all and hold you in His loving arms. Know that a youth group in Irving, Tx is praying for your family.

In Him,

Julie

 
At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ones, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers this day. We will continually lift you before the Father and pray that above all, He will be glorified this day. And because of who you are and who BJ was - we know that He will be glorified. BJ is still reaching out to untold thousands, still impacting this world and those of us who knew him to continue to let go of those things that keep us from enjoying the fullness of what God has planned for each of us. Know that Lowell & I continue to do much soul-searching and praying over how God would chose to use us as a result of this experience - our prayer is that we may NEVER BE THE SAME!
Words will never express the gift that your family has been to us; the impact that knowing you has had. We know that out time together has been a "God thing" and we humbly thank Him for letting our paths cross.
Supporting you through prayer and pink today - all our love, carol

Heb. 12:1: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Can't you just see BJ as part of that crowd of witnesses? I'm sure he's on the front row - cheering each of us on!

 
At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ones, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers this day. We will continually lift you before the Father and pray that above all, He will be glorified this day. And because of who you are and who BJ was - we know that He will be glorified. BJ is still reaching out to untold thousands, still impacting this world and those of us who knew him to continue to let go of those things that keep us from enjoying the fullness of what God has planned for each of us. Know that Lowell & I continue to do much soul-searching and praying over how God would chose to use us as a result of this experience - our prayer is that we may NEVER BE THE SAME!
Words will never express the gift that your family has been to us; the impact that knowing you has had. We know that out time together has been a "God thing" and we humbly thank Him for letting our paths cross.
Supporting you through prayer and pink today - all our love, carol

John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you . . .May His peace be your source of comfort and strength today and may it continue to guide you through the days ahead.

 
At 12:57 PM, Anonymous On Our Knees... said...

Dearest Higgins Family,

I wrote this morning very early...so early, I thought I had posted & didn't!

As I prayed and then did my devotions...I found myself still "trying to figure out" a way for our family to get to IN today.

As I dug into my current study on Abraham, Jacob, & Isaac...First, I was convicted for trying to make things work my way as Sarai.

Then came Hagar. She was the ONLY Old Testament character that gave God a name...amazing an Egyptian maidservant. The name as you probably know is El Roi, the God who Sees.

The author wrote the following,

"The divinely initiated encounter between God and Hagar began with these words: 'The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert.' How like God to become her Spring in the desert. El Roi.

He sees when no one else cares to look.

He sees through the smile we wear when we're dying inside.

He sees our hurt when we are mistreated.

He sees us when we cry into our pillow because we feel unloved.

He sees beyond our sin into the depth of our need.

He sees when we are hiding...running.

He sees when we continue to sow the seed of His Word even in the FLOODPLAIN of our grief.

Then she asked, Is there any particular reason why that name means something special to you right now?"

Yes, Yes, Yes - the Higgins Family...He sees their floodplain of grief as they continue to faithfully sow the seed of His Word!

God, did it again as He has done sooo many times in the past 40+ days - He reminded me of you, Brent, Deanna, Whitney & Lauren. Our God sees...all of it!

We are continuing to lift all of you up - often. We know, actually no we don't, but we can only imagine the strength and endurance you will need today. May God show you in very intimate ways...for each of you individually, He sees and that He would comfort you in just the right way through just the right people, words, songs, and events of this afternoon.

You are loved.

Prayers, thought, & hugs from afar,
The McMahans

Praying and sending hugs from afar,
The McMahans

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Precious Family,
As I begin to get ready for BJ's Celebration Service, I am praying for all of you. I pray that in all that is said and done our Lord will be raised up and glorified. May any in attendance who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior be challenged and drawn to Him. I am sure that would be BJ's prayer. I thank God for his bold example of a warrior for Christ. I am challenged to live my life more in tuned to the voice of the Savior.

Please know that I will be praying for your strength and for God's grace to encircle you today. Thank you for your ministry to us and may we continue to minister to you as we are led by the loving Spirit of Christ. I love you dearly and cherish our friendship. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and in the difficult days ahead.
Love and peace through our Savior, Jesus Christ,
Lynn

 
At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying, tears of sorrow and joy and celebrating with all of you today, IN PINK!
Lela, Concord, CA

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Keenan said...

Higgins family,

Your family at IWU is committed to you.

-Keenan-

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am amaised at BJ's submiting himself to God. i myself am a gamer and know how hard that would be. I greive for all your family, but have hope, because he is in a better place now.

~brother of a close accuantance (Kayla Terrall Peru 2005)
Warren Terrall

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger Marcia said...

Looking forward to meeting you this afternoon. Still praying....

"Life has become a little less sweet, death a little less bitter, heaven a little more real."

 
At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Overwhelmed" is the word that keeps coming to my mind each time I think of this incredible young man, his family, their witness, and the testimony each of them have given that will go on forever and ever. My prayers are certainly with each of you. Thank you for your courage and strength in sharing this story, although hard to read, but yet such a witness to so many. - Ashland, KY

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

Precious Family,

What a beautiful tribute to BJ and your entire family that so many came to give you love and support yesterday. Please know that there were many, many of us from your blog family who were thinking of and praying for you during the Memorial Calling - wishing we could have been there in person to give you all a big hug and to try to explain the blessings we've received through this journey of pain and faith.

I pray that today's celebration will be the "praise party" that BJ envisioned - and I know he will forgive the tears.

"All God's children singin' Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, He Reigns .. . He Reigns . . ."

Joining you through this site today . . .

Peace be with you,
Lynn Andrews
Macon, GA

 
At 1:44 PM, Anonymous jill said...

How great is our God? Wow! The Lord is good and deserves all the glory! And He'll definitely be glorified this afternoon! I can hardly wait! Prayin' for ya'll in pink! :)

Your sister in Christ,
jill tanner
calvary baptist
greenwood
~Isaiah 55:8

 
At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

I will be listening and praying for the celebration at 4 pm. God Bless!!!

Kim
Hannibal, Mo
HLG

 
At 2:38 PM, Anonymous kristen (Stillwater, OK) said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney,
Today I celebrate with you from afar. Last night was a special blessing to me. I am involved in my local Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Thursdays are our nights to come together in worship. As we ended, the final songs were "I Can Only Imagine" and "Better is One Day". I praised our savior for His glory and for His majesty and I thanked Him for all that He has done for you and through you and for BJ and what he was to you and that now BJ doesn't have to imagine any more and that his short time thus far away from us has been beyond our imaginations in glory.
As I read BJ's words today I was further challenged in my walk- not to be legalistic, as I know BJ was not, but to seek even more and glorify even more our Father. What a great example that young man has left for us to follow.
Once again I lift you up to the Father, as I have spoken with Tara this morning and know that this is a bittersweet time for you and those with you. You are going through what many cannot fathom. May God use those gathered there to comfort you and to encourage you. May God move in everyone there today that He may be glorified and that we may walk closer to Him. That we may seek after God's own heart just as BJ did, until you once again see him and to the day that those who have never met him, get to meet him face to face in the glory of the Throneroom. Oh how homesick we are today.

PS Today I am wearing my pink Prayforbj.com t-shirt- as always I was asked what it meant- and as always it opened the door for me to share the love of Christ with another. May God be glorified!

 
At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be with you in spirit! May the Lord use this service to continue the work BJ did here on earth! Father, we ask you to use every photo, song, and word that comes forth. May each bring glory to your name and to your kingdom. In Jesus name...Amen!

Love,
Lori Burkert

 
At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Lori said...

As you prepare for B.J.'s Memorial Celebration and during I will be praying for you.

Lori Biberdorf
Zionsville, IN

 
At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sitting here in Dallas, Tx. Listening to the Celebration, I want to be there with you to comfort and to get to know the wonderful family of Bj Higgins. I cannot tell you how this journey I have followed, has changed my life. I will be praying for you continuously, as I have for the past 8 weeks.

I love you and the whole family of God is both mourning and celebrating!

 
At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wearing pink and praying for you today.
Pam in Maryland

 
At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying in pink, listening online, to God be the Glory
Mark
Hudson, Oh

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger Mom and Dad Harden said...

Thank you for allowing us to come and celebrate BJ's life with you. I almost forgot how much I missed our NBC family until I saw all of you. Our prayers will be with you today and for days and months to come...Trevor, Amy, and Kalli

 
At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family, we have prayed as a family at home and our kids have prayed at school for BJ and your family. We have talked so much about the incredible testimony of your dear son BJ. We have been deeply touched not only by the character of your son and the dedicated life he lived, but truly effected by the strong faith and deep love for Christ that you have maintained through hardships and unsurmountable moments. We can see where BJ's strong faith and wisdom came from by the strong testimony of your family. His journals and the letters from those that served in the mission field with BJ all show the dedication and focus of one who truly walked by faith. Your son's life has impacted us and we felt the need to share our feelings of sadness and love.

God bless you.

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger Micheal said...

In these trying times I always found it hard to come to christ. I have always been someone who has counted on myself. I did not know what to believe. I have recently been SAVED as of the first of this year. There was a time in my life that I almost lost everything. That being said, I have found that in the time of crisis the Lord Jesus Christ can and will solve everything. I have found it very inspirational to have been remotely in touch with someone like BJ. I don't know him but someday I will meet him in Heaven. These are not things that I used to believe. I too have found it urgent to tell all people about the Lord and not care what others think. I have found great faith in the Lord and if I can at 42 be half the man that this young man was then I will fill greatful for it. I just want to say that there are many, many more to come to the Lord if I can help it. BJ Rest in peace beside the Lord and I will look forward to see you when He comes to take me home.
God Bless you all.
Mike Sands
Roanoke, Indiana

 
At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent,Deanna,Lauren & Whitney,
Thank you for allowing me the honor to attend BJ's service today. Many tears were shed in the celebration of BJ's life today. He was a wonderful son brother and friend to many. But most important he served Jesus and spread his love. BJ touched many lives and will continue to do so. May God bless each of you. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammy Nowakowski
Zionsville

 
At 12:23 PM, Anonymous MELISSA~DAWN said...

WELL FORA WHILE I HAVE BEEN KEEPING UP WITH THIS SITE AND READING DAILY ABOUT BJ AND EVERYTHING AND I HAD THE HEART OF MISSIONS FOR A WHILE BUT I WAS READING AND BARBARA ANN AND TERRA TALKED TO ME ABOUT THE PERU TRIP AND THEN ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER IM HOPING TO GO ON A TRIP THIS YEAR I THANK YOU MUCH FOR THE PART THIS SITE PLAYED IN THAT ROLE
LEARNING HIS WILL FOR MY LIFE
MELISSA~DAWN
SEVENDAYS WITHOUT JESUS MAKES ONE WEAK!

 
At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Whitney and Lauren,

I could not attend since I live so far away and I wasn't able to listen in due to my work and the difference in hours, but I have been constantly praying for you these past few days. I know after the dust settles, that's often when it gets so hard.
Thank you for sharing BJ through his journals. I hope his words and life will convict and inspire a whole army of BJ's to arise and shake of the selfish materialistic indulgence of our culture!

Linda Storm
Ontario, CA
stormtime@adelphia.net

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger Jose Rondon said...

Dear Family in Christ, the Higgins,

My name is José Rondón, President of S.O.S. JESUS International (www.sosjesus.org), a global ministry that attempts to "Fulfill the Great Commission in this Generation (2006-2046)." The way I heard about BJ story is through Mercy Me's latest album, "Coming Up to Breathe." I read the Postcript of Brent Higgins, Sr in allusion to his son's great love for JESUS. The reason it impacted me a lot was because after having listened to "I would die for you" song umpteen times, I could sense the power in it only beautifully complemented by a life lived fully for the glory of God.
It is my entire conviction and desire to echo BJ's prayer to our Savior as He pointed out the prayer which caused many tears to my life while reading it, "Self, I will not be satisfied. I will not let my passion be held in a bottle. I will not let my light be hidden under a bush...I will stand up. I will let my voice be heard. I will lead. I will serve. I will fight. I will tell people about Christ. I will bring Him up in conversations. I will not watch t.v. or play video games. I will... visit only at Christian, beneficial websites and will only email if it is edifying to a believer. I will fast from the telephone and the rest of media. I will memorize Scriptures again and read Christian books again and spend more time in the Word. I will unsheathe my sword and stop playing [only] defense in this war. It's time to raise a revolution. I cannot and will not do anything mentioned above or anything otherwise. God will give me the strength and do these things through me"... It is my commitment through the organization over which I preside not to rest or tire until the Great Commission of our Lord and King, JESUS, is heard all over the world. By the grace of God, I will raise that revolution for which BJ was praying! The testimony of my brother, BJ, will keep talking to hearts like mine because IT IS ALL ABOUT JESUS.

Without knowing you (only in Christ), I send my love to you and I cannot wait to meet my brother in heaven when all of us forever more will be worshiping HIM who is worthy to be praised.

Your Brother,

José Rondón
President

S.O.S. JESUS International
919-865-2150 (Office)
919-200-4735 (Office)
919-697-0572 (Cell)
jesussaves@sosjesus.org (Email)

 
At 11:20 PM, Anonymous shara said...

hi...wow...Bj's self letter has changed my life! it was givin to me by a new friend April cowan this summer at church camp! I told her about how god was calling me into ministry then she told me all about her trip to africa and about this this letter!it has givin me hope! it has shown me that i cant give up...i have to take a stand...that god can use us even tho we are young....every time i read these blogs i think wow god,he did what u called him to do and he continues to touch ppls lives!!! your family is such an insperation...just to see havr yall have come though this trial...wow
P.U.S.H
~shara :D
P.S. i am always in prayer for your family

 

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