Monday, August 29, 2005

Good afternoon,

BJ continues to remain stable with stats that are pretty good. His bleeding returned with the restart of heprin (to thin his blood). They are giving him "intense support" to try and get through this.

There are no other real changes at this juncture.

Jayden, 2yrs old, that some of you have been lifting up is being moved to ecmo today. Please conitnue to lift him up...he is sooo precious, and fighting for his life.

Another precious child fighting a difficult battle is Shelby K. Her parents and church family have been such an encouragement to us. Please lift them up as well. She is a 2 1/2 yr. old twin and is surrounded by much love and support.

Thank you family of Christ across the world for returning to this site, and for your stubbornness in prayer. We are so blessed to have you standing in the gap for us!

bj's dad


At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi precious family,
Our prayers are continual, like thousands of others. Wow, what a great God we serve. It's wonderful to know that you know so many people are with you and BJ, because of our common bond with Jesus. We love you!
Dan & Jolene

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are still praying and are excited to see what God is doing through BJ's life! His online journal was such an encouragement! Thank you for keeping us updated on how we can pray. Stay strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!
In His love,

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent & Deanna - I just wanted you all to know that I made up a flyer asking for prayer for BJ & put it in every staff member's box here at school - I teach at Northwood, right next to First Baptist. :) So count on Northwood staff to be praying for BJ, too! We love you all - the little ones are in my prayers as well. Your ability to look at others' needs right now is a true testimony to Jesus Christ.

Jessica Youmans

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At 3:28 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Hi Warriors in Christ,
My prayers are always here and its totally awesome to hear about how BJ is doing everyday.
Keep your faith in God, and stay in his word and know we are all here. God loves you

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Jacktopher Meils said...

I am really excited to hear of how he is getting better, rejoice about that. I do know we have a long road ahead, but with the power of prayer it seems like that road is getting shorter and shorter.

God has some amazing plans.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger . said...

Hi, it's me again!

You don't know me, but I know Cousin Becky. Our family has been in crisis before (although nothing of this proportion). Through that time, I learned the value of Christian brothers and sisters letting me know that I *continued* to be in their thoughts and prayers!

All this to say...I check on you and pray for all of you *daily*. BJ's site is in my bookmarks and I will continue with you until we all see God resolve this situation for His glory.

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so glad to hear of BJ's continuing improvement. Even tho he is about the same, but still stable, we know God is still hearing the prayers of His people. Rest assured that we are among those many who continue to pray for him and for your loving family. PTL He is still in control.
Phil & Martha

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want you to know that my wife and I praying for BJ and his recovery. My wife was BJ's student English teacher last year! He would know her as Miss Roberts. I want you to know that BJ and your family will be in our prayers every day.
Love in Christ
Sean and Brittney

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

Lauren and Whitney,
BJ couldn't have better sisters than you two. I am moved by your dedication and love for him. I am sorry I didn't get to say good by to you all yesterday but I owe you a lunch next time I am Indy. May God riches blessing be upon on you as you start school.
Walker Moore

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

Bj is such an amazing kid and through all this and reading his xanga posts i have realized that even though i knew him before now i can say hey there is a man who is really out there living for Christ with ALL of his heart and that it can happen and others can do it. He is so amazing and so are you, his family.

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, BJ, Lauren & Whitney-
We have been thinking of you all day, my girls keep tabs on how BJ is doing. Saw Larry at church and got a quick update. We will be praying for the bleeding to subside or at least be controlled.
Still praying to avoid infections and for continued clearing of the lungs. God is answering many prayers right now. We will definitely include Jayden and Shelby in our prayers now. Take care of yourselves and let us know if there is anything else we can do to make this easier for you.


At 5:19 PM, Blogger The Piechockis said...

We were out at the camp the past couple of weekends. So, it sparked many memories that we had together. I figured I would give you some reading material here for when you get better. We missed you being at camp in the dining hall for meals. I miss our exchanges on the books of the bible that we are both studying, or how much you liked the movie Matrix, and then I would tell you how much I couldn't stand it. Then you would proceed to tell me why I should like it.
Another memory is when I was teaching your Sunday school class in 6th grade. I would ask a question looking for an answer, I would look around the room and no one wanted to answer except you. I would finally let you answer the question, but only allowing you to answer it with two sentences instead of an essay.
A more recent memory was we would come to volunteer at the camp, and Mitchell would want to come over to see you. You had no problem with just hanging out with my 6 year old for the whole afternoon.(Especially since you both love Star Wars) This past weekend when we were at the camp, we went to the house to let out your dog Dakota and give him a little TLC. When the kids were playing with him he would whine when Mitch would leave the room. When Mitch would come back, he would lick him non-stop. After two or three times of this, we could see that Dakota missed you being at home.
We wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your family everyday and that we love you guys!
P.S. Brent, the hummingbirds are being fed, but they are a little cranky beacuse we don't make the food as sweet as you can.


The Piechockis

At 5:32 PM, Blogger a schmaltzee life said...

howdy fam...

we are still praying! and will keep praying for Jayden and Shelby.. my 2 year old little tadee will be a constant reminder.
we love you and want you to know we are with ya all the way! people have asked about the finances and ways to donate... be sure to let us know when you have something set up....or if you need help getting something in place.
God has a big pocket-book!!! $$$ is definately no big deal to him!
more hugs coming your way!
marla & gang

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Job 42:5 says
I have heard of You by the hearing of my ear, but now my eye sees You.

Watch carefully, for God is working!

God Bless You

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Kaeli Cockrell said...

Im so happy to hear that bj is doing better. I left the website on my xanga and blog page. I have been praying so hard. I emailed a few people with the same intrests as me on my blog page. One was a minister( i didnt kno him) in the Grand Rapids. He vivited this site. He is going to spread the word a Bj to his church. There were a lot more than just him but he was one that just hit me. Just remember that you are not alone. Im always here for you. And so is JEsus. Leave it in his hands now. I love you for life.
still praying and spreading the word.
Love in Christ,

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Hey! I'm still praying for you all and I'll add the others to my list. Thanks so much for the continued updates!

Ashley Dawn

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I continue to pray for Bj, my family and friends and church family do too, even though they dont know him, but they've heard the stories for the 2004 trip and how he was been such an encouragment when i got home. Im praying for him and that the Lord would bring His will out of this. Im praying for all of you guys (his family) that God will give you strength in all this.
Kaitlin C.

At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the updates Brent and Lauren! We continue to pray!!! Please take care of yourselves, I know you are all worn out. If there is anything we can do to help out just call! God Bless you all!!!

Evelyn G.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

hey higgins this is michael i was just thinkin about u guys today during school and just couldnt get bjs last entire off of my mind. then today during cross country practice i was thinking and thought u know what right now bj and his family really doesnt need another person to "worry" so i decided that i wouldnt worry that i would just look at the things that have been happining like him being able to blink his one eye. so yes that has been my last few weeks since i was in indy. well i g2g do the dishes and homework so i well comment later ttyl.

in christ love,
michael leaf

ps please be praying for my girlfriend sara clements her grandfather is in the hospital and she isnt takeing it to well thanks and tell bj i said hi and that i am thinking about him always.

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His last journal entry sounded like some the coversations we had in Peru together! BJ is such a blessing to me he always had an encouraging or helpful words to say to me when I needed them! Thanks! My family and I are contually praying for you as is my church! I love you! Sierra (peru 2005)

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I continue to pray for BJ and his family. I was reading his entry from his journal and that just proves he is the smartest kid I've ever met! I'll continue to pray for him.. he'll pull through this!

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

Dear Higgins family,
I cannot tell you how much your son has blessed me. From just spending one month with him I can see God that he is all about God and 100% for real. I truely believe that you would not even have to be around him for a whole minute to tell his passion for his Lord and Savior. I am praying for your whole family as well as my church family and friends.I love you all very much.
In Christ, Brooke

At 8:56 PM, Blogger 3/c Cadet Hayley Koval said...

Dear Higgins family,
I just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for BJ and that I requested prayer for BJ at the Friday night meeting of OCF (Officer's Christian Fellowship). In particular, my bible study leader said that she was praying for you as parents as she knew it was hard on you as well. God bless BJ and you all as you rely on His strength and healing. CGA cadets are praying for you!

3/C cadet Hayley Koval, US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in my prayers everyday and i know even though this is a hard time God NEVER wastes a hurt, never!

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

Praying for everyone at the hospital and you guys. Stay strong.

In Him
Jonathan Haag

At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walker Moore asked us to pray tonight at a meeting of over 70 chaplains. We lifted B.J. up before the Lord and will continue to pray. God is good and will see B.J. and his family through this time in His timing and in His way. May God bless you and your family.
In His Love,
Randy Shaddox
and the Tulsa State Fair Chaplains

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

Dear Higgins family,
I was with BJ last summer on his first mission trip to Peru. He truly amazed me because though he was so young, he behaved and was such a strong man of God even at 13. I remember hoping and praying that my 10 year old brother could be just like that once he was 13. Not only is he a great friend always encouraging me to never let my armor down but also a dear Brother in the Lord whose consistent emails and online updates encouraged me to remain evermore focused on the Lord's work once we got back to the States and our hometowns. I just wanted to let you know that God is faithful especially to those who serve him faithfully just like what your son has done. Take comfort and strength in the Lord. Thank you so much for keeping us all updated on his condition. My family and I are praying for his healing daily!
In Jesus love,
Hannah DeGuzman

At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm still praying. The Lord will heal him. I believe that..and i know you guys do too!

In Him~kristin (peru 2005)

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Robin said...

Thank you for sharing your son and the other children with us! My heart crys for your family, but, my heart is lifted to joy when I consider the God we serve and what is can and is doing through these trials!

Kindred Spirit,
Robin R.

At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I continue to pray for BJ and have asked my friends from college -- all the way in the middle of nowhere, SD -- to pray for him.

So today I was really encouraged during my quiet time and instantly thought of your family and especially BJ, who I know is definitely in God's will.

"When you obey and things get worse, start praising God, because God is about to reveal or do something far beyond what you can imagine! You may be right at the center of God's will when things get worse."

Wow! What else can I say?! I knew God was up to something big, but this was just a great reminder.

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know BJ but he sounds like a real good Christian boy. I am praying for him. I live in North Carlina. One of my friends send me the e-mail requesting prayer. May God be with you at this time of need.
Love in Christ

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