Saturday, November 26, 2005

The pastoral staff, and church body of First Baptist Slidell, have spent themselves providing for workteam after workteam that come in. They arrive very early, and stay very late to meet needs. What a blessing they are.

The home we worked at yesterday had 90 trees down. Many were enormous in size, and some seemed to have fallen in a domino pattern. You could scarcely reach the house. Amazingly, it had only been hit by one tree. We spent most of the day, 35 of us, cutting pathways, and trying to relieve ground clutter.

The homeowner, Maria, was tremendously appreciative. Conversations with her revealed one who believes there are many ways to heaven. I know she was moved by the days activities, but she needs our prayer support, as she seeks Truth.

Deanna, Lauren and Whitney worked very hard. The days close brings a weary bone-tiredness, but the Lord provides renewal as needed. Today is our last day of serving here. There is so much that needs to be done. Miles and miles of stores, stripmalls, and malls that are closed, and may never reopen. Homes gutted with all belongings piled along the streets, awaiting unknown entities to come and haul it away. The folks that remain here, have a fighting spirit, but need much prayer support.

We return home overnight, and may make it to services in Indiana tomorrow. That remains to be seen. We continue to praise our Lord and Savior, amid the storm. Have a blessed weekend!

dad

15 Comments:

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll pray for your safe travel and lift up the people in the areas hit by the hurricanes. Thanks for being selfless servants and awesome witnesses for our God!

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger Lattany said...

What a blessing you must have been to that woman.

Have a wonderful weekend and a safe trip home.

Lattany
Fairfax, VA, USA

 
At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Brittany Di Salvo said...

Praying for you as you travel back to Indiana, and for Maria as well. I love you all and look forward to hearing how God uses you again and again.
Proverbs 23:33

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Nic and Jen said...

Dear Higgins family,
Again, I am continually amazed by your serving!! Wow!! What a blessing you are to those families hit so hard by the hurricane. I feel like I repeat myself so much on this blog, but there is no way to express my feelings about your family! You are giving so much glory to the Lord. I am learning so much from you. You have been a blessing to hundreds of people. You are a true servant of Christ. It amazes me that in the midst of heartache and pain, you continue to perservere and keep going, not giving up, serving our Lord and Savior with your whole heart. You are teaching and blessing everyone who reads this.
Jennifer WA

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

We're thankful that you continue to praise Him in the storm. . . and in so doing, show others the way to true Peace. Coming to know and love your family was high among the year's precious blessings recounted at our Thanksgiving table.
Praying His watchcare on your day and your travels--

ALL SEVEN PIEPERS
Charleston, South Carolina

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Chrissy Stevens (Peru 2004) said...

I will be praying for your safe travel home. Thank you for blessing others in your service. You are an inspiration and encouragement to those you serve and to those who support you.

I have couple things I want to tell you.

The first is about summer 2006. I have heard a rumor that you (Brent and Deanna)are leading a team to North Africa with Awe Star. I spent 3 months there (specific country) with another organization and have had thoughts of going with you in 06. The story is long to tell, but I will say that I have doubts. I know that you are a family of prayer warriors and I ask that you keep me in your prayers. I earnestly seek God's will, so I am confident that He will guide my path. Buy I haven't received the memo on what that is yet. I'm unsure. It was an honor to serve with your son in Peru, and it would be an honor to serve with you as well. If I ever have the chance to talk with you I will share how this all came up in the first place. It's a great story.

Okay, secondly, I have a story unconnected with the former subject for you. On Thanksgiving Day I was in a Blockbuster store here in Hannibal, Missouri and was waiting in line to rent movies when the woman in front of me turned and asked me a question.

Looking at my black prayforbj.com t-shirt she asked me "what does your shirt mean? Is that a real website?"

"Absolutely," I replied. I told her the amazing story of the Higgins Family journey and of how so many people prayed for your family. She was amazed. Finally I told her of his death just before his 16th birthday.

"And his family still writes things on the website everyday?" she asked.

"Every day," I said calmly.

"And I can go to that site site that's on your t-shirt and read about them?"

"Anytime you want to."

Her children grew loud and she had to hurry them out the door. I didn't ask her name. But I saw the look in her eyes. I think she'll be visiting the site soon.

Just another amazing story of God's work through BJ and you guys. I thought you would like to know about it. Thank you for obeying Christ when you made those shirts. Many people will hear the Gospel because of them.

Until all have heard and in Christ's grace an fellowship,

Chrissy

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Interceding4U said...

We continue to pray for you . . . for safe travel, for comfort for your tired bodies, and healing hearts.

 
At 4:33 PM, Anonymous kristin dutt said...

i love to hear that. it just reminds me of "Praise You in the Storm".

I love you all. i'm praying for safe travel.. and just for you guys in general.

~kristin

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

Dear Higgens Family,
I was reading a book the other day and I ran across this phrase that reminded me of BJ's life. "It isn't how long you live, but how you live." BJ lived the best way possible and that way was for Jesus.
I am still praying for you.

 
At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Lauren said...

You guys have blessed many people. It is wonderful to hear of how many lives your family is changing!

I just arrived home from a trip to see my family and I found the memorial service DVD in the mail;My mom and I want to show it to the rest of my family.

You remain in my prayers.
Love,
Lauren Szabo

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

Bless You Family
I am praying for your safe return.
If you are all not back in time for Church service, I am sure our Lord will understand. You all can continue service on the bus with eachother.
Sending huggs to all of you.
And Taylor D., I want to hear about your trip in detail!! ThankYou.
Your friend and Sister in Christ

Lisa
Indpls., IN

 
At 10:32 PM, Blogger Barbara Ann said...

Family...

Thanks so much for going to Lousiana. I'm sure that it was a HUGE blessing to the people that you got to serve there. I know that Beej would have loved to serve there.

I got to chat with my friend in Australia the other day. She is one that encouarges me much in my walk with Christ. Her mom died the end of July from cancer. Please pray for her and her family. She seems as if she is just so distrout in some way for God taking her mom, saying that God could have healed her. My heart breaks for her... Its so easy for me and for others to say its going to be okay, because God's word says that...but alas in the midst of the storm...God is still our refuge and strength in time of trouble, and comfort, and anything else in our lives.

I see what you have gone through and I know that God is the center of your lives. With just talking to you and seeing your hearts, its so real the hurt, the sorrow, the praise, the love, joy...how God is growing you, the days when the pain is so intense you just want to scream...just real.
I know I say this all the time, but you really do encourage me. Thanks for sharing, praying, loving, and encouraging me.

I'm walking right there with you...

Barbara Ann

 
At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying...........

 
At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just sitting here at the computer and the tv was on in the background behind me when I heard someone talking about BJ. I turned to see that he was one of the Unsung Heroes, and I am once again amazed at how BJ still continues to impact the world for Christ.
On this Thanksgiving Weekend, I am thankful for this child of God who was an example to us all, and still reaches out from beyond the grave.

 
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