Monday, September 26, 2005

Memorial Calling: 3-8 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2005 at Northside Baptist Church, 3021 East 71st St., Indianapolis

Memorial Celebration Service: 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2005 at Northside Baptist Church, 3021 East 71 St., Indianapolis

Memorial contributions can be sent to: BJ Higgins Missionary Scholarship, P.O. Box 470265, Tulsa, OK 74147

Body of Christ, you have been a huge support for us during BJ's six week illness and we appreciate you. We wanted to provide the above information for the sake of those of you who live in the area and would like to attend. You have blessed us and our Lord!

St. Vincents staff, we cannot say enough positive things about you. Those of you who cared for our son, some who wept with us, others who would have had you been on shift, know that you ministered to us at a very deep level! We will miss you.

Beej's dad


At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are loved and in our prayers

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your son has meant more to me than i can describe. he loved God so much and was such an inspiration. i have grown closer in my walk with God because of him. i thank God i had a chance to know B.J. I'm sad i will not see himn again, but he's in a better place, and i bet he's thrilled to be there. i'll still be praying for you.

-Alex Layton

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Higgins Family I want you all to know that my heart breaks for all of you. I have prayed for B.J. and your family ever since he went in the Hospital. I believe that Jesus only wants the best. B.J. is in the arms of our mighty God and he forever shall be. God bless all of you. Your family will always be in our hearts and prayers. We love you all. May God comfort your family.
God Bless all of you.
Alice Robinson, FBC, Mooresville Indiana

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

We will be there joining your family celebrating the life of a warrior for the Kingdom, BJ Higgins
Walker and Cathy

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for your family in Texas. Have been praying all day for peace, and for God to hold you up when you feel you are falling. You are loved. Carol Arlington, TX

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for all you've shared with us. We are praying for you and your family to find strength and peace in your heart. My family has been truly blessed to have spent so much time with Beej. He is truly one of the most enjoyable guests I have ever had in my home. Many conversations with BJ showed me a side of maturity and deep wisdom he could have only learned and earned through his deep faith.
For this I have been truly Blessed.
And very Thankful.

Lisa Gresh/Meils
Indpls., IN

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Suzanne Brooks said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,
I know you know BJ is with the Lord now with no more suffering and he is healed. I wish I had the privilege of knowing him and all of you better.
Brent, you have truly been an inspiration to me and I know you find peace and healing through Christ!
I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words to express what it feels like to lose a child, but I understand the pain of the loss all too well.
My heart goes out to you all as well as my prayers and thoughts. My prayer for all of you is that Christ wraps you in His arms and you feel His love and continue to lean on Him in the healing process. I wish I had known sooner than yesterday about BJ being so ill..I would have been praying as well and would have visited.
I love you all and may God Bless You all.
In Christ's Love,

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

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4: 7-8
BJ truely did fight the good fight. He most definitely kept the faith and now he has finished the race. Oh that we might all be so successful. Know is spite of the great loss, heaven has had a great gain and the world now has another great witness to examine and learn from. Know I am praying for you Higgins family and will always charish your son.

In Christ,
Rob Bloss

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I lived closer to attend, but I will be praying for you and thinking of you always. Being a part of this has truly changed my life, and getting to know your son through your messages and through the other web sites has truly touched my heart and lifted my eyes higher to the Lord and shown me my weaknesses and given me insight into what we are supposed to do on this earth. Your son is such a blessing and I pray he will continue to teach us, even though he is home. I pray that you would think about continuing to leave blogs of BJ's online journal, or even possibly get it published into a book. He has so much to say and teach through his words. I know how much he has taught me.
Please know that we are still praying for you, and that the Lord will cover you with a blanket of peace and love. Please continue to let BJ's words and love for the Lord touch this world. Thank you.

May God bless you and keep you.

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

Know that during this time, even as you celebrate BJ's wonderful life, we will be praying for you. I want to tell you what a privelege it has been to share from his journal with my own 15 year old, as well as my 12 and 13 year old. I pray that my children will be as on fire for Jesus as BJ was. He was truly an amazing young man. I am excited for BJ for he will now celebrate "16" in Heaven!!! I can just imagine him driving on those streets of gold!!!

Prayerfully and tearfully yours-

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for all you. STAY STRONG.

Jonathan Haag

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew your son from Mrs. Gayley's French class in 7th and 8th grade at Clay JH. He was a very sweet kid and his love for God and missions shone even then. I am very saddened by this news, but know he has gone to a better place and we will all see him again when the time is right. I will keep your family in my prayers.

In Christs Love,
Cati Brunk

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many people from around the world that will not be able to attend B.J.'s service in person, myself included. Please know that we will all be there with you in thought and prayer as you honor your beautiful son!
Love in Christ,
Mischel from Bethlehem , PA

At 6:52 PM, Blogger jimmy cruz said...



At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bj fought an amazing fight... he is with out Lord and is smiling down on all of you.

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bj fought an amazing... he is with our Lord and is smiling down on you all. you will continue to be in our prayers

At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will not be there in body, but in spirit. May workers flow to fill the void left by BJ in God's field. A life lived for the glory of the Lord, no matter how early it may seem to end, is not lived in vain, but has been laid down at the feet of a perfect God as the greatest offering that human frailty can offer. I am sad that BJ is gone, but I am filled with joy that his life was lived in the most meaningful, significant way possible. Though we may be broken-hearted, God sees the sacrifice of BJ--not the sacrifice of his death a few short hours ago, but the sacrifice of his life that began nearly 16 years ago, only now reaching its fulfillment--and He is pleased. The life of BJ was a pleasing offering in the sight of our God, and there is nothing greater or more beautiful on earth. Today I celebrate the life of a worker of whom the world was not worthy.

Sam Beer
Oklahoma City

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am continuing to pray for all of you and sincerely wish I could be there in person to celebrate BJ's life. Though I have not met you, I wanted you to know what an impact BJ and your entire family have had in my life. I am closer to the Lord and hold my own children tighter, thanking God for each precious day He's given me. Thank you for your courage and faith.

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

Precious family,

We continue standing with you. Guess God kept BJ with us long enough to establish our "habit" of remembering you all in pryaer!

I hope you have friends in the scrapbook business. . .you'll need several to hold all these postings!

We've definitely begun praying for the memorial time. I know it will truly be a "BJ service" that honors God and celebrates BJ's life and ministry.

Know that we will lift you up before, during and after--wearing our T-shirts which arrived today (no coincidence).

I'm excited about what God continues to do with BJ's words. If God touched so many people with BJ's life, what must He intend to do through his death? I get it, Beej--I get it!

BJ's ministry hasn't ended. Watch and see what the LORD will do!

still praying in pink and wishing that hugs could be sent online,

Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your son has touched many lives. Lives of those he knew and those he didn't. Though I didn't know your son, just by reading about his life, I can tell that he was an amazing person who gave his all for Jesus. Just wanted to let you know that our church in Strang,Ok is praying for you. May the Father give you comfort during this time. You will be in our prayers. God Bless!

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Collette said...

Dear Higgins Family,
I heard about BJ and even though I didn't know him all that well, I know he was blessed to be in such a wonderful family. My heart goes out to you all and you are in my prayers. From what I knew about him from others, I know he truly gave his life to God and loved him so much. I wish I would have known him better and learned from him. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I know he is in a good place now. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

-Collette Crawford

At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thrilled to see memorial scholarship set up in BJ's honor.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Always
Lisa GreshMeils
Julie Meils

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

You are continually in my prayers.

At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your in our thoughts and prayers and we love you guys.

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ has touched my life so much in the past few weeks even though I haven't even met him. My mom told me he had gone to be with Jesus after school today, and I was speechless. But then I realized how truly proud God must be of him. Yours and BJ's example mean so much to me. It has been amazing to see God work in all of this. Know you're all still in my prayers.

In Him,
Sarah C. Greenwood

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

Higgins family,

Our family will continue to pray for yours in the days, weeks, and months to come. The road ahead is not an easy one, but may the peace of God be with you always, and may you praise Him in faith as you have done so well through this trial. I wish I could be there in person to mourn and rejoice with you. I cannot wait until we as Christians are not limited by our literally be there in spirit! BJ is at that place now, as you know he's rejoicing.
Brian, Hamilton, VA

Hebrews 12:1-3
...Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the JOY set before him endured the cross, scorning it's shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJs familey,
I am terribly sorry for your loss.I know he is in a better place but he will stil be missed.I found out about BJ through my teacher and I have been praying for all of you ever since,and I will stil be praying for all of you.

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

Wow. Over 600 blogss in 15 hours
BJ you hve touched so many.
Your mission will carry on.
How many countries?
How many states?
BJ, an intelect has given some of us a needed geography lesson!
Still so much more we can learn from BJ through this journey.
Many blessings to you!!!!

At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of us HLGers that have been to Peru with BJ either this year or last are going to be there on Thursday and Friday. I will be for sure...the others will try their hardest to be there. We love you guys and are still praying for you and thinking about you. We are truly homesick for our real home more than ever before now.


At 7:32 PM, Blogger . said...

I'll be there with you in spirit on Thursday and Friday. God will give you hugs from all of us who can't be there in person.

You all remain in my prayers....

At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,
How can we ever put into words the heart break we all feel for you. BJ had wanted to tell the world about our Lord and Savior! You must be so proud of him, because he certainly did just that. You all have with your awesome love of our Lord, Savior and Good Shepherd! He is now resting in the arms of Jesus with all the glory that is bestowed on such a valiant servant. May God continue to hold onto you all in this your darkest hour. Know that all our love and prayers are yours, not only these next few days, but for all the days to come. We love you and may God bless you!

At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,
How can we ever put into words the heart break we all feel for you. BJ had wanted to tell the world about our Lord and Savior! You must be so proud of him, because he certainly did just that. You all have with your awesome love of our Lord, Savior and Good Shepherd! He is now resting in the arms of Jesus with all the glory that is bestowed on such a valiant servant. May God continue to hold onto you all in this your darkest hour. Know that all our love and prayers are yours, not only these next few days, but for all the days to come. We love you and may God bless you!

At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are deeply saddened in our hearts for the loss of BJ in this world, but our spirit rejoices that he is free from pain and he gets to see the One he truly loves. He has blessed this world in the short time here, but he has done his work for Christ so we must carry on and push forward like BJ. God Bless your family, we will keep you in our prayers and celebrate BJ's life.

At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
Please know that you remain in my prayers. I wish I lived close and could come to the memorial services, but unfortanatly I live on the other side of the country. I want you to know how much BJ has touched me and brought me closer to God. He continues to amaze me at his level of understanding of God and why we are here on Earth. He goes so deep into the word that and brings it to life for me and I want you to know how special BJ was to me. Although I never met him or even knew who he was until this, I feel like I have known him since I was born. May God watch over you and hold you close.
Lots of love,


At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel blessed to have had the honor of praying for you all - and will continue to do so. How proud you must be of the love BJ has inspired in so many.

More than 20 years ago, the following message was shared with me when my young friends were killed in a car accident. The mother of a friend who lost her son at a young age sent it to be shared with the grieving parents.

Nothing can fill the void BJ has left - yet I trust the beauty of his spirit and the gifts he shared in the Lord's honor are of comfort to you.

"I'll lend you for a little while,
A child of mine," God said.
For you to love the while he lives,
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or -three,
But will you, ‘til I call him back,
Take care of him for Me?

He will bring his charms to gladden you,
And should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below,
I want this child to learn.

I looked this wide world over,
In search of teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes
I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take
This lent child back again.

I fancied that I heard them say,
"Dear Lord, thy will be done."
For all the joys thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter them with tenderness,
We'll love them while we may.
And for the happiness we've known
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.
Author Unknown

Love from Baltimore

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are still praying for you. BJ is seeing Jesus in all His splendor right now. He sure lived a life for the Lord. He was a true and faithful servant of God. When all is said and done, the ONLY thing that matters is if your heart was on fire for Jesus! And BJ's was. He spread the Good News to foreign countries. He shared it with those who lived nearby. Although we don't know him (we live in WA State), we have truly learned a great deal about faith and perseverance through watching your family. It sounds to us like BJ definitely stored his treasures up in Heaven, and not here on Earth. He has a new healed body now in Heaven. Although this time is so hard for your family and all BJ's friends, please take comfort knowing that you will see him again in Heaven. There will be no more illness, no more tears, no more pain. Our Lord is such a great merciful Lord. May you be blessed in a mighty way. Still praying for your family.

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WoW!!! B.J. is home with Jesus!
How awesome! You have blessed me with your faith these passed days. I will miss you Higgins family. Thank you so much for this journey with your son that you have shared. You have touched so many lives. I can't wait until I can't meet ya B.J. My hope is that there is thousands of other faithful 15 year olds that can touch lives as B.J. has done.
Y'all with continue to be in my prayers. God bless you and keep you!!

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"he was never scared and this was no child...he fought his battled hard and strong and now he has won the ultimate reward, life...I andmire him so very much and am a stronger person because of him...he will be carried with me every day"

Fear was nothing-

"Can you hear him is he getting through...can you see him....he is not just anyone he's your son..."

-alys dickerson

At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I would love to be there for the service Thursday, I will try my best.

I did not know BJ, but he is an inspiration. He died for the Lord. He died because he felt compelled to do His work. Your son was amazing, an inspiration to everyone. I prayed for him daily.

I know it doesn't come as much consolation to know that he's in Heaven now, waiting for his loved ones to joing him when you so desperately want him here with you, but he's there. And he's watching you. And he loves you.

Your son has touched my life in an unbelievable way. Thank you for sharing him with the world.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know who BJ was a few weeks ago...but he has changed my life...has helped me to understand that we are here to bring glory to God, and I love him for that...praise to you and your family...I can't imagine the pain you are feeling right now...God Bless
Greenfield, Indiana

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned of B.J.'s illness at a discipleship walk, I don't know him but the love that you & your family have for Christ is humbling to me. You fully relied on God. You will continue to be in my prayers, he is free. One day you will be with BJ again, not on this side but definetly on the other, I will to meet BJ.
You are in my prayers

Heather Skaggs

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

Our prayers are with you and your family as you face the challenges ahead.

Neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Tucker

At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Loved Ones of BJ==
Please know that there are hundreds of people standing in the gap for you. Your precious son has shown what true servanthood,discipleship and the love of Christ is all about. Thank you for the opportunity to see a glimpse of what each of us should strive to be. Please seek comfort from Psalm 116.

Father God, Thank you for the BJs of this world. We know they are precious to you, because there are so few who will come to the forefront of the battle, stand unafraid and send forth Your message of love, mercy, grace and forgiveness. Please, Father, be with those BJ leaves behind, give them comfort, but Lord, please let them know the joy that BJ feels being in your arms.


At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have known Bj for a while now I am a member at pbc and have looked up to him even though he was younger than me. I will be 19 tomorrow and to know that a good friend is now with Jesus I am some what at peace. I am sad that he is gone but I know he has worked in many lives includding mine. Thanks to Bj and talking to him i realized how much i needed God in my life and know that bj is gone i realize Gods amazing love. I am six months pregnat and i can't help remember something he told me along time ago." No matter what God will forgive and he will give u another chance but are you ready for that and willing to take it". thankx to that i am... Bj has done his job God was pleased and now they both can rejoice. I hope that we as his friends and his family can keep doing what he was doing and that is to lead others to christ. Bj might not be here but his memory and work will still live on... I love you all so much and God loves you more. ashley hickman. I love you bj and will miss you. can't wait to see you when it is my turn to come home...

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Family
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this time of need. BJ is with GOD now, how awesome!!! BJ may have been a missionary here on earth but he will continue from the heavens. I will continue to pray for all of you and those who's lives BJ inspired. May GOD bless all of you. Be strong!
Genia Spinler
Greensboro, NC

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i have recieved the news and i still have as many prayers as before. My only regret is that i am not able to be with you all. Even still i am with you in deepest prayer through the Spirit of our precious, loving, faithful Savior; Jesus Christ who now enjoys the company of His beloved brother. May you be comforted by ALL who love you and have faithfully prayed for you and the sovereign will of God to be shown. Peace be to your hurting hearts.

(1Corinthians 12:26)"And if one member of the body suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it!"

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At 8:37 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

Thank you so much for sharing your son with us these past few weeks. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Know that Jesus is right there by your side holding your hand, when you fall, He will pick you up. He will never leave you or forsake you...never!
In His Love,
Troy, Illinois

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At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could never imagine what you are going through at this time. I know that the Lord has tremendously blessed you and your family through BJ and I am so thrilled God used him and will continue to do so through his life testimony. How proud you must be. I am only 19 years old and in California but even though I did not know BJ I treasure his words and his wittness. I will keep you in my prayers and will be excited to see how else God can continue to use BJ. Thank you for BJ.

At 8:38 PM, Blogger Imnhisgrace said...

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

May God Bless BJ's path and surround your family with his precious love.

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could never imagine what you are going through at this time. I know that the Lord has tremendously blessed you and your family through BJ and I am so thrilled God used him and will continue to do so through his life testimony. How proud you must be. I am only 19 years old and in California but even though I did not know BJ I treasure his words and his wittness. I will keep you in my prayers and will be excited to see how else God can continue to use BJ. Thank you for BJ.

At 8:40 PM, Blogger Imnhisgrace said...

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

May God Bless BJ's path and surround your family with his precious love.

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to bj's family, Walker Moore was just at my church this past sunday, he told my church about bj so i decided to get online and check out the web site, i wasnt expecting what i was going to see, i am about to turn 15 myself and i cant believe a person my age has won so many people to the lord and yet is in the hosptial sick!! i think it is amazing all the accomplishments bj has achieved, he is a blessing to me even though i didn't know bj it still gives me hope that a person my age can do so much with gods help!! your family will be in my prayers!

(dont ever lose hope)
always arkansas girl

At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I do have a "snapshot" of a memory of seeing BJ as a toddler (it's interesting what images stick in the mind, but for some reason I remember seeing your precious, then little, family in the narthex of College Church when you were "home" for a visit, Brent - the children were darling, and so perfectly dressed), I was not privileged to know BJ, the amazing young man of God whose writings have challenged me greatly as I have followed closely his final mission on this earth by means of this blog.

I cannot thank you enough for sharing this incredible, deeply personal, journey with us all. (Oh, how I wish it could have ended differently!) You may never know this side of heaven just how broad and how deep has been your family's ministry as you have shared with the world BJ and his passion for God, as well as your own unwavering faith and desire for God to be glorified in all that transpired. As others have already said, I hope that somehow BJ's story and his writings can be published. They belong in a collection about heroes of the faith.

Grieving and praying for your family while yearning for heaven...

Anne (Carter) Bainbridge
Marion, IN

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

I was drawn to your blog just now from the Mercy Me website. Learning of what you have endured during the past few weeks brought me to tears, and learning of BJ's passion for Christ was humbling. I will teach my 10-year-old son, C.J., about BJ, and pray this inspires him to become a strong witness for the Lord also. Thank you for sharing your son's journey to Heaven with the world. My prayers are with you as you grieve, for I know your loss is great. BJ truly does reflect Jesus. His maturity and passion for God brought this verse to mind:

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52

I pray that you feel God's arms wrapped around you in love and comfort.

Anne H.

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At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,
I just wanted to let you know that though I have never met you or BJ I have still been touched by your faithfulness to the Lord and BJ's heart of servanthood and willingness for God to use him in any way He could. I pray that God will be with you and I praise Him that BJ is now in the arms of his loving Father. You will be in my prayers. Philipians 1:2-11 (and the rest of Philipians)
With love in Him,
Tara in Liberty, MO

At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was friends with brent when he was at clay jhs. while he was there he was always spreading the good news of christianity to anyone who would listen. he was part of my return to god over the past year as he influenced me and those around me. today when my girlfriend told me to check this blog, i knew it was going to be either really good news or really bad. but it was still a shock to hear that what i feared had come to pass. i cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through right now, but i hope it brings joy to your heart to know that even though your son did not spend as much time here on earth as most do, he certainly made more of a positive impact than many do in a lifetime. my thoughts and prayers are with you.
-tim harris

At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are still giving out would be an honor for us to be able to wear them...BJ's love for the Lord will continue on through the lives he reached with God's leading. I continue to pray for your family!

At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
I have only known of BJ's situation for a week, but my heart grieves for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you the peace in your hearts that can only come from Him. I also pray that God will use his life as a testimony to many who need to know our Jesus. I pray that many will be saved because of the great faith of your family and your son.
In Christ,

At 9:28 PM, Blogger DP Dodson of Edmond, OK said...

I've been following BJ's progress through MercyMe's e-mails and have been praying for all of you. My families thoughts and prayers goes out to all of you.

God Bless

-DP Dodson

At 9:32 PM, Blogger ~Roxy~ said...

BJ was my inspiration. He showed me that there is more to life. He was the reason i started going back to church. I told him on the last day of school that i had decided to go back.and he was extatic! he said it was an honor to be my inspiration, but that the glory had to go to god. and he was right... He was for lack of a better term, my angel i thank him for everything he ever did for me. he truly was a blessing. -to Brent and Deanna- You were blessed with a fabulous son. and although i never met you i am sure you are just as great as he was.- to Whitney and Lauren- BJ really cared about you. He would always talk about you. It kindof brought a smile to my face to see that there still were families out there that still care.- you are still in my Prayers.

Love always,
Roxy c/o 2007 Monrovia high school

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

by looking through this page, i can see how many lives brent has truly touched, one of those being mine. i've known brent since i was five, and i can still remember going to music class with his mom. brent was such a strong christian and inspired me everyday. he was truly a blessing to have in my life and will be greatly missed. Higgins family you are in my thoughts and did an amazing job raising a wonderful son who could not have been a more wonderful representation of Christ's love towards everyone. he will be greatly missed.

Love always,
Katie Wood <33

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

I am so sorry that you've lost your dear boy, at least this side of heaven. It must be some comfort to know he is with the Lord, is out of pain and you'll see him again some day, but it is SOOO HARD now!!! He fought long and hard, and I'm sure he knew that you(his family)were all there fighting with him. I hope he felt the prayers of those all over the world who were praying for him. I'll bet God is showing him a globe with all those pins in it, since you didn't get to. I don't know if you'll ever find out what set all this off or even if that would help at all, but I'm sure God will fill you in someday when you see Him face to face. I know BJ's journals will be so precious to you and give you inspiration to keep on winning people to Jesus, just as he was. I've never met any of you, and I'm sitting here with tears running down my face. I can't imagine the reality of losing a son. I guess that's one reason God lost his Son for a bit. He knows your pain better than any of us ever will. (A book I found helpful when I lost my parents is "Grieving the Loss of Someone You Love" by Mitsch and Brookside. It might be something for you to look at sometime and see if you think you'd like it.)
God bless you all - but I guess he did bless you all with BJ!

Arlington Heights, Illinois

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

I had some classes with Brent when he was still at Clay. I remember his kindness and genuine heart, but I deeply regret never getting to know him better. Since Brent has left Clay, I've accepted Christ, and the stories I have recently heard about his love for the Lord have encouraged me beyond belief. I'm amazed at the hearts and trust you continue to hold for the Lord. Brent has impacted SO many lives! He did more with his life up until this age than many can accomplish in 80 years. It is comforting to know he is in the arms of his Savior. I will be sending many, many prayers for your family. God Bless.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Cheryl said...

Dear Friends,
What a privilege and a challenge it has been to share your journey for the past six weeks. Thank you for allowing God to work through your grief, pain, hope and love to bring many of us closer together as members of the family of God. I have been inspired and challenged by your family. I trust that my life will never be the same. I want my commitment to God and His kingdom to continue to grow deeper just as BJ's did. You all have been a blessing and inspiration to me. May God use His people to uphold and comfort you in this time of deepest sorrow and loss. You are loved! You are precious to Him and to so many of His people. You will continue to be in my prayers in the days to come!

Cheryl Crane
Jacksonville, NC

At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to come, but I send my respects. Heather represents me when she comes to pay her respects. I love you guys and you are still in my prayers.

Hannibal, Mo

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear FAmily,
Just as everyone else has said We are so sorry for the loss of a wonderfuf person. We did not have the honor to know your family before but now I feel so close to you all. The next year will be hard for you but just remember that BJ is looking down on all of you and he is smiling. He would not want you mourning his loss but be happy.

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For as the body is clad in the cloth, and the flesh in the skin, and the bones in the flesh, and the heart in the trunk, so are we, soul and body, clad and enclosed in the goodness of God. Yes, all of these vanish and waste away; yet the goodness of God is always complete, and closer to us, beyond any comparison. For all of the things that the heart can think, this pleases God most and soonest profits the soul. There is no created being who can know how much and how sweetly and how tenderly the Creator loves us. And therefore we can with his grace and his help perservere in spiritual contemplation, with endless wonder at this high, surpassing, immeasurable love which our Lord in his goodness has for us; and therefore we may with reverence ask all that we will, for our natural will is to have God, and God's good will is to have us, and we can never stop willing or loving until we possess him in the fulness of joy. And there we can will no more, for it is his will that we be occupied in knowing and loving until the time comes that we shall be filled full in heaven.

May today there be peace within.
May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you...
May you be content knowing you are a child of God....
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

Amen and amen.

Ed, Carmel

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. As a mother of a son I cannot imagine what you are going through at this time. However, I know it gives you great peace to know that B.J. is in the arms of our allmighty God. Your entire family will be in my prayers.

At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the memorial service tonight and seeing the pictures of this young man I realized that he was more of a Man at fifteen than some thirty-year olds that I know. He GOT it, God's purpose for us here on the Earth! Thank you God for BJ and for giving him the courage to carry his part of your message!

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there. I'm a friend of Emily and Ashley's, and i saw this site on Emily's xanga....i'm so sorry. What a cool testimony this is though....i'm really touched by this family, and your devotion to the Lord in the face of such huge loss...i'm going to be praying that i might have that kind of faith one day. God bless....

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you. Continue to hold on to the truths of God. He is with you. He loves you. He is in control. He is good. He is worthy to be praised. He loves you and BJ. Take care.

Michelle and family
Las Vegas, NV

At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am just lost for words. i am soo amazed at bj's life but i know i am going to miss him. i pray lord that you just comfort the higgins in their time of need. I know it is hard to lose a family member and to me a brother in Christ, but he is is heaven right now with God and i know there is no place he would rather be. I bet right now he is with you presenting you his stored treasures he has been keeping in heaven and i am sure their are tons and tons of them with all of the people he touched.
In Your name i pray,

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

I know it's very soon to think about but I hope you will consider writing BJ's story down and sharing his life and testimony for many more to have the privilege of hearing and BJ will truly continue to "tell of the works of the Lord" for years to come. Sharing BJ's Journey to Eternity would be an opportunity for countless others to be led to the Lord through the witness of God's faithfulness and grace through BJ's life and yours.

May God grant you peace that can only come from Him.

Jane Dickerson
Deer Park, Tx

At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Higgins family,

Tonight at Northside Baptist Church, there were so many saints who love you and love BJ! With pictures of BJ on the screen, Phil at the piano and Bill Scharbrough at the keyboards, the music was awesome!

People came, sang, prayed, cried, hugged, and left. More people came, sang, prayed, cried, hugged , and left. Some came and stayed.

Arms were raised in praise and adoration as we sang praise choruses. Even among the middle-schoolers, some held others as they cried - stroking their hair and holding on to them. It was really a beautiful picture of how our Lord wants us to care for each other.

Rusty related how on trips and such, he would send BJ to the front of the meal line, because he took the longest to finish his meal! He wished he could have one more long meal with BJ!

Their are many fellow parents of youth who are feeling your loss keenly. They are rallying in prayer for you, comforting each other, being available to talk with hurting youth, and organizing food and other support. I wish you could have seen these beautiful faces!

Through the numb and wrenching days, there are so many here and far away who are daily pleading with our Good and Gentle Father to carry you gently and tenderly.

I pray you feel comfort for how beloved you are by so many!

In Him,

At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
We are so sorry for the pain you are suffering. We praise God that He called BJ as His child and is glorifying him with Himself even now.
We too, know the value of the St. Vincent PICU staff. Our 21 month old daughter, Sophia Grace, was a patient there for many weeks this past December and January, when she was only 12 months old. The Lord couldn't have provided BJ and you with a more caring and dedicated and expert team.
We will continue to pray for comfort and encouragement for your family from our Gracious God, Whose mercies are new every morning.
In Him,
Kelly for the Orr's

At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney:
A note to let you know that you remain in our prayers. We were deeply saddened to hear about BJ. What a loss to us but what a joy for heaven! In my last visit with BJ, I told him that I was anxious to hear about his trip to Peru, in part, because I had visited there during my time in the military. I am still anxious to hear about the trip.....I'll just have to wait a little longer. Some good friends of ours in Pittsburgh sent us an email with the following musical message that you may find to be comforting: In Christ's love, Carrol and Doug McCoy

At 11:00 PM, Blogger Lisa Hudson said...

Thank you for sharing your son as well as your whole family with us. We now share in your grief but also rejoice in BJ's arrival in heaven. I know there was great rejoicing and excitement when such a faithful servant arrived in heaven! I pray that God will wrap His holy and loving arms around each of you and fill you with His peace and comfort.

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear God,
Thank you for BJ. I know he's in a better place now. I'm sure that you will use his experience for saving lives in Christ and saving lives in medicine. That boy was so special. He loves you so much. Give peace to his family. Give peace to his friends. He was loved, he is loved. Tears were shed in light of his death, I'm sure they will be shed in his darkness too. But he's not crying anymore, if he did at all. There are no tears in heaven. Only rejoicing for your son has come home. He will greet his family, friends, followers, survivors and non survivors with open arms. He is home. We are on earth. Bring us on home to BJ Lord. His followers are many, his enemies are few. BJ's suffering has ceased, his salvations will live on. He saved many. He will live on after his death.
In Jesus name I pray,

Shana MacDonald -Kansas City MO

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Dan Taylor said...

We cannot tell you how much your family (all of them) have ministered to us! The way you have all handled this trial and continued to show truly what it means to be a Christian! I am in awe!!!! We truly celebrate that BJ is with Jesus and our Father and all pain is gone and celebration and Worship is everlasting! We also morn your and our loss. Please know that BJ had a profound effect on our prayer life and will for the rest of our lives.

God Bless you,keep you & comfort you!

With all our Love,
Dan & Tammy Taylor
Fishers, Indiana

At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we heard about BJ through our church. he impacted our family without even knowing him. he is certanly a man for the Lord!! we are praying for all of you who have had a piece of you taken away. but we are rejoicing that hes is in a better place far more than we can even begin to fathom. he will be in our hearts forever. and will impact the up-and-comming teens to reach out just as BJ did.

At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words can be so inadequate when trying to convey feelings. I am so grateful to God for allowing us to witness and participate in such unity and outpouring of His spirit to so many. My prayers continue for you all. Looking forward to our future when we will all meet face to face. Until then, Jimmy Cameron Las Vegas, NV

At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,
you will continue to be in my prayers and my Bible studies are continuing praying for you as well. I'm so encouraged by BJ and by all of you more than you will ever know and I know this is true for countless people around the world. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I smile when I think of BJ now in Jesus' arms. I commit to continue praying for all of you and to pray for BJ's story to encourage so many more people just as it has me. May God hold you steadfastly during this time [Psalm 18].
Emily Reagan

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Paul & Bethany Nichols said...

John 14

BJ and your family has touched more lives than you'll ever know. We grieve with you and your family, yet rejoice with you at the same time knowing that BJ is with our most gracious Lord. Just after our daughter, Rachel, called us from college letting us know about BJ, I got in my car and the song that came on the radio was Mercy Me's "I Can Only Imagine". I thought then, how awesome our God is. I could only imagine what BJ was doing when he met Our Savior. I shed a few tears for you today, but also realized that BJ was one of the one's who truly obeyed God's great commission. He went and told all nations about his beloved Jesus.

Please know that your family will still be in our prayers. Thank you, for sharing your son with us and uniting God's family.

In Christ,

Paul and Bethany Nichols
Burleson, TX

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Jim Bohanon said...

Our prayers are still with your family. Though BJ will be missed, and we grieve for that, we know he is in the arms of his precious Lord...and he is saying well done, my good and faithful servant.

We know that to be true, but still we grieve at the loss of his loved ones.

May we all learn from the sincere faith and love for his Savior, of such a young man. But we know his life was not wasted. Even in his passing, God is glorified.

BJ will have no more pain...he is finally home.

May God give you grace and peace beyond our comprehension.

Your entire family has been an inspiration to all of us through your suffering.

At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He may be gone from this life as we know it, but we are still with you...always.
Your sister in Christ,
Sarah Carruthers
Hannibal-LaGrange College
Hannibal, MO

At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you guys. Your son has touched so many lives, espically mine. You will be in our thoughts and prayer.

Bakersfield, ca.

At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers will be with you in the up coming months, i dont think words could say how much i learned with the 04 team and having Bj there. He was a blessing, my prayers again will be with you...

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

Dear Higgins Family, may the God of Peace fill you with His peace that passes all understanding and guards your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! Your son has been a blessing and inspiration that someone so young was so wise in the ways of our Lord and truly his hearts desire is to bring glory to God. Our family will continue to pray for your family as BJ's mom has touched our family with her love of music and your precious son BJ has touched our hearts with his love for Jesus.
The Krambeer Family

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

I can't say what it would be like to lose a son, because I'm just a kid myself, but I know what it's like to lose someone close. I never knew your son nor your family, but I em very sorry in your lose, but proud to see how you and your family hold such a close touch to God and i'm sure you son is looking down with a smile on his face. i haven't been in a my home church in so long because of different reasons but hearing about this shows how some lifes are short, and it made me realize that i don't want to die wishing I would of done some things different or some things at all. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers and I can still see how your son is doing work from up above. my prayers are with you and your family...

At 1:14 AM, Blogger Christina said...

I wish I could be there....

At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am so sorry for your loss. But God is a God who give peace that psses all understanding.

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

Dear Higgins family,
I am so sorry for your loss. my heart breaks for you. I also went to Peru this summer for one month, and on one of my last days there, i got to see the drama that BJ was in. I just want you to know that God used him to change SO many lives. Seeing the drama was incredible. it made me break down in tears. There was a whole courtyard of Peruvians watching the drama, and it was amazing. I am so blessed to have been able to actually see the drama that BJ was in, and witness his life making a difference. I only hope that God can use my life to make just as big of a difference in peoples lives. My prayers go out to your entire family.
God Bless
Susan Haldeman

At 2:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard about this blog about a week or so ago. I don't know you or your son, but in reading this site earlier today tears began to well up in my eyes. How amazing it is for God to be glorified, and for hearts to be touched through people we have never even had the pleasure of meeting. I am really sorry for your loss, but it seems that you have a good grip on the fact that it is indeed just an earthly loss, and that someday again you will be holding your beloved son. And you also know how many souls he has touched and how he has furthered the number of souls in the Kingdom of Heaven. What an awesome thing!!! I bet you are so proud and very blessed. Your strong faith is very inspiring and touching through this trial. May the Spirit of God calm you and ease your suffering, and I really hope you continue something through this type of site to reach people. What an impact. God Bless you always, and may you always know the many souls touched through your son and you all.
Bekah Stoops
Tulsa, Oklahoma

At 2:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry. Will continue praying for the family. Dont know you, been looking at site because of Mercy Me's website. Cant believe it. You are in my thoughts.

At 2:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for you. Thank you for your son's life. Thank you for your strength and transparency during this time. It is a testimony to how good He is.


At 5:35 AM, Blogger Lisbon said...

Portugal is with you

god bless

Joao Miguel Lima

At 5:35 AM, Blogger Lisbon said...

Portugal is with you

god bless

Joao Miguel Lima

At 5:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traci has wondered if you have thought of publishing BJ's journals? His life is an inspiration to many and the publication of his thoughts could help to lead many to Christ. Just a thought.

In God's love,
Sam and Traci Williams

At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This website was wonderful in keeping everyone informed. As one blogger mentioned, BJs life will be seen in a ripple effect for years to come. This website extended that ripple immensly.
Another blogger recently mentioned how they've realized their faith isn't very strong in comparison to what your family has shown. I mentioned that in a blog a long time ago in an entry. The impact of this unfortunate time has already opened many, many eyes and hearts to the Lord, some for the first time and others with a new vision and passion. Your family will continue to be in our hearts and prayers. -DJF

At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lord Will hear from heaven your prayers be persistant and constant and in Jesus name i agree with the prayers for healing over his life
God bless
cape town rsa

At 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure am going to miss logging on every day and reading updates from Beej's Dad and the family. How I'd prayed for BJ to get better and this blog to continue on with his teachings!

This is the first thing I do every morning after I get my cup of coffee. I read the updates and pray. I feel like I have gotten to know you all and I am gonna miss you alot!!!! I logged on this morning and was happy to see another note from Beej's dad. I am not sure why I logged on, I didn't expect to see anything new. That is when I realized how much I will miss BJ and his family. You all have been a part of my mornings every day for 5 weeks! It is the most time I have spent with GOD in the morning, so you all helped me along with my walk and I thank you.

Please let us know how you all are doing! You have alot of people out here that love you and are still praying for you!

God Bless the Higgins family!
Florence, KY

At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Ripple Effect" - Oh Lord, could it be that dear BJ is a part of the many ways that You are beginning a revival in the body of Christ?!! BJ's trials seemed to call so many to pray & back to a constant, consistent fevor of prayer...what You desire always!

So many recent things to call belivers to be revived.

Just recently Joseph Stowell, Beth Moore, James MacDonald, and a few others I can't remember at the moment...just announced they are going to do several revivals around the country beginning in the next few months.

Lord, May it be a start of a supernatural calling to revival!

"If MY people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from THEIR wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14

At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, I pray that You divinely reveal some of Your plans...we don't want to guess all the wonderful ways & reasons for BJ's trials - we faithfully ask that You speak to us through this time that you have brought so many to their knees. May we walk closer, may we dig deeper in Your word, may we turn from our ways & be true lights...HOLY & SET APART for Your work!!

We know for certain from BJ's words & actions that his heart's desire was for the glory of God and to reflect back to Him in all he did even unto death...Oh, that You would cause a GREAT revivial in the many people who have been touched that we might first be drawn nearer to You and be better prepared to join You in Your harvest. Oh, how the church needs to look different...

Lord, we seek You and faithfully know that You say You will be found in new & deep ways!! Not a soul here "has arrived", we have so very much more & closer to come - Lord, draw us near I pray!!!

At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a disciple BJ has been. Thank you God for his time with us.
Lee Holman, Milford, MA

At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, could it be you had us preparing for 40 days!!!

Lord - REVIVE our hearts. Lord, please now by Your spirit confirm in many hearts Your call. 1000's were praying...You have used far less to start major revivals!!!


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

Like many others on this blog, I never met BJ and I have never met your family. I heard about this site through an email from Bart of Mercy Me. I have followed the blog and prayed for BJ for several weeks now. It is amazing how God has used this situation to bring the body of Christ together to rally around BJ and your family. BJ's witness will live on through this site and the telling of his amazing story. I know that your family is grieving and missing the presence of BJ here on earth and for that I am so so sorry. I wish I could have met him. I work with teenagers in my community and I love to come across kids so on fire and so faithful to the calling of God in their life. Since BJ's passing, I have been telling everyone I meet about this website and telling them if they truly want a blessing just read!! God is moving among his people through your family and through BJ's story. You are truly blessed.

I will continue to pray for your family, that God will wrap you in the comfort that only He can give.

Stay strong and be proud.

At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ's testimony has touched our home group in a way that will only be measured in heaven. I can not understand the depth of your loss, but I do know the heighth of our gain. We have been talking about BJ and his testimony for a couple of weeks. He is a catalyst. What happens now will be a part of his legacy.
For the Body of Christ: It is time to live like there is no tomorrow. Get to work.

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you!!!

At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the people before me have said the words that are in my heart. The life and love that BJ shared with others, while he served our God, has affected so many people around the world. The words that your family have shared with all of us has shown your incredible faith, and has reinforced the faith of more people than you may ever realize. You have the words, and you have the ability to put them on paper in a way that can reach so many more. Please, when the time is right, combine your words, along with BJ's words and his strong faith, in a book about his life, so that it may reach even more people out there who need to have their faith reinforced. BJ's mission work can continue from above as he helps you continue his story.

We all pray for your family like we prayed for BJ, and none of you will ever leave our hearts or our minds.

Leslie Wilson

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

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing Christ's message through BJ. I did not know him, but love him as a my brother in the Great Kingdom of God. God is great, God is SO great. And BJ is with Him. May you be consumed with Christ's love during these difficult times.

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

I am very sorry for your loss. I am sure you have probably heard this too much. I don't know what it's like to lose some one close to you. But, I do know what it's like to lose someone. I shall keep your family in my prayers. Be safe

At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,

I did not know BJ, but have been deeply touched by his faith and his mission. My heart aches for all of you in the loss of BJ to this life. He is now at peace in the presence of our God and Father. I know that God was with BJ in very real, comforting ways during his ordeal. His battle over the last six weeks was not in vain. Our Father has and will continue BJ's incredible witness for Jesus Christ through all of those touched by his life or by his final days. BJ's struggle will be used for good, as God has promised His faithful!

What am amazing witness you all have been during your trials with BJ's illness! Our Lord has spoken through each one of you as you've written in this journal. Not only did BJ share the love and hope of a life dedicated to God through Jesus Christ, you each did in very real and heartfelt ways. I admire and desire your Faith! With God's strength you all will continue BJ's mission in the years ahead. In God's time you will exchange your tears for a radiant joy, and your sorrow for a renewed spirit in the Lord. You will continue to shine your lights brightly for the world to see, in honor of BJ and to the praise and glory of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I pray the words of this song will remind you of the strength of our God which is available to each of us for the asking. God bless each one of you as only He can do in the days to come.

Grace Alone

Every promise we can make, every prayer and step of faith, every difference we will make is only by His grace.

Every mountain we will climb, every ray of hope we shine, every blessing left behind is only by His grace.

Every soul we long to reach, every heart we hope to teach, everywhere we share His peace is only by His grace.

Every loving word we say, every tear we wipe away, every sorrow turned away is only by His grace.

Grace alone, which God supplies, Strength unknown, He will provide, Christ in us, our cornerstone,

Sincerely, Pat Robinson
Indianapolis, IN

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

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." Psalms 116:15

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Victoria said...

i love you guys sooooo much.i'm sad that he's gone but then again i just can't believe it. i'm also happy because i know that he's out of pain now and he is with god. and to me he's not really dead. i mean his body is but his love, wisdom and example still rides within our hearts and i know that one day i WILL get to see him again. I'm just looking at the possitives.
Victoria Martine

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words cannot describe the loss I feel for your family. Though we rejoice in the knowledge that BJ is with our Lord & Savior, we mourn his departure from this world. Your faith & family have touched many lives. Thank you for sharing B.J.'s incredible journey. May God grant you peace & comfort.

Tulsa, OK

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

Dear Higgins Family.
Know that we are with you in spirit and that our thoughts and prayers are for God to be especially with you during this time. We know you are looking toward God for comfort and solace. BJ has left a powerful witness to his peers and to others. His time on this earth will be remembered and blessed. Thanks so much for allowing my family and all of my students to be a part of BJ's witness. with our deepest sympathy Jim and Brenda May
and students from Texoma Christian School

At 9:50 AM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

And then one day, I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to vict'ry,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

BJ has now seen the lights of Glory. Deanna, Brent, Whitney and Lauren, you guys have always been such a wonderful example of what it means to be servant of Thee Most High God. The ultimate sacrifice is to give your children to the Lord.. We, of course, know that God the Father also sacrificed His Only Son that we might have eternal life. There are no words I can say to take away your pain except to imagine BJ right now. Can you imagine him saying WOW...Mom ...Dad this is more awesome than I ever had imagined. Perhaps this picture might help......Imagine you put BJ on a plane to go on the ultimate mission trip. Imagine you watch the plane take off and fly out of sight. Well just as he flies out of your sight here in Indy his planes comes into sight as he lands in heaven and all the saints in your family that have gone before are there at "the gate waiting for him. You have put him on planes many times before and sent him out trusting him to our Heavenly Father. Well, he's off again and yes the separation will be a little longer but just as you all have been re united each time at the end of a mission trip, there will be another grand reunion when this time instead of the 4 of you waiting at the gate for him, BJ will be waiting for you. Oh what a glorious day that will be. So dear ones, take heart and be of good courage...BJ is off once again doing "The Fathers Work"...but the reunion will come.
......Therefore comfort one another with these words......

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.

2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control,
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and hath shed his own blood for my soul.

3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

4. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
even so, it is well with my soul.

Paula & I Love you !!!

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

I woke up this morning realizing that I am going to miss checking in each day to see how BJ is doing. I am going to miss each of you...

God Bless you through this experience. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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

words escape me in this bittersweet time. i pray instead. continuing.....

christy brown

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know sometimes it is easy to think, I am only one person what difference can I MAKE...Well one only has to take a look at the life of our brother in Christ BJ and know that when "one" stands w/God they are a powerful team. I pray that MANY young lives are touched and continue to be inspired by the life that BJ lived for his King of Glory!!!


God bless your family and you will forever be in our prayers.

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is hope for the hopeless,
Rest for the weary,
and Love for the broken hearts.
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing for wherever you are.
Cry out to Jesus!"
-Casting Crowns

Heard that this morning and thought of you guys. Not gonna stop praying for y'all. You and BJ have had such an impact on my life and others. Thank you.
-atl, ga

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

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney

Your family has been so strong over these last six weeks and you all are a true inspiration to Northside, as well as the rest of the country. Monday nights prayer service at the church was such a tribute to BJ. You could see it in everyones eyes how much he meant to the church. He is having the time of his life in heaven!!! I will see you guys Thursday and Friday. Stay strong.

- Meghan Smiley

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

From Laurel in San Diego -

Thank you for the info on the service! I'll continue to PRAY-PRAY-PRAY!!! Just wanted to let you know that last night I saw the most BEAUTIFUL sunset I've ever seen in my life - before last night, I thought nothing compared to a Maui Sunset or Georgia skies, but God's Glory had shown through the clouds and reminded me of the HOPE we have in Him, which made me think of BJ and you all! Love and blessings to you on this day ... May His strength and comfort carry you through!

Lord bless you,


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

Tonight there will be a group of Christians in Jacksonville, NC praying for BJ's family. We will be praying for God's presence to comfort you during your time of loss. Thank you for sharing the story of your son BJ. We have been touched by your obvious love and concern for him and by his obvious love and devotion to God.

May God's grace embrace you in these moments of sorrow.

Pastor Bill
for Faith Church of the Nazarene
Jacksonville NC

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

Dear Higgins Family,
"May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you..."
II Thessalonians 2:16,17
I want to thank you for sharing your son with the world. What a wonderful place this World would be if we would each one reach one for Jesus as BJ did every opportunity he had. I have learned so much from you sharing your life journey, and BJ's journal. I too think you should take it to print.
I have shared from his journal the past 3 Sunday's with my youth SS class as we talked about Living Life, Living Relationship, and Living Obedience. I plan on using one of his writings as a part of my challenge to the Woman's Missionary Union at the State Convention in October. BJ truly was an example of what it means to be a Christ Follower.
I have one memory of BJ that I would like to share.
In June at Mission Adventure Camp, BJ, Clyde Copeland and Brandon a summer missionary showed up at the Worship Center where the girls were having a PJ party. They were covered in white shaving cream. When the movie was over the three of them paraded thru the worship center stopping and posing as sculptures. It was a great ending to our week. I have a couple pictures I will share with you.
Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers for a very long time.
Thanks again for sharing BJ and your family's journey these past weeks with all of us.
May Our Lord's Tender Comfort Be Yours.
Cheryl Lewis

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

Precious Family,
we love you and pray continually for you. We grieve and rejoice together. I am still amazed at all that God is doing with this. So many students' lives are being changed. They ask me how they can follow God like BJ did. May this generation follow Christ with the passion that BJ did (even beyond!) May you be the parents of many, many spiritual children. You have blessed us. Continue to be blessed.
Rachel Long
Awe Star
Tulsa, OK

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

To BJ's Family,

We heard about BJ the day of his passing. Walker Moore called us and informed us of your loss. We are incredibly encouraged as we see your hearts through your blogs and as we become more familiar with BJ's heart through his journal writings. What an incredible man BJ had become!

We remember seeing BJ at the Awe Star Training and we are blessed to know the songs God's given us were with BJ in his last moments. We pray those songs continue to be an encouragement to you in this difficult time.

My God's grace and comfort cover you completely. We will be praying such,
Billy and Cindy Foote

At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly I cannot come down there this week. Ontario to Indianapolis is a fairly far trip.

Though I will be there in spirt. - BJ has helped me in a way, to deal with these things. - You have been so strong. Many people have been taken away from friends and family of mine so early. This is something that God knows I needed.

Even in his last hours BJ was helping people. And I think that is what God ment for him to do.

His life may have been short. And this isn't right. This isn't the way God wanted this world to be. But still. God used him for the greater good.

And will continue to use your family. I am sure of that.

I do wish I cdould make it down. But I am busy that weekend. - All my love and prayers.


At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney
We KNOW we will see BJ again! What a glorious promise! You are still on our hearts and in our prayers. May the comfort of our Lord Jesus Christ be ever constant in your lives right now. AMEN.
Jim and JoAnn McPherson

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sight is helpful in my grieving.
Thank you to BJ's family for sharing with us. I am praying for your strength and peace in your heart.
God Bless you and comfort you.
Love always
Sister in Christ
Lisa Gresh/Meils
Indpls., IN

At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ helped me grow alot this summer in my faith and how i saw just life in general! I miss your son so much and i know you do to and just want you to know that i am still praying for you all and i pray that God gives you a peace about all of this! He was an amazing man of God and was like a big brother to me! But he is in the only place he ever talked about wanting to go and i am happy for him ! Love all of you and i am still praying.
Wendi Waynesville, MO
Peru Awestar Team Member

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Keith Drury said...

We ache with you... We all now have a hole in our heart for BJ... and we hurt with you Lauren...and will keep on hurting with you even after others forget. We care.

--We your friends from your LCE class: Coach d,, Kory Katie, Jon, Cassandra, Aaron, Melody, Kevin, Geoff, Brandon, Jacob, Jason, Krista Laura, JonathanW, Troy

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Kim Mierau said...

may Christ continue to bring you strength and peace.
praying. love *kim

At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to send you the love of our God. I have never met you or BJ, but I have still been touched by your faithfulness to the Lord and BJ's heart. I pray that God will use his life as a testimony to many who need to know our God. I also pray that God will be with you. You will be in my prayers.

With love


At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have been in our prayers all through this time and will continue to be. Your family has been an awesome witness to me. God bless you.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger 3/c Cadet Hayley Koval said...

Dear Higgins family,
Thank you for sharing BJ's journals with everyone. BJ was such an amazing example of what it is to live for Christ and witness to others. We are doing a witnessing and evangelism class during sunday school here at the academy and the impact BJ had is such a great encouragement. BJ has such an inspirational testimony and he was such an awesome light for Christ and burned so very brightly. He has touched so many lives and through his journal entries has touched even more. I am humbled when I think of what BJ did and how he lived his life so close to the Lord. He has made me think about the impact that I can have on others, and made me want to know Christ on the level that he did. Your son was truly a amazing guy. I wish that I had gotten to know him personally. Thank the Lord that He has made it possible to see BJ again someday. God bless you and yours; I'm praying for you. Thank you Lord for BJ.
With prayers and love,
3/c Hayley Koval
USCGA New London, CT

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just an idea, dont know if it would be possible, but I know that many would love to go to the memorial service but there someone that could videotape it and post it on the internet????

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be awesome!!!!

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have learned so much about faith in Christ just from reading your posts, and the things that you shared from what BJ had written. You have been such a blessing to me! I pray that the Lord develops in me a passion for those who are lost, like the passion BJ had. Thank you for allowing us to join in prayer with you for BJ - I have been challenged and convicted about being a more faithful prayer warrior for brothers and sisters in Christ. You have also been an example to me of what faith and trust and surrender look like in a believer. It is easy to trust in the good times, but you all have shown what it means to trust while suffering. I am praying that the Lord comforts you all with His love. My heart breaks for you...but I rejoice that BJ is healed and with his precious Savior, whom he loved so much!

Love in Christ,

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We struggle to make sense when things like this happen and we are reminded to not lean on our own understanding. God's ways are so much higher than ours. Through death (Christ's death), God has offered salvation, redemption, justification, and so much. We also must trust that God will do amazing things through the death of BJ, more than could have been done through his life. It is no coincidence you have created this website that has touched so many with the events of the last 40 some days. God's hand is in this. I have walked beside your family and prayed. Even though you don't know me, you must know that BJ's writings have been an instrument God has used in my life. You have unselfishly put yourselves out there, out there for many to see and read. I want to thank you for doing that. My, how you have been strong in the Lord. My heart aches for you as you grieve. Know that I will continue to pray for you as you do just that.

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that it must be hard to go throuhg what you are going throuhg rihgt now! I want you no know that you are in my prayers and Jeseus will heal you! and one ay you too will be with your father as well as your sun!

Krisi Greenwood IN

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Family is in my prayers and thoughts!!!
God Bless!!

At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will hold all in God's healing light around the emotions losing one so young. Barb Ireland

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

My prayers and love go out to you. Through this blog you blessed so many people, and even though it's hard, God will be with you today and always.


At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine what you must be going through - the range of emotions. As Christians, we want to rejoice that BJ is now in the very presence of our Lord and God. As parents, we hurt deeply for you as we try to put ourselves in your place. Hold on to Jesus. He alone can comfort you.

Mooresville, IN

At 3:52 PM, Blogger laura said...

You will forever be in our hearts and prayers. Once again, thank you so much for sharing such a personal experience to the world. BJ I know would be so very proud at how many lives he touched. You know we really should be jealous of him coz he is with Jesus and we are down here on this evil earth. Where he is u cry no more, thirst no more and are never hungry again. I know he will be missed by many, but rejoice because he is in his new body. I didn't know him personally but I will tell you that I felt like he was my very good friend. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only beggon son and whomever believeth in him should not perish but have ever lasting life", that is what BJ has now. Eternal life.. Wow that is awesome. Just remember when Christ comes to take us home, BJ will be there.

Your sister n Christ.

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent and family,
It was such an honor and priviledge to visit with you briefly while I was with Walker. I am so touched and utterly speechless that you would take the time to pray for me and my family in the midst of what you are going through. When Walker came to the hospital to visit my Dad and obtain reassurance of his salvation, he told me that you had prayed for us. I just wept. They say that the apple does not fall far from the tree and so you are every bit a hero in my book as your precious son B.J. May the God of peace and comfort be ever so strong and may HE tabernacle among you during the next several days. You will be in my prayers and I will be praying for Walker and the entire funeral service on Friday. I do hope we will meet one day on this side of Glory. God bless you all!
Robyn George - Tulsa, OK

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Kaeli Cockrell said...

BJ was a strong man. He was specail to me. I will miss him here on earth but will wait to see him in Heaven. That is the biggest thing that i want. Heaven. It will be marvalous. You are in my prayers.


At 4:06 PM, Blogger Kaeli Cockrell said...

BJ was a strong man. He was specail to me. I will miss him here on earth but will wait to see him in Heaven. That is the biggest thing that i want. Heaven. It will be marvalous. You are in my prayers.


At 4:06 PM, Blogger Kaeli Cockrell said...

BJ was a strong man. He was specail to me. I will miss him here on earth but will wait to see him in Heaven. That is the biggest thing that i want. Heaven. It will be marvalous. You are in my prayers.


At 4:12 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Isaiah 57:1&2
"The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For the godly who die will rest in peace."

In Christ's Name,
The Leafs

At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone at Hazelwood is deeply saddened by B.J.'s passing and our hearts and prayers are with you and the whole family. We know and trust that God has answered our prayers in the way that best aligned with His will and that B.J.'s life will continue to reap blessings yet unknown.

HCC Staff & Family

At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent, Deanna & girls-

Just wanted to let you know we continue to hold you in our thoughts and prayers today. This has opened the door for a lot of questions from my girls about God's will and going into the mission field. I only pray that my girls "get it" like BJ did. We will see you on Thursday/Friday. Please do not hesitate to call if you need anything. Love you guys.

Love, Nancy

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

You are loved: Your entire family. It is amazing how much compassion we can feel for someone we've never met, but for the sake of the internet. God made the last decision for you and decided to take BJ into perfection. What an awesome time he must be having right now! May God be with you during this time in such a real way.

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

dear the higgins,

At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Higgins Family,
Since I got the alert to read this website, from Mercy Me's email, I have not stopped praying for your family.
As someone who has had the experience of waiting to see how God was going to heal a loved one here on Earth or at Home with Him. I understand the feelings. God chose my Aunt to be with Him. I understand what you are going through.
Can I encourage you to continue to let the Lord lavish His love on you? Understand He wants to know all of your thoughts/feelings even though you may not agree with His decisions. Keep communicating with him.
Your love for the Lord and desire to glorify Him in this time will get you through. He will honor and bestow favor upon your family.
Michelle Dyck
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear the higgins, i'm so sorry for the loss. but just always know that everyone is praying for your family. bj is well missed by everyone. hopre everything get's better.
liz stum i was in miss. higgins fourth grade class two years ago.

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have full confidence that our God of grace and love will fully surround your family at this time. I praise the Lord for BJ's "home-going". Will continue to pray for ya'll.
Kansas City

At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are praying for all of yall and yall are truly loved! stay strong in christ!! from sherman, tx

At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the final healing....Hearing the voice of God and feeling HIS love... You are loved and we will do all we can in prayer.
hugs--- Bill and Marlene and family.

At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i never had the oppurtunity to personally know your son. however, i heard his story from my speech teacher, Mrs. May. everyday she would read the latest post and bj became almost like a friend to the students. i am terrible sorry to hear of bj's passing, but i know that he is in a better place without the restraints of the various machines and pain. be encouraged that someday we will all be able to see bj and others when we are reunited with the Lord. Until then, use bj's testimony to further the Lord's work and glory.

At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you BJ for showing us how to be better Christians through this entire experience. I hope one day to meet you in heaven where we can worship together at the feet of Jesus (where you already are!!)

I pray for closure and healing over the Higgins family and I ask that the Lord continue to do mighty works through BJ's life and death.

Lord bless you all,

-Rusty Pickens
Ada Oklahoma

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney, my hearts desire is to be there to celebrate BJ's wonderful life, but unfortunatley distance does not allow for this at this time. You will be always in my prayers and thoughts and your precious BJ will forever be in my heart.

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee, OK

At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and family, i want you to know that although my family decided to leave northside, your family and others alike have remained in my heart. I was grieved to hear about BJ but couldn't be happier that he was serving the Lord until his last breath. Not every 15 year old boy would be so willing to give his life for his Savior. You raised your son right, he was a light to everyone in that youth group and beyond. I didn't have many conversations with him but he always knew how to give God's love to everyone. Brent I also wanted to thank you for your personal dedication and help in my life and well as Carrie's lives we will never forget you! You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

-Lori Harmer

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. reading all these comments, seeing how many people's lives have been's hit me just how much of an impact brent had. he was just one man, but he was completely, passionately on fire for God. just look at what God has done and is doing thru his life!! what a legacy!!! it causes me to question: what are the rest of us doing? being lukewarm will cause us to be 'spit out'-let's get on fire for God, not in our feelings, in our LIVES and ACTIONS

At 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you,Brent, Deanna, Lauren, Whitney and BJ, for sharing your lives, your hearts and your testimonies with me. You ALL have impacted my life in such a powerful way, that the full effect will take a very long time to understand and process. Because of the way God has used your family, I am a changed man, thank you. Life is more precious to me, time is not as easily 'wasted'. It is a blessing to honor BJ's memory with a contribution to his scholarship fund, very healing to my soul, which has been touched by his dedication and diligence in serving our Lord. Thank you, Higgins family, for helping me to remember that I'm a part of something much bigger and more important than myself. It's all about our Savior, serving and showing His love to the lost and unloveable, and lifting each other up as time grows shorter. I am so grateful and owe more than I could ever pay, Thank you, Jesus, for cancelling our debts...with love, prayer, and praising the Lord, Jimmy

At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will be there.

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my friend kaeli knew bj and she said he was a really great guy
i would hav loved to be around him and see him laugh and goof off with his friends but i guess i cant do that now
i was hoping him to get better but he didnt
even though he's gone now he's in a better place
now he's in heaven with Jesus and i know that he's happy

to bj's friends and family i hope you can handle the loss of bj and that if you need comfort i will be going to the wake and to his funeral
may God bless you all through these hard times

At 3:40 PM, Blogger livingforHim said...

today is october 28 2006...i am still praying...we luv and you are always in our prayers


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