Tuesday, August 30, 2005

As I write, the medical team is assembling to completely replace the Ecmo circuit BJ is hooked up to. They are hoping this will reduce bleeding (which remains unchanged). All except the canulas or tubes in and out of his body will be changed. Tests reveal a staph infection has now set into his blood.

Please pray that the antibiotics will kill the infection. Please pray that the changed circuit will eliminate bleeding issues. Please pray BJ stays strong during this procedure...it will be hard on him. Please pray that the staph infection does not attach to the canulas in his body as replacing these isn't currently considered an option.

Father, please deliver Bj from the valley of the shadow...You are a great and mighty God, and greatly to be praised!

The Lord says in Ps 91:16- "With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation"

Praise Him as He reveals His glory!

BJ's dad


At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family

Hang in there. Stay Strong. My Family and I will be praying for you.

In Him
Jonathan Haag

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definintly stay strong. I will be praying even harder! I love you guys!

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...


At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I continue to pray for BJ his family and his Doctors.
In Christ,
Suzanne Roberts

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 4:16 PM, Blogger Joel & Shelley Thatcher said...

Shelley and I continue to pray for BJ.

At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lord's strength is perfected in our weaknesses! God knows every hair on B.J's head...He is in control! Nothing is out of His grip! Praying without ceasing,

At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soy Tito Sevilla de Peru, Mi familia, la iglesia y muchos hermanos peruanos que trabajamos con BJ, estamos orando constantemente por la salud de BJ. Tenemos que confiar y depender del TodoPoderoso, nuestro Señor. Creo que Dios esta preparando algo increible para la vida de todos nosotros usando a BJ. Dios es el hacedor de Maravillas y el Quiere hacer maravillas en BJ, su familia, su iglesia, y en todo el mundo. Hermanos les animo a seguir firmes en su fe: "NO DIGAS A DIOS CUAN GRANDE ES LA ENFERMEDAD, DILE A LA ENFERMEDAD CUAN GRANDE ES TU DIOS". Muchos saludos del Peru para ustedes y cariños para MI HERMANO Y GRAN AMIGO BJ.

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know your hearts are hurting and I wish I could help with the pain. BJ is wiser than I could ever hope to be. His love and understanding of Gods Word is amazing. I know BJ's hearts desire is for God's will. So all I know to do is pray, pray and pray some more.


At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying that God's will be done, and that we can accept God's will without faltering in faith; no matter what His plans for BJ's and our future may hold. We know that God is able, and hears our prayers.

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,

Debbie and I are on vacation in Maine but have had numerous friends in Indy call us with regarding BJ'progress and updates. We've also been able to get online and keep up with what's going on. I can't help but remember that small sheperd boy (BJ) at my side many years ago during the Indiana Christmas Pagaent when I sang "Watch The Lamb". We continue to hold BJ in our prayer and are praying for the family too. We love all of you and know that God is in control

God Bless,
Tommy & Debbie Linder

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Hey Family
I just want you to know that Im not giving up! I am standing and my heart is crying out to God...i dont seem to have the words but Know that im praying for you and BJ. Just know i love you so much.
Tara Case

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We prayed for BJ in our Sunday School class here in Leesburg, Virginia. His story has spread far and wide. What an incredible child. He is constantly in my prayers as is your entire family. God Bless you all.
Kathy Dickerson

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ran into one of BJ's friends on campus today and I asked her what her shirt meant. She told me BJ's story and I said that I would check out the site. Having read about what's going on, I must say that I too will be praying for his health and for the family's continued strength and courage during this time.

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna & girls,

I pray for BJ's body to have the strength to fight longer and for the doctors and nurses and lab techs to gain the wisdom to know what to do for BJ. I also pray for your physical and mental strength to stay strong and well yourselves.

Evelyn Gilliland

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On my knees before the Lord crying out for His almighty intervention and supernatural peace.

Please Lord!!

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

We pray God for you to be with this whole medical team right this minute and for the duration of this procedure. Give them wisdom and guide their hands and every decisions they make. God pour out your comforting hands and embrace this family as they wait to see you be glorified in the healing of their son and brother. God we beg you to protect BJ from further infection and God we ask you to miraculously heal his body of the staph infection and stop the bleeding. God thank you in advance for what you have and ARE going to do in this young man's life and God we thank you for the way so many lives have been touched already through his life.
In his name,
The Rice family

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quick translation of Tito's message--

"I am Tito Sevilla from Peru. My family, my church, and many Peruvian brothers who worked with BJ are constantly praying for his health. We have to trust in and depend on our All Powerful Lord. I believe that God is preparing something incredible for all of our lives using BJ. God is the worker of miracles and He wants to perform miracles in BJ--in his family, his church, and in the whole world. Brothers, I encourage you to continue strongly in your faith: 'Don't tell God how big the sickness is, tell the sickness how big your God is.' We send greetings from Peru for you all, as well as our cares for my brother and good friend BJ."

I saw it, and thought that the least I could do would be to translate it for you. May God bless you and yours!
Sam Beer

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Barbara Ann said...

Im still praying even now at college...still praying!!!!

Still praying,
Barbara Ann Sheely

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Praying for success with the changes in treatment. I pray that God will honor our requests on behalf of BJ and grant him full healing and a long life.
Healing for the Higgins family is also asked. Healing and rest and comfort. Please know that when you don't have the words to pray that others are interceding on your behalf.
Nancy Post
Awe Star Mom

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Praying for success with the changes in treatment. I pray that God will honor our requests on behalf of BJ and grant him full healing and a long life.
Healing for the Higgins family is also asked. Healing and rest and comfort. Please know that when you don't have the words to pray that others are interceding on your behalf.
Nancy Post
Awe Star Mom

At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Do not fear for our God is with you. My prayers continue for BJ and your family.


At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.

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

Over 80 students in my classes prayed for BJ today. We continue to pray.

J.M. Yeats

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deanna , Brent, Lauren and Whitney,
we are on our knees and are praying in specifics as you write to us. Know that are hearts are with you. Stephen has pneumonia or we would physically be there with hugs and lovin. We miss you.
In HIS will, the Scharbroughs

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more in God's mighty army lifting BJ and the family - God is good, He is mighty, He is faithful. We fear not, for our trust is in our Lord.

Bev Olonoh

Your brothers & sisters at SCBI continue to pray.

At 5:01 PM, Blogger curt said...

Dear Higgins Family

I have been praying for constantly. Stay strong in the Lord. BJ hang in there be strong.

In Christ

Curt Murphy

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear this my family and I will pray! Stay strong God is listening to every prayer!

At 5:44 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

We'll be praying!!
The Leaf's

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear BJ and BJ's family,

I heard about you guys from my friend Ashley. Though I'm Japanese and haven't seen you before, I'm praying for you guys from here. Stay strong and believe that he's gonna be fine!


At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a friend of Racheal Gabbard (her family attends your church) and in reading the posting and learning about your son I am in tears thinking about what you all are going through. My prayers are with you. He must understand that God has decided that he is strong enough to bear something like this to show the rest of us what life is about and put perspective on life. I will hold his story with me forever. You're all in my prayers.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Kaeli Cockrell said...

i am praying hard for bj right now. i have been constantly telling people about bj and this website. only God creates miricals and we must trust that his word is true. i will always love my friends and my enemies. Bj told me that just because non of the guys at church wanted to my friend he did. even if the other guys turned there heads he loved his enemies, friends, and the most imporatant God.
prov 25:20-22 says
singing cheerful songs to a person whose heart is heavy is as bad as stealing someones jacket in cold weather or rubbing salt in a wound.if your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. if they are thirsty, give them water to drink. you will heap burning coals on their heads, and the LORD will reward you. even bj didnt want to talk to me or be my friend he still would have quinched my thirst and fill my stomach. bj is strong and i love him. i will keep praying always.

Love in Christ always,
Kaeli Cockrell.

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

stay strong! i am constantly praying for all of you!
in chirst
kenna street

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you stay strong and pull through this. I am praying for you. God Bless

At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ and I were on the same Peru team 2004. He touched my life then and I know that God is using him even now. I, as well as numerous others, are praying for God's will; not only in BJ's life but the Higgins family and the medical personnel caring for BJ. Please remember that Our Heavenly Father is the Ultimate Physician and is holding BJ in His arms, close to His heart.
Abba, let Your name AGAIN be glorified through BJ's life. Keep his family and all of His friends strong in Your grace. Thank you for the hearts that You have allowed BJ to touch in the past, now, and in the days to come. We love You and praise You . . . Higgins Family, keep the faith. We as the body of Christ are praying as one. Dios Te Bendiga.

In Christ's Love,
Amanda Jo (Peru Team 2004)

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


My name is Whitney Hirschinger, I'm a sophmore at Purdue University and living in Stewart (the girl Christian Cooperative) on Campus. Michael Ackerman, a member of BJ's church sent me the link to this and it completely touched my heart. I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for BJ and all of his family as he is going through this tough time. I know the Lord is by his side, and helping him through time. GOD BLESS!!!

At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,
May God help BJ...I'm praying for you.

cvvbvrfnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyh-my cat's prayer

Lots of love,

At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God give you strength. I and others will be praying for you and for BJ. He is a beautiful example of a servant of the Lord.

At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,

We will be praying extra hard from now on. Keep your faith alive. Remember all this is happening for a reason.

with love,


At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone please pray for bj and his family

At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family

We are praying for you in Lufkin, TX. My family and I went through this a few years ago with a child in our church - He worked miracles in this little boy's life and I know that He will do in the same in BJ's life.

"Surely He has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smittem by God, and afflicted.
Be He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace
was upon Him,
and by His stripes
WE ARE HEALED!" Isaiah 53:4-5

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAYING !!!!!!



At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey B.J. and family!
I am praying for u and so are my friends! We will pray B.J. will stop bleeding and the infection will go away!
GOD IS THERE he has spared my family from Katrina, and I know He is there for B.J. nothing happens without Him knowing!
Keep holding on B.J.!

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, my family and I wil definately be praying. I'm at our family prayer meeting now and I'll be sure to mention it.

Dear God, keep BJ strong right now. We just pray that your hand be on him and on the doctors.

I'll continue praying,
Kayla Terral

At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
May God be with you all; family, doctors,friends, and BJ.
With Love, Jessica Hubbard

At 7:18 PM, Blogger ron and vee ann said...

We are at a loss for words. They only thing I can say is that we are praying! We wish there was something we could do, but praying is it. We have seen that God does provide miracles and that is what we are praying for!

We love you guys,
Cousin Vee Ann and Ron

At 7:20 PM, Blogger Steph said...

2007Dear Higgins Family
I am praying hard and I know GOD hears ..I love you all. I plan on to write soon .. Stay stong ....

sorry Iam really bad with computers.. Give Bj a hug for me

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying that God will bring glory to Himself through your recovery BJ. I love you, and look forward to seeing God's plan unfold.


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

I dont know you, but awestar asked me to pray for you. I have seen your sight, and my heart goes out for you and your family. You are heavy on my heart, my unknown beloved brother.
May God show us his might, and this trial be a tool to demonstrate His rich mercies and His miraculous power.
-carrying your burden with me
your brother

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ, I want to express my pain for you as your going through this, like Paul sais, When one part of the body suffers, they all suffer. But I also want to encourage you by saying that The enemy is scared of you! Your going through this spiritual warfare because they are trying to stop you at all costs, they know you will do great things for the Kingdom of God, And their TERRIFIED! I want to show you somthing I read last night, Psalms 41:11-12, "I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever." That spoke to me on so many levels, epecially the last part, "Set me in your presence forever" So because of your attitude of integrity in spite of what's happening, your more in more in his presence, his AWE.
Praying for you brother.

In Christ, Peter (PJ)

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will continue to pray..God bless your family, in our time of need.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Jane Dickerson said...

We claim for BJ Psalm 118:17
"I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done."

The Dickersons - Deer Park

At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a man of renown BJ is! Although many of us do not know BJ personally, we have been touched by his testimony given through his friends here at HLG, where his brothers and sisters in Christ will be in constant prayer for him.

Your family in Christ,
Students of Hannibal-LaGrange College

At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying every hour for all of you.
I hope the swapping out of the ecmo was a success. Will continue to ask God to keep BJ safe and strong and able to fight off the infection. We are on our knees.
Love to all of you,
Nancy, Scott & girls.

At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Pleasant View Elementary Family is praying for all of you!

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my dorm floor is currently praying with us! As soon as I can get some signs printed my whole dorm will be, and hopefully my entire campus at one point! God bless!

Continually Praying,

At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our God is an Awesome God

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you and are fervently praying for you and BJ.

Dan, Stacy, Amber & Britney

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bj, your love for Christ is awesome. Hold true to the faith. My wife and I pray for your healing and pray for your the strength of your family. Our young adult group will continue to pray for you!

Steven & Krissy Bales
Ritter Ave. Free Methodist Church

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

Dear Friends of BJ.
Many of us are joining together for a day of prayer and fasting. Please join us for the next twenty four hours as we stand in the gap for the Higgins family.

your servant,
Walker Moore
Awe Star Ministries

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had a prayer meeting at our house tonight for B.J. May God be with each one of you.

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Derek Tucker said...

Hello family,
Words cannot express what I currently feel. I do not know what to feel either. It also seems that my words are empty and will not be a help. However, saying nothing seems worse. I wish I could be there again to see all of you and to be there for whatever y'all need. It was a blessing for me to see you last week. Your entire family is amazingly strong and continues to impact so many in a positive way, moreso than you can imagine. I do not know how you can have so much strength and courage, you are truly an inspiration. My heart hurts as I read the information about BJ today. I only long for him to get better. Our prayers have been continuous and we will continue to fervently pray. Audrey was playing her guitar today and wrote a song for BJ and all of y'all. This is her first song to ever write, it talks about how we are praying for BJ and everyone involved. We appreciate the updates and I will continue to check often on BJ's progress. I love y'all so much and me, my family, friends and church will continue to lift you up.
Longing for more words to say and encouragement to give,

At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family and church want to let you know that we have not forgotten you and my friend BJ
Prayers are being lifted to God!
-Brittany Allen
from California
(Peru extreme team 2004, Uganda 05)

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
Thank you so much for your strength in continually keeping us updated on BJ's condition. Even now as I read the other prayers lifted up and comments left by our brothers and sisters in Christ, I praise God that even in BJ's illness, He is at work... bringing His children all around the world in prayer for one of His precious sons. I pray that you would find strength and comfort in knowing that these prayers will not fade away... we love BJ and pray for His healing fervently.
In Jesus love,

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

Prayers from the southside of Indy!!

Jenny and family

At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers from the southside of Indy!

Jenny and family

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I arrived home a little while ago and checked for an update almost immediately. I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear about the staph infection. I was praying for BJ and all of you on the drive to Kentucky, and those prayers continue even more fervently in the wake of this additional news. I hurt with you. May God sustain and strengthen each one of you and reach down His healing hand to touch BJ's body.



At 9:16 PM, Blogger Scott Gray said...

We are friends of Dan and Jolene. We are praying for BJ. And for you guys. Father, please bless these your servants. You are the great physician, please heal this one, your faithful servant. In Jesus Name, Amen
"I will keep him in perfect peace who's mind is stayed on ME"
God Bless You, Scott Gray

At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be praying for your family for God's peace in the midst of this storm.

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

friends and families are praying! stay strong in him

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,
I am so completely challenged by the last xanga that BJ left. El, I love you and the theology division here at Wesley in Australia are praying. May God's peace continue to encircle you. We are on our knees.
Bethany Dawn

At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning
Psalms 30:5

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please know that I am constantly thinking and praying for you all. When I wake up at night my thoughts are there with you. Praying for physical, emotional and spiritual strength. Praying for the doctors and nurses as they care for BJ. You are precious people and we love you very much.

Much love and prayer,
Brenda--FBC Mooresville, IN

At 10:46 PM, Blogger rich danzeisen said...

My dear family,

Please know that so many are being mobilized to lift BJ and you guys up in prayer. There are intercessors groups lifting you up in New York City, Houston, Colorado Springs, and so many others throughout the world in the UK, Peru, Niger, Indonesia and many, many others. Many of them know what hurting means and it shows that in the midst of this kind of trial that the Lord is coming alongside of you and having His church to pray for your strength during this time. I remember when you were there to pray for our son during our time of fire. I will never, never forget that. We could almost physically feel the hand of the Lord through those prayers holding us up. Let Him hold you now. We are daily giving BJ into His hands and asking the Lord to breathe in His life into BJ's lungs and that His presence would remove this sickness. We know that God can do miracles and are praying that His hand would move yet again. There are many who have seen His hand move in mighty ways that are standing with you in faith to see the Lord move on BJ's behalf. I want you to know how much we love you and will continue to pray fervently for what we all know only God can do...


Rich and Lynae


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