Thursday, March 5, 2009

I Would Die For You: One Student's Story of Passion, Service and Faith

By Brent and Deanna Higgins
Revell, 2008

Brent Allen Higgins, Jr. (BJ, for short) "got" the Christian message at the age of 8, and from then on had a passion to know his Saviour better through prayer and the reading of His word. He understood completely that it wasn't all about him - it was all about Him, and he took every opportunity to share his faith with others.

In 2004, BJ went on his first short term missions trip to Peru with Awe Star Ministries. There, he saw the hand of God at work as many came to know the Lord. In 2005, he returned to Peru to continue sharing the love of Jesus with the people there. His journal and blog entries demonstrate the concern he had for lost souls and his sense that the time was short.

Back home, BJ's health, attacked during the Peru trip, worsened. It wasn't long before he was hospitalized. Medical practitioners could not identify the illness, but worked hard to care for him. Throughout this, BJ put others above himself, and his family gave glory to God in all things. Many lives were touched and eternally transformed.

BJ's fight for life ended on September 26, 2005, but his legacy lives on. By writing this book and sharing his story, his parents honour their son, draw others to Christ and encourage the church body to go forward with passion and commitment in BJ's place. His story inspired Mercy Me to write Bring the Rain and I Would Die for You. Awe Star Ministries now offer's BJ's Hope Scholarship for young people interested in going on the mission field.

Read this book and be changed.

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