Sunday, October 02, 2005

We just finished watching a story on BJ on Fox 59's "Unsung Heroes" (10pm newscast) It was well done...Thank you Christy K., Tony and Rusty. Thank you Angela Ganote for doing this story. You have blessed our family!

Tonight I wanted to share with you an entry from Beej's personal journal (not one of his Peru journals). He is talking about glorifying God, and sin. He is rather passionate, so please forgive the run-on sentences. I believe he was 14 when he wrote this. He titled the page:


...The search for self glorification is the same desire that destroys the glory of man...And you want to know why we should not do these things- these natural, common, impulsive things- even though they feel good? Because they are sins, but more serious than they seem. That word [sin] has been downplayed and used so often that it has become so trite that it is now necessary to describe in detail what they are and the magnitude of their iniquity.

These are direct, even deliberate disobediences against God. The same God who created you, gave you life, gave you purpose, gave you passion, and loved you, and even died the most torturous death imaginable for you, so that you don't get what you deserve and so that you do get what you do not deserve. And if that does not reach you, consider this: He is the very one who gave you the very things that you use to disobey Him and please yourself, but not so that you would do these things, but that you would use them for His glory.

And in response to His unconditional and ultimate love, mercy, and grace, you spit in His face; the same face that is so holy that no person can even look upon it without being killed; and not only you, but all of us; all humanity has blasphemed His name and deliberately disobeyed, dishonored, and despised HE which gives us what we seek; life, love, and ultimate satisfaction, completeness, and joy."

I don't think there is much to add to this. He was speaking to himself from his heart, but clearly is speaking to our world today. How will we respond? Will we discount it as the silly ramblings of a young teen-ager? Or will we allow the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin in our lives, and bring about revolution...revival?

It hits me square between the eyes, and causes me to find no place to hide from my filth.

The Web team is working on the issue of being able to view the final Celebration. I thank you for your interest...I guess more of you than we expected are desiring to see it. More info to come.

The picture of the tree planting is on it's way to California with my cousin, so until I get a copy e-mailed to me, I cannot post it.

Thank you for your prayer support,

Beej's dad

John P. you can e-mail me at


At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Unsung Heros story on BJ was wonderful and did show his love by service to God.

She was right when she said two minutes was not enough to tell the story! We know that BJ's life will give us all direction for the future. His committment at an early age is a testament to all that no matter how old we are, we can bring glory to our Lord.

With great love for God and your family,
Dave Blankenship

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

We love you guys! i hope you keep this blog going for a long time! i visit it almost hourly to look for updates. i told my youth group tonite that Beej had died this week. I had shared his story with them about a month ago. My kids are a wonderful group and we have been trying to expand it. our numbers have just recently doubled and i hope that trend continutes. When the video of the service is available i think i will share atleast parts of it with them. I listened to most of the audio feed, and there were some powerful things said at his service and i think they need to hear it. What a compliment to you guys to have such a son.. that loved the Lord so much. And what a testimony to the rest of us by his life and ultimately his death. I believe that beej did die for some type of greater purpose. I pray that this revival does start from the life of Beej. Our world needs one last GREAT revival and to think that it could start from this! let's keep the momentum going! We all love you very much! I've never met any of you but i cried so much last week. i dont' know how anyone could not bet touched by this experience that you all have been through. Keep your chins up and remember that God loves you and Beej is with God now! Praise the LORD!

At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard this song the other day and can't help but think of BJ. He is there now, where we all want to be. It's often a struggle to stay focused and to not let the things of this world distract, but this needs to be our focus. In the end, it cames down to this:

Artist: MercyMe
Album : Almost There
Song: I Can Only Imagine

Lyrics :

I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By Your side
I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When Your face
Is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine

BJ has touched so many and will continue to do so. I tell people at work about him, tell my hairdresser, and anyone else who will listen. He is an inspiration to us all. And when they say we must be crazy to send our kids out so young, I am thankful I am crazy and there are others just like me. The world needs to continue to hear BJ's story, so they too will be called out.

We haven't seen the video or heard the audio, but are looking forward to it. A fellow church member did get to hear it and was touched.

Tonna M

At 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Brent for sharing his personal journal. What a hero he was and will forever be. Your son was and is and will always be a true witness to all young people and old. His story is so incredible that he has truely touched my life in a tremendous way. I can't wait to see the webcam so please please when it gets up and running please let us know.

your friend in christ,

laura montgomery

At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too cried alot last week. Espically when i logged on on the 26th in the morning and found that BJ went on too heaven. I wept and wept like he was such a part of me, like i knew him personally. I have never ever been touched that way.

At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the holy spirit is moving... what a blessing to be part of it

At 12:53 AM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

Dear Family, What an awesome, loving and faithful Lord that we all serve.We give all praise and honor to Him, and we pray that in all that we do, we bring glory to His name. BJ did all those things and so much more. You have heard so many stories of how BJ has touched and changed lives, how his journal entries and his struggle in the hospital have turned hearts and lives over to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I feel that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
My connection for the audio wasn't the best on Friday but I did manage to hear most of it and I was moved with the power of the words spoken in BJ's service. God spoken words.
Many people have spoken about revival, and I remember that I commented on that through the course of the blogs and my witness to revival is still the same today as it was when I first commented. If I may repeat myself.....
Someone mentioned a ripple effect, I believe that ripple will turn into a wave, through BJ, revival has already started in our hearts and our homes and through the site remaining and hopefully the publishing of BJ's journals and his recorded walk with the Lord, he will continue to turn hearts to Christ.

Through BJ the body of Christ saw no boundries in denomination, but were drawn through their love of Christ and their deep concern for a brother who needed our prayers, we became united and one voice, just as our Lord desires

At 12:57 AM, Blogger Kathryn said...

My name is Kathryn and i'll be 18 this month. I saw the story on BJ tonight on fox and it touched me. I was on the computer at the time so I typed in the web page to check it out. I saw the video of his service and thought I would take a peak well i ended up watching the whole thing. It was so touching and I kept getting chills. Well I've always loved going to church but noone else in my family does so I feel wierd doing so. But my grandparents on my dads side were mitionarys and I always thought that was awsome but I don't even have a church to go to. I've never found one that i could go to and feel like i fit in but i've only been to two. Well anyway It really touched me to hear his whole story and to know that people can have so much faith in God and to show it. I live in muncie, Indiana and i'm looking for a church like your i guess but I might be moving to indy when i graduate so i might visit your church.It would be so great to be so in touch with God and to show other people. I've also wanted to be bathtised since i was about 12 years old. Well its really late- So God Bless You- Love ya-Katie

At 1:01 AM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

Oops sorry I hit publish instead of edit, What I wanted to say was that the youth have definately caught the fire that BJ knew so well, that was witnessed via the audio of his service, as we continue to tell others of BJ's incredible walk with the Lord and his sold out faith the Lord will continue to use BJ's testamony to turn hearts to Jesus, not just the youth but all age groups. I too believe that BJ was martyred for the Lord, and the youth of today need a "now" follower as a role model, and BJ fits that model so perfectly.
You as the family have such an awesome task and ministry ahead of you and I continue to pray that the Lord would bless you all, in all that you do, that wherever you place your feet that you would claim it as the Lord's teritority. I sorry I tend to ramble when I get excitied at seeing what the Lord will do through those who are willing empty vessels.
God Bless your family.

In His Love
Linda Ronne,
Shawnee, OK

At 4:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katie, I will pray for you...

We love you...God Bless

Greenfield, Indiana

At 6:15 AM, Blogger MarylandMommy said...

I have shared the story of your amazing son so many times. Your family really touched me! Thank you again for sharing it with us.

The Kukuck's

At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


E-mail the Higgins...I am certain they will meet you at the front door of the church this coming Sunday.

God wants you to know Him intimately & personally - it is NO accident that you feel drawn to BJ's story!

Today, we will pray for you too!

At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are exactly the reason I felt so compelled to nominate BJ as an Unsung Hero - so that he may touch ANOTHER person and bring them to the lord like he did for me. BJ is such a wonderful example of leading the life the lord has made for you - glorifying God in all you do! I didn't grow up in a church, nor did we discuss religion. I also had only visited a few churches w/friends. I really hope and pray that you continue to follow gods calling to you, through BJ! He has a wonderful family and many people here that support and love each other - all while serving the lord. Even those of us who don't know each other.
The Higgins family is amazing - its been an honor to meet them and a blessing they have shared BJ with us all!

I also hope this blog goes on forever - as its daily inspiration!

God Bless. Love to you all,
Christy K.

For anyone who would like, and Katie - feel free to email me anytime-

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

(Note from Cousin Becky: Katya pays for a very limited amount of Internet access time each week, so she has not been able to visit the blog personally. However, I have talked to her several times since her father's tragic death on August 15, and she has always asked me about BJ and wanted me to give you all her love and hugs. Thank you for having us all at your house on July 4th. Katya was so delighted to meet the four of you and was sorry that she didn't have the chance to meet BJ in person. I think they would have had a lot to talk about! Katya, too, is very passionate about sharing Christ with anyone God places in her path. Below is a note that she e-mailed to me that I received this morning (Oct. 3) after returning from being with you all during the celebrations for BJ. I also received a personal e-mail at the same time that reflected what God has been doing in Katya's heart and life over the past few weeks--and years--in teaching her complete surrender in the face of the pain and loss of much that has been near and dear to her. As one who has experienced much sorrow in the last few years, she writes to you out of the knowledge of her personal experience and from the wellspring of her heart.)

Dearest Brent and Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,

All this time I have been walking alongside with you in my heart and soul. I have been praying hard for you and asking for God’s incredible mercy, peace and help for you.

God delivered B.J. from suffering by taking him home. You are now rejoicing, but at the same time grieving and weeping. I know that your hearts are breaking right now. Other people’s lives have been going on, but your lives have stopped from moving on for a while. It may seem to you that you do not have any strength left, that your lives have gotten totally out of your control, that your dreams and hopes have fallen apart. Well, when you have “nothing of you” left, when you can’t move on, when the most simple common things suddenly become very difficult for you to do, the Lord will not just help you with life, but He will do things for you and through you. When you need to get out of bed in the morning or when you will need to eat something, but will not have any appetite to eat, “He will get up for you and will eat for you and continue the day for you.” You will discover that He can really live your life for you. At such moments in life God’s incredible peace comes like never before, people come to faith in Jesus Christ through you like never before, God performs wonders in your life like never before… When you are incredibly weak, you will be also strong like iron.

I have been bringing you to the Lord in the same way as the four friends in the Gospels brought a paralyzed man to Jesus through the roof of a house. The Lord healed him and gave him life. You may feel paralyzed right now, but the Lord will gradually heal you, and you will feel whole again like never before. “Wholeness” and ability to live life to the full are inevitably coming, because the Lord loves you so much!

I love you very much too and I will continue to fight for you in prayer.

Katya Komarova, your Russian friend and sister in Christ.
(Vladimir, Russia)

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

For those outside the Indianapolis area, I emailed Fox 59 and asked if they would put BJ's segment on their website. Here is the response:

We just started adding two of our segments to our website after each of our shows.
So, my producer says at about 9:30 or so you should be able to watch the Unsung Hero on the net.
Let me know if if isn't there or you guys have trouble.

Thanks Fox 59! webiste is

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Celebration Service was amazing on Friday and that people accepted Christ during it made it even better. The speaker who gave the message was very right in saying that Bj was a leader to the students. During Jumpstart Bj told me the same exact story of how he became a man and from that point on i always looked at him differently with a sense of more respect. Since the whole ordeal with Bj it has really made me want to go on missions around the world. I don't seem content with just sitting in my own city but want to share around the world. I wrote a paper for school when Bj was in the hospital, and the subject was to write about something that changed my life, and it was an amazing tool to use to share the gospel with my peers. Many of them seemed very affected by it and some even visited the site. Thank you for everything you had an amazing son.

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I am back in South Carolina and still thinking of bj often. What amazes me the most is how much he packed in his life in only 15 years. Me, a 24 year old, feels like a spiritual infant next to my friend. I KNOW Bj would have loved the service on Friday. The music, the friends, and the words were in joyful remembrance of Bj and in praise to our God. I must admit, before my praise band and I started the service I was literally "weak knees" and sweating a cold sweat, but as soon as I reached the stage and looked out over all of the people there to honor Bj and praise God, I forgot it all, and I could not wait to play that first chord on Bj's guitar. I must say thanks to everyone in the FBC Praise Band. For your willingness to practice late on Thursday, for taking off work to be there early on Friday, and even for some of us playing while we were sick and not feeling good. It shows how much we loved Bj. Also I want to say thanks to my dad for bringing me back to Indy for the service. Man what a Dad I have. He truly is my Unsung Hero, and all ways will be. Through all of this you again have shown your amazing character, servant's heart, love for God and people. Well, I have class in a few minuets, and it is back to the work at hand. I was so glad to see all of you back in Mooresville, and next time it will be under much different circumstances.


brett in SC

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Good Morning Family!
Dad, One of my prayers for our team this weekend was that we would not look at us (the team) as 19 people but we still have 20. BJ isnt physically with us but his life is a HUGE part of ours and find us all not being able to stop talking about it. I emailed lauren about something he taughtm me on the bus one day. I have found many more things in my journal where im thinking, "Beej told me that..." and then being able to still have my brother bless me through you sharing his heart with us! You let us know and we will come visit and tell you every story we know about BJ from the field!! hehe :-) Say it and in the vans we will come! Every day we were asking about each others quiet time and what the Lord was showing us-and now it may not be what the Lord is showing BJ today but i still get to see the depths of the heart i got to serve with and know this summer and it continues to push me. The 19 of us have the job to take the 20 of us and proclaim our Lord and share of our brother. I was thinking last night...Awe Star is going to 5 different countries next summer. He has the 19 of us to spread across the world. Yet in EVERY country...BJ's heart for the Lord and obediance will be shared! just encourages me. Anyways, Thanks so much for sharing! I cant wait for when the Lord allows us all to sit and talk and you share and us share the parts of Beej we knew. Love ya family!
Tara Case
Yukon, Oklahoma
Peru 2005

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so amazing-BJ's message to "GO" was so prevalent in the celebration service on Friday and then on Sunday at Northside we had Bill Fay whose message is "Share Jesus Without Fear" which taught Chrisitians how to approach someone to share Christ with them.(We know that BJ had a little fear when he approached the policemen with the uzzi's, but he spoke to them anyway.) I know that it must have been in the works for Bill Fay to come (probably before BJ was sick) so the timing reinforced how God works. One says "GO" the other says "Here is how..." We love you all and know that you are still in our daily prayers!

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Nic and Jen said...

wow I am continually amazed at BJ's desire and walk with the Lord. I can only say that as a 32 year old woman.... I am learning so much from him. He has so much to share with the world through his journal entries. Please continue to share. And, I myself, have no place to hide my filth either. BJ was very right about sinning. He worded it perfectly. How can we do things that are a direct disobedience to our Lord? We are spitting in His face, just like BJ said. Praise God for His unended mercy on us.

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

Please keep sharing from BJ's journals. It's always such an encouragement for me.

In Christ,

ps. Katie, I am and will be praying for you.

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

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,

Just to let you know that you remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Wish I could have seen the special on 59 last night, didn't know about it. We really miss seeing you at church, it isn't the same without you. If you need anything at all this week, please call. Love you guys.

Love, Nancy

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna,
Thank You for continuing to share B.J. with us. I was so blessed on Friday celebrating with you and all the others at Northside. It was truly an amazing service. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers all weekend long and continue to be, through today. We will see you all on Wednesday (I believe)when we bring you dinner. I anticipate this time to be able to see you.
I told Lowell, yesterday, at Church that I have worn more pink this past week, than I ever have in my entire life.....I even wore it under my Camo, hunting Saturday Morning! (I have a sneeking idea that's why I didn't get anything, but that's ok, hahaha.)
We were able to watch B.J. last evening as the Unsung Hero. Amazing!
You, your family, and B.J. have really touched and even changed our lives, both before, during and after B.J.'s illness. I am forever grateful. I wish that I could express into words just how much you have changed my life. I am a different person now. I now look at life and my journey with our Lord and Savior in a different light.
You all are truly an awesome family and we love and miss you all.
Matt Littell

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Whitney, & Lauren,

It was such a blessing to meet you on Friday and I know that it meant a lot to the awestar students as well to be able to spend time with you. God is incredible and I must share what he showed me in the vans coming home from the celebration service because it was not by accident! I was reading my devotion about the "awareness of the call" and it talked about how our calling sometimes is like a clap of thunder or it may dawn gradually, but either way it is always accompanied with an undercurrent of the supernatural - something that is inexpressible and produces a "glow" and then there comes this sudden awareness of this surprising call "I chose you" John 15:16 says "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last. Then the father will give you whatever you ask in my name." I was so amazed because 6 weeks ago, the call was not obvious but it dawned very gradually the past 43 days that God chose BJ and I can testify there was a "glow" that surrounded you this past Friday and the "glow" and fruit continues because God is being glorified in ways we could never have imagined! I apologize this is so long but it continues with the "assigning of the call" and here is where God fastens our attention on something that we never dreamed to be the call for us, but yet we say, Here am I send me. I know your family never dreamed the call would be BJ giving his life yet as many have said, If BJ had been given a glimpse of the specific call, giving up his life, he would have done it all over again. It goes on to say the call is being made broken bread and poured out wine. God cannot make us into the wine if we object to the fingers he chooses to use to crush us. (we all want to be used by God but in our flesh we want to pick the circumstances) but we cannot choose the place of our martyrdom. If we are going to be poured out, we must be crushed, which means we have been squeezed by His fingers. If we are not "ripe", the wine will be bitter, but if we are in agreement with God he will produce the kind of bread and wine that will benefit His other children. This devotion was dated September 30th, the day of BJ's celebration service and I got chills reading it and knowing that the beautiful picture of his life that we had just witnessed truly did produce a "sweet" wine that is being poured out all over this country and benefitting so many of God's children. I also thank God that you, BJ's family, allowed the fingers of God to sqeeze you and you did not object to the circumstances. Your response has also challenged many of us. You are a precious family and we will continue to lift you up in our prayers in the days and months ahead. Thank you sooo much for being transparent and again thank you for being awestar parents and for taking the time with our students on Friday.
In His Love,
Kayla Rice (Brooke's mom)
Oklahoma City, OK

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent, Deanna & Lauren & Whitney,
Well, it's Monday morning & as I came into school this morning, my first instinct was to turn on my computer & check out the blog. I am still thinking of you SO often & I am praying for the 4 of you more than ever. We miss you so incredibly much & hope to see you again soon. BJ's service Friday was so incredible. I hope that at age 15 we can see our little Andrew as a true "Man of God." What a challenge BJ has laid before us all - you are a truly phenomenal family & we love you. If you need ANYTHING, please let us know! I can make a mean enchilada - that's about all I can make, too, so your options are slightly limited:) WE LOVE YOU!

Jes, Todd & Andrew Y.

At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ's writings are so incredible for a young man of his age. I continue to return to this site because it nourishes my soul and it feels so wonderful to feel "connected" to so many, but particularly to you, Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney.

Brent, I heard you asked Vickie for that hug from me! Thanks, because she didn't even know about it b/c she was already gone when I found out she was going to go.

As these days begin, please know you continue to be in my prayers throughout the day. Our pastor spoke yesterday about sharing the love of Christ with others, as Paul did on his second missionary trip. It make me think of BJ and all of you and how BJ made that such a part of who he was and continues to be through others.

God, please comfort these your special children this day, hold them tenderly in your arms, to cry to smile, whatever it is they need from you this day I ask that you provide in abundance. Bless them and their family and all of those who struggle with BJ's loss.



At 10:21 AM, Blogger natenamy said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney--

We just wanted to let you all know that we will be thinking about and praying for you all throughout the day.

Nate and I stayed up to watch the "Unsung Hero" report on Fox last night, and were so touched by their willingness not to "water down" BJ's message! Thank you Katie for sharing on the blog... I attend the same church as Brent and Deanna, and I KNOW that you will be welcomed with open arms when you decide to visit!

Nate and I consider ourselves blessed to consider you our family, and we are forever changed because of BJ (and all of you), his minsitry, and his love for Jesus. We will "never be the same again" because of your wonderful family! Thank you!

Know we love you... and we are praying!

Hugs and kisses,

Nate and Amy

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Family,

It was so meaningful to me to read how you were able to celebrate BJ, and worship as family and friends on his birthday. Thank you for sharing the day with us. I shared BJ's journal writing about fasting TV, phone, video games, etc. with my Lightseekers SS class yesterday as well as bits from his rememberance service. I know it is challenging them to go deeper in the Lord. What a special touch from God to have ray of light in the pic of BJ's tree. Wonderful how God finds ways to tell you how much He loves you and that He is with you. I'm personally looking forward to viewing the service when it is up and running. Kudos to the very blessed webteam for their hard work. That sort of stuff eludes me :) Thank you for sharing with us! We, in Gray, Ga. cannot wait for his book. I am changed by God speaking through BJ's writings. It is overwhelming to me how the Holy Spirit transcended his age to communicate to us about the nitty gritty of Christian living. BJ seemed like a seasoned saint of old in his writings. WOW! How I need to hear what God is saying through BJ'S life.

Praying you through the pain,
Lynne in Gray, Ga.

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

I just finished watching BJ's Memorial Service. What a beautiful tribute, not only to BJ, but to our Savior. (Bloggers - you can watch by clicking on the "audio webcast" link - you may have to try a few times as seeing the video depends on how many people are viewing at the time.)

My heart was filled watching all those "children" who came forward to take BJ's place on the mission field. Walker's words were so powerful!

Yesterday, our pastor spoke about locusts (from Proverbs 30:24-28)and how the lesson we learn from them is to "propel yourself". Alone, the locust is weak - but their identity and power is unveiled in the company of others. Just as we are empowered by living in the Body of Christ - how we NEED each other to be a force for doing God' work. The locust's potential is made visible by its hunger as it can eat 200 times its weight in food and nations fear the locust more than anything else because as a group they are unstoppable. The locust uses the power of his limitations. He has wings but can't fly - but he can jump and soar up to 20 miles when he feels the wind blow. So, we must not be held back by our limitations - we must use our capacity to "jump" when we feel God's wind blow and go where He wants us to go.

I know this is long - but during the whole sermon, I was thinking of how it all related to BJ and what many of us have experienced by coming together in this Body of Christ over the last several weeks. I just felt like God was reinforcing the things I have been learning from you and my fellow bloggers. The message is becoming more and more clear to me and I am trying to develop a keener sense of awareness to respond to the blowing of God's wind.

Thank you all so much for sharing. Thank you for this place that I can express myself to my family of believers.

Keeping you all closee in thought and prayer!

Lynn Andrews
Macon, GA

At 10:42 AM, Blogger tochina4emma said...

How awesome it is that God is using BJ even now. I lead a small group of senior girls and last night we were supposed to name someone who has impacted the world for Christ. BJ immediately came to mind and we talked about what his life has meant for the body of Christ. I am challenged by his faith and obedience in God.

Still praying for all of you!
In Him,
Stacy in Kansas City

p.s. Katie, I will pray for you as well!

At 10:43 AM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Hello Higgins family,

We were so blessed to be a part of this past week.
We were excited to have met and hear some great BJ/Peru stories.
Thank You Awe Star team!!!
I can't even imagine what a blessing you must've been to the Higgins.
You were a blessing to my family.

Watching so many students walk forward to make a commitment was so incredible. I pray that we have just as many parents that will step up and let them go..
Both of my children went forward and they both fully intend to follow thru with their commitment. We fully intend to help them in whatever way we can to follow God's lead..

We will continue to pray for each of you!!
We love you.
Feeling so blessed in KC today-

At 11:55 AM, Blogger . said...


I have friends that go to Muncie Alliance Church. I hear it's really great--has a lot of teens and twenties. Maybe you could try it?

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

I send quotes to friends in my address book from BJ. This last one was amazing...even more amazing that BJ was only 14 and to get it! I don't think I even get it most of the time. I find encouragement from a family I don't even know and a teenage boy who is no longer with us. But the Spirit of God is always here doing God's work. We are just a vessel. Will you be used by God like BJ was? Will you continue to sin with the things God has given you? That hits home, doesn't it? Thank you Higgins family for sharing private things with us. We need it! This is becoming one of my favorite sites...I see/feel God at work and it's amazing! Thanks again
Troy, IL

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ's faith humbles me. What a wonderful disciple of the Lord.

At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the news last night. I thought they did great there are still many other things they could have said. Your son was a very remarkable and inspiring child and wish I would have known him better.

Much love,

At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you that wish to see the Unsung Hero segment go here:,0,5658243.htmlstory?coll=wxin-morning-news-1

Then on the right under 'video' Click on Unsung Hero - Brent Higgins Jr. and you can watch it!

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

Thank you, Father God, and thank you, Angela Ganote, for the incredible piece about BJ! You were right--you couldn't say it all in the short time you had, but you said a great deal, and you said it very well. Thanks, everyone, for posting the links so we non-Indy folks could watch! It gave me chills!

This is an example of the world taking note of someone whose life stands out--someone who "got it." May many more Katies and Jesters and others from every tribe and tongue have the opportunity to seek and find You because of BJ and because of ALL his forthcoming stories. . .and may we tell each one ever so faithfully,

praying in pink,

Marti for the Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Nic and Jen said...

Wow I just watched the video clip from Fox 59 on BJ. WOW! He is so amazing. The spreading of the Gospel through BJ is just astounding. It is amazing to me how God is using BJ during and after his life for His Glory. BJ's testimony is an inspiration to everyone. I pray that many come to Christ and many make recommitments to Christ. Thank you Higgins family for sharing this with the world. This has to be so hard and you must feel alot of grief. Please know that God has you in His Mighty Hand right now.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Emily Jo said...

What a marvelous creature your son was....wisdom beyond his years, and a faith ripened as if an old man. His passion inspires me daily. Oh to see my son grow up to be like him. I hope to bring my family to your town sometime, to meet you and fellowship with your community. This Blog sight has revolutionized my life....I too check it several times a day, and look forward to the commmunity it has brought to my life. Thank you Higgins family!! For letting us in during this season of your life. BJ's "heart-wishes" and passions continue yet! His life and legacy keep his work as a missionary alive, even as he kneels before the Savior, praising His name. Sing one for me BJ!

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Man! That's almost too deep for me to even understand, but I got it. So true.
Thought I would let you know that the video worked for me when I tried it. I don't know what I did or if it was something that I did, but it worked. I wanted to see a couple of the parts again, especially the video with the song Held. Friday was one of the longest days of my life, but it blessed me a lot. I cannot wait to meet you all again and talk with you! Thank you so much for keeping up with the blogging. I find myself coming back to this site several times throughout the day after school wanting to see if you all have said anything else! I love you guys so much! Have a great week.

Your sister,
Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just watched the Unsung Heroes on the internet!! Awesome! Thank You for putting the website on the blogs for us!

Todays journal writing...amazing once again! I have been copying them into a folder, and I am going to make copies and put them into Christmas cards this year. I have already thirteen pages!! Thank You Higgins Family!!

We love you and thank you and are praying for you constantly! God bless you today!!

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bj is still someone to look up to, I am 15 and I cant believe someone my age can do all the things bj did. I will keep your family in, you prayers and I will keep updating when I can!
GOd bLesS
aRkaNSAs gIrl

At 4:21 PM, Blogger savedbyGRACE said...

As I continue to read and be inspired through BJ, I can't help but think of the beautiful weather that has surrounded us this past week. I feel as though BJ is "hugging" us from up above with the warmth of the sun and the cool breezes that blow through every now and then. BJ continues to bless and challenge us.

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just watched the Fox 59 video clip. It was great!!! I am still praying for you guys. Talk to you later!!!!

Hannibal, Mo

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anyway that they will be showing BJ's story again? I just found out after reading this that they had a show on him. He was so awesome that I would definiately like to see more of what he did. You are still in my prayers!
Lots of love,
Lauren Szabo

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Am so glad everything is going well. I watched the Funeral over line, it was amazing, I cried, i know its a celebration but it also hits some spots.
Remeber am always in prayer for your situation.

At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I am torn between hurt and happy. I didn't know B.J. personally. I happened to see him a few times during our lunch at school. I never met him. I now wished I would have. From what I have heard he has been quite an inspiration on all of our student body. Wether on purpose or not. He seems amazing.Although he is gone, he went on to a better place. For that I am happy. I am sad for never being able to formally meet him. I am glad he lead a wonderful life and was so passionate about the Lord and his work. I am not a very religious person, but I have my beliefs. From what I have heard of B.J. I admire greatly. I just wanted his family to know that their son, brother, or grandchild not only impacted your life... but also the lives of strangers. B.J. will never be forgotten.
Just The Girl At Lunch

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey guys, i just wanted to let you know that i am writing bj's story fo my creative writing class and submitting it for publication in iupui's creative arts journal. when it is finished i will send you all a copy.:-)

At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wish i could have seen the unsung heros story.. well i just wanted to say that im continuing to pray for u guys and i think its great that u r continuing to post bc bjs journals r soo inspiring.. its hard to imagine that hes my age!! well on a previous post u had talked about wanting to know how we found this site.. well i know michael (leaf) and thats how i came across this site.. he speaks very highly of bj.. and now seems to be very inspired by what has happened.. he talked in our home group last night about how he wants to go on a mission trip to peru now and basically how christians need to stop "sitting on their hands" and step up and do something.. i know a lot of ppl at our church have been really touched by bj and michael talking about bj so i just wanted to repeat how great ur son was to all of us.. its amazing how God works through different ppl in SO many different ways... well keep it up guys .. ur being prayed for a lot i know...

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey family. I have never met you personally. My grandmother gave me this site (I forgot how she found out about it...) but she checked it every day every 3 or so hours. I know she has been truly moved by BJ's testimony as a follower of Jesus our Lord. I've looked at this site many times myself, and was just amazed and inspired by all your son has done in the lives of the people he knew... and even in the lives of people he will never meet until heaven! I am so encouraged by BJ's strong faith to be a leader, to stand up, to have a voice, to be fearless of nothing but God. I will be praying for you always and may God bless you as much as you have blessed others!
Oh, a couple years back my great grandfather passed away and we found this written in his bible:
"I am immortal until my work here is finished."
-Reverend Hugh Huffine

BJ fulfilled God's purpose... and he brought many people to Christ just by living the way he did. Bless you all! You are in my prayers.

Love in Christ,

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

Dear family of Brent-
My name is Elizabeth Carter. I knew Brent all throughout Junior High. I was in his Orchestra class all three years at Clay. I also know Sara and she kept me updated. BJ's story is amazing and I cannot imagine the emotions you are going through. Your whole family is in our prayers, our families, cities, churches, everyones! We love you! BJ's story has touched many and I thank God for your son. Thank you
In Christ,

At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear family,
It was so wonderful to meet you i am so excited to see what God has in store. He is allready working in unbeliviable ways. Tonight at 10 all of okc metro will hear how amazing our God is through your sons story. There is an interview on news channel 4 oklahma city.
We love you very much

In christ
Brooke Rice

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, please keep blogging for a long time. Continue sharing things from BJ's journal. His thoughts as a 14 year old have truly touched my heart today!! Please when you find something that blesses you from his writings, please share it with us. I am praying for you guys and I hope that God's grace, love and peace are with you whenever you think of BJ!
Love always,

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

I must admit that I skimmed over it firt. Can't say why. But my mom brought me back here to look at some stuff, and I saw one or two comments that said that Beej's journal entry was really good. I then heard God speak, "Read it again." So I did. Man, what depth! Would the world sin as much as it did if it knew that? I think not. Of coarse it would still sin, but I think not as much. Thanks, family for still blogging and letting us into your lives. It means the world. I can't wait to talk to you in person again and get to know you better. May our awesome God keep you and bless you for your service to Him.
Love in Christ,
Kayla (Peru 2005)
Dallas, TX

At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I continue to check the site over and over...thank you Higgins family for sharing your son with us...never before have I witnessed someone so full of purpose as BJ...I'll think of him forever...I shared the Unsung Hero's story with several people...and it affected them...BJ's life is far from "finished"

God Bless you

Greenfield, Indiana

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Barbara Ann said...

Thanks so much for talking with me. I know that I say this alot, but you really do encourage me. This morning in my quiet time I read about David. It was in psalm 51 when he was asking for forgiveness for his sin that he had committed. Anyways what I am getting at is that he was on his face before the Lord asking for His grace to come on him. He was truely heartbroken before the Lord. And God really struck me and broke my heart to even more so every day die to myself. I should be like David when truely being heartbroken before the Lord when I commit a sin, even more so, trying my heartest to not do anything that is not pleasing of our Saviour. But because I am not perfect, I know that I can only strive for that. BJ really taught me how to strive to win the prize for Christ. To never give up!
I just love you guys and really hope to see you again real soon!

Still praying,
Barbara Ann

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. my friend chelsea gave me this site. i know i dont know BJ.But God does, and God has a plan for him.Im praying for your family, that you guys can make it through this rough time. But always no matter what happens remember, its always in Gods hands. you guys probably know that, but just an encourging note. Tell BJ hi for me, because hes my brother in Christ, and im praying for him.

much love,

At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the "Unsung Heroes" story on BJ! Hopefully, it will bring even more people to the site to get deeper with or meet Jesus. I blog on everyday I can because this site has such a positive feel to it;even when BJ was at his low, you still kept your spirits up. I am so impacted by this whole experience, it is amazing. I will remember BJ forever because he has made me look at my own life and wonder if I am really a model of what God wants us to be. I would have loved to meet BJ and I am reassured that one day I will. You are so blessed to have had BJ in your family! Thank you for sharing this experience with me and the rest of the world! It was such a blessing! You are still in my prayers!
Lots of love,
Lauren Szabo

At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch the video and I was so moved by the entire thing. God bless you all. My life will never be the same.

At 9:00 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

I can assure you that if you show up at Northside Baptist. There will be someone there to teach you about our wonderful God..
How do I know, because the same people that loves our God in such a mighty way..well they are the same people that reached out and taught me of our Fathers Love and Grace.. When my parents weren't there.
God places all of us in the proper place at the proper time..

I encouarge you to check out some churches in your community, or area. Don't wait God is calling you now. You didn't just happen to see BJ's unsung Hero story God led you there.
I will be praying for you...
A friend in Kansas City-Tracy

Higgins Family I was thinking of you and am praying for you tonight...
Love and Prayers from KC-Tracy

At 9:05 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Katie would love to chat with you..
you can e-mail me at:
Tracy from KC

At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank-you B.H. that was exactly what I wanted was to see that miraculous photo.

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

Dear Deanna and Family....we are so sad to learn of BJ's illness and the loss of his life. I know BJ has been returned to God and that you must be amazed at who he grew to be during your time with him. I can only see BJ with his dark hair and his very sweet first/second grade face. But, as I look at Joey and John, I know that you watched him grow to his handsome teenager self....becoming full of his life's possibilities and mission. We can only offer our hearts to you...and pray that you continue to find comfort in God's care and in the eyes, and hugs of those are around you. I spoke with Joan Bubna this evening and was glad to know that she had contact with you, and that Mrs. Dodson had been praying for BJ initially, not realizing any connection. David learned thru another TCA contact. So, I pray we are able to let you know, that there are many of us from your past, who YOU were so good to and are out here thinking about you and your family. WE LOVE YOU, Joey, John, Nancy and David Crume

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

B.J. my brother i wish i knew sooner, i know u cant see this but God does...
i will see you there!

B.J.s family, praying for you and i wish i found out sooner!
Love you guys even though i havent met yall...

Love you sister,

At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am having some trouble viewing the video. Does anyone know if you can view the video with dial up(56k) internet? I really want to see this documentary but I cannot seem to get it to work.

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