Saturday, December 20, 2008

Homburg, Germany - Final Post

“Let us run the race that is before us and never give up”

Coleman stabilized through the night and Belinda stayed with him as much as possible until around 3 AM. I went in about 6:20 AM, told him we love him and how proud we are of him. While I was standing there stroking his hair, his heart stopped. The doctors asked about reviving him and proceeded to make all efforts, none of which succeeded. I was never more than a few feet from him the while.

A little over a year ago a 17 year old boy sat across from me after saying goodbye to a friend, PFC Cody Carver and said “Dad, he did something” and asked if I would go with him to the recruiter the next day. Some might say that the Army gave me back a man – but I dare say I was looking at one that day. Coleman enlisted, turned down all of his “bonus” money, in exchange for a front row seat in a faraway place as an infantryman. Along the way, no amount of boot camp or hardship could restrain that quality that attracted so many to Coleman since he was an infant – pure, unadulterated joy.

A retired Army Ranger we know called when he heard the news about Coleman several days ago and said “listen to me – don’t ask “why” but ask “what” – what is God showing you in this?”. I would ask the same of each of you who have prayed and supported Coleman, Jordan, and our family. Coleman has forced a multitude to re-evaluate their relationships – with their family, their friends, and with God. But that was Coleman – he had a joy that attracted and changed and challenged people wherever he went. His suffering has done the same.

Coleman had no regrets about the decisions he made – he said so in so many words. He was open and expressive about his true feelings – he spoke his soul – a trait few men master. When Coleman loved you, you knew that you were loved.

Coleman was absolutely certain of his eternal destiny - which gave him true courage in life. We rest knowing that Coleman is now “face to face” with his Savior.

In the end, few men do anything that really matters - and fewer still finish well.

I know a man who managed both.

Goodbye, my precious son.

Father thank you for every second we were allowed to spend with you’re precious gift to us, Coleman. Now Lord, welcome a son, a friend and a soldier into Your loving arms. Comfort the love of his life, Jordan, his mother, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends and the many hundreds he touched.

In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.


  1. How we love you Hinkefents. Coleman was a gift to us all. This old Twila Paris song comes to mind:

    A visitor from Heaven
    If only for a while
    A gift of love to be returned
    We think of you and smile

    A visitor from Heaven
    Accompanied by grace
    Reminding of a better Love
    And of a better place

    With aching hearts and empty arms
    We send you with a name
    It hurts so much to let you go
    But we’re so glad you came
    We’re so glad you came

    A visitor from Heaven
    If only for a day
    We thank Him for the time He gave
    And now it’s time to say
    We trust you to the Father’s Love
    And to His tender care
    Held in the everlasting arms
    And we’re so glad you’re there
    We’re so glad you’re there

    With breaking hearts and open hands
    We send you with a name
    It hurts so much to let you go
    But we’re so glad you came
    We’re so glad you came

    Thank you, God, for Coleman's life and impact. Come quickly for the rest of us.

  2. Eric, Thank you for your beautiful words. Thank you for bringing such an amazing boy into the world and raising him to be the man that he is. This experience HAS changed my life and how I view God and how I view prayer, and I will forever be grateful to Coleman for that; but someday (and may it be soon, Lord)I will tell him so face to face. Until then, the absence leaves a painful hole that I don't think can ever be filled. Lord, how do we learn to focus on the beauty of his life, and not just the pain of his loss? Please show us the way. Please send your love and comfort and peace to the family.

  3. Eric, Belinda, Emil, Heather, Erica, Haley, and Jordan, I so regret the pain in your lives on this day. I weep with you over your loss, the loss of so many others, and our loss, and because I know you and Coleman I can confidently say I also rejoice with you also because Coleman is face to face with his Heavenly Father. Coleman's walk on this earth has given way to his present walk with His God and our God, His Savior and our Savior. While Coleman is nolonger present with us, I rejoice with you that he remains alive -- alive not in a final "resting place" but in the presence the loving Father who called him to spiritual life as His child and now has called him eternal home. What a thought that our Lord Jesus, seated at the right hand of the Father, stood and welcomed Coleman into heaven with a "well done, My servant."

    Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jessu from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us complete in every good work to do His will, working in us what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Chrsit, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (Heb 13:20-21.


    Yee Yang

  5. I can't think of any words that will fix the hole in your hearts. In days to come, the Scriptures will comfort you and words can be fitly spoken in the proper time. For now I will just say that Teresa and I love you guys and will pray for you as we have for Coleman.


  6. "Feet"...My brother and friend. You will be missed dearly. It was one heck of a fight you put up Brother, and you have made everyone proud. I love you man and i will see you in formation again someday.

    Spc Kyle M Hall
    HHC 1-6 IN

  7. I didn't know coleman but through a mutual friend I learned of his struggle
    I pray that he is at peace and enjoying the eternal light that is heaven
    God bless you all


  8. we love you coleman.

  9. Rest in peace Coleman. You put up an amazing fight. You've earned your wings buddy. I can't wait to see you in heaven! I will continue to pray for comfort for all the family, Jordan, and friends. You've touched so many lives and will touch more to come. Your story isn't over here. I know you'll be watching down on us. I love you and I'll NEVER forget you. You never ceased to amaze me.

  10. Few words can describe how much we will miss him, But even Fewer words can discribe how happy we will be when we see him in Heaven

  11. Eric & Belinda i can't fathom the depth of your hurt, loss, and exhaustion. Neither can i assume to have the right words to say to help bear your burden, but these verses have been coming to mind while praying for you and Coleman. Thought it might be good to share them with you.
    Psalm 107
    23 ¶ Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters,
    24 They see the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep.
    25 For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
    26 They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble.
    27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end.
    28 Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses.
    29 He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.
    30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven.
    31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
    32 Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders.

  12. I cannot blame God for taking Coleman home. Indeed, He has heard our cries and has healed Coleman and made him whole forever. But my heart aches at the loss and the grief my family will share. Thank you to all who stood by Coleman's side to the very end. We will miss you, Coleman. Eric and Belinda, we are ready for you to come home.

  13. Fish,
    I'm devastated. Quite simply. I am in disbelief and so terribly saddened by all of this.
    What I would do for one last chance to see your constant, smiling face. To see you walk past, smile and wave. To stand in front of the building, joke and laugh with you.
    You are loved. You are missed. You are still with us.

    "If a person brings so much courage into the world that the world must kill him to break him, so of course it kills him. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those it cannot break it will kill. It kills the very good, the very gentle, and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these things the world will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."
    -Ernest Hemmingway

  14. I knew Coleman only in passing however I watched him grow from a young boy to a man over the years. I always got a laugh when they would stop by the store after school. Coleman always had a grin on his face and a snappy comment even for a young child. Of course his older brother was always right there with him being the prototypical big brother suggesting what "treat" his little brother should get. Even a short time before he left for boot camp I got to eat lunch with Coleman and others and he still had the same smile on his face.

    He will definitely be missed.

    Rest in peace Coleman.

  15. coleman.....i met you a few years back not knowing who you were...and came to see that you were an amazing young were caring....joyful....always put up an amazing fight against these horrible events thrust upon you....god has taken you now for better many memories i can share with you...and now when i think of them i dont only feel grief...but joy that i had those times with you originally....heaven awaits you as you spread your wings and fly to eternal happiness....and eventually i will see you there....but until then always know you were loved here...your family is in my thoughts and in peace coleman


  16. Belinda and Eric:

    Please know that our prayers continue for you and your family. Coleman's journey is over, but he is (and has been throughout all of this) in loving arms of our God and Father.

    Coleman's last journey has been the focus of so many prayers and has affected so many lives, including our church, Foothills Community Church in Spokane, WA.

    May you continue to rest in the arms of God of all comfort (II Cor 1) as well as the prayers and acts of friendship of those around you.

    John R Garrison

  17. There aren't enough words to express how saddened we are to hear the news; our hearts are broken. You will be sorely missed. God bless you, Coleman.

    Sgt. Cory & Allyson Schreiber
    A CO 1-6IN
    Baumholder, Germany

  18. Farewell my friend, my fellow new guy. I Shall see you again someday.

    PFC Joshua Smith
    A Co TF 1-6

  19. Eric, Belinda, Jordan, Emil, Erica, Haley and extended family,

    Words cannot express my sympathy for all left behind. Coleman truly changed the lives of everyone he came in contact with. He will be deeply missed. May the God of all peace, comfort you; may you feel his presence in a very special way. We love you and pray that God will give you the strength you need.

    Father, we come to you today with broken hearts, not pretending to be strong. There are so many things in this life we do not understand. We do understand that you are God, and that your ways exceed ours. We know you have a long range forecast, that we cannot fathom this side of eternity. Father thank you for every moment that I was privileged to spend with Coleman here on this earth, for the times spent in Sunday school and social events. Thank you for the “Coleman hugs” and the mischievous smile we all enjoyed. Father please comfort all of us, especially Coleman’s family. Let us express our grief, so that you can heal us. Let us weep, so that you can dry our tears. Lord, we love you, we trust you. We look forward to the time when we will all be together with you forever in a place where words like leukemia, cancer and organ failure are unnecessary. May we trust you, and learn to love you more through all of this. In Christ name we pray, Amen.


  20. coleman, i dont know how to put in words how i feel . i know i will understand one day why you had to leave but it is just so hard to even think about. i love you so much and i wish i could have told you to your face before you went home to be with Jesus. i will never forget you and i will never be the same you have been able to show me true courage and strength . i will love you always little brother and it is so hard to say goodbye to my closest sibling . i will see you again someday and i cant wait to have more fun in heaven just like we did here on earth!!

    Love your big brother Emil

    rest in peace coleman we love you so much

  21. Coleman, I just wanted to thank you once again for changing my life, the way I look at life, and the way I look at Christ, our Lord and savior who you now are so lucky to rest with. The Lord used you in an unimaginable way to bring me and so many others to closer to God. You have taken me to the next step in my life and i cant thank you enough. You have earned your precious wings lil brother! I can just see you standing at the golden gates as you meet Jesus and him welcoming a young, strong soldier who is now part of the Lords army, with his arms wide open!

    You are now in the most amazing, peaceful, joyable hands of God in heaven, which we will all someday be right there with you! Though we wish you were still with us, gods plan is perfect and he needed an angel and we know you will be watching over us. You will never be forgotten Coleman! Rest in peace warrior!

    Love your sister-in-law Heather.

  22. Eric, Belinda and family, My heart breaks for you. God has answered the 'disires of our hearts'. I pray He comforts you in this great loss. The words of a song by Wayne Watson, Home Free, "the ultimate healing is to be Home Free" are so true. We mourn the loss of such a young and great man. But, Glory to God, we will be re-united someday. COME QUICKLY LORD! Thank you for letting all of us be a part of your suffering. Thank you for letting us see the mighty hand of God at work. We love you more than you could know. Bobbye McCay

  23. Dear Eric, Belinda and family: There are no words to express our sorrow and compassion toward you guys over this loss. Our love and prayers are with you as you make this difficult adjustment. The good news is indeed the good news, that since he is absent from the body he is home with the Lord. That we know and in that we find peace. As you know all Believers are in His hands and sometimes it is more evident than others and while we indeed weep it is not like those who have no hope. May you guys feel His the warmth of those hands that created the universe and may He bring to you the comfort that only He can bring. Drue and Helen

  24. My sorrow like many others runs deep. I am so sorry. Emil I to lost my brother and best friend when He was 18 and I was 20. Its hard and no words can can tell you how sorry I am. But like you said you will play (or beat each up) again one day.
    O give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His mercy and loving kindness endures for ever!
    The world has lost one great young man, son brother, friend he will be deeply missed.

    I love you guys

  25. May God grant you the peace,comfort and rest your soul needs. We are praying for you and thinking of you. Thank you so much for your service to our country. God has bless us with you and your brave heart.

  26. Eric and Belinda and Family.

    I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain and sorrow you feel right now. I have witnessed though your incredible faith and an amazing group of people who love and support you and I know you will cherish that forever. Coleman was an inspiration to so many people. I am thankful to have gotten to know him briefly through your eyes and the eyes and hearts of his friends.

    Philip Campbell

  27. Eric and Belinda,
    I only knew of Coleman for this past week as I received the first prayer request. I have been praying daily and I weep with you now. How proud you must be of your amazing son. May God's comfort and peace surround you and I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Denise (Indianapolis)

  28. Eric and Belinda -

    Words fail me to express any comfort to you.

    While there is pain, Eric so gracefully stated where Coleman is: he is not lost; he has gone on ahead.

    Debra and I are praying for the both of you, Emil and his wife, your girls and the rest of your family and Coleman's friends.

    May the grace of God that carried you through this past week carry you forward

    ...we grieve, but not as those that have no hope...

  29. Eric and Belinda,
    First of all I send my heartfelt condolences to you,Emil,Heather,Erica,Haley and Jordan.
    Thank you for sharing your son with the world. His story,his life touched more people than anyone will ever know. But God knows, and His purpose was served. What a privilege and honor to serve our God.
    I pray that God will give you such comfort as you continue on. Comfort in knowing your child is where we all strive to go. Heaven.
    I am so thankful to God for all of the voices we
    read holding up His name. In a world that seems so troubled, it is wonderful to see His name being praised throughout the world. It was such a privilege to get to know Coleman through your writings.
    God bless you all.
    Sincerely and with much love and continued prayer for all of you, KIM M

  30. As I awakened this morning, my first thought was "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints". That was even before I heard the news that Coleman was face to face with His Lord.
    Jesus said, "My house shall be called a house of prayer". We thank you, Father, for uniting so many together in prayer as we have asked so many things on behalf of Coleman and his family. We thank you, Father, for the clarity of Your Word which has been proclaimed through out the nations through Coleman's life, illness and death. "So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty without accomplishing what I desire and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it" Isaiah 55:11.
    Thank you, Father, for allowing us the privilege of participating in this time with those we love and those we have yet to meet. We rejoice with Coleman in the new life which we know he is enjoying now and eagerly await the opportunity to join him. What a pleasure it will be to see the many crowns of glory that Coleman and his parents and family will have to lay at the feet of Jesus!

  31. Lord, we do not understand Your ways. We do not understand Your timing. We do not understand why You are asking us to drink this cup of sorrow. What we do understand is that now Coleman is healed. He is with You, and we who believe will see him again someday.

    Until then, we will miss him and grieve the loss of his smile here on earth.

    Please be with Eric and Belinda, Jordan, Emil and Heather, as they face the dark days ahead. Please help us to come alongside them and extend Your love from our hearts. Please be with us all, and if we cannot understand this side of heaven, help us to accept.

    In Your Precious Son's name,

  32. Coleman is gone, but not forgotten. He will live in our hearts, never to die.

    He was ours for a little while, with Jesus forever.

  33. My heart is saddend to read this. But Glory to God. When I first became introduced to Coleman and his story I became more feverent in prayer than I have been in years. In my faith in the Lord I have to believe that his will is done. In my mind I hear the sweet words of " I can only imagine". Lord God, comfort the Hinkefent family and Jordan. My prayers will continue.

    T. from Whiteman

  34. All I can do is shed a tear when I read the news this morning about Coleman. I just want to say that my prayers are with you Eric, Belinda, Emil and family...... I am soo sorry for your lose. While Coleman is gone, he is never forgotten..... Rest in Peace. Laura Lopez and Family

  35. Father,

    Please help the family, loved ones and friends of Coleman in this time of loss and overwhelming grief. We don't understand why our lives are filled with this pain and heartache. But we turn our eyes to you as we seek to find the strength to trust in your faithfulness. We will wait on you and not despair; we will quietly wait for your salvation. Our hearts are crushed, but we know that you will not abandon us.

    Please show us your compassion, Lord. Help us through the pain. We believe the promise in your Word to send us fresh mercy each day. Though we can't see past today, we trust your great love will never fail us.

    In Jesus Name, Amen. -BE

  36. I am so sorry for you loss. I am praying for the family.

  37. Jordan, I am praying for you. I know your heart is breaking.

  38. Everything happens for a reason but sometimes it is so hard to understand.

  39. We have been praying for your family and will continue! My heart is broken but inspired in Coleman's story and your continued witness through this event. Coleman will have a special seat to celebrate his Saviour's birthday. "No more pain, No more tears." I have been blessed by your family in just one week...thank you for the honor of allowing me to pray for your son.

    Whitney Pugh
    Talala, OK

  40. I am so praying for each and every one of you who were directly or indirectly connected with Private Coleman. I know my brother is soo proud of him and I know he is watching over all of us happy and smiling and painfree!!
    Love to all,
    Dawn D. Guidry

  41. We love you, Eric and Belinda, Your son has been magnificent in his race to the finish. You have our love, and God's promised comfort.. love, Suzy and Jack

  42. "Happy Feet"

    You always lived up to your name. You gave it a great run man. As much as it hurts for us that are left behind, but ultimately I know that you are now in a better place. I will see you again my friend, however until that time comes I will truly miss you.

    SPC Christopher M Spositi
    formerly HHC 1-6 IN

  43. Rest in peace little buddy!

    Jordan, We all love you so much. So many people are here for you and Coleman's family. I love you baby girl


  44. Dear Eric Belinda and Family, our hearts are heavy with you as one great big family of God. Yet we rejoice for Coleman knowing he is in the presence of our Father. We look for that day that is soon coming when we can see him. It has been such a blessing to have joined together as believers and connected in prayer for Coleman. Our Heavenly Father always is working in ways we cannot see. His ways are higher, his plan is perfect. We are the blessed, we are the redeemed. We yet praise him for allowing us to be a part of Coleman's life. "Rejoice and again we say Rejoice" in the presence of the Lord forever Coleman. You have enriched our life!

  45. Words cannot express our sorrow in our loss of Coleman, for the Hinkefent family, and friends. We thank you Eric for keeping us informed through your eloquent postings and giving us this forum to share our thoughts and prayers. I don't know how you did it. Coleman's race here is over, but I am confident that he has brought his trademark smile to heaven today. I remember that smile from his earliest childhood days and just imagine he was born with it on his face. What a blessing he has been to all who knew him. I thank all who have posted to help us get to know the young man that we have not seen for so many years. He has become an inspiration through your words. With our love to family, friends, and fellow Christians, many whom we have been reacquainted with through your prayers. Dan & Becky Denham, Durango, Colorado.

  46. Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our heart and we are never, ever the same.

    Coleman left footprints on so many, many hearts. Although hearts that are breaking that he is gone from this earthly realm; we are comforted knowing that no two Christians will ever meet for the last time. Coleman has been ultimately healed, his pain is gone and he is with His Father in Heaven.

    My prayers continue to be with the Hinkefent family.

    Much love,
    Diane Lester

  47. Oh, sweet Hinkefents,

    I cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. You must be proud of the fight dear Coleman put up to stay with you all. I am only comforted by the knowledge that you will be reunited with him again. I am praying for the Lord's comfort and strength to surround you completely. Please give Erica a giant hug for me.

    Chris Alessandro

  48. Eric & Belinda-

    I am so sorry for your loss. From all I read, Coleman must have been an extraordinary young man and I'm grieving with you.

    Our son Noah is in Erica's class and we have been praying for you all. At dinner, several nights ago, I first told Noah about the situation. He interrupted me and I was about to correct him when he blurted out, "Dad, let's pray." I got tears in my eyes as he prayed for Coleman, Erica and your family in such a simple, profound and heartfelt way.

    I can't imagine what you're going through. And even though we have a sure hope and can mourn differently than those without faith, this is still an inconceivably terrible circumstance. There are no easy answers.

    In the midst of it all, may God draw you closer together and nearer to Himself. We will continue to pray to that end.

    David Bruns

  49. Eric, Belinda and all the Hinkefent family our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. Coleman's battle and your expression of faith is an inspiration to all. God Bless the Hinkefent family.

    Love Sean & Donna Dyer

  50. We're praying that the God will comfort Coleman's family, fiancee and friends. After reading your blogs and praying along side of you all, I know that we share the great hope of life everlasting through Jesus and His resurrection. This is not goodbye but "we'll see you soon". Although we do not know Coleman, our son served with him and is very happy to be his friend. We look forward to the day when you can introduce us to your healed, galant son and warrior. Perhaps just inside the "Eastern Gate"...

    We're praying for you.
    The Spositi Family-

  51. We have only known of your plight for 8 days, but our hearts are breaking for all of you. COleman fought the battle of a lifetime and now can rest, as can the family, knowing that they WILL see one another in Heaven. "No more pain, no more tears..." helps you to look upward and smile. We will continue to pray for your family as you travel home. God speed Coleman, and thank you for your service to God and country.
    STBC Early Learning Program

  52. Louis, connie and kidsDecember 20, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    Eric and Belinda; We are sorry to hear the news, but comforted by knowing that Coleman is with the Lord and resting peacefully. We are praying for peace, comfort and strength for everyone. We will always have Coleman in our hearts and will never forget his wonderful smile. Thank you for having brought him into this world so that we all could have the opportunity to know him and love him.

    Coleman we will love you forever... rest in peace!

  53. Father in heaven, I choose to trust in You. Even when things don’t go the way I planned, I know You are at work in my life. Thank You for Your perfect love which casts out all fear. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

    Christy Patton

  54. Father,

    My heart is absolutely broken for Eric, Belinda, Emil, Heather, Erica, Haley and for Jordan. Words cannot describe the sorrow and loss they feel. We know you have a plan and while we fail to understand it, we trust that you are right, of course.

    I pray that you pour comfort over each one of these precious people every moment of every day. Father, when they forget and feel crushed by their pain, remind them that you needed Coleman with you and you have him secure in your arms, having welcomed him to his true and eternal home. We are confident, as believers in your Son, that we will see him again.

    Father, our time is like a vapor compared to yours. Remind them that the time they will have on this earth to miss him will look minute when they realize the eternity they will spend with him in our true home.

    Like Coleman, we are sojourners in a foreign land. We are meant for a better and higher place. Coleman just won the prize of getting there before we do. There are so many who have gone before us and they are waiting patiently for us to join them.

    I pray that not a single person who has read this blog and prayed for only the first or second time is discouraged. Make them know that even though the prayer they offered was not answered as they expected, it was still cherished. God, you did not make a mistake here. Take these hearts who may have opened themselves to you for the first time and make them know you. Please don't let them waste the ministry that Coleman had because they are sad that he is in Heaven.

    Father, give them the conviction to know and understand that they are a sinner who desperately needs salvation. That you sent your only Son to live on earth, completely and utterly sinless despite temptation. That he made the decision, thinking of them individually, to die on the cross and pay the penalty for their sins. That he rose again three days later and now sits at your right hand waiting for them to accept him.

    Make them know that he loves them and desires nothing more than to save them. Make them know that he takes them where they are, no matter how perfect or miserable they may think they have become.

    Father, I pray that you encourage each person on this blog to take the lessons you have taught us and make them permanent in our lives. May we continue to pray without ceasing. May we trust you in all things. May we love as you love.

    Father, I cry out to you for Belinda and Eric. I cannot fathom their hurt. I know they trust in you and do not question your judgment. I know they know that their son is with you. But Father, I know that their spirits are crushed. Give them the strength to make their journey home to us. Encourage them and comfort them along each step. Give them time to grieve and hold their hearts in your hands so that they do not feel overwhelmed. Cherish and love them as only you can.

    My heart breaks for Emil who has stood so strong in you. Father, show him your love. Make him feel your presence. Give him peace in this situation and give him comfort while he grieves.

    Father, Jordan needs you right now like no other time in her life. Protect her heart and give her reason to trust you. Give her some level of understanding and make sure she knows that she can lean on this family of believers while she mourns. Father, bring someone alongside her who has experienced the same pain who can comfort her in ways few else can.

    I pray for Erica and Haley that you guard their hearts as they hear this news. Do not break their sweet little spirits.

    Father, we trust you and we thank you that we had an opportunity to know this young man you have called home. We thank you that we have been blessed to be on this journey with him and the Hinkefent family. We have been utterly changed.

    In your Son's holy and precious name,

  55. Praise God! Coleman has received his promotion. He now has a body fit for eternity. We have our memories of Coleman to cherish.

    Lord, please comfort the Hinkefent family with their loss.

    How we can now relate to the loss of your Son, Who died on the Cross for our sins!

  56. Eric & Belinda
    I can't imagine the sorrow you must feel and I am so sorry for your loss. I thank you both for keeping everyone informed through your postings. My son, Mason (stationed in Kyrgysztan)sends his sympathy to all of your family & Jordan & her family.Coleman has touched so many hearts. The last posting from Heather was so well written and so true. Emil it breaks my heart for you too. I have two sons that are 2 1/2 years apart & I know they can't imagine what you have gone through & the loss of a brother. Jordan, Debbie & Mike...I know you all love Coleman alot and will feel a big void in your hearts. We are all still praying for all of you.
    Jamie Flores

  57. Dear Hinkefent family and Jordan,

    Late last night, which must have been around the time Coleman left to be with the Lord, this verse kept coming to mind:

    According to my earnest expectation and my hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

    Truly, Christ has been honored in Coleman's life and in his death! As others have noted, we grieve, but not as those who have no hope. We can say confidently that the Lord has fulfilled his purposes for Coleman. And for now, we take some comfort in that.

    Yet, our hearts ache and we weep for your loss, your pain. We are sad that this courageous young son who brought so much joy and light to your lives is no longer here with us. Please know that our prayers surround you for the Holy Spirit to embrace you with comfort and peace. Annabelle is praying for your sweet Erica. Much love, The Clark Family, Tulsa

  58. Hinkefent family,
    We weep with you and rejoice with you. Our Lord has given Coleman perfect healing for his very ill and tired body.

    May the Lord give you strength, comfort and direction during these times of preparation that will begin your walk of healing.

    The 23rd Psalm reveals the many ways God shows His loving kindness and protective power as we walk in our daily path. He is the Good Shepherd.

    Psalm 23
    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    He leads me beside the still waters,
    He restores my soul.

    He guides me in paths of righteousness, for His name's sake.

    Even though, I walk through the valley of the
    shadow of death, I will feel no evil, for you are with me.

    Your rod and Your staff comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

    You annoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.

    Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen

    May God bless all of you and help you to rest your tired mind, body and give you strength.

    Praying for all of you,
    John and Eva

  59. Eric and Belinda,

    Our prayers are constantly with you. Erin and I only knew a much younger Coleman, but we know you must be proud of his fight, and that he finished well (good and faithful servant). Isa 26:3-4 The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.

    The Spencers (Travis, Erin, Ian, Ben and Claire)

  60. Coleman, thank you for serving our Lord and our country.
    Hinkefent family, I pray you feel God's embraces of comfort, love and peace. You are in our family's thoughts and prayers.
    ~~~~~~a Regent mom

  61. Eric, Belinda and Family - Our hearts are broken and we grieve with you, but as others have said, we also celebrate the fact that Coleman is at rest now and safe in the arms of His Saviour. I can just see all those that have gone before watching over him and loving on him. So much of what we've been studying keeps coming back to me - it was surely for just such a time as this.
    Because we walk with the Lord we don't have to fear the dark. Even in the blackest night, He is there. His presence and grace are our comfort and light. No matter what we are going through, God has treasure for us - the treasure of the deep sense of His presence.
    We have all surely experience that presence and closeness through the last week.
    God will use you for His pruposes until the day you go to be with Him. This was so evident in Coleman's life - Thank you for sharing this time with us and allowing us to stand alongside you in prayer when we couldn't physically be there to hold you. Coleman finished his race strong - may we all do likewise.
    This prayer expresses what my feeble words cannot. Know that we love you all and are ready to have you back home where we can cry together, praise God together and love one another.
    Lord, only You can fill that empty place in the canyon of sorrow that has been left in my heart. You are the one constant in my life that can never be lost to me. All else is temporary and changing. I know You are a good God and your love for me is endless. Help me to cast my whole burden of grief on You and let You carry it. Even though there are times when it feels like I can't live through the pain, I know You will sustain me. Enable me to get beyond it. I realize life must go on, and I ask You to help me take the next step I need to take today. Even though it's hard to imagine life without the pain I feel, with You all things are possible. Your healing power can restore anything - even a broken heart. Walk with me, Lord. I trust you to take my hand and lead me until I can feel You light on my face and joy in my heart once again.
    Romans 8:18 - For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
    God's glory has been revealed to us today.

  62. Hinkefent family and Jordan,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know the words to say or what you are feeling, but I will continue to pray for you guys. I have no idea why the Lord chose to take Coleman when He did and I know I am not supposed to ask why. I guess God needed His own little soldier in heaven. I pray that God comforts the rest of us while we continue our stay here on earth. My heart pours out to you all.
    Love The Burger's (J.R., Ashlee, Jayden, and Gavin)

  63. Mike & Debbie WoodwardDecember 20, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Eric & Belinda,
    As a parent I cannnot phantom the depth of your loss, but also as a parent I could never have the enormous faith and courage that you have displayed during Coleman's illness. I have said to many people this week that we as a family feel so honored and so blessed that Coleman entered our lives through Jordan and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
    We are so thankful to you and Belinda for keeping Jordan updated on Coleman's condition through out this week, I cannot express my graditute. I have also been so moved by Emil's and Heather's prayers and comments, you must be very proud of them. It is very obvious that you are wonderful parents.

    When Coleman asked me for my permission to marry Jordan, I at first showed resistance to their time frame, but this will be no surprise to you, although remaining respectful, my resistance ran off Coleman like a duck shedding water. After many conversations with Jordan, one night I woke up and realized that this young man had captured Jordan's heart and did not intend to return it. Jordan convinced me of her maturity and love for Coleman when she told me that Coleman at first became her best friend and then she realized she wanted to spend her life with Coleman. So therefore, from that moment on I became very supportive.

    We pray that God will give you peace and comfort to your entire family, Jordan and Coleman's friends.

  64. Eric, Belinda, Emil, Heather, Erica, Haley, Jordan, Mike and Debbie

    May God bring you comfort and surround you with love and support. You all will continue to be in our prayers.

    The Fuqua family

  65. God created a "delight to all" with Coleman. We will never forget his mischievous grin and those sneakers that transformed into roller skates. We are blessed that he touched our lives. May the Lord surround the entire Hinkefent family with His Love. Hem them in closely to each other. We love you dearly. The Gathright Family

  66. I learned of Coleman's battle just last night through an email from Jan Priddy of Precepts. Amazingly, this led me to be in fervent prayer for him and for his family around 11 pm (EST). Although I didn't have the privilege of knowing Coleman here, I now look forward to meeting him as my brother in Jesus Christ one day. Coleman's joy is so apparent through those that love him. If it is any comfort to you at all, I wanted you to know that God raised up at least one "stranger" (...and I'm sure there are many others) who was praying for you in one of the most difficult moments of your life. I will continue to pray for you...especially for Mom, Dad and Jordan. May a peace that passes all understanding continually manifest itself on you, reminding you that precious Coleman is face-to-face with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ....the ultimate joy and "shalom". My heart is full for you. Thank you for sharing Coleman with me.
    In the love of Jesus Christ,
    Marsha Rantala

  67. One of Coleman's brothers-in-arms said it perfectly this morning ... "it hurts to be left behind".

  68. to the Hinkefents,
    Coleman is near and dear to our hearts. As an integral part of our youth group family for several years we could always depend on him for a smile and to do what was right. The joy he emitted was always genuine and infectious and it has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of his life. The love he showed for his family is a tribute to you, Eric & Belinda, as parents. Eric your words of Coleman further illustrate the love you all possess in your family. If everyone in this world cared for their children the way you care for yours i dare say many of our problems would lessen, if not dissapear. Pam, Stephanie, Steven, and I will grieve in the loss of your son. But we smile through the tears thinking of that mischevious smile of Coleman's lighting up the face of our Lord and Savior. Andy Smith

  69. May our God of comfort surround you with His love and mercy. We continue to pray for you in the difficult days ahead learning how to continue to live during this separation. For we know that one day you will meet again in our permanent perfect home. Kay DeWall, Enid

  70. I am praying for your family. I love you Coleman, I will see you soon...

    Lisa (Howell) Smith

  71. i remember the 1st time I met Coleman, it was @ VDP Motorsports in Tulsa, OK. We had on the same pair of white DC slip on shoes. I remember his exact words, "I like your shoes Cuzz." I smiled and looked @ his shoes and said,"Thanks bro!" You will b missed and we will always have that moment. R.I.P bro. =*(

  72. weeping, weeping

    no guilt in life, no fear in death
    this is the power of Christ in me
    from life's first cry to final breath
    Jesus commands my destiny
    No power of hell, no scheme of man
    Can ever pluck me from His hand;
    Till he return or calls me home.
    Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

    Coleman knew this.

    Oh God of comfort, please comfort this precious family.

    We love you.

    Roger and Sally

  73. Coleman may have lost this earthly fight but he has won the greatest eternal battle! He now sits with the Father in peace, his body whole. He will live on in our hearts as we salute a final farewell.

    May we not feel as though God gave up or that he didn't answer our prayers, but in fact he called his son, his precious child, home to be with him in perfection.

    Hinkefent family, God knows your sorrow, your deep pain as he himself sent his son to die so that your precious Coleman could have eternal life with him. It was an unselfish gift given to all who will believe in Jesus Christ as their saviour. What a precious gift and we're so glad Coleman accepted with honor.
    As a mom, your pain is unfathomable. Our prayers will continue to be with you as you join together as a family to lay your dear sweet son to rest. Lean on each other at this time and on our Heavenly Father to give you peace, comfort and strength.

    We will miss Coleman and we will mourn with you!
    I am grateful for the impact he has had on so many lives and our prayer now is that the unbelieving will come to know Christ b/c of the many sacrifices your son has made. Be encouraged that he is part of God's perfect plan
    We love you

  74. Mr. and Mrs. Hinkefent I am Jordan's oldest brother. I know her heart is broken. Jordan loved and cared for Coleman a great deal. I appreciate that during this time of struggle that you have kept Jordan informed and involved. Your actions have been soothing for a young lady that is in a great deal of pain.
    My youngest son, Michael, has gotten to know Coleman over the last year or so. He has spent some time with him at Jordan's and talked to him a few times via web cam. I can tell you that as with all of us but even more so to an 8 year boy, a young man voluntering to serve his country in these dangerous times is quite impressive. Michael has spoken of Coleman several times and each time it is with awe and admiration. As Michael's parents my wife and I would like to thank you for the example your son has set for ours.
    I did not know Coleman well, but I can tell you that he had a tremendous positive effect on many that I hold dear to my heart. For that he will always be held in the highest regard in our family.
    Know that many people offer you their love and condolences.
    Mike, Sheli, Lauren and Michael Woodward

  75. Eric, Belinda, Jordan and the rest of the Hinkefent family.

    I can not imagine the sorrow you must feel. I am very sorry for your loss. Please be strong and find comfort with each other. I hope you have a safe return home.

  76. To sweet Erica's family--
    Sydney and her family have been in earnest prayer for Coleman--standing and believing for a miracle in the flesh, and although that was not the Lord's will, we do know the enemy has been defeated and the miracle of a reunion in heaven awaits. We grieve for you and with you and are in awe by the way you have communicated your faith. I've held my children more these last few days and have no doubt that Coleman had affected the faith of many and brought souls to Christ. We will continually pray for peace in these coming days, months and years for you all--there is joy in the morning.

    --a Regent family

  77. I have sat for over 12 hours trying to find any words. My heart wants to speak to Coleman. Coleman, you will always be a fine young man to me. You have people across the nation grieving for you. That in itself should tell you what you mean to people. You have left such an impact on so many lives. Your story has touched thousands. While I sit here & cry, I know that I'm selfish because I want you to still be here with us. However; I now know that you're no longer suffering as you fought for the last week. You are at peace & will watch every one of us who will miss you. Your amazing spirit will be with me daily. I only hope that your story, your personality, your drive will bring people closer together & realize that life is too short. You never know when it will be taken from you. While I am selfish in wanting you be here, I know that you're in a better place & I have faith in knowing that my Mother, Grandmother, Grandfather, and Uncle (All excellent people themselves taken at too early of an age) are there with open arms & they will take care of you & love you just as we would.

    I can't imagine the pain that your parents, sibling, and fiance are going the pain that I bear is tremendous in itself. I know that you will constantly be with them in spirit & you will never leave their side. Please show Amanda that you're okay as she is having the most difficult time with this herself. She doesn't understand. I haven't brought myself to tell Pete as of yet. I don't know the words.

    In closing, Coleman, you are a very loved young man & have left a tremendous void physically but your memories, your smile, your infectious personality will live in on so many. I will not say goodbye, simply I will see you later.

    Much love & sadness,
    Christine Kucharski
    (Amanda, Brittany, and Pete)

    R.I.P. Coleman - we love you.

  78. Belva Hall ( SP Kyle Halls Mom )
    Dear Family I want to Thank you for raising a wonderful Young Man . Even though he was only in this world but a short time he Made so meny people Happy and befriended so Many . To include my Son ! Thank you for that ! I Know he was a special young man because my son said so ! And he dose not get close to many people !
    His infulance over those he was around was one that You as Parents can be proud Of ! Thank you for supporting him in his desition to serve our Country ! His purpose in this Life was fulfeild and the Lord has more for him to do . Like perpair a way for his fellow service men to join the ranks in Heaven. Our heart felt simothy gose out to all your Family !
    God Bless you Coleman and Thank you for being a wonderful Friend to my Son !
    With Love to all
    Belva Hall Radcliff, Kentucky ( Mother of SP. Kyle M. Hall HHC 1-6 Morter's )
    God be with you till we meet again !

  79. Eric, Belinda, Emil, Jordan,

    I am at a loss for words, and my heart is aching for you, as I cannot imagine the pain, sorrow, and loss you are feeling now. I am mourning with you, but I'm also thankful for Coleman's life, so short but so bright and for his deep faith in God.

    Thank you to all of you who prayed faithfully for Coleman. Many of you had not met Coleman but have been touched by his testimony. Your prayers and kind, encouraging words, without a doubt, will be comforting the family in the months ahead.

    I'll miss you, Coleman, but I know I'll see you again on the other side.

    Much, much love,

  80. Belinda & Eric,
    Thank you so much for raising such a great young man. He touched so many lives. I've known Coleman for years. We used to have a 9 o'clock phone meeting every night back when we were both in junior high. He was one of my really good guy friends. I couldn't have asked for a better guy for my friend Jordan. He was truly one of a kind. I'm so lucky to have had in my life. I've been praying and checking this blog it felt like a million times a day and continued to pray. I pray that God is with your family at this time.

    Emil - I'm really sorry to hear about all this. I can't even imagine how much you're hurting. I pray that God comforts you and your family during this time of loss.

    Jordan - My heart is breaking for you. I love you girl. If you need anything, please let me know.

    Coleman - Thank you so much for being such a good friend. We lost touch with each other for a while but I'm so glad you found Jordan. I love you little buddy and you will be missed so much. You'll never be forgotten.


  81. Eric, Belinda,Emil and family, I was saddend this morning when mom (Aunt Cathy) called me to tell me that Coleman had lost his battle here on earth, however won the war of eternity with our Lord and Saviour! I had been praying for him daily! He is remembered for his infectous smile and loving heart. I regret not getting to see him since he enlisted in the Army and personnally telling him thanks for serving our country and helping give hope to other countries. It is my prayer that we all not question why but be thankful that he is with our savior and find a way to have Colemans life here on earth inspire us to improve and/or develope a closer relationship with God and each other. We Love You'll, Kenny & Delma Ward

  82. Dear Lord,

    I pray that You will hold this family and finace very close over the days, weeks, months, and years to come. Father God, when Your Son died on the cooss two thousands years ago, You felt the loss of a son. God, this family is feeling that loss today. Jesus, please comfort, strenghten, and bless them richly. Lord, we love them dearly. Please take good care of them.

    This prayer I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

  83. Even though we are well aware of the Everlasting Arms that Coleman is in, we have spent a very sorrowful day. There is simply not ever a good time for someone you dearly love to leave you. We are in continued prayer for God's perfect comfort, peace and guidance to encompass all of his dear family, friends...and all who are reading and have been supporting them through this blog, and in any other ways. Father Praise You in Christ's Holy Name Forever and Ever...Thank you for Coleman, and bless all those who participated in shaping his life to honor and glorify You.

    The Teague's

  84. My heart is breaking for this family & his fiance. May the Lord bring you all the strength to get through the coming days. You're all in my thoughts & prayers. Thank you for serving our country Coleman. You're a brave man and it shines through this family in their writings.

    ~ Army wife from Georgia

  85. We're terribly sorry for your loss. - The Barrys of Jamestown, New York.

  86. Coleman, it was real getting to know you man. I remember always seeing you at tech asking you when you were going to get the SRT running. It was awesome hanging out with you. I'm gonna miss you and I'll never forget you. Thanks for all the memories.

    -CJ McGee

  87. Never think that our acts of obedience before the Lord---in the way we raise our children, in the way that we treat and encourage others, in the way that we live our lives as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ---don't impact the lives of others around us. The events of the past week or so have impacted many, perhaps thousands, not just because of the circumstances but more because of who Coleman is and who his family is. We are strangers---we don't personally know Coleman or his family personally, but, it is obvious that Coleman was an outstanding young man raised in an outstanding family who thought beyond all the "stuff" of our culture. God has used this family and the life of Coleman to inspire others to look to the Lord in a very difficult and painful time in their lives. You have inspired us! We pray that the God of all comfort will comfort as only He can in the times ahead. Mark and Rusti Griffin-Esteli, Nicaragua

  88. I am very sorry for your loss. It sounds as though he put up one heck of a fight for a young man. My condolences and sympathy is sent to you. I hope in the coming days you can find a way to cope and that time will heal. God Bless. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers in your time of grief.


  90. You guys are amazing to have been so opptimistic and thankfull for everything through out colemans sickness.
    im so sorry for your loss. i pray for everyones grief. coleman is such a great person. one of the funniest kids i know. he would always brighten up my day with his jokes.
    i hope colemans family & friends get better & i pray that Jesus be with you all through out all of this.

  91. Belinda, you honestly are one of the most caring and thoughtful people I have ever met. Whenever Coleman would do or say something very thoughtful and sweet I knew he learned it from you. Everytime I talk to you, you always have something wise to say and I know everything you say comes from your heart. You are an amazing mother who has raised two wonderful sons, one of which I fell deeply in love with, and are still raising two beautiful daughters. I love you.

    Eric, everytime Coleman and I started talking about our parents, when he talked of you he would say something along the lines of, when I was younger I didn't understand why my dad said the things he said but now I do, he was right...I'm sure he would never want me to admit that to you, but it's true. He talked about you with so much respect and I know he hoped to be like you.

    Coleman, you are everything I could have ever hoped for. You made me laugh and taught me to not stress the small stuff. You filled up part of me and completed me...It's so hard to say goodbye, so I'm not going to, I'm going to say see you later. When I finally do see you later it will be in a place far greater than this earth. You were truely a blessing from God Himself in my life, my angel. You will forever have my heart and I will miss you greatly. I love you more than I could ever explain to anyone except for you because, you know exactly how I feel. My other half, my love, my partner in crime, my perfect baby Coleman, I love you, more.


  92. There is not much more that I can add. But I just really wanted to say, that I am so sorry. And I hope that all of you can find the comfort and peace to cope with the next couple of weeks ahead.

    God Bless!
    May Coleman rest in peace

    -Army wife in
    Ft. Campbell

  93. There are few words of comfort to say during this time, but I think it can best be said by the song on this blog. It touched me 2 years ago during a loss and helped start a healing process. I hope that it too can help with your healing. I met Coleman at work, when he first arrived to Germany. he presented himself as a respectful man, though young, and eager to do his duty as a Soldier. A smle always seemed to be on his face.

    A fine young man the world has graced us with and now he returns home to continue to keep his watch.

    My prayers go out to the Family and friends of PFC Coleman Hinkefent.

    Cristy McLean
    TF 1-6 IN
    (Former) FRSA
    Baumholder Germany

  94. Although I never met Coleman, I feel that God has used his life and story to change my life. I pray that God will be your peace and comfort during this time. Thank you for allowing so many to get to know your son and thank you Coleman for serving our country. We will meet in heaven.

    -Broken Arrow, OK

  95. Father God, of all the incredible blessings and gifts You bestow upon us, there is none that compares to that of a child. Likewise, there is no tragedy that could befall us which could inflict greater agony than the loss of one of our children. But Father, as we celebrate this season of the birth of Your only begotten Son, comfort us all with the knowledge that You have shared the pain that Eric & Belinda now are enduring. Please give Eric & Belinda, and the entire Hinkefent family the ceretain sense that You are there, grieving with them. You willingly sacrificed your Son, so that mankind might have the hope of living eternally with You in perfect peace, with no more tears, suffering, or sorrow. We know that Coleman had placed his faith in Your son and that he now resides eternally with You. I earnestly implore You, Father, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, to fiil Eric, Belinda and the entire Hinkefent family with Your love. Cover them in the peace, and comfort that can only be found through the certain knowledge that Coleman is now where You have promised he will up Heaven with his beautiful smile. God we praise You that You were willing to endure the pain that Eric & Belinda are now experiencing, so that Coleman and all who call on the name of Your Son, might live forever with You. Thank You for giving us all the privledge of knowing Coleman. In the name above all names, Jesus Christ, Amen.

    Coleman, thank you for sacrificing so dearly to serve your country, and defend the glorious way of life we enjoy in America. You were a man among men and you finished the race with honor and dignity. Your example will insire me to never give up....never quit. We will meet again soon. Until then, all who knew you will look forward with great expectation to that day.

  96. hey tonight 9:30 EVERYONE meet at sonic on memorial we are going to put rip coleman on everyones car and we are going to drive with our hazzards on going down memorial in memory of coleman everyone call me 918-906-2338

  97. We don't know each other but we feel we do through all of the postings we have read on your dear sweet son. Just want to say we are still praying for you all. Just keep looking up for we know where our strength comes from. We at Little Jewel Church in Kentucky will continue to remember your family during this time and the days ahead.
    Love & Prayers
    Rita & Terry Bryant

  98. Renee Phelps (Karol Marie's aunt)December 20, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Belinda and Eric, My heart aches for you and your dear family and for Jordan, but it rejoices in knowing that Coleman has accomplished that which we as Christians all strive for - eternal life in Jesus Christ. As much as we as parents love our children, it's difficult to comprehend that God loves His children so much more. He assures us that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.(Romans 8:28) I thank Coleman for his service to a country he loved, but mostly for his service to our Lord. You have so much to be proud of! Coleman reached so many lives all over the world for the cause of Christ. Thank you for sharing his testimony with us - it has been such a blessing. Please know that we love you all and will keep you in our prayers.
    -Renee Phelps and Family

  99. I do not know your family and I did not have the pleasure of knowing Coleman, but I grieve with you. I have been reading your blogs for a couple of weeks and I checked them regularly throughout the day, praying that God would even just send a crumb of a miracle and he sent many crumbs... and it's so hard to understand why healing on this earth was not in God's will. You as a father have been an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your son with us

  100. Praying the Lord will wrap HIS loving arms around you and give you peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. With HIS love and our deepest sympathy.
    ~ A family in Highlands Ranch, CO

  101. As I sit here, heartbroken, I can't express my sorrow for you. I don't know if I could have had the faith, Eric and Belinda, that you have had. Please know that I am praying for you. My 16 yr old son wants to also serve our country as Coleman did. Being a military brat, I am aware of the dangers, but I am proud that he wants to do this. Remember, this is what Coleman wanted to do. We are SOOO proud of him.

    Jordan, I know you feel you will never get through this, know that Coleman will always be with you and he wants you to move on, live a wonderful life, and love again. Your parents love you more deeply than you know. Use them and the Lord to help you grieve.

    Debbie, all I can say, is I love you and am here if you need me.

    Coleman, you have touched more lives than you know. I know that the Lord has you at his side and look forward to meeting you when we are all called home.

    God bless all of you.
    Melissa Ralls, Tulsa OK

  102. Wow, there is no greater offering to God than a family utterly dependent upon HIM. He has been your source of strength and continues to be so. You have allowed your suffering to be a bright and shining light reaching into a dark world. May we never forget what we have learned this last week. May we not be discouraged by our sadness. Coleman is now praising God in His very presense. Oh the Joy that he has now. Father, help us to remember that while we are here to cling to you with every breath we breath and know that You have a purpose for each of us.

    "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Heb 12:1

    Kelley Klein

  103. A family in Ohio will not forget Coleman, even though we never met him or his family. Your family has touched our hearts. We cheered with you all at every ounce of progress that Coleman made. And now we cry with you over his loss. We will not forget Coleman.
    Columbus, Ohio

  104. My sister passed away this pas January. It was very hard on me considering she was only 45. So I know what Coleman's siblings are going through. It is hard. Probably the hardest thing that I have ever went through. But the love of God will get you through. I promise. The funeral home gave us this beautiful poem a few days ago. It helped me a lot since this will be the first Christmas without my sister. I hope that it brings you comfort as well. Who knows, maybe Susan and Coleman have already met.

    Love and prayers,
    Carroll, Ohio

    Christmas In Heaven

    I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below,
    With tiny lights, like heaven's stars, reflecting on the snow.
    The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear,
    For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

    I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,
    The sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas choir here.
    I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring,
    For it is beyond description, to hear the angels sing.
    I know how much you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart,
    But I am not so far away. We really aren't apart.
    So be happy for me dear ones. You know I hold you dear,
    And be glad I'm spending Christmas, with Jesus Christ this year.

    I send you each a special gift from my heavenly home above.
    I send you each a memory of my undying love.
    After all, Love is the Gift more precious than pure gold.
    It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.
    Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do,
    For I can't count the blessings or love He has for each of you.
    So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear.
    Remember, I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.


  105. Coleman always brought smiles to our faces. He always had us laughing. If anyone had a bad day Coleman would brighten up their day. My god bless your family. We love you all! I am praying your family and Jordan.

    R.I.P. Coleman

    Rayna McMillen

  106. To Coleman's family and Jordan,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  107. 13,240 visitors to this blog in just about 10 days.

    13,240 people who have read of the glory of God and of His faithfulness and His provision for salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

    What greater honor could any of us be given by God than to have our lives and our passings bring glory to His Name?

    Coleman did that. You've done that. Your family and friends have done that.

    What an amazing tribute to our Lord, and to Coleman.

    I love this passage of inspires me to stand firm, as Coleman did. :)

    We'll see you soon, little buddy. Thanks for all the smiles and belly laughs you gave to so many!

    2 Timothy 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

  108. My deepest condolences to the family. Though I do not know you Coleman but tears are running down my face right now. I leaned about your sickness thru the Precept Yahoo group. I don't understand why you had to leave. I keep starring at your picture saying 'why'. I would never know why. This I know - you are in a better place. We know that you are in the arms of your Maker - at last.

    We all look forward to joining you someday. We know our days are numbered too. Today is yours. I am certain that your family misses you terribly. Oh Father please comfort them with your enduring love.

    May God keep you and protect you.

    Coleman - the heavens are rejoicing over your arrival.

    God bless you all.

  109. Belinda and Eric and family, my heart hurts for you in this time of loss, yet the God blessings I've heard about have been an awesome thing. Thank you for your strength you have shown us - I can't even imagine. God bless you all!! Katy Beth (Becky's sister)

  110. We are sad to hear the news, but Coleman is in heaven now, a much better place.

    I went to Summit with Coleman and never knew him personally. My family and I are praying for your family during this hard time.

    God Bless!

    Kyle Cook and the Cook Family

  111. Coleman buddy.

    How we met. your brother's hand was bleeding like hell because of you know what! do you remember that??!?! gah, I will never forget you, bro. I also just realized, you always turned the mood upside down. never, did you not have a smile on your face. Im glad we got to know eachother before you left. Someday broseph we'll see eachother again! Rest in Peace.

  112. ^^^ Mitchell Lee. love you broseph.

  113. I read this news first thing this morning -- I checked every morning and when I got home from work on a daily basis. I am devastated and can only imagine the pain for parents, fiancee and siblings. My husband and I continue to pray for Coleman's family and Jordan's family. Isn't it amazing how many people and how many cities were touched by Coleman's struggle!

    God does know best. We may NEVER understand. But that really is OK. I believe we'll understand a lot more later on.

    My love to all who loved Coleman.

    -- Bev Foster

  114. Eric, Belinda, and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Coleman and can only imagine your pain. The most comforting thing I can think of at this time is John 11:25 and 26 Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die!!! Then in John 14:1-3.
    Jesus said,"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
    that where I am, there ye may be also.
    Coleman is in Heaven smiling with that big beautiful smile and spreading God's love around
    as only he could do. We will miss him, but heaven has embraced him. Jesus said in John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
    I call on the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to give you supernatural comfort in this, your time of grief. And Lord we thank you for it in Jesus name.
    The Jenkins Family

  115. P.S.
    If there is anything we can do, please let us know.
    The Jenkins Family

  116. Coleman,
    Rest in Peace Friend... You will be dearly missed... You have influenced many more lives than you could have imagined... I will one day see you again in Heaven! I'm praying for your Family. Love you Bud.

    Love, Brittany Jeffus

  117. Coleman, i only knew you in passing, but you were a really cool person to know. You will be greatly missed. I want to thank you for your serive to God and Your Country.

    Jordan, i dont know you, but i am terribly sorry about your loss. Its not ok, and itll always be there, but he loved you, just as im sure you loved him.

    To the family,
    your son and brother was an amazing person.
    Thank you for giving me the privledge of praying for you and your son. I weep with your loss, and i know there will always be a hole in your hearts. May God be with you in this time of dire need.
    I am very truely sorry about your loss.
    God bless you all.

  118. Dear Coleman's Family
    Thank you for loving him. Thank you for praising our Savior for His wonderful gift in giving Coleman to our world. Looking forward to meeting in him in heaven with JESUS!
    Because of JESUS,
    C.O.L.E. Prayer Team
    Lynn Ellison

  119. I am so sorry for your loss. Sharing his story, and yours,cannot be easy, but know that we have been praying for him since we heard. He is a peace now. I look at my little boy and hug him tight and think of you and your little boy. I am so sorry.
    Shari from LI

  120. Many prayers and Blessing.. Now you can go fly free with Jesus Golden Prayers...

    Jeanine in NJ


  122. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. We are truly sorry for your loss and pray that God will continue to give you the strength to get through the coming days, weeks, months.
    God Bless,
    Susan, Shon, Justin & Matthew Haley
    COLE Prayer Team,

  123. Our prayers are with your family and we will celebrate Coleman's life.

  124. Belinda and Eric,
    We love you. Our hearts ache for your loss, and we continue to lift you and your beloved family up in the presence of God. I don't know what else we can do.
    Always, I have known you to be a source of strength and encouragement, always supportive, always giving, always full of God's love.
    I pray that your friends who are close by and your friends who are scattered can be that for you now.
    May God wrap you in His amazing arms of love and give you the strength you need for the road ahead of you.
    May you find joy in your memories and hope in the power of God and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    All of our love and prayers are with you.
    Michael and Kelly Ridgway

  125. Our prayers are with you.

  126. R.I.P Brotha you did well. We werent close but just hanging out with you a couple of times was enough to let me know that you are a kind person. too bad we never got close, we both lived in different worlds and they never collided, Ill never forget those front yard parties christa had and u were always there, it was fun. and the time u came to our project graduation, and we had that little chat about careers and life after high school. man it doesnt seem possible, not real at all. But you are in a better place now, look after your friends and family man. Cheers to you Coleman! youll never be forgotten.

  127. My heart goes out to Colemans family and friends. Praying for God to help you get through this time and give you peace and comfort. So very SORRY for your loss. Thanking our heavenly father that Coleman is no longer suffering and has is now free of that horrible cancer. Coleman is an honorable man who showed just everyone how big his heart was. Thankyou Coleman for all that you gave as a soldier. You will always be remembered.

  128. I don't know if this is wrong to ask, but it would be nice to continue your posts. You've been an inspiration to many and you will continue to be even after your beautiful son's passing. There are so many that have been moved by Coleman's story.. he still has a story, even after his passing

  129. oi oi oi! coleman i think about u every day and i got an odd dream last night about me and u and emil borrowing a fancy car and ruining it and trying to clean it up before we had to return it. me and emil were about 15 in the dream. i love ya man. ill see u up there one day and well have a good time.

    elizabeth sirmon

  130. The Hinkefent Family, Jordan Woodward, and friends,
    I can't even begin to image the pain you are going threw, and I greive with you.
    Colman was a light to many people. Everyone in his life. Jordan, i pray God would give you strength to get threw this. I pray that everyone who was hurt by this have comfort in Jesus name. Colman was a friend of mine at summit. He set a goal, and went for it.
    when colman loved, he loved. He was an amazing person.
    Rest in Peace Colman.<3
    you will be greatly missed.

  131. My soul aches for all. My spirit rejoices for Coleman. He indeed is a special young man. His smile is unforgetable and infectious. Big blues, big smile, big heart. Thats Coleman.
    I love you all,

  132. i use to go to school with coleman...he always knew how to make me have a great day when everything else seemed so bad...all the had to do was smile and everything seemed better...he was a great person who showed the world who God really heart aches for the family and i will continue to pray...i know this boy will be remembered always and loved by all for forever! coleman i hope to see you are in a much better place i will miss you! i keep telling myself is he is in a much better place and he is not suffering anymore... i realized so much in the past ten or so days...this life here is so sort and to never take it for granted....dont go a day without saying you love your friends and family and most of all be sure of where you spend eternity...because it can be taken away faster than you will all be in my prayers !! my favorite verse to this day is
    Jeremiah 29:11
    "For i know the plans i have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give you a hope and a future."
    i know right now it seems so hard to understand but i am sure someday it will all come together...just keep holding to the promise you will see him again in a much better place...

    i love you all and wont ever forget your family!

    R.I.P Coleman! i will miss you!

    ~bekah Griffin(summit christian academY '08)

  133. Coleman, I was devastated when I heard you were ill. You were just a charismatic "little guy"! You were always so full of life. You most definately knew how to make anyone and everyone smile! You will be greatly missed! May you rest in peace.

    To the Hinkefent Family,
    My heart goes out to all of you! Just from reading the blog you all have been so strong through this! My prays are with all of you! May you all find the strength to get through!!


  134. I am keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers.
    Coleman was a good kid, but he is in a better place now.

    Love, Kelsey

  135. Hinkefent Family,

    I am grateful to have known Coleman, he always had a smile on. While I am saddened by this news, please know I am praying for comfort for you during this time. Eric, what wonderful words from a father. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    With prayers of peace and comfort,
    Laura Wright

  136. I am so sorry for your loss... I am praying that our Lord will bless you with much comfort and peace...

    In His love,
    marilena in Phoenix

  137. Depart, O Christian soul, out of this world;
    In the Name of God the Father Almighty Who created you;
    In the Name of Jesus Christ Who redeemed you;
    In the Name of the Holy Spirit Who sanctifies you.
    May your rest be this day in peace,
    and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God.

    Into Your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend Your servant Coleman. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech You, a sheep of Your own fold, a lamb of Your own flock, a sinner of Your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of Your mercy,into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

    May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  138. Eric & Belinda,
    I've struggled the last few days trying to find the right words to help comfort you both, Jordan, Emil, Heather and the girls, words fail me now, but my prayers for you all continue.
    I keep thinking back to the time that Coleman wanted to talk with Mike and I and ask our permission to marry Jordan. I had known about it in advance of Mike, because Coleman had called me to ask how he was to go about it and how to approach Mike, and if I could help him with some advise. I then told him just to speak from his heart how he felt about Jordan and it couldn't go wrong. I believe that Eric, you encouraged him to come alone without Jordan as a back-up. Coleman was so nervous he bounced from the sofa to the chair so many times I thought I would get whiplash, but once he started to talk about his love for Jordan there was no holding him back, if I had had any doubts, Coleman washed them all away by his sincerity and his true love for Jordan. Our family has truly been blessed for having known and loved Coleman.

    The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
    Nahum 1:7

    The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
    Psalm 18:2

    Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.
    Psalm 55:22

    Continuing in prayer

  139. April Mitchell (Heathers Sister)December 22, 2008 at 11:35 AM


    I didn't know you very well, but I know what a great person your are, for I heard so many great things about you, you will be missed, and never forgotten, you are loved by everyone here!

    Rest In Peace, and know that we all love you very much and we are all so proud of you!

    April (Heathers Sister)

  140. This post hurts my heart. I can't read the entire thing. It is so hard for me to be strong. So hard for me to get to sleep without someone being there to help me.

    Coleman deserves nothing but the best, and I know he will have it.

    I have said so much to Coleman that I don't feel like I need to post a message to him on here. I've prayed to him, and that's all he needs. I know he's listening.

    May peace and strength be with you Belinda and Eric.
    Also, give Erika a big hug for me. I always saw how much she loved her brother. I want to see her very soon.


  141. Hinkefent Family,

    You guys are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Jordan I wish you the best, and your also in my prayers. God bless you guys.

    Tyler Orcutt
    Haskell, OK

  142. Eric and Belinda and family

    Our hearts are broken for you and your family. We want so badly to fix this for you, knowing we simply cannot. We send our all of our love to you and all of our prayers to carry you through this journey. You will not walk it alone!

    Coleman: We haven't seen you in years, but from your picture, you were quite the man. You Sir, are our hero, forever and always we will remember you and we thank you so very much for your service to our country. Rest In Peace Soldier your job is done.

    The Dillard Family
    Bill, Angela,Joshua,Kaleb and Jericho

  143. Our family is reaching out to your family during your time of loss.

  144. I'm so sorry. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.

  145. God bless you and give you great strength as you need it now more than ever. Our love and our prayers are with all who Coleman lived and loved life with.

    Gene & Family
    Central California

  146. We are praying that the God of all comfort would give you just that. We grieve with you as you say goodbye to your precious son, brother, love. His struggle and even your grief has been such a testimony of God's grace. It is amazing. I know God is saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

  147. I was youn when i met coleman im still younger than him, but i remember thinking he was the coolest kid at the school and that i wanted to be like him, coleman had a great impact on my life an i still feel the same to this day. And it kills me to know hes gone, its opened my eyes to a lot.

  148. Prayers to all who loved Coleman, and thank you so much for sharing him with us. Your faith is truly inspiring.

    JLF in MN

  149. Coleman,

    You were one in a million boy. You always knew how to say the funniest things to make anyones day just a little more joyful. I will always remember going to watch Trinity basketball games with you and just laughing till my abs hurt. You were gods special angle from the day i met you! you will be missed by so many. I love you and everyone that was blessed by the presence of your life! Im praying for all your family and Jordan...May the find the strength to stay strong for you still...

    I love you Coleman Hinkefent..

    <3 Your Bleacher Buddy!!

  150. Dear Hinkefent Family,
    My husband came home one day to tell me how he "transported" the parents of a very sick "kid" to Homburg Hospital. Everyday i would ask him how your son was doing and after every report i would silently pray that he would be alright. The other day he came home and told me of the sad news...words cannot express how very sorry i am and how saddened i was to hear of his passing. God Bless you and your loved ones, for these times of grief bring us together to rejoice and celebrate the life that was and is your son, Coleman.

    Pvt.Timothy & Brittany Smith
    C-Co 1-6

  151. God bless Coleman who was lucky to have a wonderful family and friends, and his wonderful family and friends who were lucky to have him.You will always have eachother in your hearts. With woefully inadequate expression I express my thanks to Coleman for making this world a better place.
    Karen Ihrig
    Jefferson, WI

  152. It has been days since this young man has been given to God and I still come here every few hours unable to believe it. Coleman, you have impacted so many lives and I know so many hearts break for your loss yet rejoice for you suffering to be over with. My most sincere condolences to the family and Jordan. We love you.

    The French Family

  153. Eric and Belinda,
    Our hearts go out to you and we are sorry for your loss of Coleman. We also celebrate with you the promotion of such a fine christian soldier, who fought the good fight, and is now face to face with Christ. Stephanie is there to greet him and show him around!

    Mike and Jan McKay

  154. Coming by again, it's hard not to. I still come here every time I get on the computer.. just wishing things would be changed.

    I was proud to go buy the paper today and see that you made the front page. I'm telling you.. I know you were one of the best people in this world. Thank you for everything you've ever done for me, our friends, your family, Jordan, and our country. It has mad such an impact in everyone's lives.

    I love you Coleman. You're the best!


  155. To all those that love Coleman, especially Eric and Belinda, I am at a loss for words. I can tell you there are actually no words that I or anyone else can say to ease the incredible pain you are experiencing. We are here if you need someone to talk. My number is 918-760-3530 call at any time, day or night. Please do not hesitate. I don't get on the computer very much any more. Just to check MySpace to see if any of Cody's friends or Army buddies have left comments or pics of him. Or to send words of encouragement to the brave men (I don't know any women but I tell the guys to pass on my words) to keep thier heads up and that we love them and pray daily for them. Without them we wouldn't be able to sit and read blogs and as Coleman says: "So we can sleep in peace tonite". Coleman had been so heavy in my thoughts and prayers the last two weeks and I didn't even know why but I specially requested that Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour bless him and keep him safe. I was devasted when I learned of his passing and was so very angry with myself for not commenting his MySpace to tell him how much we loved him and were praying for him. Rest assured that Our Lord is gathering an Elite Army, the best of the best, and we know that our sons, PFC Coleman Hinkefent and PFC Cody Carver, are front and center. Because of Cody's passing my husband & I have grown so much closer to God. God knows and understands our pain because after all he has been in our shows. He gave his only son so that we may have everlasting lives. We gave our sons to protect our mortal lives and they have gone on to help prepare for our arrival. Our sons were so very much alike and I am sure that is why they were such great friends. They both touched others lives in such a profound way. Those who came in contact with them were forever changed. We gladly stand next to you in the pride we feel for our sons. I am so very proud of Coleman. I know Cody is proud of him and I know Cody was the first in line to greet him as he marched through the Gates of Pearl and I'm sure they were thrilled to see one another. And I'm sure Tasha was there as well. They are rejoicing with the Father. May God bless you and wrap you in his loving arms and comfort you through the coming day, months and years. Our deepest sympathy and tons of love, The Carvers--Darrel, Pam and Jake, Proud parents of a Army Infantryman, PFC Cody M. Carver

  156. I have been wanting to post something ever since this all began but never knew the right words to say. All I can say now is I am so sorry, and you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, especially as the holidays truly begin. My husband is CPT Johnathan Martin who came to see you in Homburg on more than one occasion during Coleman's struggle. We speak of you and Coleman every day and wish that there had been more we could have done to comfort you while you were here. May you have the strength to celebrate Coleman's life, to remember your fondest memories, and to let him live through you forever. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Laura Martin
    Baumholder, Germany

  157. God has his plans for everything.i miss him.God has answered my prayers in a way i thought he wouldn't i asked God please let him stop suffering and He answered my prayers.
    kaitlyn pulay

  158. I didn't know your son in any other way than the words posted here on this blog. My brother is enlisted in the marines so I know what it's like to have the pride of a soldier in the family. May you all be blessed in this time. Let's not feel sorry for Coleman, but rather for ourselves. We are the ones here, and he is the one who is praising our saviour face to face. Nevertheless we are praying for all of you. God bless!!

  159. Merry Christmas. May the good Lord comfort you today and for all the days ahead. We love you all.

  160. Coleman i wish you were here in person to spend christmas with us again =[ i remember last year when u were shining that laser gun into emil and i's faces and i was getting mad LOL. u little turd! we miss u and know u are here in spirit love u.

  161. Merry Christmas Coleman.


  162. Also, my friend put this on a bulletin for Coleman even though she didn't know him. It's very sweet.

    My First Christmas In Heaven:

    "I see the countless Christmas trees
    around the world below,
    With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars,
    reflecting on the snow.

    The sign is so spectacular, please
    wipe away the tear.

    For i am spending Christmas
    with Jesus Christ this year.

    I hear the may CHristmas songs
    that people hold so dear,
    But the sounds of music can't compare
    with the Christmas choir up here.

    I have no words to tell you,
    the joy their voices bring.

    For it is beyond description,
    to hear the angels sing.

    I know how much you miss me,
    I see the pain inside your hearts,
    But i am not so far away,
    we really aren't apart.

    So be happy for me dear ones,
    you know i hold you dear.

    And be glad I'm spending Christmas
    with Jesus Christ this year.

    I sent you each a special gift,
    from my Heavenly home aove,
    I sent you each a memory
    of my undying love.

    After all, love is a gift more
    precious than pure gold,
    it was always more important
    in the stories Jesus told.

    Please love and keep each other
    as my Father said to do,
    For i can't count the blessings
    or love, He has for each of you.

    So have a Merry Christmas
    and wipe away that tear,
    Remember, I am spending Christmas
    with Jesus Christ this year."


  163. I don't even know what to say. I can't bare to even think what it's like for his family. You guys are in my prayers. I went to school with coleman and he was the goofiest kid i knew. He had the best smile. I couldn't help but smile when he came into a room. It breaks my heart he's gone. Im so sorry for his family. It still blows my mind he's gone. I really wish i could bring him back.

    His mom- I don't know you but i really wish i could just hug you and be there for you. Cause no mother should see her son go. I pray so much for you.

    Jordan- I don't know you either but i feel so very much for you. Im so sorry. You were colemans world.

    I love you Coleman. You were truely touching and no one could ever forget a beautiful person like you.

  164. Kim (Karol Maries mom)December 28, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Eric, Belinda and all of the family,
    May God continue to comfort each one of you throughout the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily.
    Kim M.

  165. I did not know Coleman, or his family, but my heart goes out to them, I pray for there strength, and I am proud for them in the strength there son showed in his life here on earth and the strength he will show in God's kingdom. Until you meet again! In God's heaven!

  166. Dear family of Coleman, Jordan and all of his friends,

    I did not have the honor of knowing Coleman. I certainly wish that I had. Reading all the comments about him helped me to feel that I knew him. His parents have to be so proud of such a fine son.

    I found out about Coleman from another blog and have had him on my mind and in my prayers ever since.

    Words cannot express how sorry I am that you have temporarily lost the privilege of being with Coleman. While you cried at his bedside he was hearing the angels sing and looking in His Savior's eyes and hearing Him say, "Well done my good and faithful servant." Christ then welcomed Coleman into His arms.

    Father God please hold the family, fiance and friends of Coleman's tightly in the palm of your hand as they grieve, yet celebrate this amazing young man. Please allow them to feel all of our prayers and love. Please allow them your peace that passes all understanding.

    Please show them your tender mercies as they deal with this unbelieveable loss.

    I praise and thank You for Coleman, for his testimony to You, for his joy and kindnesses to friends and those he knew. I thank you for all those who prayed for him.

    I thank you for his family, fiance and friends who love him so dearly and are having a difficult time imagining their lives without Coleman in them.

    I also thank you for his willingness to serve his country. I pray for all his brothers and sisters in the military.

    In Jesus precious name, amen.

    It will be an honor to meet Coleman in Heaven. I think I will know him by his smile.
    God bless you all. Kathy (Michigan)

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  168. Belinda, Just want to give you a hug and give you comfort. Understanding your loss. Jan McKay

  169. Hinkefents,
    You both raised such a wonderful kid. You don't know me, but I went to Summit with Coleman freshmen and sophmore year. Coleman was what everyone looked forward to everyday. He made everyone laugh and he had such a big heart. I sure know he made me laugh a lot. He will be missed. He will always be in my heart. You will all be in my prayers.
    Love ya Buddy.
    -Christy Chasteen (Now Blanco)

  170. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

  171. It's a new year...a new way of living. Not only for those of us who knew and loved Coleman. But, also for those who didn't know him until now. My eyes fill with tears for myself as I know I will only hear his laugh in my heart, see his smile in my mind and remember the twinkle in those beautiful eyes. I believe everyone who was touched by him will be better for it. And may all of us, both the believers and those who hesitate, develop a stronger, deeper, more lasting faith as Coleman so actively showed us...every day.

    Tons of love and loads of prayers are continually sent to the family for daily strength. -Debra-

  172. My name is SPC William Fraleigh i was stationed with Coleman when he first came to Baumholder Germany, Coleman was not like most of the "new" soldiers, Coleman was always in a good mood and was always willing to help and learn, upon arriving in Germany we gave him the nick-name of foot because of his huge feet and small frame, I'm now afraid the world has lost a great person. Coleman no-one will ever be able to fill your shoes!! I'm glad i got the chance to meet you! my deepest regrets go to his family, fiance, and friends!! you will be dearly missed!

  173. I still want you to know.. not a day goes by that i don't think of you. love you much brother.


  174. the memorial service was the most beautiful thing, but its still hard to accept. we miss u cman! Im glad i got to know you the last couple of years you are truly an inspiration! We will see you soon soldier!

  175. Eric, Belinda, Emil, Heather, Erica, Haley, and Jordan I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how you all must feel but, he is in a better place and you all will see him again someday. I can tell by the blog postings that you are all truly wonderful people and it was amazing how you all kept everyone informed while dealing with your emotions. I thank you for that. I work with Jordan's mother, Debbie and know how much she loved Coleman too. My son, Mason Flores called from Kyrgyzstan and said he wishes he were here to attend the services. Mason is praying for strength for all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jamie, Devian, Mason & Dustin Flores
    Jamie Flores

  176. Coleman: I will forever remember you coming into my office for some reason and saying "Miss Kris what did I do now?" Your smile was always so big and mischevious. I know you are entertaining the heavens with your larger than life laugh. My prayers are with your family during this time.

    Miss Kris (Previously with Summit Christian Academy)

  177. Eric,Belinda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. Jared thought highly of Coleman. He will forever cherish the memories of their friendship. Jared would like to have been there but he is out of the state. Coleman will forever be in our hearts. He is with our blessed Saviour.

    Sharon Apple

  178. To the parents and friends of Coleman Hinkefent, you are not along in this unspeakable sadness. We are Gold Star Parents, we know how much pain you are in, and how you are feeling. My son CWO2 Corry Edwards is in heaven with the other six heroes that died with him on September 18, 2008, when the Ch-47 Chinook Helicopter crashed. I know they are beside him. There are no words to describe the pain, when we must bury our children. Coleman is a hero.

    Glenda Hamilton (Tahlequah, OK)

  179. My name is SPC William Fraleigh, and i was in your sons company, i am sorry for your loss and my deapest regards go out to his family and friends. Coleman you were a great soldier and an outstanding person, i shall see you soon my brother!!!GOD BLESS YOU!!

  180. To the family and friends of fallen hero PFC Hinkefent....I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May God bring you peace and comfort during this very difficult time. My heart aches for you. He will not be forgotten. God Bless you.

    Janice Oswald (Enterprise, AL)

  181. I am so sorry you have lost your wonderful young son Coleman. His Aunt Sally has told me a lot about what an unusual and charming person he was. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Adele Moslener- Mark Karlovitz's mother

    Adele Moslener (Vero Beach, FL)

  182. Please know how Deeply Sorry I am, to learn of the loss of Pfc. Coleman Hinkefent.
    As a parent, who has lost a daughter suddenly and
    having lost a brother to war...
    I am aware of the deep and devastating pain that you are experiencing.
    The overwhelming heartache, that seems to surface through our shock, as the time passes.
    In the days ahead, you will be going through unimaginable grief, please hang on to your Faith and know that you will get through this.

    May the memories of your Brave Young Soldier, remain in your heart always and give you strength through the difficult days and may Coleman Rest Safely now, in the Loving Care of God and know that he Will Never Be Forgotten.
    I pray that the Peace of God will be with the Hinkefent family.

    I am the sister, of such a young Hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, on Dec. 6, 1967.

    "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee."
    ~ Psalm 55:22 ~

    I sincerely hope that you can feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you today and in the days ahead, as this Grateful Country Mourns with you, for Someone Very Precious to you, Who Is A True American Hero to all of us.
    My thoughts and my prayers are with you.

    Garnet Jenkins (Grand Junction, CO)

  183. God bless Coleman and his family.

    Gary (Queens, NY)

  184. It is always difficult when we lose the ones we love, especially when they are taken so young. They say the biggest and brightest stars are short-lived because their beauty and radiance can only shine for a short while. My condolences go out to the family and friends of this bright and brave young star.


    Anthony Isbill (Mustang, OK)

  185. Pfc. Coleman Hinkerfent
    you are my hero
    may god keep you in his arms forever.

    Gary Allain (Leominster, MA)

  186. I did not know Coleman or his family, but I read his blog daily and several times throughout the day hoping and praying for healing. Why God did not choose healing on this earth, we will never know. I want to thank his family for sharing their sons life with the world. The story is inspiring. As an Army wife whose husband is Iraq, I have a special place in my heart for soldiers. May this brave young man rest peacefully. He fought the good fight and his rewards are in Heaven. My prayers to those who have been left behind.. his mom, dad, sisters, brother.. his young fiance... God bless you as you fight your own battle of grief.


  187. The Final Salute

    “Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

    This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Pfc. Coleman Hinkefent our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Coleman. And to Coleman it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country while serving in the U.S. Army. Coleman, we bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

    On behalf of the 1,409 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Coleman’s family and loved ones.

    Dennis Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
    5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

    For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud (Shreveport, LA)

  188. Every death brings sorrow to those who are left behind; each soldier who wears the uniform of his or her country, with honor and courage, is a hero and I can see that this fine young man fought an insidious enemy with great courage and determination. At such a sad time I can only hope that you are surrounded by love and comfort and that the days and weeks ahead give you peace and time with your memories of this very special young man - one whose time on earth, short as it was, meant so much to so many people. His joyful personality simply beams out of the photo and it isn't difficult to see his good nature and laughter too.You are secure in your faith, and you brought your son up in the same light - God Bless you all.

    Kim Straker (Maleny Queensland AUSTRALIA)

  189. I am writing to offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family over the loss of your HERO Pc Coleman Hinkefent. I lost my son in Iraq on May 6/2007, so I can well understand your pain of losing a loved one so dear.

    I pray you will be guided by a higher power to give you peace, comfort and strength in this time.

    Psalm 34:18
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
    GOD Bless you and your family. Your soldier was a true American Hero and we are all very proud of his service. He will not be forgotten!

    (Proud mother of Sgt Joel W. Lewis, 5/20, 3-2 SBCT /Ft Lewis
    KIA 5/6/07, Baqubah, Iraq)

    Gale Poindexter (Tulsa, OK)

  190. To the family of Pfc. Coleman Hinkefent:
    Coleman gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
    Peggy Childers
    "Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"

    Peggy Childers (Carson City, NV)

  191. Rest in peace.You will stay forever young and you'll be forever missed.

    Henryk Zaleski USN (Ret) (Lake Placid, FL)

  192. My condolences to the family of Pfc. Coleman Hinkefent. May they know that there are many, many people who are grieving with them; and that care very deeply about them.

    Sandy Bonesteel (Universal City, TX)

  193. PFC Hinkefent, what a brave, courageous man you were. I followed your story through your parents blog and what an incredibly moving story it was. As an Army wife whose husband is in Iraq, you always fear for their safety but you don't expect illness would be the enemy that kills. I'm praying for your family, your beautiful young fiance. You are an example to many

    sharon (anthem, AZ)



  195. From our military family to yours, we would like to thank PFC Coleman Hinkefent for his service and sacrifice to this grateful country, as well as send our deepest condolences for your loss. My son is stationed in Baumholder and currently deployed to Iraq as well.
    My heart breaks for you.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Shelley H (Gentry, AR)

  196. You do not know me but I send my deepest sympathy to your family. My 29 year old husband died of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on October 29,2008. This is such a horrible disease. Your family will be in my prayers.

    Mandy Graves (Del City, OK)

  197. Coleman loved God and country, family and freedom. He enlisted so that his family could sleep in peace at night. We will really miss him, but know that he made a great contribution to his country and all who knew him. we will see him in heaven, because he knew his Savior, Jesus Christ. His blogspot which details his battles is

  198. My name is Bip Martin. I was Coleman's drama teacher when he attended Summit Christian Academy. I always enjoyed Coleman for who he was; he made me smile at the many unique things he would do in class and his sense of humor belonged only to him.
    We often played a game in our class titled, "The Alphabet Conversation," and to this day, he holds the title of "The Best." There was no one that could even get close to being as good as he was in this game. He was fun and I enjoyed having him as a student.
    The last time he paid a visit to Summit, he stopped by to see me and told me that he was going into the armed services. I looked at him and thought to myself,"He's just a boy. How can he do such a grown-up job?" But I wished him well. I'm glad for that visit; he made me feel honored.
    Words will never be able to describe the loss of a child, no matter what their age. I, too, am a parent, and my heart is deeply touched by the fact that Coleman has now "changed his address" from earth to heaven. One day we'll all be together, and it will be forever, which is a very long time. And I will definitely challenge him to the "Alphabet Conversation" once again ... he always felt I was his most worthy opponent. ;-)

  199. From on parent to another, we never had the honor to know Coleman, but wished we did. Our son served with Coleman in Germany and Iraq. We are so very sorry for your loss. We know that words can never help enough with your loss but please know how very much Coleman was loved, honored, and very much thought of!
    May God be with you and yours. Our thoughts and Prayers will always be with you.

  200. I will be praying for all of colemans friends and family.
    I knew coleman for a very long time.
    we went to school together.
    I miss him.
    He was a great friend, even though he is a bit older then me.
    Coleman was always happy.
    You are all in my prayers.
    Just know this,we will all see him one day again.
    We just have to wait for that time to come.