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 Video

March 5, 2009

This is the video 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. It is 55 minutes in length.



  1. Rachel-
    I got the email about your site going live when looking through Mary’s emails looking for a flight number. I wanted to see your site & started to watch the video of you. You did an amazing job for conquering your fear # 3! WOW! I was transfixed. Your honesty, boldness, candor, humor and love for Jesus in the midst of dying is nothing short of amazing. While watching, I wished again, we were back in BC to see you again. I will remember our lunch @ Earls in Langley when our clans were all together fondly. Nothing like trying to chat with 5 kids at the table. We love you guys- praying often for you & will pass your site to all we know.

    Love Iain.

    PS- I remember Magnum PI!

  2. There is no one else like you and never will be. You are a healer and a teacher because of your love and faith in us mere mortals. Thank you for your patients and numerous gifts. Those of us who know you will be eternally grateful for the time we had with you.
    As you know Rach life is short but love is long…Thank God for that blessing.


    xoxo Laurie

  3. Rachel and Neil,
    Only a deep faith in God would make it possible to deliver such a powerful message during this time of great suffering you are experiencing. Thank you for the sacrifice you have made to bring us all closer to God. I needed your message and I know many others that do as well. The Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you.


    Love and prayers



  4. Beloved Rach,


    I am so excited for you… it has been utterly transformational to have known you through this journey, from a distance. You have been in my thoughts so often, it’s as if you were my own sister. Murray and I have prayed many times for you and your family and friends.. we still do and will. You’re such a beauty and what blesses me most is how much your love for Jesus shines through all of this. You have affected 100′s of people, most definently more in time. When I heard your talk that night at the river rock, all I could think is, “I want to keep her here… I don’t want her to go.” It’s as if the light of Jesus shining through you captures us all around you. I remember when you gave your testimony last fall at the women’s retreat and how we talked briefly and how I thought, I need to get to know that girl! I don’t know if you ever got this letter… but just in case you didn’t… here it is again:


    Dearest Rachel,


    I am speechless. I am glowing with joy… how I cherish that quick moment and hug last night. You are breathtaking. Your beauty is only made more pure, more substantial marked by this present suffering. You are always in my mind, thoughts of you come to me almost daily. Murray and I have prayed and do still… I weep with you. We truly do not have the mind of Christ, to comprehend heaven being our home fully. Our flesh and this earth is all we know…


    I wanted to share a story with you because I want you to know what kind peace there is facing death. But I can see you already have this peace… this is my survival story. On Feb 11, 2001 my sister, brother, and I went back country snowboarding, as we usually did, in the Colorado backcountry. My sister and I split off from my brother and got lost. We got lost deep in the high alpine wilderness and spent 6 hours hiking in waist deep snow, completed unprepared for what lay ahead. I was 20, she 16. It had been my idea to go the route we went. As the day went on and we saw no signs of other people in our wandering, we began to realize we were lost and that we were running out of energy to go on. I hit my physical wall more than 2 times: the point where your body will no longer listen to your brain because you are completely spent and destroyed. I had more than one psycho panic attack and so did my sister. We fell into a creek and our feet were submerged in icy water into our boots. As I watched the sun go down behind unfamiliar peaks, I knew. We would die by freezing to death or we would be rescued: there was no other option. We were lost, unprepared, we didn’t even have much water on us. We were new snowboarders…


    Survival instinct kicked in and I knew we had to find shelter. We trudged out a huge SOS but we were now in treeline and hidden in a forest of alpine… who would see it? Would anyone ever see our trail in the deep snow? Would fresh snow cover our tracks? Was there any hope? This wasn’t a movie with an ending we could forward to to be comforted.


    We dug a hole in the snow and crawled in and sealed it up behind us. Once we were inside, all we wanted to do was get back out. The desire for power over your circumstances is unbelievable. I cannot put into words what this experience was like mentally, emotionally, spiritually or physically. We ate our chapstick hoping it had some caloric value – we had nothing else to eat. We hadn’t even dressed and layered properly so we were putting each other feet into each other’s crotches to keep our toes warm. Shortly after being in the snow-cave, an animal walked around on the snow above us – we had no idea if it was harmless or a carnivore. For hours upon hours with no way to tell the time, we waited, prayed, sang, and talked about dying together. Who would die first? How long would the other have to wait? Who could handle looking at the other dead better? In the end, all we wanted was some way to leave behind a message for our parents that we loved them and we were sorry that our foolishness would have lead to our ultimate deaths and the loss of their only daughters. I have never gone “there” in my mind like I did that night with Him – begging for rescue. But I am telling you all of this because I was close to dying for a brief time and there was a miraculous experience that I have never since had that occurred that night.


    Somewhere in the freezing cold darkness (the temps were -12 degrees F), He came to me. I couldn’t see Him but He was there. I felt his tangible nearness like a third person had entered that cave. As I sensed His presence with me, it became clear that the period of suffering as one approaches their own death is tortuous and terrible. But at a point in the suffering, He come to take us home. He literally comes! As our beloved Father, brother, lover, Savior, and best friend. HE HAS REMOVED THE STING OF DEATH! HE HAS TASTED DEATH FOR US SO THAT WE NEVER TASTE DEATH.
    I knew in that moment – however long it lasted – that He would walk me through death, that it would not be the terrifying experience that I thought it would be and that He would never leave or forsake me, especially not in death. Not the thing He came to have victory over and Oh, did He have Victory! This experience was so real to me that my heart leapt for heaven and I yearned physically to leave earth and die. Everything in me was ready to go, hoping to go, wanting to go, excited to go. All else was lost in this time with Jesus, there was not even the thought of my family… He was all to me and I wanted to be with him. It was as if home was a short walk with Him away…. I know now, it was the closest I have ever been to death or heaven. As I am going through all of this, I turn to my sister and share it all, I tell her that I will be going now and that it’s going to be ok. I’m ready and I can’t wait and I want to….. but we were having very difference experiences with our faith that night and she was not having quite the Jesus moment I was having and she was freaking out fearfully terrified at what I was saying. I guess it seemed like I was hallucinating or out of my mind.


    We tried not to fall asleep that night because you always hear stories about people falling asleep in the snow and how they don’t ever wake up. We thought we heard snowmobile engines all night (it was a “gift” during the waiting because we found out the next morning all the search and rescue was on foot b/c there was no way to bring snowmobiles into such deep snow). I remember “coming to” sometime as the first light came. We were still there, alive. My sister’s face was purple, especially around her eyes and mouth – literally purple. And then I heard it, what sounded like a helicopter, far off in the distance, the sound of it’s blades echoing off of the nearby peaks and valleys. And I began to feel this hope that just maybe they would see us somehow. As I mustered up all my strength to reef on the “door” that we had made out of branches and our backpacks with snow, I realized it was all frozen over due to our breathing and the thawing and re-freezing of the snowcave. I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to get out and the more and more I Began to work on heaving and hoe-ing on the door. I will never forget this: the moment I that I got that door open and stood up, waist deep out of our hole in the snow, the helicopter flew overhead, very low, and close enough for me to see the pilot’s face. I lost it. I was in total worship. I was screaming and laughing and dancing and weeping all at once. Around 9am on Feb 12th we had been found by S&R as they had made a loop to head back to Vail to get more gas – not because they thought we were there.


    And those are just a few of the miracles involved in that story. Not to mention that 6 months prior to this event, my sister and I had gotten on a wicked work out plan for no apparent reason. We just started “training” together 6 days a week. 3 days in the gym, 3 days running. I now know that had we not been in the physical shape we were in when this happened, we would not have survived. When we were found by S&R, we were told we had a couple more hours to live before we would have succombed to hypothermia and the ensuing frostbite.


    Rachel, beloved, if you are going home, I am so joyous knowing that you will taste this miracle of Jesus’s closeness in those final moments. You will begin to taste heaven and you will pull towards it. You will not feel alone as you die, you will not feel terror. You will see Him and He will lead you home Himself, personally. It will be the most real and unreal thing you have ever known, the last experience on earth, and the first in eternity.


    All that is in me wants a miracle. Seeing you last night, all I want is to keep you here with us. I barely know you! I know it isn’t about you and that much isn’t meant to be made of you, but what I rejoice in is seeing your faith in Jesus glorify Him. I can never thank you enough for how you have changed me forever or the impact you’ve had on so many more people than you can possibly know. Eternal things you will bring to Him, treasures that are pleasing in His sight. He is great enough, Almighty enough to care for what you leave behind and you don’t leave them. We do not have the mind of Christ, we have not been to heaven, or we would know what it means for us and all those we love.


    So thank you for your life and faith. Thank you for sharing. You are one outstanding woman – and you are loved more than you can know.


    your friend and sister in Him, who really really looks forward to seeing you again!



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  6. A glorious example of Colossians 1:24. I am moved to run harder after knowing…Him, me, the gospel and my purpose. Thank you for sharing. I thank Him for keeping you one more day to share it.

  7. Rachel,
    You are loved with an everlasting love.
    And underneath are the everlasting arms.
    I praise God for your testimony. I have sent it out to everyone I can think of to magnify our great God and King. I pray through your sharing of the Gospel it will bring many to repentance and faith. I am praying for you right now sister. Cling to His promises as you long to be in His arms.


    “The LORD is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
    He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
    Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
    but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
    they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.”

    Isaiah 40:27-31

  8. Rachel,
    thank you to be such a servant of our Almighty God!
    “Hope is symbolized in Christian iconography by an anchor. And what does an anchor do? It keeps the ship on course when wind and waves rage against it. But the anchor of hope is sunk in heaven, not on earth” Gregory Floyd
    Thanks for sharing where your anchor is.
    God is gloryfied through your life!
    Karina (from Brazil)

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  12. Watching you made my day.


    Kansas City, Kansas USA

  13. Dear Rachel:


    A beautiful name for a beautiful girl. I admire your strength, courage and strong belief in Jesus. Growing up in a European Roman Catholic household, religion has always been an important part of our life. Your inspirational message certainly puts things in perspective and will no doubt bring a mixed array of emotions to your children one day. May the good Lord spare you from the depths of pain and suffering. May you find the eternal peace that you believe in.
    My only regret is that distance will prevent us from meeting you in person.
    We will keep you and your beautiful family in our thoughts and prayers.


    God bless you.


    The Gencarelli Family from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

  14. Thank you so much for sharing and allowing other people to be blessed in the midst of your suffering. I’ve been guilty of professing Christianity for years and recently have begun to wonder if it’s all real anyway. The crystal-clear simplicity of the truths you shared pierced my heart and bore witness with my spirit, that yes, it all indeed is true–nothing could be more real than Jesus Christ and the gospel. May I live for Him truly; knowing what a selfish person I intrinsically am; and find my purpose too in serving Him joyfully.

    Praying for you and asking God for His tender mercies to be readily apparent to you.

  15. Rachel, I just watched the video that a friend passed on to me. Praise God for your testimony to His saving grace and His STEADFAST love. We know that God raises the dead and our faith is in Him through His Son and He will raise us up as well. I hope to meet you in His Kingdom!! I praise Him and glory in Him for saving us! I pray that your video will travel throughout the world and many will come to believe in Jesus Christ-may the Lamb receive the reward for His suffering.

  16. This sharing of your testimony of God’s loving grace in your life is nothing short of AWESOME!!! With this testimony it has tremendously strengthened my (David’s) faith in God’s all-wise plan in recurrence of cancer in my life. It is all about Him and not us, praise His worthy name!
    We are praying for you and your family you can be assured.
    We love you in Christ,
    Bro.David & Sis Carolyn

  17. You and your family will be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  18. Hi Rachel,


    I am only halfway through your talk. Thank you. I am sobbing because my sin suffocates me everyday. And I too have young children. One that I do homeschool, but sometimes wonder if she would be better off in a school setting because of my selfish heart. I am plagued with loneliness and I too realize how selfish I am even saying that. Because I don’t have TV, I often fill this lonliness with time on the internet, instead of with God or my children. But I do have hope that God is changing me day by day. I do have a heart for God that He chose to give me, just as He sent Jesus to die for my sins that are against Him. I am humbled as I write this message, not even wanting to submit it, but knowing that God uses all things, even this.


    Rachel, Thank you for your humility and gentleness in your message. May God continue to use you for His Glory.


    May you feel His rest and peace and joy.


    In Christ’s Love, Carolyn

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  21. Rachel, I know your parents from living on Saipan. Your Mom and I spoke at a Ladies Retreat once together – neither of us public speakers, but just obeying. Thank you for setting aside your fears to share your life. I will say to you what I said to my Mom. I will see you Later.

  22. Thank you, Rachel, for making such an effort to share your thoughts, your strength, and your heart. I am sharing your site with my Facebook family and friends. I pray you will continue to know God’s strength and grace as your days go on. It is so beautiful to see God’s good work in the life of a sister in Christ.

  23. Rachel you are truely a blessing to everyone you reach when they watch your video. Your faith in God is so strong. Everything that you spoke about hit home for me. I have changed the way I view life and say yes alot more now. There are no words for the way I feel right now, i can’t stop crying. These are not sad tears they are happy tears.You are such a strong woman and one of your roles and life is to help save souls!! I just want to say God bless you and your family. You are in my prayers.

  24. Thank you-You have been an amazing encouragement to me and I’m sure many others. God bless you and your family. I look forward to seeing you in Heaven one day =)

  25. “To live is Christ – to die is gain.” Phil. 1:21 You are a brilliant gleaming example of this… you have always been. :) God’s grace be with you, His peace dwell within you, His presence abide in you, His joy abound in you. Until we meet again…

  26. You are God’s answer to the “Last Lecture”. Be blessed, good and faithful servant!

  27. Dear Rachel,
    To the praise of His glorious grace! Your message is hope to a dying world.
    By His Grace and For His Glory,

  28. Hi Rachel! You don’t even know me but since watching your video yesterday I can’t stop thinking about you and how God has used you in such a way, for such a time to bring Him glory. I am soundly saved by grace alone but your message was still convicting. I will pray for you and your family as you endure this valley!! Continue pressing on for His glory!!! :-)

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  33. Dear Rachel,
    I really don’t know where to start, but your impact on this world including me will never be forgotten.
    Thank You and May God Bless
    I Believe in Miracles
    and You are one

  34. Dear Rachel,


    I listened to your message on Thursday evening and I can still hear your soft soothing voice . Your strong belief in Jesus is inspirational. Today I was at a wedding shower for my neice Rachel and I thought of …When two or three are gathered in my name I am there… Rachel ,Jesus was with us at that shower and so were you in spirit. This last part of your journey will be very difficult, especially for your family but I know our Saviour will be there to meet you and lift you up on your last day. I myself am going to start serving with JOY. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


    God Bless you



  35. God Bless you. I know what your going through. 41/2 yrs ago I also was faced with the big c. But I am here to tell you The big c is not bigger than God. I had ovarian & colon cancer. I went through operations, radiation, and chemo. The Lord brought me through without too much discomfort. and I no longer have cancer. And am praiseing His precious name. A month ago my Dr. told me I didn’t need to come to his office for a year. all my test came back neg.

  36. Dear Rachel,
    My prayers are with you. Thank you for God’s response to my life. For a long period of time, I’ve been facing very difficult spiritual battles. I’ve been a Christian for many years, however these last couple of years have been particularly difficult for me. Many questions, many doubts… Your testimony has been God’s answere to me. I’ve been asking God to help me with diverse issues which have been distancing my life from Him. Your “sacrifice” has been my answere directly from the Lord. It sounds terrible saying this, but in depth it is the plain truth. He has poured into my soul the essence of Christianity. I need to change my life and you’ve given me all the encouragemnet I need to distinguish the priorities of life versus the futile things. Deep down I have lost this spiritual vision of my priorities. Please pray for me me. Our God is a God of miracles and I pray (If it’s in His will) that he may change your current reality.
    God bless you and your family.


  37. Rachel,
    Thank you for being transperant with all of us. I very much appreciated your love for our God and thank Him for giving that love to you.
    I know you are not taking the time you have with your loved ones for granted. I know you are spending it wisely. I praise God for using you as He has.
    And I LOVE that you’re ready to go home to be with your maker!
    Honestly, I’m a little jealous. What a joy that awaits you! To meet Jesus face to face and to see the love that sent Him to the cross for you in His eyes – this is the hope we cling to. This will likely be your reality very soon. It’s hard to imagine what it will be like to sit at the feet of Jesus but my heart skips a beat at the thought.
    Jesus endured the cross and it’s shame for the joy set before Him. Part of that joy is seeing the fruit of His labor – YOU in heaven basking in His glory forever!!!
    I will pray that though the distractions of this world are many you will be consumed with His love for you and the joy set before you – to finally see Him face to face! Halleluia!
    And I will pray for the salvation of your children and that the peace which passes understanding will guard your husbands mind and heart. Be comforted. Jesus lives!
    Because of Christ,

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  40. I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (spread to liver and bones) five years ago at the age of 39. At times it’s been quite a struggle – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Thankfully I am doing well now and take great comfort in God’s sovereign control over my life.

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  43. You may feel weak, but you are a warrior! Thank you, Rachel!

  44. Thank-you for posting this talk online. I was doing my daily search of the Desiring God website by John Piper, and I came across a link to this website. The talk broke my heart, and has reminded me of the many great and glorious Biblical truths that I so often forget. I will never forget the sentence, “Serve With JOY,” and will pray that God will provide me with the grace I so need to live in such a way every day … as I do dishes, laundry, change diapers and cook meals. Thank- you, Rachel, for your honesty and candor, and for most importantly, reminding me of who God is. He is good …

  45. I praise God for you. Thanks for preaching the gospel and reminding us that it is a way of life not a ticket to heaven. Praise our glorious King Jesus!

  46. Dear Rachel,
    You have touched my heart. Thank you for your inspirational testimony and for giving me even more courage to share my faith and tell others about Jesus. I will be thinking about you and praying for you.

    May God bless you!
    Suzanne Thomas

  47. Rachael,

    I have no medical diagnosis, yet I relate to your words as a mother and as one who seeks to know Jesus, his truth and our hope, through the seering pain life brings. It has always been my biggest fear to leave my children without me as a mother. Instead, I have had two children leave me, one at birth and the other at 3 years. One of the hardest things to trust is that God is sufficient for your children, but this is true whether they go home first (which removes them from this sinful world and is ultimately easier to trust) or we as mothers go home first. I intend to pray for your husband and children often, assuming I arrive at home after you. I’ll pray what I pray for my family even knowing how painful it can be. (God, draw them to you, whatever it takes. Love them and save them. Reveal yourself to them that they may glorify you and enjoy you forever.) Thank you for your words of truth and hope. I am challeged to talk to myself more and take joy in my service to others (your words are God’s grace to me.). Maybe God will show you Gregory Issac and Nathan Brant, my two beautiful boys that I trust are with Jesus. Please take joy in seeing their joy in Jesus. Until that glorious day when all things shall be made new…

    Your sister in Christ,

  48. Rachel,
    I received the link to your website from a twitter from John Piper’s Desiring God. The message is getting out and God is being glorified. Your purpose is alive and well.

    It was a blessing to my soul to hear your words. Life becomes real through suffering. The truth of the word of God shines so much brighter through the refinery of affliction. I do not personally know your suffering but God has given to me, my own trial to go through and to learn to love Him and His word so much more through it.

    For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake. Philippians 1:29

    I hope to meet you one day in heaven.
    God is good,

  49. Rachel~
    Your testimony is so powerful. I praise the Lord that we both serve as you are exalting God our Father and making Him glorious.

    Thank you.

    See you in Glory.

  50. Dear Rachel and Neil,

    I write this from Ottawa. I came across your story and link via a fellow blogger in California last Friday. So struck by the obvious grace and strength of God in you and the content of your presentation, I immediately published a word and link on my blog and left it there for a few days so that it would not be missed. Those who have left a comment were also moved and have passed your link to everyone they knew. I have e-mailed everyone I know that they may be enriched.

    It’s one thing to hear a testimony and the gospel from someone who is young and seemingly has their whole life ahead of them. It’s quite another to hear it from someone who is young and knowingly has only weeks to live.

    I cannot remember the last time I was so moved by the obvious Spirit of God in someone’s life, and never before by someone who was on the threshold of death.

    But by God’s sovereign will, I am confident He will bless many a Christian soul and, also in trust, bring many to faith in Christ as a result of this humble gospel presentation.

    Know that you have touched the hearts of many.
    Know that your family will be held up in prayer.
    Know that you will not be forgotten.
    And I know you know, that throughout all this, God will be glorified, now and forever, AMEN!

    Until glory, thank you!

  51. Well done Good and Faithful Servant, you have done that which is your duty to do. now enter into your rest…..

    Rachel, Neil, Quinn and Kate – thank you. You are each carrying a different cross because of this affliction – one is not lighter than the other – to bear the pain in ones body and to overcome the grief of leaving your children and husband; to be made to feel your powerlessness when watching your loved one die and finding grace to raise your children; to let your God take your mummy to be with Him and let Him shape your life through this to His glory;

    Thank you for letting me see it even in this recording. Rachel , as a mother, a wife and a ‘pastors’ wife be sure your families witness has not be lost on me – and I assure you never will! I will remember your children before my Lord faithfully. Don’t fret cross the river it is the same Lord that will stand with you on one side and will stand with them on the other – His presense will be their comfort.

    God Bless. xxx

  52. Amazing, the grace of God toward all of us.

    I am sure that you would that any other avenue were before you. And yet, through it all, your faith shines… touching thousands upon thousands. Four points of truth, you share. Wisdom from one who walks with her Lord. And touching humaness, from the heart of a mother.

    I can imagine (based on your message) that you are a little uneasy with accolades. But the Bible says, “Give honor to whom honor is due.” And your message, steeped in the wisdom of God, touches our lives deeply.
    What do we think (and speak) about God? Do we speak truth to ourselves? Or listen to our mouth complain? Do we know the Gospel? Do we understand we start with the Gospel every day?

    Thanks for the message….it continues to go around the world.


  53. Rachel you are amazing and serve an incredible God.
    Auburn, AL

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  59. I once told an old man of God, “sir when I found God” to which he responded very politely, “son – God was never lost, you where.”

    I am so very grateful God has found you dear sister and pulled you into Christ’ righteousness. Your testimony and story WILL change lives forever, and you have accomplished more for His kingdom than most can do in a full life time.

    God is getting glory through you. I will pray for strength and an overwhelming grace to cover you and your family. May God establish your home forever…

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  61. Thank you for your talk. I recently lost a good friend of mine to liver cancer as well, and she was an amazing woman of God who I have no doubt you will see in heaven. She’ll be the one dancing in the streets of Gold singing praises to him :) Thank you for saying the things to a larger stage that she could not say. Praise Him for all He has done in your life. We serve an amazing God. Thank you!

  62. Rachel and family,
    As I listened to your testimony I was moved to tears at the heart felt sincerity that was expressed in it. As I prepared to go out and mow my lawn, I began to sob over your situation. I am a huge fan of John Piper, and know that God is sovereign in every situation.
    My heart breaks for your husband and your children, and I would like to share something with you about my own experience that may serve as an encouragement. Last year (and from time to time) I have had the awesome privilege of being visited by angels. One of these angels that visited me was my mother’s angel (It is clear from Acts 12:15 that each Christian has an accompanying angel). She spoke to me very tenderly and in the words of my youth. I share this because it is my prayer that as your children grow up, they will always recollect the things that their mother said to them, and perhaps they too will hear the voice of their mother in their mind. Please let your children know that you will all meet again in heaven. I am sure of it. We will recognize each other in our heavenly bodies. My experiences and the Bible testify to it. The sinful things of this earth will be no more, but I know that those conversations which gave glory to God are recorded (see Malachi 3:16)
    My very deepest compassions are with you and your family, and you will be in my prayers. Hold on to Jesus until the end, and his angels will come and take you away. There is a song called “Come to Jesus” by Chris Rice that I hope you will listen to, it is quite moving. in Christ, Rob Lopez

  63. Rachel,
    My prayer is that your talk will go out to many people who do not know this God you hold so dearly. He is near the broken hearts everywhere and wants to reveal himself to them, right?. God is using this for his purpose. Thank you for being obedient to the Lord and with JOY!!!! You are precious and this gift you are leaving for your children and husband and other loved ones is of great worth!!! A sister in Christ , Brenda

  64. Dear Rachel,
    What a powerful testimony!! One day your children will see that and be so proud of you. They’ve surely been blessed to have you as their mother….even though the time may be short.
    My prayers will continue to be with you, Neil, and your children as you face a difficult road ahead. God bless you all!

    Luella Gilmore ( a friend of Ruth Barkey)

  65. This has impacted my life greatly….

    Praise God.

    Southampton, NJ

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  67. Thank you so much, Rachel, for sharing with the world your story. I have been encouraged and challenged. Praise God for his power.
    Christy, Cape Town, South Africa.

  68. I am so glad a friend shared this link with me.
    Thank you very much for sharing of your suffering and most of all your hope.
    I listened to it while cleaning the kitchen this morning. It helped put “normal” life in perspective.

    ~ Katie
    in North Carolina

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  70. Thank you for sharing. WOW you are amazing woman and I totaly agree with all you are saying.I also am in the last stages of breast cancer with mets to the lung. Rachel,I am praying for you to get your miracle. If not see you on the otherside. My Baptize Pastor Ross sent me your talk and I will always be greatful that I heard you.

  71. Rachel,
    I found your site through a friend on Facebook. I watched your video today and was so encouraged and challenged by what you said. You have an amazing faith and I know that is a testimony to God and not to you. We serve a sovereign God, and I don’t always understand his ways, but I know that everything he does has a perfect purpose. I lost my dad to cancer when I was 18 and while I would have chosen to have him here so he could have seen my graduate from college, get married and hold my daughter, I also know that I am the person I am today because of how God worked in my life through his death. I will be praying for you, Neil, Quinn and Kate in the days ahead. May God bless all of you and may his name and glory be shown through you.

  72. Rachel, I am humbled and I am physically moved to desire more of Jesus. In that I give God glory and am saddened that I have gone for so long desiring to lift up self…I approach the throne of grace with confidence….thank you Rachel, thank you for being a good steward with what God has given you! My tears won’t allow me to write anymore, but please know that I thank you for God’s testimony in you!
    God is manifested in you!

  73. I really do appreciate the effort you have made.
    Hearing this reminded me of the gospel and how far removed I have been from the truth of the gospel today.
    I do love God, but often I love me so much more and he draws me back to himself again and again.
    He used you today.

  74. I am so touched by what she had to say! I pray that God will give her a miraculous healing that will bless her beyond words!! God can heal, but we all know that God has his reasons for things that we just can not imagine what they are for. Trust in God is a hard thing, but I know it’s worth it. Thank you for that reminder! Praying for your family. Know that God has used you and these words and will continue to use you Rachel even in years to come! You are a beautiful woman!

    May God Bless you!
    Stefanie S.
    Stafford, VA

    PS: I LOVE PINK and remember Magnum PI!! LOL

  75. I can see that the audio can be downloaded, but is there any way to download the video so that it can be shown to a small group or put on an ipod?

  76. Rachel, It was such an incredible blessing to watch this video. Thank you for sharing your story. It has caused me to desire Jesus more in my life. You and your family are in my prayers.
    “I Will Glory In My Redeemer”

  77. Rachel, I just finished watching your “Death is not Dying” talk… (I don’t know if you would know who I am, but my family–my parents are Gary and Ardys Winger–are long-time family friends of Neil’s family.)

    I wanted to let you know I’m thinking of and praying for you, Neil, and your children in these days, as well as all of your family and support people around you… And I want to thank you for your carefully thought-out and well-expressed words both in your talk and in your letters, as they have challenged me and spoken to me so very much! (Especially things about being more selfless, and about the kind of wife and mom I am!) You are inspiring me to make some very needed changes in my life…I’m so thankful for your testimony and am passing it on to whoever I can!

    God bless you as you continue to put your confidence in our completely capable God, and I pray for peace, hope and comfort as you face each difficult day, hour, and moment ahead.

  78. At this point, the video is not available for download but we are currently working on the option to purchase a DVD for those not on the Internet or those who want to show it to a larger group. Please send an e-mail to deathisnotdying@gmail.com stating your interest in the DVD and you will be put on a notification list. Thanks!

  79. Rachel
    I was encouraged to watch your video today by a friend and what an inspiration your message has been. Although I consider myself to be a Christian, you have challenged me to look outside of my own comforts and serve with joy. Your faith is inspiring and my prayer is that I too will learn to know God, myself, the Gospel and my purpose as you do. I will pray for you and your family during this time and know that God is smiling down on you as you continue to serve him through your suffering. Thank you for taking the time to share your message with us. May God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace.

  80. Thank you for sharing your story. In the last few days I’ve asked for God to please increase my faith and He definitely guided me to hear your story and be impacted. Your story is so powerful b/c it’s God’s story. Thank you for sharing His story in a powerful and honest way. You’ve shared His truth and it’s life-changing! Thanks!

  81. Dear Sweet Rachel,
    I am blessed and grateful for the 55 minutes that I got to spend with you. My heart grieves for you and your family. I send my love and prayers. I will remember you always.

  82. Dear Rachel,
    Our Father God must be pleased that you are testifying in love about the living hope that’s in His Son,Christ Jesus. Thanks for reminding us to treasure life, every moment of it; to live a life in joyful service wherever we are placed on earth. His peace that surpassing understanding comes through in your sharing. Your strong trust in Him is evident. I know our God is faithful and He will cause everything to work for good. May you always feel His powerful loving presence and His warm embrace, Rachel, for He has promised “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.” I’m believing that if it’s His will, He will change your current reality.
    THANK YOU Rachel for giving the whole world the message of hope in a living God.
    Joyfully serving Him, until glory,

  83. Rachel, you have been used as a tool in the Redeemer’s hands to remind me of my purpose, to serve with joy and hope in His providence. Thank you, my dearest sister in Christ.


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  85. You have run the race, Rachel, you have fought the good fight and the Lord is pleased with you for you have loved him unconditionally just as he loved you unconditionally. May his grace be enough for you, dear Rachel. I look forward to seeing you in heaven where there will be no more death and no more dying and where he will wipe away all our tears… I saw your whole video and it touched me to the core. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ rest upon you and may he envelop you in his loving arms and carry you home. Love in Christ, Angela

  86. Rachel you are blessing to many of us who God has given the opportunity to watch this video. Over the past days I had a feeling about my focus. Where I am, and Going? As I was watching this video I realise that If I really Know God I will know Myself, and when I know the Gospel I will know my purpose. Lord has used you to open up a way in my life to view God as the Master of all things. You’re blessed and I pray that God keeps fighting with you.
    Love in Christ, Aline
    Cardiff, Wales – UK

  87. Rachel my sister in the Lord.


    I am an 18 year old boy who trusts in my Lord Jesus Christ, my Holy God and Saviour. And I hope only in him for my salvation and your sermon has brought me to tears, knowing that in you I see the Lord’s salvation. Like what happend here:
    “Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
    “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you now dismiss your servant in peace.
    For my eyes have seen your salvation, [ie.Jesus]
    which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
    a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and for glory to your people Israel.”


    I write this with tears in my eyes knowing that in you I see God’s salvation and that you will be with the Lord our God to the glory of His name. I am a young boy, I know very little, I’m just finishing highschool and am going off to university. I will see you in the kingdom of our holy God. I just want you to know that God is using you to reach many, and HE HAS GIVEN YOU PEACE.

    May the God of peace be with you, I will keep you in my prayers.


    Now you say as Paul said:

    “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Phil. 1:23).


    Know this: You may not know me now, but when I die, I will see you in the kingdom of God, but as for now, the Lord is training me to go and work in his vineyard. And know this: we never die until all of our purpose in the Lord for this life is finished. There is no axcidental death, or leaving your famiy prematurely. It was ordained to be this way by the one who works all things according to the purpose of His will. My heart weeps for joy over seeing you, my brother and Christian apologist James White has put your story in his blog on his website http://www.aomin.org for many Christains to see.


    Now as I close, remember this:

    Phil 1:29 “For it has been GRANTED to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to SUFFER for him,”


    We have a hard time believing that suffering is a gift from God, and may you know that as you call upon the name of the Lord who is ABLE to save to the uttermost(Heb 7:25) those who draw near to him.

    Thank you for your insperation, for Christ by his Spirit is in you, as you leave behind the flesh that was trained in sin, and born in sin, and be raised up to him in Christ Jesus.

    If God permit it, I will work for the kingdom as you are gone, and remember, God has given you rest.

    Dejan. – London, Ontario

  88. Whew! Thank you! We found you through James White’s website. We’ve sent your message on to many, praying for much fruit because of you. Thank you again. We pray the Lord’s love, hugs and warm presence be felt mightily and always by you and your loved ones.

  89. Rachel,
    Thank you for putting death in perspective. You have put in your talk what “The Last Lecture” lacked: Meaning in Death, where God is in death, our position because of Jesus! Thank you! We are all going to die at one point, God has chosen to put you in “the know”, which could be a blessing or a curse. You are using it to advance the Kingdom!
    My dad is dying and sitting and waiting for it, its very frustrating. Thank you again

  90. Rachel,

    Your words are both empowering and courageous as you so beautifully share your love of Jesus Christ. Your strong and unwavering faith is inspirational and it’s wonderful to hear you turn your tragedy and challenge of battling this deadly disease into a positive learning experience. I wish you happiness as you continue on your journey and thank you for sharing your thoughts and teachings with the world. May God continue to guide you, and thank you…
    Flora Giordano ~ Sault Ste. Marie Ontario

  91. Dear Rachel,
    I hope you will be encouraged to know that your courageous act of sharing with us from your heart has been a powerful tool that God is using in many, many lives. Your testimony is a blessing, your life an example, your candor refreshing….and it’s all a rebuking challenge to me. God is so good…He has given us so much…I have learned that lesson again today through you. Sometimes a person has more influence in dying than in living, and unless God chooses to spare you miraculously, you will be one of those. I will never forget you. Praying for you, Neil, Quinn, and Kate…may you especially know the peace that only Christ can give.

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  93. Dear Rachel I heard your testimony and we send it to friends. Thank you for sharing this with people all over the world. I will pray for you and your family.

    Praise be to God!

  94. Thank you for sharing. I have always wondered why and why? Some questions can never be answered effectively until we behold Him face to face. It is just so unfair that suffering can be torturous and terrible as one approaches the period of one’s death. I pray that God will uphold you and strengthens you as you experience this period. I also pray that your family will be strengthens as they witnessed this moment with you. My life has been touched.

  95. Rachel,
    Death has been called “the vanquished last enemy of man”.
    A precious little study is to follow the word “afflicted” through the 119th Psalm. It appears only a handful of times, but they are a real blessing. Here are two: “I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hath afflicted me.” 75 “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept they word.” 67

  96. Rachel,
    All I can say is “Wow!” I found your site from a blog I read everyday. There is no doubt that God’s hand is on your life as I could not imagine how difficult that speech was for you. Be encouraged that the Lord definately spoke through you in so many ways. I feel so encouraged and have a sense of urgency that I did not have when I got up this morning. May the Lord bless you and your family and I pray for total healing. But, if the Lord chooses not to heal you I pray that he will ease your pain so you can enjoy your family for the time you have on this earth. God Bless you!

  97. Dear Rachel and Neil,

    Thank you so much for sharing your lifesong with us.
    I love the words by casting crown.


    Empty hands held high
    Such small sacrifice
    If not joined with my life
    I sing in vain tonight


    May the words I say
    And the things I do
    Make my lifesong sing
    Bring a smile to You


    Let my lifesong sing to You
    Let my lifesong sing to You
    I want to sign Your name to the end of this day
    Knowing that my heart was true
    Let my lifesong sing to You


    Lord I give my life
    A living sacrifice
    To reach a world in need
    To be Your hands and feet


    So may the words I say
    And the things I do
    Make my lifesong sing
    Bring a smile to You


    Let my lifesong sing to You


    Thank you Rachel for carrying your candle for all to see. With your testimony I am reminded of the truth of John 3:30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less

    With Love and Prayers,


  98. What a gift you have given to all of those people who listen to this. Thank you for your unselfish, God-glorifying hard work.

  99. I just listened to Rachel’s talk. I’m so glad that she is sharing her journey and the truths of the gospel. I am praying for her and her family, and I am weeping for them.

    I am grateful to hear her perspective. My children losing their mother is one of my greatest fears. Listening to her story and journey have encouraged me. She has helped reinforce for me that having a proper perspective on life and the Source of life is crucial. She has helped me to believe in the truths of the gospel.

    I disagree with her, though, when she says that frustration and anger over her cancer & the fact that she is dying soon are sin. Being stuck in frustration and anger might be sinful, but having those feelings and sorrowing over something that ought to be grieved is not sin. Godly sorrow is a good and right thing. I’m saddened for those who might take her words regarding sorrow to heart.

    Also–being frustrated with the tasks of motherhood, housekeeping, etc. is not a sin. It is OK to express those thoughts of frustration and allow God to use those thoughts to bring us back to rest in Him. I think it’s wrong to say that it’s sinful to be frustrated. Our lives are full of sorrow mixed with joy, pain mixed with happiness, and life mixed with death–all while waiting and hoping in eternity. For that is when all pain, death, sadness, tears, frustration, and anger will be no more.

  100. Dear Rachel,
    I found a link to this site from Jennifer at ConversionDiary.com.

    I’m 19 years old and I know I have so much to learn about what it means to be more like Jesus. Thank you for this beautiful example of living as the ‘new person’ we are supposed to be in Christ. God has definitely used your faithfulness to inspire and strengthen me in my daily walk with Him.

    Thank you and God bless you and your family.

    In Christ,
    Iona C.

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  103. Dear Rachel and Family,

    I wish I could express to you how this video helped me with my self centered and wanting to give up in life attitude. I was so discouraged and just wanted to give up and die and my friend sent me the e-mail with you talking about dying. I had lost perspective on life and just wanted to run, divorce and give up in life. Your video real touched me and as I am crying I want to thank you for your life and how you have saved mine. God is really using you and you will be out of pain and with God soon. Life is so short and God has blessed you with life. I wish I could meet you and thank you in person. I will continually pray for you and your family.

    Thank You,

  104. Dear Rachel,
    I came home from church tonight and my mother insisted I sit down and watch your video. I was hesitant at first until mom pointed to your name. I had to listen on because the similarities in our names caught my attention (my name is Rachael Burkey).
    Your testimony was so brave and beautiful. Coming from a woman that also fears public speaking, I find it amazing that God decided to use you in this way. I have noticed throughout the Bible, and in other people’s lives, that God tends to use our weaknesses so that we are competely dependent on Him. I think it’s His way of putting us in check so that we are constantly aware of the fact that we can do nothing apart from God. Let us decrease so that He can increase.
    I am also extremely moved by your attitude towards these last days. A man from my church knew that he had a limited amount of time on this earth and would soon lose his battle with cancer, but he chose to fight and not believe the prognosis. He went away to Mexico and took his last breath in a hospital over there. You chose to spend these last days sharing your testimony. You are truly an inspiration to me, I know now that if I am ever in your position, I will use my time to share my hope and love in Christ. What greater testimony is there than one of a women that has not been given the best situation in life, but you continue to profess your love for God and your thankfulness for all that He’s done for you.
    You and your family will be in my every prayer.
    God Bless

  105. [...] leave a comment » Breast cancer, spread to the liver and then now to the skull.  With only weeks to live, Rachel Barkey gives a testimony of faith in the midst of grinding reality that is both gut wrenching and yet hope-filled.  An hour well spent. [...]

  106. I listened to your words and wanted to write a comment, but the words could not begin to flow out of me. It as until a few days later that I began to hear in my mind what to say so I rushed to a computer to write what follows.

    I see God in the flowers, trees, mountains, and even in us. Your message is the product of his complexity, what you feel, the test of your faith in imminent death, tells me that He has give you a great task suited to your strength, to show the world the power of His love by the unbinding faith you have placed in Him. I will gladly share your burden; take on some of your pain and hardship, just so that the Lord blesses me with such a glorious task as He has given you. We should be so inspired to give our everything to the Lord in any situation, and I sense God’s presence in your words and in your eyes. I will see you someday and don’t despair; you have given us a great gift and now lives in the hearts of many as in mine. The pain you are feeling now is brief compared to the life we will share someday by the side of the evermore, everlasting Love of our Lord. Know that many of us want to rush to you and touch your heart to comfort and pray for the Lord to save you, but that may undermine his plan. I have found that my faith have save me in the past not because I am deserving, but because of His grace and my sole purpose to continue serving Him with all the might and strength He bestows in me. What a legacy of God’s presence you have planted in us. God bless you!

  107. Ok……I am praying for you without even believing it. I met your husband a couple of weekends ago and your kids. Julie was playing at the park with them all. How do u do it. I lost my 2 boys over Christmas and STILL have no idea how to move on. Your speach moves me……thank-you

  108. Thank you for taking your time and energy to share the depths of what God is showing you… What you have shared has changed the way I view life. It is beyond words to say how much it has blessed me.
    We are praying for you and your family. Everyone in life has someone they look up to- a mentor or hero of the faith. You are one of our heroes of the faith. We are sharing your testimony of Christ with everyone we know.
    Thank You

  109. Rachel, It’s good that you are at peace in your life with the prospect of your death, but don’t let some doctor tell you that you’ve got a time stamp on your life span that’s about to expire. I survived hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is 99% fatal, and I survived after hearing a doctor say that I wouldn’t make it.

    I’ve heard that sometimes for terminal patients, their body reacts to something in their environment or diet. In some instances changing diet to eliminate preservatives, and eliminating fluorinated beverages, can actually help the body react to cancer properly by getting rid of false positives that desensitize your immune system. I don’t buy into homeopathy in general, but there are homeopathic treatments that work for legitimate medical reasons, so don’t count her as dead yet.

    Elimating Fluorinated water/beverages and replacing them with unfluorinated spring water would be the first thing I would try, as case studies have shown that regions with naturally high fluorine levels in the ground water can result in a higher rate of deadly cancers and a diminished immune response to cancers. The studies are particularly credible because they focus on tribal societies as well as first world societies, showing that even peoples untouched by other contaminating agents have a higher rate of cancerous tumors than their fluoride free neighbors.

  110. Dear Rachel,

    I happened upon this via another blogging friend. Tonight God has used you to sober me up spiritually and to lift my head. Tonight my husband told me, for the second time in ou16 year marriage, that he’s ready to leave. The first time he left me I was pregnant with our second son. Now, 4 years into our reconciliation, he has hardened his heart even more to the Lord and does not want to continue. Hearing what you said amidst the loss of your life here is reminding me that I too have a faith that saves. My hope is in Jesus and it’s His love that has compelled me to love and stand by my unbelieving husband. He is the God who gives life to the dead. He is able to save my husband. But whether my husband chooses to stay or go, my Jesus has not changed. By His grace I will endure with great hope. Soon and very soon we are going to see our King!

    I pray that you will glory in the Lord and thereby spread HIs beautiful fragrance all over the place. Your children are the Lord’s… He saves them too!

    I’m sure the Lord will bring you to mind in the days ahead and I will gladly bear you and your family in prayer!

    Much love to you my sister in Christ!

  111. Rachel,, you have entered my heart and lit up my world. You have moved my soul and watered my eyes. You have remained in my mind since the day I started reading your diary. You are my concern and I talk about you with my parents and close friends. You mean a lot to me somehow. It is amazing how much hope shines throughout your words. This is the spirit we are all lacking. Your words are full of life. They are strong and resemble the strong woman inside you.

    I don’t know if I have the right to advise you, but I have heard many stories about cancer patients recovering with the help and treatment of Macrobiotics.

    Mariam Nour is one great example. Please check her website http://www.mariamnour.com/index_en.php?area=articles and send her an enquiry. She HERSELF recovered from cancer using macrobiotics. She is an international guru (in my opinion) and a loving mother. Best of all, she has endless knowledge which I am sure she can help you with. I have met her in person once and trust her words always because she genuinely to help. Keep the faith, God especially supports people with patience.

    At the end of the day, it is only up to God to cure. He loves us all equally and He chooses the best for us. This is a comforting fact.

    No matter what, do not give up. Miracles happen every single day, and when we least expect them.

    From Dubai, UAE, I send you all my love and warmest regards, prayers and well wishes. God bless.

    Heba Hashem

  112. Dear Rachel,
    A good friend told me about your testimony on this website and I’m so glad I listened. Wow! I am 31 and have just come through a breast cancer scare myself. I was diagnosed with DCIS in April of 2008, and had a mastectomy in August. A lot of what you said hit so close to home.
    I appreciate your faith so much! God is an amazing God. He has blessed me in so many incredible ways. Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to share your inspiring testimony with others, and what a wonderful witness. God is a God of miracles and as I heard lately, He will either cure you here on earth or when He deems you have completed what He sent you to do, He will bring you home to glory. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  113. Dear Rachel,

    I just wanted to leave an update since my name is out here in the www now with my comment, and let you know you continue to be a daily inspiration to me, as the Spirit keeps bringing you to mind. My prayers of late have been particularly for your husband as my husband has so been on my heart. God is really using your circumstances to keep my eyes on Jesus.

    I wanted to say on here that my husband and I have had some wonderful conversations over the past few days and I realize that my husband has not hardened his heart at all, but is truly searching, and I am heavily interceding. So as I watch him struggle to “find” the God who is not far away, but very near… as near as his confession, I am praying for both your husband and mine… that our mighty God would reveal himself to them, that your husband might be totally held by Him and that mine might see Him.

  114. Okay, I promise this will be my last comment about ME! I just am heavily convicted by the Lord that I need to clear up what I commented the first time on June 2nd. My husband didn’t say the words “I’m ready to leave.” He said he was considering his options after realizing that he has nothing in common with me. IN my hurt I wrote that he said he was ready to leave because that is how I felt… I felt he was ready to leave. Our marriage may very well come to an end, but I don’t want there to be any trace out there or from me that makes it sound as though I blame my husband for this or that he’s doing something to me or against me. The truth is, my sinful choices as a teenager when I met and married him have led to the destruction that my husband is faced with today. I take full responsibility for why my husband is feeling the need to look at his options. I married him as a rebellious believer in Christ and proceeded to entangle him in years of trying to make him a christian from the outside in. Just as Jesus said to the Pharisees that they tried so hard to make converts of people only to make them more children of hell than they were, I did that to my husband in the early years of our marriage. God, in his grace, gave me a second chance 4 years ago, after we split up the first time, to show my husband the genuine love of Christ and to live out the ministry of reconciliation. And now, as my husband faces these crossroads, I do not see him at all as the resonsible one, but me, and pray with fervent intercession for his eyes to be opened and every heavy burden I’ve ever laid on him to be loosed that he might see the Lord and be forever changed.

    I ‘m terribly sorry that I have used now 3 spaces to comment about my circumstance on your site where you pour out your life even unto death for God’s glory. I just can’t in good conscience leave my comments un-cleared up, which is why I shouldn’t have written what I wrote in the first place.

    Anyway, you and your famiy is being greatly used by God to keep me humble and looking at Jesus in these times.

    In sincere love,

  115. Dear Sister,
    You have touched my heart and I have shared this video with those I love out of the faith. To give them hope of God’s grace. This video pushed on my heart, and I said the words outloud, while watching, “There has to be a God”
    In Christ,
    Hye Sung

  116. Rachel,
    WOW! My mom sent this to me and I normally just go ehh something again! But I opened it just AMAZING! I have been the type of person that is so up and down about whats right and whats wrong. JUST today I was saying ehh it is ok, I can some of my old ways fade it as long as my heart is in the place. Thank You LORD for you! Just so eye opening as a mom and just as a person!
    You are an amazing person and my heart and prayers are with you and your family! I lost my Aunt June 10th 2008 due to cancer, and she fought for years and now, no more pain, no more suffering! AMEN LORD HERE WE COME!!!
    Your Sister in Christ,

  117. Rachael n family
    You’re an inspiration to all of us. I can’t imagine the pain you’re going thru n yet you’ve the strength n courage to witness for our dear Lord Jesus Christ.
    Praying for your full recovery n God’s blessing be with you n your family.
    God Bless

  118. [...] Click here for the video. [...]

  119. Rachel,
    Thank you. Your talk has inspired me to trust in God even more, despite circumstances. It IS about God, not about me.
    Thank you for glorifying God in the midst of all your pain, and for looking at Him and not yourself.
    God has made you a brave, brave woman.
    I’m praying that God ordains your time on earth to be sweet despite the immense pain you’re going through. His grace will carry you.

    And just like you wrote in one of your entries, if this pain and suffering is called ‘light and momentary’ and it will bring an eternal glory that far outweighs them all… FAR outweighs… Can you imagine? I can’t. It will be amazing. How good is God to give us a future like that. I hope you find comfort in His promise.

    Praying for you and your family,

    Olivia from the Netherlands

  120. Beautiful. May God use each obedient word for his glory and purpose. You are a good mama. -jessie from alberta

  121. Dear Rachel,
    Your courage has changed me! Thank you for reminding me of my purpose here. I love you.

  122. Rachel,

    Praise God for you. Just a couple of days a go I was feeling sorry for myself. I thought I had gotten over it Sunday after a sermon my pastor gave from Number 22. The true of it is I was still feeling a bit bitter and selfish because a young lady I was attempting to woo chose someone else. This comes nowhere your situation, however, your video has humbled me. I thank God for you, and give Him Praise for the many lives he will change through your testimoney. I can only hope that I would be given the courage and faith the you have.

    God Bless you
    /Anthony from Carson, CA

  123. Thank God for you! Thank you for letting God speak through you. Thank you for letting God use you. Thank you for sharing your journey. The impact will only continue to grow in me and I know in so many others. God gave you an amazing purpose and you have performed it exquisitely.

  124. Rachel
    You are truly an angel! God’s glory shines through your faith, and He has certainly smiled upon your countenance. Peace and Grace follows you along with our prayers.

  125. A wonderful testimony to what our glorious Savior can do!

  126. heard of this video from a friend and was very blessed by this message!! Thanks! What an amazing GOD we serve!!

  127. Rachel,
    Your video blessed me. I have been diagnosed with breast ca.metastasized to my spine and skull and also had some in my lungs. This was in 2007. I have had no chemo, or radiation but I am receiving bone calcium infusion due to calcium being pulled from my bones by the ca.& a hormone blocker, so I know what you mean by the pain and weakness. I could relate to your diagnosis and your speaking of the Lord encouraged me as I want to know what to expect when it is my time to meet my saviour. I love Jesus and what he did for me with all my heart but at times like these it’s so easy to look inward instead of keeping the focus on our saviour. Thank you for your testimony and pointing me right back to the saviour and serving with joy. My neice sent me this video to watch I’m sure because she is familiar with my diagnosis. You are brave and I laud your staunch stand for our Lord Jesus. The Lord has done a miracle in me. I have prayer warriors all over the world holding me up in prayer. My cancer marker at the onset of the diagnosis was on high alert 98%.At each additional testing it continued downward and is now in the normal range ALL PRAISE AND GLORY BE TO GOD FOR WHICH IT COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED OTHERWISE. Prayer does change things. I will be praying for you and your family to bring you through this victorious. This has been a witness to my Dr. about the power of God. Nothing is impossible with God. God bless you and yours


  128. I listened to you on the radio yesterday and today. I cried with you… I don’t think I will ever forget you. Your faith, and your honesty of heart, have made a deep impression on my soul. I am 60 and have children and grandchildren. I want you to have the same chance I have had, and I hurt for you and for your family to be cheated out of this span of time. I know that Jesus is Lord, and I love Him dearly, as I can see you do. My heart asks “WHY?” but my spirit knows He has a plan. Part of that plan was to get your message out to so many in these “last days” I’m sure. You are an example to the rest of us of finding your purpose in Him and fulfilling it in whatever time we have left. Most of us don’t know how long that is, and recently I have been praying His word, “teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. Perhaps He is doing this very thing for us through you. God bless you and give you His peace. He has born our pain and carried our diseases and by His stripes we are healed.

  129. June 16, 2009 , All I can say is, WOW , I listened to your testimony on radio. THANK YOU ! For making an deep imprint on my HEART. May GOD’S Grace and Peace Be Multiplied To You and Your Family. — In Christ’s Love, john

  130. Your faith is such an inspiration. You & your family will be in my prayers.

  131. I have no words how to thank my Lord for the testimony I heard from you yesterday. You are such encouraging sister. I was listening your testimony on our local radio yesterday 15/06/09. I was very much touched and encouraged by your testimony. I will use your testimony in my counseling or preaching session.

    As a family we SHALL pray for you and your dear family!
    May God richly bless you

  132. I realise I have a BIG PROBLEM and that is SIN. I need a SAVIOR, and that SAVIOR IS JESUS CHRIST.

    I thank God for giving you grace and speaking through you. I amd praying for you and your family for loads of grace, strength and mercy.

    In Jesus name.


  133. I’ve been listening to the Moody radio early this morning, then I wanted to see and hear you online.You’re an inspiration, your life-a vivid testimony.Thank you for sharing yor heart with us. I’m praying that others will be as blessed as I am to see genuine Christianity in your suffering.

    Holding you and yours in my prayers,

  134. Rachel
    Thank you for letting God use you to bless so many people and bring them to Jesus Christ. I was so blessed my this I cant tell you lossing both of my parents to cancer you are truly an angel! God’s glory shines through your faith, Peace and Grace follows you along with our prayers.Your courage has changed me! Thank you for reminding me of my purpose here. love you.
    Chef Rick Tramonto

  135. Is there a transcript of her speech available?

  136. Stephen, there isn’t currently a transcript available of her speech. Sorry!

  137. Praise God for He strengthened you to be such a powerful witness for Him!

  138. Hi,I just wanted to say that I absolutely admire you.What courage and bravery you have.Your love for the lord is contagious.I just hope that I can be a better person after listening to your video.My prayers are with you.You are a beautiful person inside and out.Even though I don’t know you personally,I can say what a great woman you are.Thanks.Nancy

  139. Hi Rachel,
    You know until I watched your presentation, I was in a world of no hope and no future. In the last year, I have gone through numerous problems. I have always wanted children and in the last year, I miscarried twice. The doctor’s do not know why and I just felt hopeless and angry with God. I knew I wasn’t supposed to be, but the hurt inside was eating away at me. My sister showed me this presentation and I am so grateful that you spoke about your experience. I now know I must know God, know his word, and know myself. I was so blessed to listen to how God cares for you and your family. You are blessed with two beautiful children and a loving husband. You are BLESSED with a loving Savior that gave his son so that we could have eternal life with him. I am so grateful for you darling Rachel. I pray that your presentation will touch many more to come. I know I have passed it on to others that are hurting around me. It is now that I understand that God does not change, but we think he does when things do not go our way or the way we want them to go. I am just grateful that God has been very patient with me and working in my heart. He has sent me a loving husband that I can’t live without. As for kids…I pray and trust that God will provide in his time. God has a plan for each of us and our duty is to follow what he wants. I know it will be a long, hard path, but I prayed yesterday for God to give me strength, wisdom, obedience to him and only him in good times and in bad times. GOD bless you darling and everyone that hears your presentation. Your kids will be so proud of you. God has a special purpose for you and I am grateful and blessed to have heard you. Thank you so much for being an encouragement for me. May our God be praised forever.

  140. Thank you so much for sharing with us in the midst of your suffering, Rachel! This is probably the most powerful and Truth-filled testimony I have ever heard. I can tell you were striving to be honest, clear and true to life, your self and most importantly, to God’s Word, not only for the sake of your children who come after you, but for everyone of us, who all are dying. Yes, this Message we have and hold is a matter of life and death to believer and unbeliever alike. Thank you for your gracious, humble and sincere reminder!
    P.S. I would also hope that a transcript would be available someday as it could be a powerful tool for God’s glory.

  141. Dear Rachael,

    I recently listened to your testimony on revive our hearts. I cannot tell you how encouraging it was to me…. particularly the part about being defined by your relationship with Jesus, not being a wife and mother.

    At one time, I had defined myself by my roles as a wife and mother, and that world collapsed by an unwanted and unexpected divorce. As a single mother, I had many struggles, most of which were rooted in having the wrong identity. When we build our world around false props and images, God is sure to tear it down.

    God has been teaching me the same message that you spoke: my purpose is to know and serve him, whether single or married, mother or not.

    I want you to know, your story has touched many, many women in our area of Chattanooga, Tn. I pray for you and your family often as you are truly a woman of faith and courage, in a world where few truly “know” Him.

    Thank you for being willing to share your story….

  142. God bless you on your journey. We watched you last night with a few friends and this morning I woke up wanting to share it with all those I love so I emailed the video link. I loved how God’s grace is so evident in your life. I love that I don’t walk away thinking how great Rachel is but thinking wow she loves her Jesus and is sticking with him even now. You beautifully point us towards Christ even in your suffering. May he give you strength for each day and may your children view this video and one day own this faith as their own. Thank you for being available to speak even when your flesh is so weak.

  143. What a priviledge it is to hear from someone who has the right perspectvie of our Loving God in the midst of personal tragedy. God is God and we are not. Your High View of God is worth all the honor, all the glory, all the praise to Him alone.
    Bless you and your family. Your are in my prayers.

  144. Dearest Rachel,

    I am viewing this video 3 months after you made it. So, I do not know if you are still with us today. If you are, I thank you for your stamina. God has shown His love thru you and His desire to see everyone come to Him.

    I am blessed to hear what you had to say. It made me take a hard look at myself and I discovered that I am a lot like the people you described in your speech. You know, the ‘why me’ types. There was a time when I hated the mirrors. But now, I need them more than ever, aside from Christ.

    Thank you again. It’s been a real blessing. And, I reckon I’ll be meeting you soon.

    You and your family are in my prayers.

  145. Rachel I am so incredibly blessed & encouraged to see you standing firm in the midst of much adversity…. Well done, good & faithful one. You’re almost there… almost won the prize… and I look forward to celebrating with you again some day. May you experience joyful peace in whatever length of time you are granted on this side of the veil. Bless you.

  146. I don’t know you, but I want to thank you for getting past your last “never” and sharing from your heart on this. Everything you talked about has seemed like what I need to keep moving forward in my walk with God. You have given me a lot to think about tonight.

    I feel like I could say so much about your strength, courage, character, humility, and beautiful spirit, but I suppose that’s not what you want to hear. I will say that I am inspired by seeing all of that and more in you.

    I look forward to meeting you in heaven one day. Not sure quite how it works, but I think it’d be great to hear more of your story at that time. Thank you for having true faith!

  147. God has a much bigger plan for you and has Blessed you for your strength, love and commitment to him. The light can be seen through your heart!

  148. JESUCRISTO VIVE , Cada vez que escuchamos testimonios como este, nos damos cuenta, cuanto nuestro SALVADOR JESUCRISTO nos Ama , y nos habla a traves de sus angeles. Deseo compartir este testimonio con mi familia y amigos en VENEZUELA y de habla hispana ,es posible que le puedan vajar el audio en espanol.

  149. Rachel-

    Thank you for your message, I laughed as I have done many things you have done in your youth “asking Jesus in your heart more then once” I think I asked him about 20 times. Throughout my years of growing, I have made many wrong choices, taken a less then pleasent path but would not change anything. I have struggled with my relationship with God and do not know why. I am mother of five children and have a loving husband. I am 32 and want more then anything to be a good Christian for myself as well as my children. Your message tonight has empowered me to do that. Thank you for your strengh, courage and wisdom.
    much love,


  151. All I can see here is the glory of God … I am overwhelmed by His beauty – His sustaining grace – His truth and love and goodness and sovereign power – His holiness.

  152. Dear Rachel,

    I found your stroy on the Revive Our Hearts website. I loved your words…they are LIFE. I saw in you the kind of woman I am trying to become: a lover of Jesus, a follower of His ways, one in whom His word RICHLY dwells. I am in awe of the peace you demonstrate, of your clear mind in the midst of such distracting sorrow. I am encouraged that as we serve the same Lord, nothing He hands me will be too big. He will be with me just as He is with you. He will give me everything I need for the best, for the worst. I love you dear sister. I pray for your comfort that come only come through our Jesus, who died for our life. I pray for your family. I know they will miss you so incredibly. How awesome that, as CS Lewis said, “Christians never have to say good bye.” We know later is sooner than we things. Sooner than we know, we will all be in His presence, complete, whole. I look forward to that day of celebrating His kingdom with you and what He has done in our short lives on this place called earth.

    Love to you in Jesus!
    Topeka, Kansas

  153. Donna,
    We will be offering a DVD of the video for sale on the site within the week.

  154. I heard about your passing today. I know that your Soul rests with the Lord and He is holding you close. No more pain, no more waiting, You have gone back to Your Eternal Father. Thanks for bringing all of us a little close to Him. With love and prayers for your children and husband and parents. God will give them mercy and comfort, that I am sure.

  155. [...] I’ve seen a lot of video this year. Lots of movies, DVD’s, TV shows, Youtube and more. But out of every single piece of moving picture that my eyes have seen, this video is the best by far. [...]

  156. As I read the last few messages from others I saw what I hoped was not true,that you passed away. I’m profoundly saddened by that news and at the same time, I praise our Father in heaven that He took you home to suffer no more!…………………………Thank you………….thank you Father for sharing your message of faith ,hope, and love with me/us, through your daughter…………I love you Lord and I want to lift her children, her husband and those clos to her, into your arms of love. Father in this time of pain, please be with them. Thank you for your daughter, who so faithfully shared her love for you with others…………………………………we have been blessed.

  157. This is such a blessing to everyone’s life. Her words touched my heart, and revived me to search for a deeper meaning to my life. We’re here for such a short time, and I want to let go of my own desires. I was inspired to seek God every hour of my life, to become more like Jesus every day.
    Many thanks to your family and friends for allowing you to stand in front of that crowd to be used by God.

  158. Thankyou Rachel…for opening my eyes to the true focus of life….God…..

  159. I went to your memorial today Rachel. The service touched my heart. I’ve had what I thought were some tough questions for God around your illness and death. I finally watched the video “death is not dying” when I got home. Thanks for answering my questions. I think I’m getting it…..
    you will be missed!

  160. 7-9-09 Dear Friends,
    My profound thanks to Neil, Quinn, and Kate… AND Rachel!… for sharing Sweet Rachel’s testimony-video with the rest of us “struggling pilgrims” on our way back “Home”! It truly strengthens me to meditate on her words!…
    And I send my condolences, for the loss (-to US!-) of Rachel… but Heaven is fairer now that she lingers there –instead of here!… AND, she’s free of pain and turmoil there! –PTL!!!
    What great joy to contemplate worshipping at Jesus/God’s feet with Precious Rachel someday! (-and with ALL the beautiful souls who strive to be “faithful to God to the end”!) I’m so sorry for your heartaches and her suffering, but Father knows best!… and, SOMEday, we, TOO will understand!…
    Your family, and ALL of Rachel’s loved ones, are in my prayers! May your precious memories of her, and thoughts of your Heavenly Reunion with her bring you strength, comfort, and peace –and a strong resolve to continue living YOUR lives worthy of that reward –it may come sooner than we expect for the Faithful Family of God! Blessings and Prayers!
    Thank you again, for this wonderfully inspiring and spiritually “renewing” testimony-video!…
    Love In Christ, Wanda E. Burford, Independence, MO

  161. Truly Heartfelt, thank you.

  162. Great job. This web site will continue to be used of God for years to come. I know you have already passed away but you have left a legacy of ministry that will go on until the Lord returns.

  163. 7/11/2009
    Hi. My name is Lynn. I just want to express my deepest sympathy to Neil, Quinn and Kate. We cannot fathom the feelings you go through at this difficult time. We as a body of believers will be thinking of you and praying for you in the weeks ahead. Really any of our words can’t bring true comfort to you at this difficult time but Christ’s Comfort is a different story. He can be the only one to fill the void you are feeling. A friend shared this video with me and I was so glad she did. All it took was five minutes and I knew exactly who Rachel was becoming more like and that was JESUS. Rachel was a woman that LIVED GOD daily. You can see her in the video as she points everything to Christ. She truely has shown me in her message of area’s in my own life that need fixing. I think we can go through the motions, spend even time with God daily, going to church but are we really putting self on the burner and putting others first like Jesus did? I never was blessed to have the opportunity to ever meet Rachel but watching her video I sure wish I had. WHAT A SPECIAL WOMAN. I know God used her life to reach others for Him and will continue to reach others now and in the future. Again, please know we will be praying for you. Thank you for sharing this inspiring testimony of her life. ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER. ALL TO HIM I FREELY GIVE. May that be all of our testimonies.
    Lynn Barnett, Oconomowoc, WI

  164. im so blessed with her story

  165. The Lord used Rachel in a mighty way! Her story and honesty touched my heart and spirit to the core. Christians need to hear the truth! Our christian walk is not about “me”. My mother went home to begin her real life on June 26, 2009 at age 93; in the presence of the Lord.The Lord’s timing is perfect and so I watched the video this morning, crying over my mother and the words Rachel spoke. As I prepare for the funeral I have been given new insight and so many reasons to rejoice. God does have a perfect plan for each life. We cannot know how many seeds have been planted in other peoples’ lives by Rachel. May the Lord wrap His mighty arms of love around her family now and always.

  166. I just want to say Thank You for sharing this video…what an impact it had on me…I just learned last night that Rachel had past and was saddened as I watched the video for the second time…AMAZING! is all I can say. I am very sorry for your loss…..I pray GOD will give you peace over this difficult time…and I think this will continue to truly bless people…it seems like that’s what Rachel would have wanted…So again my condolences to your family…..she will be missed…

  167. After the second time of watching this video, there are still no words to describe the way God uses this woman’s life to tear into mine. It is my hope that everyone who watches this will be convicted to have a real relationship with our God and savior Jesus Christ.

    God bless,

  168. May God pour His grace on Rachel’s loved ones, and bless the abundant seed she has sown in Jesus name.

  169. No question of where your heart full of strength and love has come from. Thank you for reminding me of my purpose. I believe you are gone now and on to greater things beside your precious creator. I am changed for having watched your video, “Death Is Not Dying”.

  170. My heart was so touched by Rachel and her love for
    her Lord and her unfailing love for her friends and family.
    I listen over and over again to Rachel’s testimony and realize that
    her life did and will impact so many for Christ.
    She made us all think deeper about what life really means;
    but more important what life will mean when it is our time for the journey of leaving this world. Her words will live on in so many, my heart will never ever forgot what a beautiful lady of God Rachel was..and is. :)

    To Rachel’s family…
    Thank you so much for sharing something so personal that will touch so many. May God give you strength to face the days ahead, as she will be so missed by all that knew her personally..
    know your dear wife, mother, daughter and friend gave such a gift to the ones left behind.. and brought many to find Jesus through her life.

  171. I’m a high school teacher in Michigan. Our graduating class, for the second year in a row, tragically lost a senior killed in a car crash. Both of these young ladies (each year) were 18 years old. Rachel’s video presentation is a powerful tool to help us understand that life really is short and we are all dying. I have passed this link on to my students through facebook. I hope that many will watch this video.

  172. [...] Watch Rachel share her story of trusting God in the face of death. “Cancer does not define me,” she says. “Neither does being a wife or a mother. All these things are part of who I am but they do not define me. What defines me is my relationship with Jesus.” [...]

  173. To Neil,Quinn,& Kate
    Thank You for sharing Rachel’s talk with my childern and me. We feel it is so special because we lost my wife and mother on March 12,2009 and know how you are feeling. Our mom also had a very close walk with the Lord, but I do not have it on D.V.D . She died of Inflamatory Breast Cancer, and was my wife for 43 years. So many things are the same as we listen to Rachel’s talk.We are so thankfull that we heard her message.It is very hard Neil, and it hurts,but the Lord helped your wife through all this and also my wife, and He will help us. Iam sure of that .We pray for you and your childern Thank you again,And thank you LORD!

  174. I have stumbled upon Rachel today quite by accident on Truths That Transform website. I first listened to her with sound only. I was very touched and very moved and cried my eyes out and have prayed for her and her family with much emotion. What a blessing. It has totally transformed my day to say the least. I will continue to pray for your family and that her message will continue to lead many to the Lord.

  175. It is my hope and prayer that this message reaches out to all of those who do not know God as well as to those whose relationship with Him becomes refreshed through hearing Rachel’s journey. I’ve been inspired and challenged and will pass this onto others. Let us all realize our divine purpose here and rejoice in God’s eternal grace and goodness.

  176. [...] Death is not Dying Rachel

  177. Amazing. Have shared this link with everyone I know. Absolutely beautiful.

  178. watched this in our church service today
    so very powerful
    Thank you!

  179. [...] Watch Rachel share her story of trusting God in the face of death. “Cancer does not define me,” she says. “Neither does being a wife or a mother. All these things are part of who I am but they do not define me. What defines me is my relationship with Jesus.” [...]

  180. Amazing courage – given to her by faith and grace.

  181. What a wonderful story of faith and hope in the face of tragedy and suffering. Rachel’s faith, courage and absolute trust in God was and still is truly inspiring. Her life, her courage and the impact of her testimony will continue to bless and touch the lives and hearts of people for years to come.

  182. Flicking through the comments, so many have said what is on my heart tonight after listening to Rachel talk. I am also inspired and refreshed in my Christian walk by her words – encouraged to focus on what is really important. I am so grateful to God that He gave you ALL the strength to go through with this event and the video – I am confident that it will be a blessing to your children, Neil, as they grow older and are inspired by your wife, as so many have and will continue to be. A friend passed this link on to me and I have passed it on to my FB friends. I ask God to bless you Neil, Quinn & Kate and the rest of your family, in the big things and in the small things. I ask God to bless me with the same assurance, boldness, gentleness and respect that Rachel showed – that we all may become more like Christ and give Glory to God by serving with joy. Thank you.

  183. Dear Raquel,

    I am a 37 years old spanish lady who, after hearing your talk, have been blessed.
    Raquel, our Father has used you TODAY to talk to me and show me his infinitive love to all his creation.
    I can´t stop crying Raquel, you have deeply touched me and I hope I remember your words forever or at least I could keep them as a treasure in my heart.
    Also I believe, sister in Christ, that death can not possible touch you, the only way is up and you are already sit in heavenly places far above from the principalities of this world, at the right hand of our Father.
    “From glory to glory” Always thanking you.

  184. Our college (Clearwater Christian College) watched your video today in chapel. It was such an encouragement. My 21 year old sister has been fighting brain cancer for almost a year now and have had a couple loved ones pass away from cancer. Seeing Rachel’s joy and passion for the Lord and others was amazing! I truly enjoyed watching the video. Thank you for your families testimony and passion for the Lord. I will be praying for your family!

  185. Please don’t ever take this down. The Lord brought this to me today…..and I can’t even put into words the impact Rachel’s testimony is having on me.

    Thank you for sharing.

  186. I ran across this while looking for a sample of a letter that I could write to my brother who is dying of cancer. We have never known each other well. I don’t know if he is a Christian. Anyway, in my search, this website came up and I watched the entire talk. It was so inspirational and I feel God was talking directly to me because I have strayed from the path. It was just what I needed right now in my life.

  187. Thank you for giving us hope in the Lord, may you rest in peace .

  188. [...] Earlier this year, a wife and mother named Rachel Barkey was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and a video of a talk she gave just a few months before her death was posted all over the Christian blogosphere. I’d read quite a few of Rachel’s blog entries, but hadn’t seen the video until a few days ago, when I watched the first part. It was a sobering and encouraging reminder of how short life is. Watch here. [...]

  189. Rachel,

    You’re an absolute inspiration. Thank you for sharing your testimony with us.

    May God bless and keep you and your family.

    All of my love

    Sam Cooper

  190. [...] Rachel Barkey speaking to 600 women in BC, Canada before dying of breast cancer.  This is more than worth your time!  View it here. [...]

  191. [...] is john piper’s and the other day he had a post about a talk by a woman named rachel titled, death is not dying. if you can, take the 55 minutes to watch it and keep this woman and her family in your prayers. [...]

  192. I know our God will and has used this Video!
    To God be the Glory! I know Rachel you are with the Lord!
    Lord, tell Rachel, I George said hey! I believe she went home July 9,2009
    not sure on the date but I know her video and life have help people come to know Jesus… again to Our God be the Glory!

    Love your Brother in Christ!

  193. I’ve watched Rachels video about 3 times now and it still makes an impact!! Inspiration is the least I can say. Have a great time Rachel.

  194. Dear Rachel,
    i was lost with words as I started to listen to your speech, couldnt find the words to say. I just continued to listen and my eyes began to get watery. It’s testimonies like yours that has power in them and brings more people to come to know jesus christ. I accepted Jesus as my personal savior the summer of 2007 and i thank him for all that he did for myself,my family and for everyone else here on this planet. He died to save us, so that we could have chance cause he knew we were sinners. Like my Pastor once said to me, the suffering and pain you feel right now is nothing compared to what Jesus went thru. If Jesus can go thru all that he did just so that the gospel would be spread to this very day then why can’t you have a little faith that God is in control and that he has a plan under his time not ours. May God continue to bless your Family.

    Love Your Brother In Christ,

    Jaime Verzosa

  195. Rachel, I am so sorry for your family, but realize you will soon be with our Savior in heaven and dancing around heaven with my wife Patricia Guntharp. She passed away 10/20/03 of ovarian cancer. You two will have an eternity of pleasure. I love you my sister.
    Grady Guntharp

  196. I just want to say how much this touched me. I became aware of Rachel just after her death. Her purpose was fulfilled. This really impacted my wife and I. I share it with anyone I can. See you in heaven Rachel :)

  197. Thank you, thank you, thank you for keeping this site up long after her journey home. I have sent the link to so many that I know will be as blessed as I was when I listened to her supernatural words. I am inspired, blessed….and blown away.

  198. Being profoundly inspirational at the time of my earthly demise no longer weighs on my mind. While I guess I could add some of my own flair, Rachel truly said it all! My kids were listening to the end of Rachel’s talk, in the car, and they were profoundly touched as well. I came home and have watched the whole talk. I am the same age as Rachel and I can draw many similarities. Its quite striking. I am greatly saddened for her parents, siblings, husband, friends, and children who must miss her terribly.

  199. well done good and faithful servant…

  200. I heard part of this video in a radio broadcast in Revive Our Hearts website. I became interested in the message and I looked for the website and listened to the whole video… I have watched several times now. I just want to say that I have been inspired to keep searching to know God. Thank you so much for keep posting this. :-)

  201. [...] Another random thought…really good video that is almost an hour long. The name of the video is “Death is Not Dying: a Faith that Saves” (h/t http://hoperoadblog.com). I’ve watched it three times, and believe everyone should watch it at least once. The link is http://deathisnotdying.com/fullvideo/. [...]

  202. Thank you Lord for Rachel. I watched the video in my Lazy-boy while treating a neck injury. Deeply moved and will share video with my wife. Being 37 and having 3 kids it is sobering yet refreshing knowing the God whom we serve.
    Thanks for sharing with the world.

  203. Dear Rachel, you are truly glorifying God by sharing your story. My heart hurts as I see your pain in not being able to do for your children as you would like to. Someday they will see this video just as you planned and they will blessed. Your life is a living testament of the living God. I plan on sharing this video with my parents next week as I visit them. They have had lots of close calls with death, physically. I would be so glad for your or anyones prayers that God would open their eyes to see the truth of the gospel and the power it has even for them. I will see you one day sister, here, there, or in the air :-)
    Your testimony is evidence that Jesus lives!!!!
    God Bless You.

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