Event Video

On March 4, 2009, Rachel had an opportunity to share about her hope in the midst of terminal cancer. What began as a small talk to her church women’s group became an event attended by over 600 women and was an experience that left many with a desire to discover more about Rachel’s journey and faith.

Death is not Dying Event Audio

March 4, 2009

This is the audio (mp3) of Rachel’s talk at the Women’s Event hosted by Westside Church at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond, BC, Canada on March 4, 2009.


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Death Is Not Dying – Rachel Barkey.mp3 (12.5 MB)

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  1. Thank you rachel for sharing your struggle and victory over death through Jesus. I really can put myself in your place and feel (at least a small part) of your pain. I won’t list all of the emotions i am feeling. Thank you for rejoicing in our savior and sharing about his life in your life. I am a friend of your friend, stacey gauvin. She has told me your story and shared this site with me. Your talk has encouraged me, and God has spoken to me through it. Thank you. I will pray for you and for your family.

  2. Rachel,
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of the gospel through your pain and your joy. Can God be glorified in death? Yes! Praise Him that He has used your voice as an instrument that sounds out that truth. I pray even now that He would give you a miracle to be able to be with your family by healing you physically, but whatever His answer He has used you to encourage my faith immeasurably. I can’t thank you and your family enough! After i send this comment i plan to send this to family and friends who so need to hear the gospel and the hope that we have in Christ. May His face shine upon you, your husband and children. Love, Your sister in Christ , Melanie from Tn

  3. Thank you so, so much for this video/talk, my sister in Christ. I am posting the link to it on my Facebook page and urging ALL who visit there to please watch/listen to it. I praise God for what He is doing, and what He will do, through you and your message. I am fervently praying for you and for your family. My non-Christian mother died when I was nine years old. I still feel pain over it at times, but I know that God is holy and right in all that He does. It is only because of that fact that we can trust Him. May God’s love, mercy, and peace be with you and your family. God bless you, Rachel.

  4. As I sit here with many tears I thank our dear Lord for the strength and courage He has given you Rachel. I am forever impacted and changed by your story It is my promise to you that I will personally continue to pray for you and your family. Not only for the next week ,month or even year I am committed to pray for your husband and children through out life, as the Lord brings you all to mind I will be obedient and sensitive to the Holy Spirit and pray. We are all sisters and brothers in Christ and it is through His love that we are saved!

    Blessings many Blessings to you and your family

  5. Powerful, thank you for sharing what a mighty God we serve! You and your family will be in my prayers. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  6. Lord, thank you for Rachel and her family. Thank you for her faithfulness to you and your word. May we all live and die faithfully sharing and serving you. To see a fellow sister be faithful to the end is more of an encouragement than I can describe. My heart is full because of all of the truth that was spoken in her testimony. Thank you for her example of saving faith and for the saving faith that you have given me.

    Lord I pray for Rachel, Neil and their children. That you would bless these days that they have together. That they would be able to accept all of the grace and peace that you freely give.

  7. Rachael, thank you for investing your life and sharing this message with all of us. My mother is battling breast cancer (her mother died of it) and it seems that the Lord may have laid the same path before me. I hope that my mom listens to your message and hears her saviors heart for the first time. Praying grace and peace over you and your family as I type ~ In Him and for His glory in all things…d

  8. Thank you so much for serving God with joy. I hear your heart and it has touched mine. I intend to inform many friends of the message God has blessed you with–it is a message this world needs.

    To God be the glory!

  9. Thank you for giving God the Glory.

  10. Rachel, your strength, peace and unwavering faith is absolutely profound. I am in awe as I watch, read and listen to you. Jesus is smiling down upon you and I know your journey will lead many people to Him. I, myself am 32 years old and a wife and mother of 3 children. Your story has touched that spiritual chord in my heart that makes me realize just how much I really need Jesus back in my life. Thank you, Rachel and God Bless.

  11. Listening to your video made me realize that you are the definition of a true Christian. I only pray that I can have faith like you have! Thank you so much for showing us your testimony-I cried through the whole thing…..yes, at what you are going through, but also just at seeing the love you have for Jesus. And the understanding of who we are called to be in this life. I pray that you continue to glorify God through the end of your life-your rewards will far outweigh the suffering you are going through in this life. May the name of Jesus Christ be glorified forever, in this life, and the next.

  12. Thank you for doing this, Rachel. It was well worth the time to sit and listen to what you had to say. As a health care provider, it is easy to begin to resent those who call upon you for seemingly trivial things, but as you said, we are here to serve with joy. Thank you for that reminder. I pray that your children will know the Lord Jesus and He will grant them the same faith you have been blessed with. You are a gem in the crown on Christ.

  13. Thank you so much Rachel for sharing your story. I’ve learned a few things about Christ and the meaning of true faith in Christ while listening to you. I’ve been very angry with God for almost 4 years now and after listening to you I am questioning my decision to blame my pain on the Lord in the first place. I am so confused today and I can only hope that someday I can be where you are spiritually again. Since losing my son in a car crash I have just been so lost but you have helped me more than you can imagine. I felt at times that God might be speeking to me through you.
    God Bless you and your family. I will certainly keep each of you in my prayers.
    Thank you,

  14. WOW!! God was really lifted high by that message from your heart! God is good all the time and you know that from the bottom of your heart.
    God will use His Word to speak to many more than the 600 that were there that night. Thank you for your testimony.

  15. Rachal, This message is going around the planet. God talks about go into all nations and preach the gospel….well through the Our Mighty Maker, this message is going to all nations to be a blessing….from your bed. Thank you for this gift and miracle of a message. I sense that is is from the Throne Room of God. Thank you for your service of Joy.

    I was sent this through a friend of FB. I was in a ugly place of feeling overwhelmed and angry of being given 2 children of special needs. My life in the natural is full of therapies and hard work. You have given me a perspective of what God has called me to. The first point, put your identity in Christ, not as a mom. Second….I am here to serve with Joy no matter what the circumstances.

    I am not sure how to thank you for your service…so I am going to ask God to thank you. I will pray for your family and there transition with your health. I’m going to pray that God lifts you above the pain and nausea.

    In His Grip,


  16. Dear Rachal, Donna Banker has said what I feel also.
    I Thank Our Lord For You.

    Your Sister In Christ,


  17. Thank you Rachel for sharing your outstanding faith story. I live with chronic pain but I heard in your message something I remind myself of daily – I will be healed some day, when Jesus takes me home! And I look forward to that day everyday. I hope that God does send a miracle, but knowing from experience that His plan is not our own and usually our biggest sufferings bring his greatest triumphs, I know no matter what happens your life has touched many people. When your time does come, you will know that your work for Him is finished and I cannot wait to meet you there someday. Your family is in my prayers.
    Because of His grace,

  18. You are truely an inspiration. Praise God for the peace and love you have found in Jesus. Thank you for sharing your story and your faith. It has been a great encouragement and blessing to me all the way in South Africa.

  19. Rachel,

    Wonderful testimony to the power of God thru the work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit on an individual that you could have such a perspective in a time of great trial. God bless you for your sharing of this message it really is inspirational. I would simply ask that in the time you have remaining in your life, my prayer is that it ends up being many years, that you would take the time to view a powerful documentary on cancer entitled “The Beautiful Truth” http://www.thebeautifultruthmovie.com/

    As the son of a woman who died undergoing treatment for cancer I understand the difficulty of losing trust in much of what you have been told, but I pray that in your life your children may see God work thru the power of truth overcoming lies again.

    Anyone with a loved one with cancer, please view the movie and share it with others. May God bless you all.

    In Christ,

  20. Thank you for sharing, Rachel.
    May your husband, children, family, and friends experience God in an intimate way as they journey with you through these difficult times.

  21. What a heart for the very God who caries us all through so much.
    God bless your journey.

  22. Rachel, You have a special, beautiful, place in Heaven awaiting you! But I do pray for a Miracle, for God to extend your life, without suffering.

  23. Rachel, You have done an amazing job of professing your faith in Jesus. Thank you for sharing such a personal faith walk. Yes we all praise God and thank Him when life is good but praising during the bad times takes faith. I like James 1:1-4 Consider it pure joy my brother when you are faced with trials for when you’re faith is tested your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow for when your endurance is fully developed you will be perfect and complete needing nothing. God bless you and your family.

  24. Rachel ,you story has touched that spirital chord in my heart. Blessings many Blassings to you and you family.
    You sister in in Christ!

  25. I would like permission to link this testimony to our web site. We are a non-profit dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. Rachel’s testimony is exactly the testimony of our son when at age 13 he went to be with Jesus. He, too, had bone cancer and even now – 15 years later – I am amazed at how he was able to endure the pain and yet, like Rachel, we know how – JESUS! Thank you for sharing your heart. What an awesome video to leave for your children. It typifies Ps. 78:4 and brings glory to God.

  26. Rachel,
    I was so touched by your testimony and have forwarded to many who also need Jesus. I have knowledge of a natural nutritional substance that can be taken along with chemo that boosts the immune system and has helped the body to heal itself even in advanced stages of cancer. I have 2 family members who have had positive results. email me if you would like additional info.
    I know the Bible teaches that our suffering glorifies God and your testimony is a beautiful example of this.
    God bless you. I am praying for you.

  27. I really liked this post. Can I copy it to my site? Thank you in advance.

  28. Rachel, I have taken care of and buried 5 of my loved ones with cancer. I have walked the road that you walk with my husband. I had a dream on a Thursday of the week in March of 92 and in the dream a man visited me and asked me to teach in a classroom. I can’t explain the love I felt for this man. He asked me to step outside the room and he wanted to take my hand. I felt so uncomfortable that I woke-up. The next night just as soon as I went to sleep, I took-up the dream in the same place where I had left off the night before. He insisted on talking with me. I let him take my hand. He led me through a garden and told me the things that I was to do. I told him that I couldn’t, my husband wouldn’t let me. He took hold of both of my hands and looked me in the eyes (this was a vision, Racel) and said, “Do you not know that your husband is dead.” IT WAS REAL: I WAS THERE. I sat strait up in the bed and checked my husband’s pulse and listened to his heart. I said, “Lord, are you trying to show me something or satan, are you teasing me.” Words cannot express the love I had for the man that visited me, that’s the only reason, I let him hold my hand and walk with me. I got on my knees and prayed until I had peace. The dreams took place on Thursday and Friday; on the next Tuesday, my husband began to caugh and 12 weeks later he was dead. The man that visited me was the Lord Jesus Christ and the fact that he held my hand was so important because of all the trials and suffering that I would go through in the future. I WOULD KNOW THAT HE WAS WALKING WITH ME HOLDING MY HAND. It was the most wonderful feeling of LOVE——this is agape love—-YOU HAVE THE GREATEST TREAT IN STORE FOR YOU, WHEN JESUS TAKES YOU BY THE HAND. I know, Rachel, because I have held his hand. Thank you for your witness and pray with me that those of us left here would be as faithful. I will continue to pary with and for you until your day of celerbration.

  29. Rachel, I was at a young group meeting in St. John’s Newfoundland last week. We watched your video and had discussion after. I wanted you to know that it opened my eyes more to the Lord. There are so many people out there who need to hear this. To know that Jesus loves them totally.

    I realize that it is not about me and my purpose. It is GOD’s purpose for me. I keep repeating that everyday . Thank you! It was something I really needed to hear.

    I am praying for you, your family and friends. I am also praying for those who hear/see this video. God will reach so many lives with your words.

    God bless

  30. hi rachel, thank you for your story. I am sharing your story with my sister who is herself battling with terminal cancer. Your faith, courage and peace of soul strengthen our faith in God as well.
    My prayers for your family.

  31. Thank you for sharing your powerful story and for testifying to the fact that God’s grace IS sufficient no matter what we are going through. You radiate the beauty of Christ and I am certain that the Lord will use your testimony for many, many years to come. What a legacy you are leaving for your precious children. May God bless you and sustain you with His strength…one day at a time.

  32. Precious Rachel,
    Thankyou for sharing you LIFE with us~You have truly shown JESUS is sufficient. Surely you do REST in the Shadow of the Almighty~

  33. Dear Rachel,

    I don’t know how to express how God used your message to speak to my heart. As a breast cancer survivor (?) myself….I often wonder, when will it come back as it does to so many women, and what will my response be if the Lord allows that in my life.

    He gave me the answer through you….what death is not dying looks like. As a wife and mother of two, I pray that God will give me the grace to live knowing God, myself, the gospel and my purpose and leave a legacy that reflects Him.

    The expression of your faith, your words, courage and example have made a lasting impact on me. Thank you for sharing your heart at a time when most terminally ill people have already given up.

    May you continue to experience God in deeper and profound ways this side of heaven, and may you look forward to the day with the saints rejoice above when He says, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

    You are an incredible servant of the Lord!

    God Bless

  34. This testimony is life changing. I am a woman of great faith and practice my faith, but hearing and seeing Rachel glorify our God in the midst of such pain and suffering boosted my faith in so many ways.
    What a joy to see faith in action. God is good, indeed.

  35. Dear Rachel and Family,
    Thank-you so much for sharing your testimony, hearing your testimony takes me back 22 years,3month,and 7 days, that my Mother died of Breast & Liver Cancer. She was 36 years,26 days old, when she went to, “Meet Her New Bride”
    She left such a Tremondous Testimony for me,I was 9 years old when she died.
    I know someday your children will be Tremondously Blessed what you have done for them in sickness and health. Your Faith, Trust and strong will power, will stay with them forever. So I will continue to pray for you and your family, as you keep pressing on. God is Good All The Time. Someday tou will have a “New Home and a New Body”.

  36. Rachel, here’s hoping all the best for you, I hope you beat this thing. I don’t believe in an afterlife like you do, but I’m glad your faith has made you at peace with your condition.

  37. Your talk reminded me of my chhild like faith that i put aside, which is believing the best in everyone, and that one sin ia as big as another, and that we all fall so incredibley short. i grew up in the christian faith, and had wandered away with drugs and alcohol, but annoyingly i had God on my shoulder talking me back to my home,and a passage that has followed me thru the years from fortune cookies to sally ann passages to showing up at church for the first time in years……it’s always the same……………Jerimiah 29:11.
    —thank you for reminding me of the things that are important.—————-Esther

  38. I have lost both my parents and two husbands..my first husband died on Dec. 15, 1997 and my second husband on March 26, 2007. Now my sister is battling breast cancer. It may run in my family.
    I wish there was something I could write, something I could say that would change your life around but there isn’t.
    I know one day there will be something to prevent this dreadful disease… and it is upsetting to know it will be too late for so many.
    I know only too well that death is not dying! If I could I would tell you things that, did you know me well, would prove it to you. I have no doubt at all that death is only of the body…
    There is so much we do not know…and perhaps are not meant to know. There is no death..is just a fact. Just a transition from one deminsion to another.

  39. Dear Rachel,
    Thank you for your faith, courage, and sacrifice to share your knowledge of and love for God. Your testimony is encouraging thousands of Christians and it is a powerful witness to those who do not yet know Christ. I pray that you feel God presence constantly to carry you until you are with Him completely.

  40. Rachel, this is a beautiful testament of faith. I have the privilege of working with your father and he recommended your web video. He is an amazing man and he is so proud of your conviction. As a fellow christian I will recommend this website to my church community and anyone who will listen. God bless you for sharing your story and giving us a chance to reaffirm our focus by asking the four points; know God,yourself, gospel, and purpose. Breast Cancer also claimed my mother and I have come to terms with God’s reasons for having her in his presence. All my life I have tried to be a christian like my mother was, her reasons for living were the same as yours. Amazing. God bless and thank you.

  41. Prayers of joy and thanksgiving are with you.

    Some time we will meet with hope in my heart that I too will be one of your closer friends. Then we can marvel and be amused together at the wonderous ways of our Beloved Savior.

    Thank you for speaking the truth and loving Jesus in the midst of your suffering.

    Please remember my name, Rachel, and pray for me. I am Jeani from Oregon. I will not forget to join you in prayers for your children.

    God’s love is in you and you have shared Him with us. Repeated thanks.

  42. I praise the Lord for how beautifully He has worked upon your life and drawn you so close to Himself.Yes, indeed there is no other purpose in our life other than knowing Our Lord.

    I will be praying for you.God bless you sister,your words have really inspired me.

    Love and prayers

  43. Both Anita and I listened with tear stained faces to this glowing testimony of amazing grace of God’s love. We know so many people who need to hear this message of hope and faith in a changing world which has an unchanging God.

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  45. Excellent testimony! Glory be to the Lord Jesus.
    I have a question: is there any possibility to embed this video on my blog postings?


  46. Paijo, we prefer that you link to Rachel’s website and point people to her video rather than embedding it. Thanks!

  47. Rachael: I do not know if you are still with us. I lost my lovely wife last year to the very same disease with metastasis to liver bones and finally brain. God gave her amazing peace and calm during her final days. What helped me so much is that I kept realizing she does not belong to me. She belongs to our Savior and she is there now. It has been 11 months our time since she was carried by the angels to Jesus feet. But it has been only a second for her for in the presence of God there is only eternal now, no time. SO if you are still here, you will not be saying goodbye to your loved ones. You are saying see you guys soon. Tell your husband to use my email address to contact me if he should ever wants to talk. I will contact him and call him if he desires. My heart is broken for your family
    and my spirit grieves for your husband and children.
    Pastor Tom Sollosi Hagan Baptist CHurch Hagan Georgia

  48. To the family: I grieve for your great loss. I was moved greatly to hear this young woman speak with such conviction and faith. I will pray for your comfort and consolation during the grief filled days ahead.
    Pastor Tom Sollosi

  49. What an incredible and wonderful testimony to the glory of God! Thank you for sharing Rachel’s story. Her testimony is humbling, encouraging, and filled with hope in our Savior and God, Jesus Christ. I can’t wait to get to heaven to meet and her. To God be all the Glory.

  50. This webvideo was passed on to me by my pastor’s wife. I have shared it with my children, my husband and friends. It was a wakeup call to what is truly important in this life. Thank you for sharing Rachel’s story with all of us unknowns. We are greatly blessed.
    This webvideo wave continues on for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rachel’s faithfulness, humitlity, honesty and peace were thought provoking and convicting. Heartfelt gratitude, Saroja

  51. I enjoyed your speech. My husband is bedridden and dying from mestatic melanoma. He has it in his lungs,chest and brain.I try to understand why GOD lets him lay and suffer. He received the LORD several weeks ago. He knows he will go be with the LORD soon.Your speech has helped me alot. I pray for you and your family.May GOD be with you and your family.

  52. Rachel’s husband is a friend of the gentleman who recommended this site to me earlier in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. I promised I would check it out and am touched to the very core by your words and the truth they impart. God is merciful and perhaps I am one (of the one’s) He was waiting for and used your testimony to reach. Thank you for sharing this treasure.

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  54. Rachel’s speech is remarkable. It opened my eyes to what is real and important in life. . .to serve with joy! Many times, I have the wrong attitude. I want my faith to be as strong as her faith is in Jesus. In cosing, I am humbled and grateful to have heard her testimony.



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