Thursday, November 10, 2005

I have been holding this letter and praying for the right time to share it. It is the last thing (to my knowledge) that Beej ever wrote. It is a letter to his Mission Board and Partners (those who supported him financially, as well as prayed for him on his recent Peru trip). He never got to send it to them (I trust they understand).

As with his other letter I posted, I believe this one speaks to many of us, and shows us once again, what is important.

"August 4th, 2005

Dear

First, I just want to thank you so much for supporting me financially and through your prayers for my mission trip to Peru. I really appreciate your support more than you know. I pray that God will bless you abundantly as you have blessed me.

On my trip, I was able to see God work in INCREDIBLE ways. As we shared the gospel in many of the areas, we could see God showing these lost people that there is something more than the empty life that they had been taught to live. You see, these people have been lied to with these false religions for so long that they are just so hungry and anxious to find the Truth. It has been amazing to be able to go and show them that they can have a personal relationship with the one and true God. It was so moving to see so many of them drawn to tears upon at last finding the truth, love, and fulfillment that they have been searching for. I was able to see all kinds of people, from gang members to transvestites to policemen and government officials to our bus drivers, to even the headmaster of a Catholic School come to know Him!

However, God didn't just work in the Peruvians, He really challenged my team to truly lay down our lives for Him. He taught us that all of our lives are for His glory, so we must be willing to give up all of our comforts and desires and possessions and just follow Him. As Jesus said in Luke 14:27 "Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple."

Also, we learned that being a missionary isn't just going to a foreign country every once in a while, but that it is a lifestyle that ALL Christ-followers are called to. We realized that as Christians, we must lay aside our dreams, and out of love for God and for the lost peoples of the world, commit our lives to spreading the gospel to the world. In the next eleven months, we know that we are on just as much of a mission trip as we have been during the last month. We believe that our current mission is to share Christ with those in our own hometowns, and to encourage others to get involved in being the lifestyle missionaries that we are called to be.

Another thing that God has challenged me with is the call and opportunity to go on yet another foreign mission trip with AweStar next summer. While I was in Peru, I felt God calling me to go on another five week trip to a closed country in North Africa. Right now I'm brainstorming for new fundraising methods and preparing to begin that process about six months early (this trip will cost around $4,000 and upwards), so I would greatly appreciate your prayers for that.

I just want to thank you again for supporting me. I know that I couldn't have seen God move in such ways if it weren't for your donations and prayers.

In Christ's Love,


BJ Higgins"


As the Lord made it abundantly clear to Beej, Deanna and me that He wanted this, we as his family (Lauren and Whitney too) are praying about going in his place. We would appreciate it if you would join us in praying.

Thank you,

dad

A doe and her fawn returned to our front feeder last night!

30 Comments:

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! i just stopped by the computer to see if i could read anything from you before going off to school. im so glad i took the time to stop. what an encouraging "blog". I will be praying for you all about going to africa for missions. mark will also be too as soon as i go in the bedroom and tell him what the blog says...i do that almost every morning bc i wake up before he does. im so glad you mentioned the deer, too. that made me smile! have a wonderful day today. im SURE every day is still so hard, but you are loved so much. surely ill hear from you tomorrow, bye for now!
-love amanda (and sleeping mark) andrews.

 
At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this with us, it continues to encourage me. I have been praying about going out into the mission field this summer, I am pretty sure that God is leading me to go on the Panama trip with Awe Star. Please pray for me about this. I will be praying for you all, May God use you in whatever way He plans. I love you all, and hope to see you soon.
In Him,
Rachel Trask

 
At 7:43 AM, Anonymous marissa balog said...

I have been reading the site everyday and praying for your family and as well for me and the others students at northside going to disciple now. It is going to be a little harder this year since BJ will not be there but I know many people are praying for us and I know it will be fun. I am praying that you have an AMAZING day!!
Marissa

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

I wish I had found God at an early age and learned what BJ had learned. I am in my late 30's and I find that the older I get, the harder it is to give up my selfish desires. Maybe, had I given them up at an early age, it would have been easier. Through the months that I have been reading this, I have heard God tell me over and over what I need to do. I know, once I do take that step that it will be INCREDIBLE, but taking that step is the hardest. I accepted Christ as my Lord, got Baptised, quit drinking, started going to bible studies, I even lead some now and then...but that last step, totally living life for GOD only, has been the hardest. I know I'll take that step, because I know what is in store for me once I do...so I can only ask you all to PRAY FOR ME that God strengthens me to take the step I need to take so he can use me fully to further his Kingdom. Thanks to BJ, God has spoken to me very loudly...now I just need to obey!!

Your sister in Christ,
Debbie Schmidt
Florence, KY!!

 
At 8:53 AM, Anonymous On Our Knees... said...

Thank you Lord for the small, personal gifts you give us that mean volumes to us!

I so love that our Creator God sent you a precious doe & fawn. We will continue to lift you up for the daily renewing of your strength and for the decision regarding the family going to Africa.

Love & Prayers

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie, we will pray for you and your need, for it is ours as well. I believe your vision for abundant life is part of the worldwide revival God wants to bring about--a flame leaping up from the small but very significant spark of Brent Higgins, Jr.: his life, words, and legacy. What an amazing young man--what an incredible letter--and most of all, what a glorious God!

This God is the One who cares about great things like Peruvians coming to know Christ and small things like deer coming to drink by evening. Show us Your glory in the large and little, oh God. We love you and dance (go Barbara Ann!) before you today!

praying in pink,

Marti for all the Piepers
Charleston, SC

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Dad just stopping by to say hey! I gave BA a hard time about hogging all the phone time because i was going to call and let you know abou tmy S5 group...hmm maybe tonight. I love ya bunches and hope you have a beautiful day!
Tara Case

 
At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course the deer came back home. And the timing isn't a surprise either. God answered prayers, yet again! How glorious is our God!

 
At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, the last few days have been so inspiring and encouraging!!! Our prayers continue you for all of you.
Kayla
okc,ok

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger *kim said...

I'm glad to hear the deer have returned! I love when we are missing something like that and then, just when we needed it, God gives us a little bit of it back. I will be praying for you guys in your decision regarding Africa, and in your continued healing. I love you all very much - *Kim

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

Wow. How I long for the passion and love for the Lord BJ had and that you the Higgins family have. I know that comes through a cultivated relationship and time spent with the Father. How I've become so apathetic and lazy in not investing that time with Him. Thank you so much for sharing this letter. What an inspiration.

We will definitely pray for you and your family and God's direction regarding the trip to Africa. If you all do feel led to go, I want to help financially however I can.
Praying for peace and comfort as well for you today.

 
At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night my youth pastor offered to let me borrow his casting crowns cd, and when I heard praise you in the storm on it, I was so excited because that song spoke so much to my heart through my awe star mom, Deanna. I loved reading Bj's follow-up letter and know I am still praying and that no matter where God sends you and I, God promises to us, "I will be with you."
love
Brittany A

 
At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent and Deanna,

I haven't been able to blog in awhile. I' so glad that your trip to Oklahouma was a blessing. I would have loved to hear you speak and Deanna sing. I must admit that everytime I hear "I'll Praise You in the Storm" I think of ya'll. What a song!!! I have that CD and listen to it often. Thanks for all your sharing. It is such and inspiration to me as I go through my days. BJ's letter was so well written and from the heart. He really communicated what he saw God doing in Peru and challenged all of us once again, to be about the task at hand. I know God will let all of BJ's supporters know how much they were appreciated. You are in my prayers as you look toward taking BJ's place this summer. Blessings on you today.

Praying you through the pain,

Lynne in Gray, Ga.

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Phil said...

THE BRICK
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down
when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?" The young boy was apologetic. "Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do," He pleaded. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop..." With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. "It's my brother, "he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. "Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy! push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: "Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!" God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It's our choice to listen or not.

For Many of Us......"BJ" is our brick.

Just thought I'd share this with you......Love Phil

 
At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

Brent,
I have been meaning to check your blog to see how things have been going, and I am so encouraged to see you and the body of believers still giving God the glory, even in weak times.

I was just reading Matthew 8: 21-22 "Lord," another of His disciples said, "first let me go bury my father." But Jesus told him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.""

I believe that Jesus was referring to what the spirtually dead should do, and his command to us who are spiritually alive is to make his call and commands superior to everything else, and for us to not elevate the needs of the spiritually dead over the call of our Lord.

Jesus' words resonated so much with me yesterday, and coincide with bj's letter today. Like Elijah, BJ's ministry continues even after God brought him home! When called, we want to do it at a time that feels right, convenient, or makes sense. When in effect, he says NOW, and I am in control. It's no wonder that the experience of the storm in the boat is illustrated after this passage. How easy it is to forget the lifestyle-missional call on my life, and instead concern myself with the deeds of the spiritually dead or mundane---getting caught in the thickets!

BJ's letter, and your life of obedience, continue to encourage me. I cannot thank you enough, as well, I thank the body of believers who continue to blog and share. BJ's real-life example of a life has inspired me to lay everything I have down for Christ. Shortly after his passing, I opened my heart to God and allowed him to lead me wherever he would lead me. Our family is in the process of leaving one business for a new and different one. It starts off as scary, but it's the step we needed to take. It's exciting to know you are doing God's will, and I'd encourage anyone to not hesitate a bit if God's calling your heart to one thing or another. We all have talents, passions, and pursuits, and we need to be using them all right where God wants us to further His kingdom, everyday. Just as BJ did.

Sorry for the long blog, but I really wanted to communicated how glad I was that I happened upon a family I don't even know, yet I am sure I will meet one day :)

Brian in Hamilton, VA

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

Thank you for sharing. As I read your message tears ran down my face. I too understand how mission trips change the way we view life and God's ministry. I pray that if it is God's will for you and your family to go to Africa, He will provide in every way. God bless you Higgins family, my prayers will cover you today.
Sheila
Troy, IL.
PS Glad the deer are back, thank you Jesus :-)

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

Sorry to use this space to contact another blogger, but it's the only connection we have...

Brian in Hamilton, VA, will you please e-mail me at
swrobe@swbell.net. When I have your e-mail address, I'll contact you back. I'm considering a business change and would like your perspective. Thanks!

 
At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love you all, praying for peace of mind, and a calmness of spirit
Jeannie

 
At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Brent and Denna,

You bet I will pray for you to take his place to go to North Africa. What an incredible journey that will be, and to fulfill bj's desire. God bless you and glad that your home safely.

Laura
Bakersfield, CA.

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Thanks for sharing the letter! What an encouragement! I miss you family! Love you much!

Ashley Dawn

 
At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always I am moved to tears, seeing the shortcommings in my own life through the words of a person that is 12 years younger than I. Dear God, keep me on the straight and narrow, help me to be part of the son BJ was.

I love this family.

 
At 7:54 PM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

We have received several of BJ's letters in regards to mission trips. We also received several phone calls from him. I was very impressed with the seriousness and depth of both letters and phone calls.
It was so good to read the letter you posted today. Especially since I know we would have been the receipient of it. Thanks again for all your postings.
Aunt Maralyn

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

BJ's letter brought me to tears. I am thankful that you are sharing these precious items with the rest of us.

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

I will absolutely be praying for God's guidance in this decision. God bless you,
Haley McCracken

 
At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Michael Elmore said...

Hey Higgins family! Sorry I missed seeing you at the reunion. I definitely wished I could have been there. I've been praying for you all and I'm excited to see where God takes you. You all are such an encouragement for me. Love ya guys.

Mike Elmore
Peru 05

 
At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins,

Thank you for the encouragement you give me every day when I read, your words. The stories my friend told me on Saturday while she was in OK warmed my heart, here in the land of the frozen. (We finally warmed up a little today up here. From 4 to 23 today! This Texas Gal is still not used to this weather up here!) I wish that I too could have been there to be "charged up".
Sometimes I fear that I am not doing enough for the kingdom, and I was reminded today from ya'll that I need to serve every single day. I need to find a way to speak to everyone I do not know. I have "hijacked" my position at the school I teach at, and use every oppurtunity I can to witness to the other teachers and aides, but, its a little harder with the parents. One of the kids has had a rough start in life, and the childs new parents are blessings from above. They are such a sweet christian couple who are teaching this sweet young child, to love and trust Christ Jesus. (Since I have such a great relationship with the new parents) When the child starts to make bad choices (like hitting friends) I'll quietly settle the child down and say "Are you doing what right and shinning in the eyes of Jesus?" Its AMAZING what God has done with this child! But, one of the teachers I work with warned me, "Oh... That is not okay, You can't use any words like the J-E-S-U-S word or L-O-R-D. You could loose your job!" I told her well I have talked to the parents and they are okay with what I am doing. She kept on, and I finally said with a spine I know was only from GOD, " If I get fired for saying my Lords name, while helping one of HIS children get to know right from wrong, it is worth getting fired for!" I just now need to start working on her heart! Thank you for helping me realize that each and every day is a new day to witness!
I will be praying for you all as you are starting to prepare your hearts this summer. I pray that each day gets a little better,again thank you, thank you, thank you. Sending hugs from AK.
Because of HIM,
Nicole, Eagle RIver AK

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

Dear Family: Praying for you all...I enjoy looking at the Willow Tree figurines too. They really touch heart strings. I have a picture in my heart/mind of BJ holding Jilly...I pray there are animals in HEAVEN too. I also see that Dad is there nearby too. Jilly was such a miracle kitty...hope you still have her kitten...WE MISS THEM TOO..Love You's Lisa :)

 
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