Tuesday, August 23, 2005

BJ is having a good day, up to this point. We praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for this. His oxygenation numbers remain strong though they continue to reduce the ventilator settings...below 62% right now. Pray that BJ's body continues to work in harmony with the many machines, medical staff, and prayers of His children.

So many of you have provided your prayer support, and we implore you not to relent. He has a long way to go, so please do not let good news allow you to let up. Please continue to feel free to leave us your encouraging messages. We are reading them to BJ, and letting him know how many are praying.

Before this hospitalization, BJ was studying John 17...Christs prayer for believers, and specifically the unity of believers. His request before sedation was that we would get the word out, and that people would pray. I believe the Fathers heart has been blessed by how many of you are coming together in Jesus name, and lifting up my son!

Thank you so much!

A special thanks to Jeff Cross and Danny DiSalvo for helping us with this technology!

Serving the King beside you,

BJ's dad


At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be keeping him in prayer.

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ, please know that I will lift you and your family up in prayer. I found out about you and your situation through friends of mine here at Lilly (Bev Whitely and Kim Nelson). May God bless you richly and put His healing hand upon you.

A friend in Christ,
Rich Hoffman

At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, everyone at BJ's side and daily feeling the ups and downs of this battle,

We're not giving up! Hundreds of people are praying with you, and Jesus Christ himself intercedes on your behalf. I praise God that even though you have to endure this very difficult time, God has used even it to unify all of us with one heart to cry out for BJ. It pleases Him so much to us loving one another and seeking Him together.

May the Father sustain you with all that you need, and keep you confident of His goodness and faithfulness. May everyone's hearts be softened to see the Father's hand in this, and His great mercy and love, so that praise and thanks will overflow to Him. Your son has been a blessing to us. May you all be blessed beyond what you can imagine.

"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Rachel Long

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Balog family has Bj and you as his family in our prayers.

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Haag Family is praying for all of you.

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are being prayed for at Asbury College! Becky Higgins is a good friend. Nancy

At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family is praying for him

Chris Fladung

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ is in my prayers and my family's prayers constantly. BJ and your family have both been a huge blessing to me. I can't wait until BJ is well again and I can see you guys and rejoice with you about the battle that has been won.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for BJ and I know the rest of the Peru team is praying with all their hearts as well. BJ is an incredible man and friend, and I know that God has his hand on this whole situation.

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If my days were untroubled and my heart always light,
Would I seek that fair land where there is no night?
If I never grew weary with the weight of my load;
Would I search for God's peace at the end of the road?
If I never knew sickness and never felt pain,
Would I search for a hand to help and sustain?
If I walked without sorry and lived without loss,
Would my soul seek sweet solace at the foot of the cross?
If all I desired was mine day by day,
Would I kneel before God and earnestly pray?
If God sent no winter to freeze me with fear,
Would I yearn for the warmth of spring every year?
I ask myslef these and the answer is plain:
If my life were pleasure and I never knew pain
I'd seek God less often and need Him much less
For God's sought more often in times of distress
And no one knows God or sees Him as plain
As those who have met Him on the pathway of pain.
(Helen Steiner Rice)
Our family is praying with yours.

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

BJ and Family-

What an amazing family you are. We have so many people praying for you all! We won't give up faith. God is in control and has you in his hands.

Rob and Bonnie Davis (Cate)

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Deanna its Wes, Just so i know you I have a few more churches to add to your list.. New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Common Ground, and House of God church on post...those are the church groups but there are numerous independents prayer for him AND you and brent and whitney and Lauren as well cus you all need it too. Love you all

Psalm 23

At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.J. You are an awesome man of God. Latley I have been reminded about our time spent in John and how many times we see the phrase "For the Glory of God" The Lord has something amazing he is going to do or is doing in your life. This illness is an important part of his plan and will be used totally for his glory. I csnt wait to see what God is going to do! keeping you in my prayers, your peruvian sister, Sierra

At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ, you continue to be in my prayers! i pray for you whenever i think of you and/or what you're going thru ! i am so thankful i can get these updates! It was great to meet you at the zoo and hang out, and i hope we get to do tha again someday. you are an amazing guy and inspiration to me and many others! may God give you strength, i know He is working His omnicient ways thru you. God bless.
in Him, siempre

At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I just wanted you to know that stronghold has been lifting you up as well as I called Rocky earlier last week and talked to him again today and we prayed over the phone. Rocky really wishes he could see BJ, so he sends his best and love to you all.

In Christ,

David Leap

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, & girls,
Thank you for sharing on this website. It helps give us a sense of what is going on up there and satisfies my nurse's curiosity. We are still praying as hard as we were last week and we will not let up until BJ is back playing guitar in the praise band. God can do miraculous things, nothing is impossible. Please remember to take care of yourselves, get the rest you need. You will have a long road ahead as BJ recovers. Again, please do not hesitate to call if you need anything at all.
We will always be here for you.
Love, Nancy, Scott & the girls.

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, Jesus. I ask that you continue to bless B.J. and bring him back to full health. Thank you for your miracles and your blessings!

So be it! (Amen)

At 8:28 PM, Blogger . said...

Hi! We're friends of Becky Higgins through College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana. College Church has BJ and your whole family on our prayer chain. I'm passing your info on to family members across the US.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Erika said...

Praying in Deerfield, NH
We will ask our church family to pray too!

At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,
Dale and I want you to know that you all are in our prayers daily and our thoughts frequently during the day.

I have asked several family, friends and co-workers to add B.J. to their chruch prayer list and they are happy to do so. Here is a list of the ones I have so far. Phillips Temple CME, Indy; Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Indy; Countryside Christina Church, Clearwater, FL; Greater Northwest Baptist, Indy; Farmdale Baptist, Louisville, Ky. I will continue to spread the request to all I know.

Dale & Roberta Mescher

At 8:57 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Hello Higgins family,
You have all been on our hearts since we first heard of BJ. You know it wasn't all that long ago that I was in ICU being treated for Septic Shock and ARDS. I was also in a chemically enduced coma for almost 2 weeks so we know at least in part what you may be going through. I know with a child though it is so very, very difficult. Of course your faith is carrying you through and giving you strength but I know how very heavy your heart must be. Please hear these words from Yahweh through Paul in 2 cor. 12.

7To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I know beyond a doubt that when you look back on this time you will
see the mighty Hand of God upon your whole family. I wish I could be there with you just to hug on you. Manytimes a hug says it all. Even though we see very little of one another we feel a special bond with your call to the ministry as a family. Please, if there is anything at I can do for you call me. I am still recovering from my spinal fusion but am there for you if you need me. Please sense the Love of God and His healing touch be upon BJ this very moment. He is approaching the boat, Higgins family. Just take His hand and step out of the boat...He will calm your storm !! Of that I am convinced. We Love you!! The Ackermans-----Maranatha !!!!

At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey BJ I just want you to know that I will keep praying for you and your family through this rough period.

Kaleb Donahue

At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,
We will continue to hold you all up in our prayers. BJ's witness, testimony, and tribulation has such a powerful impact on us all. I know God is in control in all situations.
All Glory and Honor to God.

Bill and Marlene Scharbrough

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Wes Feltner said...

May the God of peace surround your family and comfort you during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in hopes that there will be a quick recovery. What a joy it is to know that in both health and sickness God is using BJ to spread a passion for His name! May God's hand continue to rest on you!
Wes Feltner

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the air we breath...His holy presence, living in us.
This is our daily bread...His very Word, spoken to us.
We are desperate for Your healing.
We are lost without You, Lord.
Please heal our friend, BJ...!

Rob & Becky Englin

At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey BJ! Glad to know that you are doing a little better, but I am praying for you! I just thought I would let you know that one of my school assignments (summer homework that I didn't know about) is to read a lot of the bible. I'm really hoping that as I do my assignment that God will speak to me and that I'll get back up that ladder and out of this hole I'm in. I think that since there is so much that I have to read that I'll get back into the habit of reading everyday! Who knows. Pray for me though.
I am so glad I found this site so I can know how you are doing and how to pray for you and your family. Just remember that tons of people are praying for you. :) I hope you get better soon! I can't wait to talk to you!

Ashley Reagan

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that Im keeping BJ and you all in my prayers. Knowing you and your son has been an amazing blessing in my life, exspecially in the past few years, so stay strong cuz God is so amazing and everything will work out for His plan. (Ecc. 3:11 -- God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's works from beginning to end.) so ya, its all in God's hands.


At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will keep praying for him and so is my family! Hold in there BJ!

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Jacktopher Meils said...

I really don't know what words I can say.

I'll just share a story perhaps.

BJ gave me the nickname "Jacktopher" (like Christopher, but with Jack) and everyone adopted it and most people use that name for me. Obviously that is just a light side of his sense of humor. I may share more stories of his fun side if you would like!

Praise God, really.

Praying and seeking,

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a friend of Vickie Covelli's and she shared all that BJ and all of you are going through. I am so sorry you are all having to endure such an emotional roller coaster with the uncertainty that comes with his situation. Please know you are all in my prayers and I shared it with our church prayer chain as well. I will continue to pray for those that are caring for BJ and for all of you that you may feel the comforting, loving arms of our wonderful Lord wrapped around you...because they are. Blessings to you all.

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bj, it's Brittany Allen from the Peru extreme team last year (It was awesome spending that last week with your peru team last year and seeing you at training this year!)and the Uganda team this year. Know that my friends and the uganda team and junior (translator that knows you from peru) and my church and youth group are all in prayer! So many people that don't even know you are lifting you up to God FERVENTLY and they are SHARING what God is doing! We WILL NOT stop praying for you and your family.

At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bj, you, and your family are in my prayers, all day I have thought about your jumpstart story last year that really made me think about my life...thankyou! Hang in there buddy. deanna, brent, whitney, and lauren I know you guys are strong. As I said I am praying, may God be with you.

At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello and God bless you!!!I was traveling from Florida to Dallas when I meet the group of B.J...and my baby boy was talking to Tara,now my heart and prayers are with B.J's family and friends.keep praying and don't stop.The Lord Jesus is with you.Damaris Burlingham.

At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,
You do not know me, but I heard about B.J. through my friend Kelsey. I just want ya'll to know that my family and I pray for him daily. We have also let several friends know, and in turn they have let their friends know about B.J. I don't know exact numbers, but B.J. has people praying for him in Alabama, Texas, Kentucky, and Washington St. Our God is an awesome God! Nothing is out of His hands and no plans of His can be thwarted! PTL!

At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you and your family are in my prayers. God has incredible plans and a purpose for everything!

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ, words can't even describe the impact that you had on me this summer. You have an amazing passion for the Lord, and I know that God is getting so much glory through this situation! BJ I love you, and know that I am praying for you!

At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just had an email blast sent out to our "MercyMe" mailing list of around 200,000 to be praying for BJ, and I gave them the web address to stay on top of it. Hope that was ok.

I'm Bart Millard and I approve this e-mail.

At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is still in the "miracle" business and there is nothing too hard for Him - EVER!

At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey BJ! You don't know me, but my sister Ashley Reagan went to Peru with you last summer and I've heard a lot about you. I hope that in the very near future I get to meet you because you sound like such an awesome guy! You are in my prayers every day!
Praying believing,
Your sister,
Emily Reagan

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey guys, bj and your family has been in my mom's and my prayers since we heard. we were greatful to hear that he is doing better and we will continue to pray for him and you guys. we love you. be strong!

At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for BJ and the whole family. God works in mysterious ways, but remember, he is working.

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

I know you will probably get a chuckle out of this. Bruce has been petitioning the Lord for healing to take place in your body, not just because you are such an awesome young man, but because he wants the opportunity to get to know you better.

We both pray for you constantly. You are such an inspiration to us and we continue to ask God to use this situation to glorify Him. We know that even though you are very ill, you are touching people's lives for God and we know how important that is to you.

Lauren, thank you for taking the time and effort to set up this blog site and to so eloquently share with the world your family's story and struggles. We pray that the Lord comforts you the way you are comforting all of us with your words.

Whitney, hang in there. We know this is a tough time for you too. Starting college is a lot to handle all on its own, but you have BJ's situation on top of that. We pray for your continued strength.

Brent and Deanna, we miss you guys and pray for you continually to receive God's comfort and strength that you need. You mean so much to us and our hearts' ache for you. You are a very special family and are an inspiration to all who cross your path. And you have been wonderful friends to us. We have longed to come and just give you a big hug. So consider yourself hugged!

We love you and continue to pray for your entire family.
Bruce and Celesta

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i hope B.J. gets better. Ill be praying for him.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ - just wanted you to know that the prayer warriors at my church (Calvary Heights Baptist Church in Martinsville) have been praying for you and will continue to do so. I have heard a lot of wonderful things about you, and pray for your rapid recovery. Our world needs wonderful, vibrant Christian young people like you to keep spreading the God's word and love. Live strong!

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ & Family,

I learned of your plight from Bart of Mercy Me. I will hold you up in prayer!

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in prayer for your son.

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You and your family is in my prayers


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