Friday, September 30, 2005

BJ Higgins Celebration Service Video


Because of the high demand of bloggers attempting to view the Celebration Service, we are experiencing difficulties and we are working on correcting this issue. Please check back for availabilty.

- Webteam

162 Comments:

At 7:02 PM, Anonymous cathy said...

Thank you

 
At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Liz Whittaker said...

im sorry i couldnt make it but im glad you guys are going to put it up! Big Daddy Weave reminded me today that BJ just changed neighborhoods...;)

 
At 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry I couldn't make it, but I just drove through the church parking lot at 7:50 p.m. and it was still full of cars. I said goodbye to BJ on my way by. This whole experience has truly glorified our Lord and reminded us of the importance of serving Him. God bless your family with the peace that only comes through Jesus.

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Lauren said...

I'm glad you could post this up for the people who blogged on but couldn't go to BJ's services.
Lots of love,
Lauren Szabo
Encinitas,CA

 
At 8:28 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

Still praying you through this sad day. I will definitly hold you up tomorrow on BJ's 16th birthday!

Father, I pray right now for Brent and Deanna and the girls. Please comfort them tonight. Hold them especially close tomorrow. AMEN

Still praying in pink!
Deanna

 
At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRUJILLO - PERU
HELLO EVERY BADY,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
LES SALUDO EN EL NOMBRE DE NUESTRO SEÑOR Y REY..........SOLO AGRADECER A NUETRO DIOS POR BJ. EL YA LO TIENE CON EL Y DAMOS GRACIAS POR ELLO.......SABEMOS QUE NUESTRO PASTOR TITO SEVILLA ESTA CON USTEDES....HAGALEN SABER QUE ESTAMOS ORANDO POR EL.........DIOS GUADE SU REGRESO A PERU.....SALUDOS PARA TODOS ...........PRIMER IGLESIA BAUTISTA DE LA ESPERANZA.....TRUJILLO PERU............RUTH Y DAVID

 
At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Linda Anderson said...

Thank you so much. What a blessing! You guys are great!

Sleep well tonight Higgins Family!

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

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

Thank you for sharing this difficult time with us. I never met BJ or your family. I responded to the Mercy Me prayer request. I have followed this site for weeks and have prayed and cryed for you. This last week I was worried that I would not hear from you again on this site. Your family is in my heart now and I look foward to hearing about the great things that BJ's life will continue to do through all the people he touched.
Your son was a blessing!
God bless your family.
With much love,
Tammy
St George UT

 
At 9:28 PM, Anonymous The Jester said...

I have heard of BJ several times and have even lived in the general vicinity of this follower of God, yet I've never had the pleasure of meeting him. It might have been in passing glances yet, I was never formally introduced. From certain people, I have learned that he would have been a great person to meet, a person I could find an acquaintance in; maybe even a friend. I myself am far from what BJ was, being nearly as opposite to him as water and oil. Though, I have not lost faith in there being a God; I just cannot find myself fitting into any religion. Reading these posts, reading the feed back from them, has touched me probably more than any other religious experience; whether they be from church, the bible itself, or from extraordinary things I see in life. Though, I believe in God, I am far from him. I feel I have fallen from his graces and feel as if I have damned myself because of my sins. I cannot talk to him yet... I find myself unable to speak to him since I feel not only humility but wrath for the troubles I face in life; for how I am today. Everyday, I hide myself behind a mask; a truely eloquent liar with a silver tongue to match it. I keep myself from my friends, my family, from everyone. I find no solace within people or the heavens. Though, I feel as if reading this might have brought me a step away from the darkness I have strayed into and, back into the light. I hope that many others that find themselves far from God, feeling as if they are part of the fallen host that cursed his name read this... I hope they feel as uplifted as I do now. I could only have ever hoped to be as brave as this boy was; and I hope one day I might be washed clean of my sins and to be in the glory once more. Know that not only in life did BJ spread the word of God as I have heard but, he continues to do so in death. My condolences to the family of this wonderous person. It was truely a loss for all that he was taken from this world.

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

As I look through from the beginning of these posts, I noticed a few things. First, there was only a few poeple posting comments, like 3 in the beginning, on the day of BJ passing there was over 600 comments posted! You have touched so many lives...thank you from one of them. Second, your faith always seemed strong. You knew who was in control and you trusted God. That is encouraging to me. That even in your darkest hour, you knew who was in charge. I know that through BJ's life and you sharing it with the world, more and more poeple will come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. That is what we are here for anyway, to bring souls to Christ. Thanks for reminding us of that.
God Bless the Higgins Family and all who come in contact with them!
Sheila
Troy, Illinois

 
At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I wish I could have been there.

 
At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the "Jester" who just posted. It sounds as if you are searching for a Savior. He has been waiting for you. All you have to do is accept Jesus as your Lord & Savior, ask for repentence of your sins, no matter how big, He will forgive them. That is why Jesus came, so we can communicate with God through Him, He died for us. Whatever you have done in your life is not too big for Jesus to forgive. Just ask. Then your new life can begin. I am thankful that God is using BJ even now to touch more and more people. We will be praying for you.

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Jeremy Terry said...

I pray that God will give you the peace that passes all understanding during this difficult time. Working with BJ was a real joy - I only wish it could have been for more than four days. After what the pastor said tonight, I am greatly considering going on a missions trip this summer.
God Bless.

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Thank you so much for making the service available for us to share live with you. We felt as though we were there. Ken and I listened and cried with you through the entire service. What a powerful witness BJ was and your entire family still is for God. I know God is moving in a powerful way through young people and I feel very proud that God has allowed me to be able to participate and experience His awakening in our land. There are so many things wrong but the movement toward the things of God are so right.
May you all find eventually find rest. We will continue to pray for you and your family especially tomorrow on BJ's 16th birthday.
Awe Star Mom

 
At 9:58 PM, Blogger Nic and Jen said...

Hi there,
Thanks for the opportunity to download the service tomorrow. I will definitely do that. You are an amazing family. Thank you for sharing BJ's life on your website. He is a continual blessing and witness to everyone in the whole world. Just reading his journal entries are so inspiring. I saw a post that said tomorrow is BJ's birthday? Is that correct? The 1st is my uncle's birthday who just passed away. I am so thankful that BJ is with the Lord in heaven. And I am sure this is very bittersweet for you. God sure blessed you with a loving son who will always be in your hearts, and whom you will see again with the Lord someday. I am very sad for you right now, the amount of grief you must be feeling. Find your consolation in the Lord and his Word. Know that BJ is with Him right now... probably looking down on you and also checking in on one of his favorite band... Mercy Me!! You are in our prayers. Please continue to post and let us know how you are doing and post journal entries of BJ's as they are so inspriring and a true witness to others.

And to the person who blogged anonymously..... God loves you so much. You don't have to hide away in darkness because of your sins. God can and will make you clean again. You did not stumble upon this site by chance. God is calling to you. Find a Bible believing church in your area and talk to someone. Don't let the opportunity for a personal relationship with Jesus pass you by. PLEASE. He will change your life and give you hope and a purpose. You will be fulfilled like you never have before. Believe me. Please seek Jesus with all your heart.

 
At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Aleta ( Liz's Mom ) said...

I was not able to be there with you today, but I listened to it on line and wow isn't God awesome. It will be great to see what more He will do through BJ's homecomming.I was praying for you today while on my way to work this morning. Think of God holding you and carrying you all.Like the footprints in the sand.

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

To the Jester -
If you read just parts of this blog site and pieces of BJ's journal, you will thirst to know more about our Lord and Savior! He does love you....more than anyone. He gave His life for YOU!!! I pray that you seek out a minister or a Christian friend who can show you the way to a life of forgiveness and freedom!! Please keep us informed on this site, in honor of BJ!
Praying for you-
Deanna

P.S. My own 15 year old son and I just had this discussion the other day....there is no sin that God won't forgive and forget except to deny Him. And don't wait!

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

Today's service was so uplifting and a blessing. Oh yes ,there were tears in my eyes. They were tears of joy. Joy that Bj's life has brought so many to Christ and will continue to do so. The praise to our Lord was wonderful. When the many young people went to take BJ's place in the mission fields was a great blessing. Praise the LORD!! May many of us adults take the example as well. Thank you for allowing us to share in your pain. Still praying for you and the girls. rc indy

 
At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family-
I pray for your rest, I'm sure you need it. While you have been an inspiration for all of us through this most trying of times, allow yourselves to rest. I worry that all of our comments will make you feel that you must remain composed and Godly for us...you don't. We are all still humans...humans who fail and will always fail in the shadows of Christ. Allow yourself to rest and grieve...We love you dearly...so when it's good for you...keep in touch with us
God Bless
Greenfield, Indiana

 
At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard a comment during the service over the webcast, but only caught part of it..."When you live for Christ....?" Could someone help me with this? Thank you.

 
At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will be staying up tonight to be praying for you as you try to rest tonight and face another tough day tomorrow. may god bless you throughout the day tomorrow as you celebrate the short, but god-glorifying life of your precious bj. god bless you. we are all still praying, and will continue to pray you through this season. we love you.

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous cathy said...

Dear Higgins family,
Good morning. I know that all of you are probably sleeping right now, it is very late, but I am a night shifter so I am always up at this hour. You have all been on my mind and in my prayers for some time now, but tonight especially. It is BJ's birthday and I know that this will be a very difficult day for all of you. I cannot even begin to imagine what all of you are going through. I just wanted to let you know that I am always thinking about all of you, and I am always praying for all of you. I hope that today we be another day for you to celebrate BJ. I never knew him, but I know that he was an amazing young man. Look at what the Lord has done through him. You must be so proud.
Love in Christ,
Cathy
Gainesville, Fl

 
At 11:16 PM, Anonymous cathy said...

I am in eastern time so here in Fl it is BJ's b-day. I will be praying for you throughout the day, and always....Love in Christ, Cathy

 
At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday BJ...I bet this is the best one ever!

 
At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am up late so in the Eastern time zone, it is already BJ's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ--no pain, no tears, plenty of worship--sounds like your best one yet!

For Brent, Deanna, Lauren, Whitney and other extended family (so thankful you could be together at this time)--we will be praying that God blesses you today with many little and large reminders that show how much He cares. It sounds like the service was "exceeding abundantly" more than our prayers (our connection is too slow to receive it!). I had lots of questions about my pink BJ shirt today and was so grateful to have the privilege of answering questions.

YES and YES, his story will continue having a far-reaching impact (I still wanna see that map!). Folks, part of our ongoing prayer MUST be that these concentric circles extend wider and wider. Some of BJ's heart-sharing will become a sermon illustration in at least one church this Sunday, right here where we are still

praying in pink, with tender love and care,

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

 
At 11:31 PM, Anonymous cathy said...

Dear Jester....I am praying for you also. You fit in with Jesus...YOU DO. I have been in your shoes also. I have felt like I was not good enough for Him, and I still do at times. But you know what....we are. We truly are. If you need a friend to talk to you can e-mail me. I am just like you...an unworthy soul that is still in awe of the fact that I am forgiven. You are forgiven also. Let me know if you need someone to talk to or write to and I will post my e-mail address for you.

 
At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

I am glad you are doing the video. I heard the service but would have liked to have seen it. That is so cool that I will. Anyway, I am praying for you guys. Sleep well. You deserve it. Happy Birthday BJ!!!!

Kim
Hannibal, Mo
HLG

 
At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for doing that. I am very sorry that i was not able to make it. we really appreciate you making the audio and the video tomorrow.

Laura Montgomery
bakersfield, ca.

 
At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the first here in good ole Indiana and in Marinsville to wish BJ Happy BIrthday as I know that it is wonderful for him.

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney:
You are all such wondeful examples of God's love! I feel so blessed to know you and I know that Clyde, and everyone else in all of your lives, does also. BJ learned and gleaned a lot from all of you, as I am sure many people in the last couple of months have. I pray that someday when I have a family of my own that it will be just like yours. Through all of you, including BJ, I have realized so much about life, loving, and God. If I could have just one ounce of all of your strength, love, compassion, wisdom, grace, knowledge, fear, and faith, then I, and anyone else that would take it, would have one awesome and amazing ministry. I know that this is a really difficult time for all of you and just know, as I am sure that you do, that there are so many of us praying and loving and missing you! Clyde and I cannot wait to be you soon! God Bless,
Allison

 
At 12:27 AM, Anonymous caleb said...

I couldn;t sleep tonight. I was just thinkinf of all the poelp in my small town who now look at their lives diffrently because of your son. I often tell God that my life would be worth it if i could bring only one person closer to him. BJ, has reached the masses.

 
At 1:10 AM, Blogger Deanna said...

Just wanted to say "Happy Birthday, BJ"! I know that Bj is going to have the most glorious birthday ever....can you imagine a birthday party with JESUS????? WooHoo!!

I also know,as a parent, how difficult this day will be for you. I also pray that you feel free to grieve as you should. Jesus wept at the death of His friend. Weep for the loss of your precious baby.

Prayerfully yours-
Deanna

 
At 1:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will look forward to downloading the video of the service, since I could not attend.

In the days since BJ left us, I have thought many times of Genesis 5:24(NIV): Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him.

I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Patricia
Fort Wayne

 
At 1:37 AM, Blogger Karen Vesely said...

Dear Family,
Up late here in California, thinking about everything that has happened to you in the last two days. I must tell you that your concern and love over all of us 'bloggers', in the midst of your events, is utterly amazing. Thank you so much for continuing to include us in the details concerning BJ. It is such a blessing.

We want to CONTINUE to lift all of you up in prayer over the next weeks, months ahead,...well...who knows how long? Our hearts have been touched by your precious BJ and may never be the same...
Praise God for that!!!!

"My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life" Psalm 119:50

"I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live." Psalm 146:2

Peace to you,
Karen Vesely
San Clemente, CA

 
At 2:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ. This truly is a SWEET 16.

Thank you webteam for your efforts to share BJ's memorial celebration with the Higgins extended Kingdom family.

You all are loved,
Lela, Concord, CA

 
At 4:05 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

What an amazing Celebration Service!!! To God be the glory! I was so blessed to be one of over 1000 brothers and sisters in Christ who was able to attend and be blessed by all that was said and done. Truly it was a Spirit filled and God led service. The presence of God was so evident.

It was such a blessing to put faces with so many blogger names. Thank you Walker for your challenge to us to take up BJ's mission and continue on in his place. How exciting to see over 90 young men and women of God walking the isle to commit to that challenge. I have no doubt many are praying and asking God for direction in our lives as well. What a mission field we have right here as well as the 4 corners of the world!

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney, I love you so very much. I am continuing to pray for you. In fact the Lord woke me up at 2:00 this morning and called me to prayer. I bow before Him who loves us so much that He gave His only Son for us and is always with us. May you be truly resting in Him as we lift you up hour by hour, moment by moment.

I am also praying for all of the beautiful young people who came all the way from OK and beyond to be here for BJ's service. May God give them traveling safety as they go back home. What a blessing it was to have them present. To see almost all of BJ's Peru '05 team there was so exciting. Bless you all! Thank you Rev. Tito from Peru for being here. You truly touched my heart with your love for BJ and the Lord.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ!!! What an awesome celebration you are having today. What a gift you have receved from the Lord.. a birthday party with Jesus and eternal life with Him! WOW!!!

God bless you and keep you in His abiding love dear Higgins family. You are soooo loved. I am especially praying for you today, BJ's birthday. May it bring you joy through the tears to know he is experiencing it with his Savior.
My love,
Lynn

 
At 4:06 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

To Jester who wrote in, I am praying fervently for you. God loves you so very much. We are all undeserving of what God has done for us, but that is the beauty of His grace. He loves us anyway... so much that He gave is only, perfect, totally sinless Son to come to earth and suffer and die for us. But it didn't end there. He then raised Him from the dead and now He sits with the Father interceeding for you and for me. Jester, please just pray a little prayer and tell Jesus you are sorry for the sins in your past and ask Him to come into your heart and life and then let the past go... He loves you so much and He will give you the peace, and joy and acceptance that you so desperately desire. I will continue to pray for you and I love you in the Lord.

 
At 4:33 AM, Anonymous On Our Knees... said...

Yes, Happy Birthday BJ!

Webteam many, many thanks for what has probably been hours of work...don't worry we will wait patiently for the videocast! It will be at just the perfect time. :)

I, too, have been drawn from sleep and lift you up in prayer Brent, Deanna, Lauren, & Whitney. May our Lord give you continued strength. It is all too often that we are attacked after God's glory & worship have been greatly experienced.

We are here for you for the long run. We will continue to keep you in our hearts & prayers...just let us know anything specific ~ anytime.

The McMahans

 
At 5:17 AM, Anonymous Betsy said...

The funeral for B.J. Higgins was so powerful.

Members of the mission teams who were in Peru with B.J. the last two summers flew in from all over the country to give testimonies.

The pastor of the church in Peru traveled two days taking 2 buses and an 8 hour flight to get here to share (through a translator) the impact B.J. had in Peru (including leading tough Peruvian machine-gun-toting policemen to give their lives to the Lord in tears).

Christian recording artists, Billy and Cindy Foote flew in to lead worship and especially to sing "You Are God Alone."

Walker Moore, President of Awe Star Ministries in Tulsa, OK spoke at the service (spoke is an inadequate word) culminating in a huge crowd of teenagers coming foward to the altar pledging to take B.J.'s place on the mission field. They will take some of B.J.'s ashes to Morocco next summer fulfilling his dream to be part of that mission trip which he was so passionate about taking next.

I have never cried so hard and so long just in awe of something so huge that God is doing in our world that I got to see a glimpse of.

The most amazing thing is that 2 years ago, at 14 years old., B.J. - being too young to go on international missions with our church - sought out Walker Moore of Awe Star (who, as the Lord would have it, was a guest in B.J.'s parent's house) and asked if he could go oversees on mission with Awe Star. What followed in the next two years - B.J.'s commitment, his journal writings, his dedication and passion and effectiveness winning the hearts and souls of others to Christ oversees and here in his hometown - stand as a testimony so that others may follow his lead and take his place. B.J. got it. He knew what he was on this planet for and he wholeheartedly gave his life to Christ. It is a challenge to those of us who haven't done near what he did in his short (almost 16 years) of life.

Betsy Fladung

 
At 6:00 AM, Anonymous On Our Knees... said...

Thank you, Betsy.

 
At 6:33 AM, Blogger Heidi Lipscombe said...

Happy birthday B.J. ! How sweet this one is - the BEST yet!

To the Higgins family, I have followed this site from B.J.'s illness to his home going, also from a link from Mercy Me (THANK YOU BART). I have laughed with you cried for you but mostly been reminded over and over again how much God loves those who thirst after righteousness for HIM! You are an amazing family who has been such an awesome example for you children, especially! As I read, pray and seek God's will through this all - I have been left with such a huge desire to dive deeper into my own personal walk with the Lord. To make Him at the center of all that I do and say! I have two boys 5 & 7, I pray they too one day, will have the passion your dear B.J. did for our savior. May we all fall head over heals in love with our Lord and Savior, the one who deserves all the praise and honor!

Thank you for all that you have been so willing to share with us, through this most difficult time. I will never forget your dear son and how is life has changed mine. I will continue to pray for you as you rest in God's unfailing love and press on!

Thanking God for you all,
Heidi Lipscombe
Spring Lake, MI

 
At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday BJ! October 1st will not only represent BJ's earthly birthday; it will represent a new beginning. BJ's lifelong ministry is taking on a whole new dimension! May God bless all of those who responded to the challenge to take BJ's place on the mission field. May God bless the Higgins Family as they take embrace their calling and continue to impact each of us as Christians and as Godly parents. May today be a day of peace and rest for all of you.

Love,
Lori Burkert

 
At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again!

I wanted to let you know that the service was amazing. So uplifting. I laughed, I cried, and I rejoiced. You see, for a long time, I have been praying that God somehow take my faith to another level...making Himself real to me. I always knew He existed, but He never seemed real to me. BJ's life and death changed that. God's hand is so undoubtedly apparent in this situation, I am overwhelemed. I thank God for this, and I thank you for sharing your son with this world.

 
At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful celebration of BJ's life yesterday afternoon! I know there were tears throughout - especially during the video presentation (because I shed them!), but how wonderful it was to hear of the kind of dedication he had for the Lord. Thank you for sharing so much of your lives with us during these past 40+ days. I imagine today will be difficult for you as a family as you remember his birthday, just know we are praying for you. And keep posting, I think the Lord has picked you all to carry on BJ's dream in this way.
Love you guys, Jerry and DeAnn

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

Precious Family,
What a joy to worship with you yesterday. My blessings throughout these past 40+ days are unmeasurable. I want to share with you that the Lord spoke to me yesterday in a very different way through BJ's service. It all was around my own 2 daughters. I can't say that it was one specific thing, it was a very simple message and that was to pray differently for my girls. Now, I'm not sure what that means but what I do know is that as I pray for Katie and Holly each and everyday it will be unselfish and I will ALLOW the Lord to lead.
Matt and I have grown closer to the Lord in our walk and we are so blessed that BJ and the two of you are a part of that. BJ will continue to live in many lives and as we raise our children, what an honor to have BJ to be a role model as they grow. As you know, Katie is 10 and Holly is 8. They need Godly influences like BJ. I can't wait to have his book. (I know I will need at least one for each of us!) As both of my girls grow to be women, I want to share his book with them as I read to them at night. I want to share over and over again that we each need to pick up our cross in our own way that God the father has desired us to do.
Lord, Thank you for sharing BJ with so many of us around the world. May we allow ourselves to be forever changed. Father, may the Higgins feel your arms stretched tightly around them. In the days, weeks and months ahead may they look to you for strength. You are an awesome God and you have a plan neatly and perfectly planned. No accidents, no mistakes. May we see mighty things in our youth and adults here in Mooresville and all over the world. Lord, only you can give the Higgins the peace they need to remember BJ on this special day as he is celebrating his birthday. What a crown he must be wearing as he celebrates with you. Thank you Lord for all that you have done and are yet to do.

Amen
Our God reigns,

Rebecca

 
At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To God the Glory.

Wishing BJ a phenomenal glorious 16th Birthday - knowing he's with and praising jesus up in heaven!
What a real re-birth day!

 
At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise be to God! Thank you family for allowing us to be a part of the great celebration of BJ's life. How proud you must be of Him. How proud our Father is of him.

Rise up, O Church, continue the work.

May God give you comfort,rest and renewed strengh for the weeks ahead.
Still praying and praising in NC,
Karen

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ!!! What a glorious birthday he will have! We will be remembering the whole family in prayer today as the Lord wraps you in His arms and carries you thru another day of emotions. Thank you to all those who worked to provide the audio yesterday - look forward to the video, no matter when it is available.

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Marcia said...

Good morning, Higgins family!

I was so blessed to be at BJ's celebration service yesterday! What an awesome worship experience! Hundreds of voices lifted in worship of our King! Dozens of teens committing themselves to reach the world for Christ! And, of course, it wouldn't have been a celebration of BJ's life without the plan of salvation clearly presented.

Thank you for sharing these moments with us--along with all the other wonderful and painful moments along the way.

Due to time constraints and other commitments, my daughter and I weren't able to meet you in person before we left for home, but you are still in my heart and in my prayers. May God hold you especially near today, on BJ's birthday.

Still praying....

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

To the Higgins Family:

Wow, what an amazing service! I listened to the 2nd half of it, I had difficulty getting it to work for awhile on my side. Anyway, BJ's life was truly celebrated! I think it would be anybody's dream service to be remembered and spoken of so highly and by so many. BJ's love for the Lord is truly his legacy, and what a legacy to leave. I awoke this morning to reading in Acts about Paul's journeys to spread the Gospel. That was BJ's life, at least from all I've heard, and from Walker Moore said yesterday, that was his continued goal. It was amazing to listen to people accepting Christ in their lives and choosing to commit to ministry as well. I can't wait to see the Web broadcast.

Bless you all.

Tina--Cedarburg

 
At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also meant to say that thoughts and prayers are with you on this day, the 16th birthday of BJ, and although it is surely bittersweet for all of you, it must be the sweetest birthday for BJ to be with his precious Lord.

Blessings,
Tina

 
At 9:20 AM, Anonymous reed's said...

Remembering BJ on his 16th birthday. This is obviously a birthday like no other, he is in the presence of our Lord. Brent, Deanna & girls, we are thinking and praying for all of you on this day, hoping the day is full of good memories and laughter as you think of BJ. The service last night was amazing. I truly pray it is the turning point for everyone. When Walker Moore was calling for all the teens to come forward, my 10 year old, Kim, looked at me and asked how old you have to be. I know I definitely will have one missionary on my hands, hopefully two. Hope you are getting some much needed rest today, we are thinking of you and love you all.

Love, Nancy

 
At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT's Oct. 1 2005.
Happy Birthday 16th Beej.
I hope you have a glorious day.
From a friend whom shares your birthday.
Corinne
Indianapolis,IN

 
At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying you thorugh this difficult yet joyful time. Joyful knowing BJ is with Jesus! We found out about your site through my sister-in-law who works with BJ's Mom. What an amazing story! Praise be to God!
In Him,
Clay and Lee Deeter
Joliet, Il

 
At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Ellie said...

Thanks alot! God bless all the Higginsfor forever!

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a blessing you have been for all of us reading this site!! I can only hope to have the faith, courage, strength, and hope you have in such a dark time in your life. I know God is using this BIG TIME!! I just want you to know how much BJ has affected my life and my kids lives by just reading this. I also wanted you to know I used some of BJs journal entries in my discipleship group of 15 girls on Wed. night. The lesson was to be about faith, trustworthiness, and strength. I could find no better example to use than Bjs journal entries. It was a tearful time for our whole group as I read them.(we are a part of Kent Koteskeys youth group) There were some very quiet, thinking girls who really needed to hear BJs words and realize they need to be witnessing now, not when they get older and more mature. Thanks so much for sharing with us and we are all praying daily for you and for all those being touched by this site.
Happy Birthday BJ!!

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Ellie said...

Oh, I forgot to say, Happy Birthday Beej!

 
At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Casting Crowns
PRAISE YOU IN THIS STORM

I was sure by now
That You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen"
and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I bearly hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise God
Who gives and takes away

Chorus:
I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For you are who you are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise you in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

 
At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to those of you who have shared parts of BJ's celebration service in your notes. Here in Bolivia it is usually impossible to get audio or video, so it has been great to read some of what happened.

To the Higgins familly:
Four years ago, a classmate of our daughter, an 18 year old high school senior went suddenly to be with the Lord. His life is still impacting many. Just like you, they gave their only son to live and die for Jesus. What a privilege for BJ to be chosen by God to further HIs kingdom in this way. Thank you for sharing your son with so many.

Elliotts in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ!! This has to be the best birthday of your life... dancing on the golden streets of heaven!

 
At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ! I know you are dancing on the streets of gold!

 
At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it Glorious that Bj has heavenly angels singing on his birthday! Plus Bj is at the banquet table with the HOST. How awesome is that!

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

I join with everyone else and thank you for the privilledge of being able to share with you yesterday, BJ's celebration of life, although not in person, via the audiocast. What an amazing service, it was so good to hear Walker thanking the teens as they went forward to pick up the baton that BJ left for them. And how awesome that at a celebration of life that there would be salvation.... Go God......
I couldn't get online until this morning as we had an awesome thunder storm lasting most of the evening, but you have all been in my prayers throughout last evening and this morning.
Brent and Deanna what an awesome ministry you now have, listening to Walker, I knew it was straight from the throne room.
Walker confimed many things yesterday that we as the body of Christ have either heard or sensed from the Lord so we thank the Lord for those wonderful confirmations. His timing is always perfect, never early and never late.
I was so pleased to hear that there would be a book coming, what a wonderful witness tool, not to mention a tool that we, the body of Christ can use to grow in the Lord.
I look forward to being able to see the video and thank the team helping you to be able to do that for us.
Again, and I can't say this enough thank you for sharing your wonderful BJ with the world, thank you for having the courage and faith to release him into the world to touch and change lives for the Kingdom of God.
My prayers continue for you all as a family.
And for BJ happy birthday, thank you BJ for your life so well lived for the glory of the Lord.

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee, OK

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Kaeli Cockrell said...

thanx

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Beej! what a testimony to all of us! I have followed this situation from the beginning and posted a few times. But i can't quit thinking about BJ and you guys. I am looking forward to seeing the video from the celebration! I was wondering if you might post his xanga or anything so we can read more about him? I feel like my spirtual life has grown so much this week. Thank you Higgins!

 
At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Steve and Barbara said...

Praying that your day be blessed on BJ's 16th birthday. May the memories that you have of your precious son bring you comfort today and every day. May the Holy Spirit flood your home with His presence this day.

We are thinking of you and praying for God's grace.

Youngstown, OH

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,

Today was the day that 16 years ago you received a gift from God, you called BJ.

The first part of this week, you returned the gift to God.

And in between, you grew him, nourished him, and clothed him with a love for his Heavenly Father.

Like Hannah, you promised him to God, and then raised him to fulfill that promise.

BJ's life is an awesome testimony not only to his Heavenly Father, but to his earthly family as well.

BJ was able to grow in his faith, and his calling to the mission field, because he knew that his parents supported, and encouraged his growth.

BJ has graduated and is now walking with the Master.

And while we know that BJ has heard “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Have you heard your Father whisper in your ear? “Thank you” “Thank you for this young man that loved Me more than life.” “Thank you for the witness that even in this pointed back to Me.” “Thank you for saying YES LORD.”

We all around the world thank you too, for not only sharing BJ with us, but in also showing us, as parents and mentors, how help to grow men and women of God.

By building a nest built on a Rock, and helping them to spread their wings and fly to the Son.

Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

In Him,
S. King
San Angelo TX

 
At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoo hoo! praise jesus
-Brittany

 
At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins family,
My prayers are with you on BJ's 16th birthday...Happy Birthday BJ!
Let us praise our Father that BJ is partying with HIM! May God bring you comfort and joy today Higgins family! You are a blessing to us all, and have made a great impact on my life! God be with you!
Your sister in HIM,
Tara (Liberty, MO)

 
At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Jim and Sandi Faulk said...

Happy Birthday, BJ! And, Higgins family, we are especially thinking of you on this day...
Sandi & Jim Faulk,
FCA San Antonio TX

 
At 2:23 PM, Anonymous josh said...

These three songs seem to say alot about BJ. At least they did to me.


No Greater Love
by Steven Curtis Chapman

Man of courage with your message of peace
What is that look in your eyes?
Why have you come to this faraway place?
What is this story you would lay down your life to tell?
What kind of love can this be?

There is no greater love than this
There is no greater gift that can ever be given
To be willing to die so another might live
There is no greater love than this

Broken hearted from all you have lost
How can you sing through your tears?
What is this music that can bear such a cost?
What is this fire that grows stronger against the wind?
What kind of flame can this be?

This is the love that God showed the world
When He gave us His Son
So we could know His love forever
Beyond the gates of splendor


Carry You to Jesus
by Steven Curtis Chapman

I will not pretend to feel the pain you’re going through
I know I cannot comprehend the hurt you’ve known
And I used to think it mattered if I understood
But now I just don’t know

Well, I’ll admit sometimes I still wish I knew what to say
And I keep looking for a way to fix it all
But we know we’re at the mercy of God’s higher ways
And our ways are so small

But I will carry you to Jesus
He is everything you need
I will carry you to Jesus on my knees

It’s such a privilege for me to give this gift to you
All I’d ever hope you’d give me in return
Is to know that you’ll be there to do the same for me
When the tables turn

And if you need to cry go on and I,
I will cry along with you, yeah
I’ve given you what I have but still
I know the best thing I can do
Is just pray for you

I’ll carry you
I’ll take you to Jesus on my knees


With Hope
by Steven Curtis Chapman

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you've gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God's plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father's smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
'Cause now you're home
And now you're free, and ...

We have this hope as an anchor
'Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so ...

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope




BJ was willing to risk his life that others might live. He gave the greatest gift that he could give to those he met on his missions trip. We all prayed that he might live, but perhaps God has other plans. Perhaps through all this, many will be influenced by what BJ did. I know that it has already served to bring together believers from all over the United States (even all over the world) praying for one person. That, in itself, is incredible. But as that last song says, we must let go with hope. Know that you will see BJ again in a much more wonderful place. I had not even known BJ existed before the past year. Now, he has influenced me more than he could ever have imagined without even meeting me. Thank you for all that he has done for me even when he was in a hospital bed. I will continue to pray for your family that you will be comforted and that God will give you peace and His joy.

Josh Johnson
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger Mom and Dad Harden said...

Happy Birthday BJ!

 
At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday beej.
I LOVE U!!!!
One day i will join u
in a blink of an eye!!!
JULIE MEILS

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous mary said...

Happy brithday BJ!
The service was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.
love you guys and praying for you.

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

god bless you higgins family. it seems like every time i get caught up doing anything these days, God whispers "remember BJ" to me and all i can do is stop and praise BJ's savior and pray for your family. i have now started spending part of that time claiming the revolution that BJ began and seeking my role in it. i pray that you will grieve well and continue to feel god's peace. know that even though this whole ordeal has been relatively public for you, we understand that you are grieving humans as well. take your time. we love the updates and look forward to the book and any other piece of bj's life we can share in. god bless you today on bj's birthday. i pray that you will have a restful weekend as you look ahead to starting to adjust and settle into god's plan for you over the days and weeks and months to come. while we all want so badly for you to have bj with you during those days, i know that god will fill you up in ways you can't imagine. praying for your girls...

 
At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,
I wanted to say thanks for letting us be a part of the service yesterday; although I wasn’t able to attend it was awesome to be able to listen in and celebrates BJ’s life. I thank everyone who was involved in putting the audio and the video (that is to come) on the website for us.
Happy Birthday BJ! It must be awesome to be able to spend this day with our heavenly father! Thank you Higgins family for opening BJ’s and your life with us. Hearing what BJ did through out his life and your faith and courage has really opened my eyes and heart to be more like all of you, especially BJ. I will be praying for you today and all the days to come. What a blessing your family has been to me and many others! You all hold a special place in my heart!
Love,
Amber
Dayton, OH

 
At 4:59 PM, Anonymous heather schaper said...

Happy birthday Beej! Your service was incredible yesterday...you truly got the funeral that you wanted. People were saved...people were mobilized. I am so excited about what the Lord has done through your life...and what he is doing through your death. I am so blessed to be able to say that you were my best friend. You know how Dave kept telling us that we needed a dead martyr hero...well for me that's you. I love you Beej and I miss you so much! But I will take your place and help finish what you started!

 
At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Beej! How wonderful it is for you to be spending your birthday with Jesus. I pray for your parents that God will wrap his arms around them and give them peace.

 
At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather and the many others that God calls to take up where BJ's earthly ministry left off. . .

We will be faithfully praying for you as you finish the work God has for YOU. Thank you for your honest heart-sharing even especially during your time of grief. We are proud of you and look forward to seeing all that God does through your willing heart. . .and watch your back! Satan will try to lie to you and discourage you--we rebuke and resist Him NOW in the mighty name of Jesus!

Higgins family, thank you for your vision of a legacy of ministry and missions for your son. Grace and peace to you now and continually,

praying in pink for all,

Pieper Family (part of the Awe Star family, too)
Charleston, SC

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

happy 16th BJ ! Don't worry Mom and Dad, I'm sure wings are safer than wheels.

Cathy

 
At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 16th Birthday to BJ! What a great place to celebrate. I know you will miss him particularly today, Higgins family. I am praying for you.

I believe that BJ's life may become similar to Keith Green's (who also died young). His wife was given the Scripture from John when he died, "Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains only one seed. But if it dies, it produces many seed." John 12:24
It appears that BJ's "seed" is producing a huge harvest already. I pray that comforts you some.

Linda Storm
Ontario, CA
stormtime@adelphia.net

 
At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday after listening to the audio for the celebration service with some of my friends on the internet, my friend sara goodwin called me and we talked for a long time...because we were so inspired and encouraged by it. We're excited about what our Lord will continue to do with this...draw the lost to himself...and call out more of his people to have a heart of obediece to serve him til his Son can return! keep praying!
love
Brittany

 
At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Krissy (Jayden's Godmommy) said...

October 1, 2005. We just wanted to let you know we were thinking about you all.

Happy Birthday BJ! How awesome to be spending your 16th in heaven with our Lord!

Still praying,
The Jayden Hurst Family

 
At 7:21 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

Dear Higgin's Family,
Today is the first time I haven't talked to you in over forty days. But I want you to know that I am still praying for you. I have heard that the celebration of BJ's life has impacted many lives across the world. Salvation took place and many came and took a stand to take "BJ's Place." But more importantly God was glorified. I am honored that you would let me be a part of your life.

your humble servant,
walker moore

 
At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please people
Visit this site for what it is
Not your agenda
Thank you and God Bless you

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Lauren said...

This is the closest blog, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ! I have been thinking about BJ and his "sweet 16" day throughout the day. You remain in my prayers.
Lots of love,
Lauren Szabo
Encinitas,CA

 
At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you
Lucile Hodges
Tulsa, OK

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our prayers have been with you throughout the day and will continue throughout the night.
Yesterday, the celebration of BJ was awesome. Actualy spectacular!
We 've been praying for your family
strength and peace in your hearts.
October birthdays won't quite be the same. BJ and Jack always seemed to celebrate togeither their birthdays at some point in the month. Jack was at your house for Bj's birthday last year on this day.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ"
We pray for you to find comfort through our prayers and our Father
have his loving arms around you.
I am somewhat at a loss of what to say. As you adjust to all the change felt in your home, please know that our prayers for your family will never stop.
We love you
Lisa Gresh/Meils and
Family

 
At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oaklandon Christian Church glorified god through BJ tonight by sharing his story with us at our Saturday 5:20pm service.

 
At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Michael Elmore said...

Wow....all I can say is wow. I stand amazed at what God has done and is still doing through B.J. and the Higgins family. God has touched my life through you (the Higgins family) and especially through B.J. I can't express the honor it was to know and serve with him in Peru. I'm praying for all of you!

Michael Elmore
Peru 2005

 
At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ's funneral was the most amazing and inspiring things I've ever been to, and i'm thankful that I got to share BJ's celebration of life with your family.

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday BJ

What a hard day this must be for you, Higgins. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you as you begin to heal.

Indianapolis, IN

 
At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who can't get the sites to come up??

 
At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Web Team
The link to the video of the Celebration Service is not working for me. I would love to pass it on to those on our prayer line that have prayed for BJ and continue to pray for all the Higgins family.

We are still praying. You are loved.

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

Higgins Family....we love you.

It's your turn to sleep....and rest.

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Thank you so much for allowing AweStar special time with you and your family! That ment a lot to all of us! I enjoyed getting to know all of you and hearing your hearts! You have blessed me in so many ways. I love you all so very much and I can't wait to hear from you all again. A thousand hugs go out to you all!

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma
Golfing4Christ@yahoo.com

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy sweet sixteen bj.

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy sweet sixteen bj.

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

Am I another one of the only ones that can't get the sites to come up?

 
At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't get it either

 
At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Webteam, and Higgins,

We your world wide family have probably crashed this site several times today attempting to watch the video. I do not think I am alone in saying that I would be willing order a copy of the celebration of BJ's life. This like any other life changing life altering God inspired service is something many will probably wish to view again and again to be encouraged and strengthened. Please consider offering this video along with the book.

Praying without ceasing.
S.King

 
At 12:10 AM, Anonymous Linda Anderson said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJ! I am sure you are awestruck by your birthday gift this year....being with Jesus! I keep hearing the song...I Can Only Imagine...and I keep thinking of you...YOU don't have to imagine anymore. YOU are living it!! :o) As much as we miss you...You are in the perfect place at the perfect time!


Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney-
I know today must have been hard on you....all the "firsts" will be. Just keep praising your Savior and lifting your eyes to HIm. Your son is with Him!! Jesus is the best gift you ever gave your son, and know he is enjoying it in person!!

Loving and praying for you!

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

P.S. TO THE JESTER--

I know how you feel, even as a Christian there are times when I feel I can't go to God for forgiveness. But then I remember that that is why Jesus went to the Cross, so He could always wash away our sins with His Precious Blood. I know it is hard.... and Satan is going to make it hard cuz he doesn't want to lose you... but make that choice. Call out to the Lord, and He is Faithful and will answer you, and hear you , and forgive you. There is NO sin too great for Him!! He took all that you are doing onto the Cross with Him 2000 years ago!! Nothing surprises Him...you can't shock Him! He knows EVERYTHING BEFORE WE EVEN DO IT!!! Please don't wait!! I beg of you...we never know when our time is up. And then it is too late. Jesus loves you and is waiting with open arms for you! Run into them. Don't wait! That is NOT what Jesus wants, and that is certainly NOT what BJ lived for...and died for!!

If you need to talk to someone..feel free to email me. lovingtheLord3@hotmail.com
I am praying for you..along with many others on this site I see.... Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart....LET HIM IN!!!


Linda Anderson
Willows, California

 
At 12:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you I am waiting very patiently to see the celebration.

 
At 12:21 AM, Blogger laura said...

To the "Jester" God forgives all sins. John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever believeth in him should not parish but have everlasting life. That is the awesome thing about God, you confess your sins to God and ask for forgiveness, he will forgive you. Any one who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Dude that is like awesome, that we can call upon our God and he is there. Come out of the darkness and into the light. Darkness is evil, and you know that and God wants to deliever u form that. If you need to talk to someone. Please email me.. montgomery4@earthlink.net

 
At 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday BJ...... We love you and are sooooo happy that you are rejoicing in Heaven with Our God. You have changed so many of our lives. We will all take care of your parents and sisters. Don't worry, God is with us

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger Barbara Ann said...

Dear Family,

I am so honored and humbled to have been apart of BJ's life, and even now to be apart of your life. Yesterday was incredible to see. You encouraged me so much to see you worship and raise your hands to our God and just praise Him. Thank you for letting us sit and talk with you about BJ. I have so many more stories of just chatting with him in Peru, that I just cant wait to tell you about. So one day, when you time is right, we will get to sit and rejoice our Father over such an incredible young man! I just love you guys. You encourage me so much to press on towards the goal of winning the prize of Christ!

Still praying...

Barbara Ann

 
At 12:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so incredibly happy, I received my prayforbj.com shirt in the mail 3 days ago. I love it and I'm wearing it to Hawaii when I go. I am so thankful higgins family for you sharing this with all of us. Yes i know we crashed the web site, coz i have tried all day to watch it.
laura

 
At 12:28 AM, Anonymous cathy said...

I was just able to view the service...it is working, and it was wonderful!! Praise God!!
To The Higgins Family, I will continue to pray for all of you, and I hope the Lord leads you to keep this website going....it has been a blessing to me, to so many. Thank you for sharing your lives and your love for the Lord with all of us....I cannot thank you enough.
Love in Christ,
Cathy

 
At 12:35 AM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Hey Family-We want to thank you for everything you have done for us as a team this weekend. We were so blessed to meet you all and try to serve the best way we thought we could. As we drove home, more BJ stories came out and we are excitied to get intouch with you and tell you about them! And we are home-hannibal,Yukon, Tulsa, Piedmont, Kansas city and as of tomorrow around 2...dallas...)safe. Thank you for allowing us to worship with you this weekend. We continue to praise the Lord and seek why he placed us with the privilege to serve with BJ this summer.

 
At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My beloved family,
How incredle is Beej's love for Christ.
I sit here and watch the service and cry but thank God at the same time. I have struggled with what God wants me to do. I have surrendered to take his place next summer. I am also surrendered to the ministry of missionary work. It only took beej's testimony, to press me to make this decision, I was so scared to make alone.
Thank you Beej, for pushing me to do this. It took your testimony and faithfulness to take the next step in my life. To follow Christ no matter the cost.

Hannah Phillips
Mesquite,Tx

 
At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted you all to know we thought about you yesterday (BJ's birthday) and woke up today with you on our hearts. Will be praying for you this week, as family members leave to return to their homes, and as the four of you begin to slowly put things in order - Deanna, I'll pray for you especially for that first day back in the classroom, I know it will be difficult - but as He has all along this journey, I know the Lord will provide His strength. Praying for a restful Sunday for you all,
In His love,
Jerry and DeAnn

 
At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the webteam:
I have tried repeatedly to watch the video with no luck. I appreciate your efforts to work on it, but wonder, if in fact, I'm doing something wrong. Are there any special procedures to follow?
Would it be possible just to download the whole video file? Then the whole website wouldn't be tied up while someone is watching it.

Patricia Spedden
Fort Wayne

 
At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great problem... too many hits. we thank you so much for sharing with us... our sons are almost the same age. Sharing BJ with us has meant so much to our family

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

I was one of those who was unable to access the webcast. I am very interested in getting a copy of the video for the youth group at our church (I am the sponsor). Is there anyway that you could also put on the same tape or at least make it available, the interview that Fox 59 did? I had no idea that was even going on.

Another thought, and someone else may have already voiced this, it would be absolutely awesome if the blogs and all the comments from all over the world could be published in book form. It would be interesting to read from start to finsh and to be able to reflect on the scriptures, kind words of enocuragement and songs that people shared on here. I could think of at least 20 people that I could the the book for!!!!

Happy Birthday BJ! Give Jayden a big hug for me!

Love,
Baby Jayden's "Aunt" Sarah
Greensburg, IN

 
At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Billy and Winky Foote said...

We are the parents of Billy James Foote who sang at BJ's service. Just reading the notes from BJ's Dad and his own thoughts was such a blessing. His life is another beautiful picture of the truth that God has a purpose for each of us and we will not leave planet earth until we finish the job God has given us to do.
Many more will be coming to Christ as a direct result of BJ's life.
His influence will never die!
Billy and Winky Foote

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger Brother Roy said...

http://www.broroy.com/Help_Alex_Get_a_New_Kidney.html"

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Brother Roy said...

http://www.broroy.com/Help_Alex_Get_a_New_Kidney.html"

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Brother Roy said...

appeal

 
At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Katie White said...

I was listening to the MercyMe CD whe heard the song "I would Die For You". i liked it soo much i went on the internet and got the lyrics and memorized the song. on the way back from church today, i was listening to it. my dad told me to read the dedication box under the song. i read it. it got me to thinking, when God will take me...BJ's story was touching

 
At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Kerri said...

I didn't know BJ and I don't know your family butI cried for at least two hours when I read the book. How touching that he was so brave and satan must've known all that was in store for BJ! I keep your family in my prayers!

 
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