Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Hello family,

BJ's kidneys are doing okay enough that they've taken him off of the meds, but he is still on the kidney machine to rid his blood of toxins. This evening they were still having trouble with his high blood pressure, so the doctors have given him more medication to lower it, which seems to be working. It's a constant balancing act to add and take away medication, with all the many meds and machines he's on. Earlier tonight, his oxygen level had dropped to the mid 70s, but it is now around 81%.

I cannot tell you all enough how much of a blessing your support has been. The sheer magnitude of the response we have recieved on this site just within 24 hours of its commencement, not to mention the many, many more prayer warriors out there who have been and continue praying, have been tremendously humbling to me - an act of God at which my family marvels. I am grateful to be a part of something so glorifying to God, and I pray that this unity helps us learn to better pull together as believers for the cause of Christ.

I love you all,
Lauren (BJ's oldest sister)

"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God."
1 Peter 1:22-23


At 12:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lauren for the updates on BJ's condition. I think about him several times a day wondering about how he's doing. I pray continually for his recovery and that God would comfort and encourage you and your family. In Christ, Mark Barnett

At 1:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.J. and Family,
Add Virginia to the list of states where believers are praying for you. Jesus is faithful--to His word, where He promised to never leave us nor forsake us---and to His followers. Your witness to others is giving Jesus the glory He asked the Father for in John 17. Thank you for sharing B.J.'s (and your) progress with us all.
Candi in Springfield, VA

At 5:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy to hear that BJ is doing better! I have been praying for BJ, his parents and sisters, and his doctors so much! I have friends all over the country praying for him as well even though they do not know him.

BJ, look at all these people praying for you!!! It is so amazing to see all these people's posts! It is obvious what an impact you have made in so many people's lives!!! I'm praying that you get better soon! We miss you at Church!

Love in Christ,

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

"Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up." Psalm 5:1-3.
Praying in Ohio

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

BJ, Brent, Deanna & Girls,
Know that we are in constant prayer for you. My parents' church in Santa Claus, IN is praying for BJ as well. It amazes me to see God's power through prayer & how BJ is being an AMAZING testimony for Christ right now. I pray that God multiplies the few hours of sleep you are all getting and that He will renew your strength. We love you all, and pray for BJ's body to heal. Thank you for the updates.
Todd & Jessica Youmans

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

My name is also Brent and I need prayer also. Yet, God is truly leading me to pray continually for BJ. I will and may I continue to pray for him. God bless him so abundantly.

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add Iowa to your list of prayer support for BJ. What an awesome young man. So happy to hear he has improved. Our prayers are with you to help keep you strong & on the mend. God Bless your family during this time. Ginny

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Add Charlottesville,Virginia.we are believers and are praying for ya..

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are also prayers going up for BJ in Oklahoma.

May God Bless You!

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add Missouri to your list of states as well. I am a fan of Mercy Me and got a prayer request from Bart. I do not know BJ, but a good friend of mine went to Taiwan this summer as part of Team Expansion, so I do know a little about the fears of our children being in another country. I also know how proud I was of the work my friend was doing in Taiwan serving our Lord -- as I am sure you feel about BJ. Your family is in my prayers.

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna and girls,
Jes has been keeping us informed and we keep our church informed of BJ's condition. We are praying for all of you. God is so good and His love and mercy so powerful. Just know that we continually lift all of you up in prayer. We pray that you will be given much strength for your own bodies. Take care and the this website is so wonderful. I will share it with our church family tonight at Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Santa Claus. Jes can tell you I am a walking miracle today so believe God is still in the business!
Christ's love to you all,
Glen and Jean Peters
(Jes Youmans parents)

At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,

Please know that your family is in our constant prayers. I have notified my whole family, so we have people praying for you in Minnesota, Iowa, Washington and even Germany! "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Rom. 8:28

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

Dear B.J. and Family,

I recently saw the power of God's grace in a 15 year old girl who was first misdiagnosed and later found to have Non-Hotchkins Lymphoma. After one year of intense therapy and even more intense prayer in our community, she was given the "all clear".
What power lies in His hands.

Please, keep strong in your trust in our Lord and never stray from His presence. Remember, the ways of the Lord are more powerful when we are weakest and truly ask for His mercy.

May God bless you and keep you strong!


At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am joining my prayers with the prayers of others for BJ.
Pat in Stone Mountain, GA

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Liz Entrekin said...

Dear B.J.
God is so good! Not only does he have ministering angels all around you but he also has some that you can see. I praise God that you are surrounded with people who love you and care SO MUCH about you. You are a blessed young man. We are in Birmingham, AL & I have a son your age. We will be praying for you in our family devotion times each morning! Looked on your profile page too ... It's obvious you have such a heart for our Lord Jesus. Keep up the good work! But remember God tells us to stay away from horoscopes, zodiac signs, etc. - that's dangerous business! (Maybe you didn't even enter that stuff.) May God continue to heal your body - He's not finished with you yet!!

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Cheryel Visser said...

I just received my email from Bart (Mercy Me) asking for prayers for BJ. I immediately went to the website for BJ and read the documentation about his illness. I live in Michigan and will pass on the email to other friends in Christ. Thank you for sharing BJ's mission with others...I will continue to pray for him and your family and will check his progress. There is comfort in knowing that prayers around the world are being said for BJ....God is GOOD...All the Time!

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Just got the email from Bart. I am prayin' too. God is good...all the time! In Christ, Rick Embry

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm happy to hear that BJ is doing better as well. I just got the message from Bart. BJ and your family are definately in my prayers. Have a blessed week! Add Michigan to your list of states where people are praying.

"The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; The lord turn his face toward you and give you peace" ~Numbers 6:24-26

~In Christ alone~
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
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 returns of calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

May you find truth in these words.
Love in Christ,
Kate Nizienski

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

BJ, you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. You have been more of a blessing to me than you will ever know. I thank the Lord for a friend and a brother like you. It is a rare thing to see a man with your passion and drive to serve Jesus Christ. Don't ever lose that! I can't wait until you are better and we can share about what God has been teaching us again! I love you so much, Beej!

Your sister in Christ,

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Charlyn said...

Hello family of God. I was directed to this sight by Bart of MercyMe. My first reaction is encouragement. I am encouraged to see the body of Christ come together on behalf of their brother. How God is already being glorified! I think that BJ's illness is, and will continue to have an impact on the nation. I'm sure this would make BJ happy. Be encouraged, as I have, that God is working through this illness. Praying in Wisconsin, Char

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Les and Kimberly said...

I am down in Allen, TX, I am praying for you too! I pray that God will heal your wounded body. God will prevail against whatever is making you sick. May God's will be done and that this will reach many people. I pray also that many lost people will read this and see just how awesome our God is!

In Christ,

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Kalliopi Psalm said...

Wow... Just reading everyone's comments is a blessing. God is so good. Amazing news about BJ, we just keep lifting him up and having faith that God will take care of the rest.

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Michelle and I work with Pam Swinney who has been updating us daily on B.J.'s progress. We continue to pray for healing for him. B.J. is already a mighty warrior for the King and will continue to be this throughout his life. Blessings to you all as you walk with him in his time of need. Michelle Armstrong

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

BJ & Family,
My name is Nancy Post, I am David Post's mom. From the minute we were notified of BJ going into the hospital there have been prayers lifted up by our church, First Baptist Tulsa, and all of their families and friends around the world. The website is such a blessing. Thank you for taking the time and effort to keep it updated. It really helps us to pray continually. We will continue to pray as long as it is needed. May God grant you rest and peace as you "wait."

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just said a prayer for you, your family, and the doctors. God Bless.
Oklahoma City, OK

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


We here at Fontenot Construction. along with our extended families, and the whole state of Louisiana are praying for your speedy recovery, so that you may continue to do the lords work. We will be keeping you and your family in our prayers.

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.J. and Family,
I just heard today through Bart Millard of your situation. I want you to know that I have already prayed for you and will continue to. I am very proud of you to take a stand for Christ at such a young age. I teach a teen Bible class at my church, and it is always wonderful to see a teen with a passion for Christ. I believe that the Lord will take care of you and that you will be out spreading His word again very soon. Love in Christ, Tanya Tidwell, Tn.

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

Hey Higgins's,
Thank you for your updates! Although we barely know you all, we feel very close to you at this time in Christ. We continue to pray for knowledge as the doctors search for an answer to this infection. May God continue to reveal himself you to all and grow you in Him. May He be glorified!
Lorie Dillon

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello there. I just received the email from Bart & will begin praying for B.J. We serve a BIG GOD. He will see your family through.

Tracy from Texas

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

As the mother of a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ in a far country my heart goes out to all of you. May you all be strengthened in the knowledge that our God is bigger than any disease or illness. That His plan is perfect. I thank God for the vision of our young people for spreading the gospel. I thank God for planting in their hearts the fire of His love. I will pray for perfect healing for BJ and that a wonderful good will come from this.
From a sister in the faith in Richmond, Indiana.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Randi Castanuela said...

I just received the email from Bart.
I have a 14 & 17 year old. We are paying for BJ to get well. God is so awesome, he will take care of him.
We will keep praying for his recovery here in Lake Dallas, Texas.
Randi Castanuela

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

BJ and Family,

I just got word through Mercy Me of BJ's condition and wanted to let you know that I am spreading the word to all my prayer warriors! We will lift BJ and all of you up in prayer to our wonderful Father and ask for His healing hand to lay gently on BJ and make him well.

In Christ,
Lynn Andrews
Macon, GA

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

God's children in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Maryland are also praying for you, your family and friends, and your medical providers! I pray that you are able to actually feel the tender, loving arms of the angels as they guide you toward God's healing grace. Let your mind experience His perfect Peace while your physical body is healing.

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Christina said...

Hey! I am in Riga, Latvia and know that my family and I are praying for BJ and your family. You all are covered too! Keep us posted!

In His love and service,


At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.J. and Family,
Know that I am praying for complete healing in Jesus Name! I found an e-mail on my Inbox this morning from Bart (MercyMe) and I decided to go to this website to know more about B.J. and pray especifically. We have a God who HEALS and by HIS strips we have been redeemed and healed! I am believing this for B.J. that this miracle in HIS life will be another reason to give God all the Glory! HE is the same God who healed the blind, the woman with the issue of blood!
Know you all are beling lift up to the throne!
Giselle (Jackson, Mississippi)

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Angie said...

Harmony Baptist in Avon has the entire church praying for Bj's swift recovery. I am praying daily for his full healing! May Jesus comfort you all and heal BJ quickly!

In His Love
Angie Hagler

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with BJ and his entire family during this hour of need. Look for the healing powers of JESUS to rescue BJ.

GOD Bless you.

Jim, Mary Cae & Beth Thomas

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Angie said...

Hey, also add the congregation of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Cloverdale Virginia to the list, I called them to pray for BJ too.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a fellow christian I wish to let you know that God has spoken to me and your brother will be alright. All you have to do is continue to have faith in or dear Lord.I was blessed by our father and I am in communication with him daily. This past weekend I was able to see Mercy Me at the World Pulse Festivial and your friend sent me an e-mail and for my prayers. Well I will not stop until he is healed.

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another 'Bodypart in Christ' praying for you in Arizona!
C. <><

At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just learned today about B.J. and his needs (from a MercyMe email). Know that I will be praying for B.J.'s recovery and for Christ to strengthen your family and hold you in His hands. I'm in Richmond, Va., and will forward your prayer needs to friends and family.
God bless you and surround you with His love and grace!
Anita Bowden

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know that people at BJ's Uncle Rich's work are praying for him in VA.

Watch and see the salvation of the Lord our God!

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

I just received an email from Bart (Mercy Me). Add California to the list of states. BJ please know that you will be in our prayers from this day forth. The power of God's healing hand is mighty and is strength is undenied. I pray that you will be comforted and encouraged during this time. I will continue to encourage others to pray for you.

Mark in Corona, CA

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all! God will see BJ through this and I know he will. God Bless you all!

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

BJ & Family & Friends,

Rest in the Lord. He is our strength, our refuge, our Provider.

Know that many, many prayers are going up for you all. This website alone is a MAJOR testimony!! Praise Him!!

Carrie Gifford
Ledbetter Rd. Church of God
Xenia, OH

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

Just got the heads up from Bart of MercyMe. I'll be praying and passing the word through our youth group!

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with BJ and his entire family. Will add his name to our prayer group here in Vermont.

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am Sandra Carlson from Kingman, Arizona. My cousin is Charlene (Mrs. Steve) Hendon of Indianapolis. I have alerted my prayer group and other prayer warriors in our church and family, of your situation and we are praying for you.
God bless you and your family.

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so awesome . . . the way He weaves our lives together. I received info of BJ from a Mercyme email. Bart, thank you for letting God use you, daily, in the lives of those you know. BJ . . . I am praying, believing, that God's healing will manifest itself physically for all to see . . . for HIS glory. I am praying for you also - Jill, from Texas.

At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,

The Dyes in Indiana, the Roses in Kansas and Haste the Day on the road are all lifting B.J. to our Father (the Healer Jehovah Rapha)and all of you for peace to reign in your hearts and minds. Love from all of us.

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

I saw Bart's email. Add Ohio praying for you, BJ. I'm a native Hoosier who battled Hodgkins at 17. Almost 30 years later the view is much different than when I was in the midst of trouble. Jesus was there with me the whole time. It only seemed like He as MIA when I took my eyes off of Him. I'll just share the lyric from mercyme's song, Where You Lead Me.

What is life?
A thousand roads, a thousand ways
Why am I so afraid to move
I crossed the line
I'm stepping out so come what may
I give it all cause I'm drawn to You

As long as my heart is beating...
Where You lead me I will follow
Where You lead me I give my life away
Where You lead me I will follow
Forever and a day
Forever and a day

I can't deny Your very presence is my life
And why would I ever turn away
Cause deep inside I know that I cannot rely
On anything less than faith

As long as my heart is beating...
Where You lead me I will follow
Where You lead me I give my life away
Where You lead me I will follow
Forever and a day

This is all I'm dreaming of
To live completely in Your love

So this is life

Where You lead me I give my life away
Where You lead me I will follow
Forever and a day

Where You lead me I will follow
Where You lead me I give my life away
Where You lead me I will follow
Forever and a day
Forever and a day

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may not know you but, as Christ has said we are all brothers and sister in Christ. Lauren I will be praying for BJ and the rest of your family. God tells us where two or three are gather in his name HE is in the MIST. Feel the presents and know he is with you all. To God be The Glory. Remember Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me. Pauline in Houston,TX

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Kate said...

Add Wisconsin to the list of people praying for BJ. I will forward this on to as many people as I can.
It is satans mission to steal, kill and destroy, but "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind." Take heart and know that many are praying and that God is greater than the circumstances around us.

Kate, Kim and Jill in Holmen, WI

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.J. and family,

We're praying for all of you from Albuquerque, NM

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

I will be praying for BJ. I will pray against satan who is not happy at all that BJ was in Peru spreading the word of God. Keep up the fight and stay in the word!

Love and prayers from California!!

At 10:37 AM, Blogger The Conwell Family said...

B.J. and Family,
You do not know us but the Lord has brought us together as we stand in fervent prayer for BJ. You are continually in our hearts. We know that the "effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" - James 5:16. Thus our family will continue to pray for your comfort and peace as the Lord reveals His Divine Will for BJ and your family.

God Bless,

Roderick and Daune Conwell

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although this is a fearful time for your family, I believe God uses these times of doubt to show us how to walk on water. BJ's story also stirs my faith to reach out to people even though their is a cost.

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

B.J. & Family-

I got the MercyMe email this morning and am happy to add my prayers to the list. You are never alone, and the body of Christ will cover you with prayer as you are healed.
The Lord is faithful and never forsakes us, may this experience draw you closer to Him.
Your New Minnesota Prayer Partner...

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Rachel M said...

Thanks for all the updates on BJ. I just got an email from the mercy me guys getting the word out about BJ through their newsletter!!! I prayed for him and all of you after I read the entries today and will continue to pray for all of you during this trial!!! God will come through as He always does and I will continue to pray that He brings a peace and comfort to you all and BJ!!!

Sibs in Christ,
Defiance, Ohio

At 10:52 AM, Blogger J. Adam Palmer said...

You have Nashville praying for you. You are all in my daily thoughts and prayers. Likewise of my friends down here in music city. Your outstanding faith and relentless prayers are encouraging to everone as you lock arms and struggle up this hill united as one. God bless,
-Adam Palmer

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

God bless you all in this time and may God heal BJ. My prayers are with you. E. Andrea Pace, High Point, NC.

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for keeping us updated. The staff at Global Partners are lifting BJ up in prayer. God is faithful and the Great Physician.We continue to pray for his recovery!!
Mary Pat Fuller
(for all at Global Partners)
Wesleyan Missions Dept.

At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, It was so good to renew our fellowship yesterday. I was encouraged in my devotions today as I read something by Spurgeon and I thought I would share it with you and your family.

"The breaker is come up before them."
Micah 2:13
Inasmuch as Jesus has gone before us, things remain not as they would have been had He never passed that way. He has conquered every foe that obstructed the way. Cheer up now thou faint-hearted warrior. Not only has Christ travelled the road, but He has slain thine enemies. Dost thou dread sin? He has nailed it to His cross. Dost thou fear death? He has been the death of Death. Art thou afraid of hell? He has barred it against the advent of any of His children; they shall never see the gulf of perdition. Whatever foes may be before the Christian, they are all overcome. There are lions, but their teeth are broken; there are serpents, but their fangs are extracted; there are rivers, but they are bridged or fordable; there are flames, but we wear that matchless garment which renders us invulnerable to fire. The sword that has been forged against us is already blunted; the instruments of war which the enemy is preparing have already lost their point. God has taken away in the person of Christ all the power that anything can have to hurt us. Well then, the army may safely march on, and you may go joyously along your journey, for all your enemies are conquered beforehand. What shall you do but march on to take the prey? They are beaten, they are vanquished; all you have to do is to divide the spoil. You shall, it is true, often engage in combat; but your fight shall be with a vanquished foe. His head is broken; he may attempt to injure you, but his strength shall not be sufficient for his malicious design. Your victory shall be easy, and your treasure shall be beyond all count.

"Proclaim aloud the Saviour's fame,
Who bears the Breaker's wond'rous name;
Sweet name; and it becomes him well,
Who breaks down earth, sin, death, and hell."

Our love and prayers are for you all.

Psalm 119

At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in Stuttgart, Germany.
In the name of Jesus I rebuke every Satanic force working against this young mans body. It is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Every Satanic utterance against him be rendered worthless to him and returned to its owner in the name of Jesus.

Praise God for his healing power and His power over powers of this dark world.


At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.J. and Family,
You are all in our prayers. We pray that the Lord would heal all things. Take comfort in His love for He is the God of Comfort, and yay His love be spread over every single person who is touched during this moment of struggle.

Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
28 For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.

Be Strong and Courageous
Northway Christian Community

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Jason Teboe said...

B.J. and Family,
You are all in our prayers. We pray that the Lord would heal all things. Take comfort in His love for He is the God of Comfort, and yay His love be spread over every single person who is touched during this moment of struggle.

Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
28 For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.

Be Strong and Courageous
Northway Christian Community

At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,
Today is the first day that I have heard of BJ and his condition and I want to assure you that I and my family will keep BJ in our daily thoughts and prayers.

Today is the one year anniversary since my sister passed away from a very rare disease so I can truly understand where you are today. My family and I were also in the "Private Waiting" area and it was the constant prayers from family and friends that got us through our very difficult time.

May you take comfort in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior and know that he is with BJ and your entire family and will continually give you the strength to face any situation as long as your eyes are on Him.
In Christian Love,

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

Referring to the Pastor's post on August 22nd about a blood drive:

Is there any way blood donors in other states could have their donations credited to BJ's account? I'm in Maryland and am eligible to donate again after August 30th.

I'll check back to see your response.

Blessings to all.

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

I don't know BJ, but he's my Brother-in-Christ and I look forward to meeting him someday. I will be praying for him.

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

Count Michigan in on the prayers being lifted up for BJ!!!
I am reminded of the scene in Chronicles where the King of Assyria rails about his power (just like the voice of disease) and his record of destruction but King Hezekiah encourages his people by reminding them...Do not be afraid of the King of Assyria or the vast Army he has with him. He serves only the arm of the flesh BUT we serve the God of the heavens.....
Disease is the arm of the flesh but, REJOICE, we serve the God of the heavens. May BJ's recovery be complete so that his testimony rings throughout our land and brings our people back home.

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayer for BJ and family:

Gracious Heavenly Father, I join my prayers with others who are interceeding for BJ. Strengthen BJ's body to fight this illness, give wisdom, insight and compassion to health care workers who care for him, grant faith to BJ and the rest of his family as they entrust him to your care. Let the support of friends and fellow Christians be palpable to them, lifting them on eagles wings when human strength fails. I ask this for Jesus' sake. Amen.

2 Chron. 16:9a
"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. "

Gwyn Borcherding, friend of Kristen Happersberger, BSU student.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Ginger Beggs said...

I am a friend of Bart Millards, and I just received word of your condition. My family and I are in prayer for you and your entire family. What the devil means for evil, God will use for the good. You may never know all the people you may touch for Christ by even having this website. Stay strong in Christ and don't lean on your own understanding. God is with you even when you don't feel His presence. God says the closer you draw to Him, the closer He will draw to you. Depend on Him completely and cast (which literally means to hurl with great force) your burdens on Him and let Him give you peace. We will be checking in on your progress and look forward to praise reports!
Ginger Beggs from Michigan

At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

St George,Utah will be praying for BJ too. I also got this prayer request from Bart and will foward to my contacts. God Bless!
Tammy Engel

At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy from Texas. I'm praying for BJ to recover quickly. I pray that God comfort and guide BJ through this time and also that He hold you all gently as you tackle each day.

May God Bless and Keep You!

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

Thank you for the update. I just got the email today. I am from Evansville, IN. I will continue to pray for BJ and the doctors. I pray that BJ will get better and hopefully be able to go on future mission trips. God Bless!!!

- Ben Smith

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ, Lauren, and Family,
I can't begin to imagine what you all are going through right now. Please know that I am continually praying for BJ and the rest of your family. with HIS help, I know that this illness can and will be driven from his body. I pray that God will continually work in BJ's body, mind, and spirit, and that He will strengthen and encourage your hearts in this difficult time. God will not fail to reward those who do His work and trust in Him. When you're struggling, you know you're not yet defeated.
Your Sister In Christ,
Blair Moore

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord God. You are the Ancient of days, and i come before you today Father, with a heavy heart. God heal and restore BJ to Your will and Your joy. For Your infinate glory, Lord bring BJ back into this world, to continue to encourage the world of Your love,peace, power and grace. Bring back to me my dear friend, so that the testimony of this mircle will be so much glory to Your name.
Father we love you,

BJ you are forever in my deepest of prayers and my heart. i love you brother, and i know we will see God's power work through this time in our lives. you are not alone, we are fighting with you, for you, alongside you. and we forever will.
i love you

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Jacquelynn said...

I just received Bart's email (MercyMe) about BJ. He will be in my prayers and thoughts. God has been in control and caring for the welfare of BJ before he took his first breath. I have no doubt that he continues to have full control over this situation. Praying for BJ & his loved ones, may you continue to seek the LORD and trust his direction.

Jacquelynn Ribondo

At 11:42 AM, Blogger David Post said...

As I have been praying for you I have been thinking about what you would want in this time. First of all you have been a blessing to me and I wish that the relationship you have with Jesus at your age is what I could of had. Then as I think about what you want I know that you want whatever glorifies God the most. When you were about to go into the coma you weren't thinking of yourself but you wanted us to spend time with God and plead on your behalf to Him. DJ asked me if that is what we would do and I can not say what I would do if I were in your position. I hope I would look at the situation the way you had. Thank you for being such a blessing to me. David Post

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wated to let you know that I am praying for you. In this situation there is always a verse that comes to mind. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstance, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes 5:16-18 Love You ALL

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Mama Cross said...

Dear Higgins family,

What an overwhelming response from the church! Isn't it amazing how God has woven people around the world into the body of Christ? I feel so privileged to know you personally and to have shared in the same local body of believers we call Northside Baptist. We have known your family since BJ was about 4 or 5 years old. Bob and I taught Children's Church back when he was in elementary school. Even then, you could see the hand of God was on him - he stood out. When he returned from Peru last year and preached to the church (when he was supposed to just be giving us a report of his trip), we all knew God had a special calling on his life. It won't end with this episode. God is using BJ's light and testimony even while he lays unconscious. Look at the outpouring of prayer on his behalf! Our family continues to pray for his complete healing.

Remember how Jacob wrestled with God and walked with a limp afterward? BJ may have a few reminders of this spiritual battle hanging around for a while. May we always look at him as a man touched by God. BJ has been set aside for something very special.

Thank you all for your amazing testimony. You are an incredible family because you yield to an indescribable Savior.

Giving Him the glory,

-Barbara Cross

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’” –Isaiah 41:13

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God you are the great physician, God I pray that You hug this young man with your loving arms and encompass his family with Your abundant love. God You are great and your love endures forever.

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, Whitney and BJ:
Greetings from Huntington Beach, CA. While we were vacationing last week in Alaska, Michelle Kennedy told us of BJ's condition. We will continue to pray for all of you for strength, patience and for BJ's recovery. God is so good and continues to do amazing things and we are eager for His miracle in BJ's life as well.

We have so many great memories of our years in Indiana. Deanna--I would love to hear you sing again. Lauren always was so sweet and kind and I remember the time Whitney came running through our door to show us the yearbook that had to be "re-done" because they misspelled her first name! I had the pleasure of babysitting BJ so you can imagine my surprise when I saw his picture on this site---he's grown! Your family was so kind to allow us to join you guys for "Friday Pizza Nights". We will always cherish our memories there and the great friends that we made.

May God truly use this as a testimony for Him and your family. Thanks for your encouraging words and sharing such personal information with all of us.

Joel, Christal, Ryan & Arin Mearig

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add Massachusetts to the list of States praying for BJ and the entire family!!
Isaiah 41:10..."So...do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand"

At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear B.J. & Family,
Please add Washington State to the list of those praying for you. I am excited by your recent improvements and fervently pray for a continued and complete healing. May God richly bless you for the sacrifice you have made and pray for God's hand to be on you all the days to come.

Love and Blessings,

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Beth Spivey said...

I am glad that I stopped by and checked my email. I know that it was God drawing me to a concern that I so have a passion for. I know that the Church is exactly what we are doing. We as beleivers are standing in the gap for a fellow brother in the Lord. So here goes.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for drawing me to the computer to read this emial. Lord I thank you that you are the great Iam, the Great Counselor and Physician. You have all the answers and we are merely tools laid at your feet. Hlep me throughout the day to be ever mindful to pray for BJ and his family. Lord, please pour your spirit into his and rid his body of the infection Lord. Give his body the strength that it needs to walk out boldly for you. You tell us in your word that when two or three are together that you are there and we ask you to do whatever it takes to heal BJ and Lord as he is lying helplessly, I ask that you help him to dream dreams that help him stay focused on you so that he can tell his story to others. We know that what ever the enemy means for harm YOU MEAN FOR GOOD!! Bless the socks off hisfamily and show them just what an AWESOME GOD YOU ARE! Help them to feel your presence in a way that they have never experienced. Help them to look for opportunities to be used by you. Give them the strength to wait and watch. Bless everyone that even walks into his room. I ask that you show the family one God thing today that cannot be explained any other way but GOD! Help them all to see that you are working behind the scenes for this to bring glory and honor to YOU dear Lord. Thank you for Mercy Me taking the time out of their busy schedules to allow us the opportunity to interced for BJ and his family.
Lord please forgive me for all unplasant things that would hinder you answering this prayer and thank you for already for answering this prayer.

I cant wait to read all the GOD STORIES!! YOU GO GOD!!!

Beth Spivey

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I will keep BJ in my prayers. That God will continue to heal our body and bring you to full recovery. His child, Jennifer

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Walters family has issued the resounding need of prayer, and so many of our families and friends all over the State of Indiana are answering the call! We cannot begin to understand the pain and fear that Brent, Deann and their families are going through, but we do understand the power of Jesus Christ, and we stand firm on His promise to be with us always. Brent, Jan misses you at camp, and I miss your efforts at keeping him in line!! We are here for you; you are in our thoughts, always!!

Proverbs 3:5-6

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

I received a prayer request from our MM...saw it was in Indy...was going to call my son..but scrolled down and found his comments: Rusty at NSBC...
B.J. know that you are being lifted to the throne of God..for He is the Great Physician and Healer...stay strong, Family...lots of prayers and love on this line....Bill Kennedy, Paris, TExas

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Paul and Brandie Jones said...

We are so so glad to hear that BJ is doing better! We are praying for you B.J. and for strength for your family! And remember that our God is an AWESOME God!
Paul and Brandie Jones

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.J and family,
Add Oregon to the many states where believers are praying for you guys!
God bless your family and may Gods word bring encouragement and comfort!

Praying in Oregon

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We sponsored BJ on his mission trip to Peru & wanted you all to know that our entire M2M group has been praying for BJ's recovery since we heard about it. Thank you so much for keeping us updated on BJ's recovery.
In Christ,
Phil Fladung

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Pattie said...

Lauren I am praying for BJ. I just received the e-mail update from Mercyme and will continue to check in through your updates. BJ you hang in there. God will protect you and look over those who are in charge of your care. Blessings from Pattie Chapman, Merrimack, New Hampshire.

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good afternoon from Shawnee, Oklahoma, I too received an email from Bart. As I've been reading the posts and praying in the Spirit the Lord keeps reminding me of the scripture in Matthew 18: 19-20.Amplified. Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever (anything and everything) they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.
For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them. With this He gave me a vision of ALL those who are praying for you BJ, and wow what an awesome sight that was. My gosh we serve an awesome God, He knew the impact this would have on fellow believers and the world. I believe in my heart and my spirit that you will be a walking testamony to God's love, grace and His supernatural healing powers.
May He continue to be your constance source of strength, your ever present friend, and your first love.
You are in my prayers.

In His Love
Linda Ronne (mum of 4)

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

Lauren and Family,
I received an e-mail today from Bart of Mercy Me to pray for BJ. I will consider it a privilege to pray for your brother. As you requested, I will also pray for your family, which I would have done anyway. I will be forwarding this prayer request to my aunt, who is a strong prayer warrior.
As a personal word of encouragement, I would like to share a brief word of my own experience with a serious health concern. Many doctors are brilliant, and they try very hard. But they don't always know all the story. After a serious head injury at 16 years old, my doctor told my parents that I had a 50% chance of surviving the needed surgery. If I survived I would be in a vegetative state for the rest of my life. I am now 37 years old. I am a nurse. I have three beautiful daughters who are each a true testament of God's glory.
God has a plan for your brother's life, and for yours. We may not understand what is happening, but we must always trust him. Faith is a hard thing, especially when life is hard. But God loves BJ. He loves you, your parents, and Whitney. He will make all things work together for good for those who love Him, who are the called according to His purpose. God bless you all.

In Him,

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Schmaltzeez love you!!! said...

Hi guys...what an amazing site...for our amazing BJ!
I feel so proud that he lives his life to bring God so much glory. So many people touched by God thru him. It's crazy to see the blogs of people all over the country...world! I saw that BJ like 1 Peter...so i was reading it this morning... here's some nifty words...
"Stay wide awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless--cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God's words; if help, let it be God's hearty help. That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the ONE mighty in everything---encores to the end of time. OH, YES!
Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, WITH GLORY JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!! "
Sounds like this is how God' body has been working...together now!
I can't wait till Bj finds out about what God has been up to...how God has used him... he will just be thrilled silly!
I love you all...and wish I was there!!!
hugs...Marla & gang
PS... Bj.. Aunt Maralyn and Uncle Ray send their love...they are so very proud of you!!!

At 12:43 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, 'You are my servant';
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

11 "All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.

12 Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.

13 For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

14 Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob,
O little Israel,
for I myself will help you," declares the LORD,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel

Isaiah 43
Israel's Only Savior
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

3 For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush [a] and Seba in your stead

So my friends take courage and trust in the Holy Word of God. He promises us that HE will cause ALL things to work together for good for THOSE who are called by His name and according to His purpose.
Do you feel His Holy Presence??? He will sustain you and make you Whole !!

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At 3:53 PM, Blogger brian said...

Thanks to Bart for the e-mail. Find comfort in Gods Love and healing power and know the power of prayer. Thank God for Mercy Me and the impact they have made in so many lives. I will keep BJ and all of you in my prayers.

At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are such an amazing man of God! It has been such a blessing being able to serve with you and hear about what God has done in your life over the past year since you first went to Peru. BJ know that I have gathered people together to lift you and your family up in prayer. You are always being thought about. Know that God works for the good, I pray that he is even more glorified through this hard time! We love you

At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear "Baby Lornen" and family
Thanks for giving us updates and the ability to pray for you all at this time. Your family has always been very special to my family and we wish there was more that we could offer than our love and prayers. Whatever the outcome for BJ, God is in control of it all. BJ is even now doing what he felt call to do and that is be a missionary by reaching near and far and bringing fellow believers together in prayer. God Bless You.
Gina & Tim Schlotterbeck

At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I am so sorry about your brother, you are a great sister! God loves him, and he will never leave him! We are praying for him and we are all his family.. I am so sorry about him,..

but remember no matter wat, GOD IS THERE!!!!!
Love your sister in Christ,
ps: B.J. we are praying for you, dont lose hope! I know wat some pain feels like because I had scoliosis back surgery.. but God was there for me, as he is there for you! I am praying for you!

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