Saturday, September 10, 2005

Beloved, tonight BJ rests in his bed... finally on the ground, free of ECMO. He has resided 6 feet in the air for the past 3 1/2 weeks (for ECMO) with his bed on a motorcycle lift to allow gravity to work in returning the blood to the filter.

An excited medical staff person came down the hall tonight to show us the amazing change in his chest x-ray...today alone. Tonight the film shows 2 lungs that are (ventilator) inflated, with little fluid/pneumonia left in them. Lord we lift Up Praise!!!

His SATs remain in the 90's tonight. His blood gases have improved into the 70's for PO2...Thank you Lord!

The central line is successfully in! We have much to be thankful for.

Ahead, he faces fighting infection, his kidneys aren't functioning right, he's extremely swollen and will get worse...in short it's a delicate balancing act.

We praise our Lord for all the miraculous answers to prayer today!

BJ's dad

PS. Please continue to list your name, city, state or country for a map for Beej.

136 Comments:

At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so very excited to hear how God is answering the prayers of His children.
Please continue to know that we are praying for you.
I'm going inside to tell my family the update.

April
Tx

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey my name's Rosemary M... I just found out about B.J., nonetheless I'm definately praying for him, and you all.. I pray that God would be glorified in this. I have a question if I might ask..Does B.J. know the Lord?

I'm from Kentucky so feel free to add that to the map..:)

Blessings in Christ,
Rosemary

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for His goodness to us. 5 sent to bed after finishing more prayers for a dear friend they have never met, but seen God work through in mighty ways. Little Ashley's prayer was for the number to stay in the 90 and his body to work. Out of the mouths of babes. Our prayers will continue through the evening and through the night. We love you.

McMahans
Hudson, OH via
Downers Grove, IL

 
At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to check for updates regularly, and are constantly in awe of the work of the Lord! We praise Him for His faithfulness!

 
At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI BRENT DEANNA AND GIRLS, I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOUR UPDATES SEVERAL TIMES A DAY AND OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL. OUR GOD IS AN AWSOME GOD. BJ IS SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU,IN THE WAY YOU ALL ARE RIGHT THERE WITH HIM, I JUST KNOW IT. I MISS SEEING YOU ALL. LOVE CAROLYN BODENREIDER
MARTINSVILLE INDIANA GOOD OL' USA

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

I will continue to pray for you and your family. I thank God that you are doing better. May God be with you and yours.
Jacksonville, Florida

 
At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."
Psalm 63:6-8

Higgins family, we just praise God for the day's events, and now we pray that you will have a good nights rest, and awake with refreshed and renewed spirits. Our prayers are continuely with you!

With much love,
The Potter Family
Carmel, IN

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

Praise God! I'm still praying for both you all and BJ. God has been glorified through you and you have been such an encouragement to me.

In Him,
Kris
Bloomington IN

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

Praise GOD! STAY STRONG.

Praying and Cheering for Brent
Jonathan Haag
Carmel,Indiana

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

Praise the Lord.

Isn't so amazing what happens when the medical staff finally come to their limits in knowledge and God takes over. Continue to know your brother in Christ is Praying for the family and BJ.

In Christ,
Rob Bloss

 
At 9:54 PM, Blogger Danzeisen5 said...

We are SSSSOOOOO excited - on pins and needles all day, but knowing God would do a miracle! He has just set a bigger platform for His miracle!

We love you lots - wish I were coming there instead of Louisianna, but you know my heart is with you and we love you deeply. Our prayers and constant
Lynae

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

What a day Lord! Thank you. Our prayers continue.

Bill
Indianapolis

 
At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins family-

I have been following BJ's story for weeks. I heard of it from Layla Zandi of Northside and was absoluting touched, inspired, and driven to pray! My husband and I have told many others. We are absolutely in awe of not only BJ's strength and testimony but your strength and testimony as well as a family! I knew Lauren as a freshman at Lawrence North as I was in marching band with her, and I knew I saw something different in her. It runs in the family! PRAISE GOD FOR HIS CONTINUED HAND IN BJ'S HEALTH! We won't stop praying!

Stephanie Goodwin
New Albany, IN

 
At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I check this blog site throughout the day to keep up with things and to know how to pray specifically. Thanks to you for being faithful to keep us all in the loop. You have so much other stuff to deal with. . .

I wanted to share the email I sent out to my address book on August 25th. I know B.J. is precious to you because he is your son. It will be many years--maybe heaven--before you'll see whole bunches of ways that God is using this fight for B.J.'s life. This is just one way that I see God is using you all:
**********************************
Dear Friends,

I just wanted to share something very cool with you. My young friend Brittany is a missionary with AweStar. She called me the other night and told me about her friend B.J. He's a missionary with Awestar also, and he's pretty ill right now. Brittany asked if I would pray for him. So I did.

Then she sent me this email a few days later, with a web site address that she wanted me to see.

www.prayforbj.com

So I checked it out.

Here's the thing: You know how there's all this garbage out there on the Internet? Pornography, and hate, and bomb-making instructions, and even a site for married people to meet someone to have an affair with. . .definitely NOT God stuff.

This blog site about B.J.--you have to see it to believe it. There are believers literally all over the world praying for this young man. Not only praying for him, but encouraging his family. And if you read even just a few of the comments people have left, you will also be encouraged.

What a privilege it is to be a part of the Body of Christ! The Bible says that when one member of the Body suffers, we are all affected. What's happening to B.J. right now is fulfilling Scripture that was written forever ago. B.J. is hurting, and we the Body are hurting with him.

And God did all this! On the Internet! Makes me want to laugh in Satan's face and say, "What you meant for evil, Yahweh is using for good!" Just like He promised us He would.

Check out this site: www.prayforbj.com

Pray for B.J. and his family.

Read the comments.

Know that when you do, you are participating in God's hand's moving on the Internet!! Thank You, Jesus!!
******************************
I am encouraged by the reports from today--and know also that this journey is far from complete. You are all on my mind and heart, and I continue to pray.

Candi in Springfield, VA

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

Praise Jesus for His faithfulness!!
praying in...Kansas City, MO. Kristin Dutt

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

God is so faithful! We continue to pray for you all! What an exciting day in the Lord! The peaople at the store today probably thought I was crazy praising the Lord and laughing with glee at all that He has accomplished in Bj's life today!
We will continue to pray for you all throughout the night. We pray for a peaceful night for you all. We pray you will all be able to get some much needed rest.
Love to you all,
Lynn

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

My brother came to my house tonight telling us of the good news!
Gary Moore
Jefferson City, MO

 
At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! We have been praying and checking for updates all day long. This morning, I had a little chat with Sammy and told him that he needed to make sure that he prays extra hard for BJ today. Sammy slept off and on quite a bit today, and we wondered if he was talking with Jesus while he was asleep.

Today was a huge day for BJ, and we pray that tomorrow will reveal even more positive surprises to blow the minds of the doctors!

We will definitely lift up prayers and praises tomorrow morning.

Steve, Leslie and Sammy Harley
Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Wow! How the Lord's ways confuse the world! It's amazing how His works continue to baffle the "experts". Praise God for his mercies. May we be obedient to Him, may we remain in petition to Him for BJs continued improvement as he battles each issue.

I love the following scriptures. May they be exciting and soothing to you as you weather this ongoing journey.

We love you and are constantly in prayer with you.

Exodus 15:2-3 (New Living Translation)
2
The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my victory.
He is my God, and I will praise him;
he is my father's God, and I will exalt him!

3
The LORD is a warrior;
yes, the LORD is his name!


1 Chronicles 16:9 (New Living Translation)
9
Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his miracles.


4
Sing praises to God and to his name!
Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.
His name is the LORD--
rejoice in his presence!


Psalm 106
1
Praise the LORD!
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

2
Who can list the glorious miracles of the LORD?
Who can ever praise him half enough?

Psalm 150:1-2 (New Living Translation)

Psalm 150

1
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his heavenly dwelling;
praise him in his mighty heaven!

2
Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!

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

Have a good rest tonight....all of you! What a miraculous day! Thank you, thank you, thank you Jesus!!!!!!

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

 
At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first time i am coming here and posting. Im a student at HLG but I regretfuly have not gotten to know him yet...I say yet because i know that i will meet him.

I am praying for him, his friends and family.

There is a old saying. "You can judge a man by the friends he keeps." If this is true, then BJ must be a truly great person. All i have heard here at HLG is "Be praying for BJ". Until recently i really did not know who he was, or how big of a impact he has on this school.

I want his family to know this. This school is praying for him, and for you. God be with you now and forever.

Stephen V. Muschany

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

Our family continues to pray for bj
and we continue to check his condition daily, may the Lord watch over him and answer our prayers

your neighbors
Dowden family

Monrovia, Indiana

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

Thank you Lord for answered prayers! We know BJ still has a long ways to go but every time I came to the blog today, I was amazed at the prayers that were answered. Just know that BJ and your whole family will be lifted up in so many churches tomorrow as we worship our Lord!
Thank you Jesus that BJ has been able to come off of the ECMO machine and his levels are staying up! May God give you a good night's rest and continue to wrap you in His loving arms.
Praying for you in Santa Claus, Indiana Glen and Jean Peters (Jes Youmans parents)

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

God is SO awesome! I been checking this site all day and everytime there was an update that was positive. I would get more excited as his body was defying the odds. I have a feeling that the doctors are thinking about Christianity now.

God I pray that tonight you will continue to amaze the doctors with the healing of BJ's body.

Heather
Perry, IL USA

 
At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 Tesaloniceni 5:16,17 Bucuraţi-vă întotdeauna. Rugaţi-vă neîncetat.
P. Valdu
AweStar
Oradea, Romania

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This morning, when John got up, the first thing he said was, "We need to pray for B.J."

I guess we have spoken many prayers at different times, but John's reminder was precious.

We have watched [read updates] in awe of God's faithfulness and watchcare over B.J. Your faith has been a tremendous blessing to us and we are encouraged by it.

With love and anticipation of God's continued miracles,

Terry & Shari Allegood
Moultrie, GA

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger Tara Case said...

woo hoo! Thats the first thing. And I have already danced around my room a few times today! hehe Our God is so beautiful and so amazing! The body...how beautiful it is when we stand together. Know im still praying for everything. For the Sats to stay where they need to be and for strength in his body to fight the infection. I love you all and I can't wait to tell everyone in the morning!!! Praise our Father-He is so worthy! BJ-Brother, my gosh i just want to hug!!! Im so pumped at what God is doing in you. Ill be sending you my drawings of what I've been learning!! Love ya brother! The 19 of us continue to cry out for you as a team!
Tara Case
Yukon, Oklahoma

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Jesus! Will continue to lift BJ and you all in prayer.
Mark
Hudson, Oh

 
At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was waiting on another update before I turned in for the night.
To God be the glory for what He has and continues to do in BJ's life.I have been following BJ's progress since I received the information from the SBCI Office.
The communication has been wonderful. I like many other have cried with you and for you...I have
rejoiced with you and for you...and will continue to pray with you and for you...
I am leaving town for a few days but will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers while I am away.
May you find rest in Him tonight.
Love and Prayers,
Cheryl Lewis
Indianapolis, IN

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

i stumbled across your blog several days ago and have been following bj's progress. as a pediatric nurse, i know the highs and lows of living minute to minute in the icu, ecmo and all. i'm so thankful that bj continues to improve -- slow steps are better than no steps. i continue to see the work of God in the hospital every single day and i thank you for sharing your faithfulness and love.
hugs and prayers from philadelphia, pa

 
At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to keep all of us informed. It has been hard for me to move away from the computer today because I was afraid I would miss the next improvment God was showing the clinical staff and others. Please know that Dale and I are praying for the family to receive rest for tomorrow.

The music I was playing today was so great it was a praise of God's works and His power. I used it to sing for BJ (where no one could hear but God) for his healing.

Dale & Roberta Mescher
Fishers, IN

 
At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
This song has been running through my mind all day long:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy HEALTH and salvation! All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; Join me in glad adoration!
I am continuing to pray and praise and worship our wonderful Lord Jesus. What an incredible day of God revealing His glory!

Toodie Schaper (Heather's mom Peru 05) St. Charles, MO

 
At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU JESUS!!!!! I am so excited to hear about how well BJ is doing. I am a pediatric ICU nurse in FL so I truly understand how sick BJ is. Every time I log onto the internet I am afraid of what I might read.....but HE is in control. No matter how things look from a medical standpoint it is truly all in the Lords hands. He can and does work miracles, I have seen them with my own eyes. I am so happy for you and your family tonight, and I will continue to pray for all of you.
Love in Christ, Cathy

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger Karen Vesely said...

How happy, no, ecstatic! to hear of
your precious BJ's improvements!!
I just wept for joy when I read how well he did today.

God is so good!!
I am praying that all of you get
some much needed rest this evening.

Make sure to tell BJ he is LOVED
in San Clemente, California!

 
At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise Lord!!!!

Please Lord I pray BJ more strenght to keep infection free and allow his body to heal!
I will continue my prayers for Beej's
family and medical caregivers. Stay strong with your hopes and I will not stop praying for BJ's recovery.
Thankyou for update we are with you
now and through the night we will pray to keep moving forward with Beej's recovery and his doctors wisdom to continue the important timing of the changing decisions you are dealing with throughout this healing process.
may God bless all of you there with BJ and dear Lord I pray for their
peaceful and well rested evening to handle tomorrows new day.
L Gresh/Meils
Indpls.,IN

 
At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather Schaper's grandma and grandpa are praying for BJ and his family in Crestwood, MO

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger leslaw said...

What an answer to prayer! God is so Good! We'll be praying for a quiet night. Rest well.
Love,
John and Leslie

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

I'm so glad BJ is doing better! I'll keep praying hard for everying to work out like it should and that BJ will totally heal. But, God's will be done. Keep looking up.

Ashley Dawn Reagan (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger aC Biblestudy said...

WOOHOO! God is indeed awesome and to be praised! I am so excited to hear of BJ's improving health. Thanks be to God for what he is doing through all this. ...Wow. It's just so great.

Like so many others who have posted, I have never met BJ in person but I am absolutely thrilled that he's doing better! WOOHOO again :).

Justin | Langley, OK

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

Our son was with another Awestar group in Peru this summer. He e-mailed us from Baylor and asked us to pray for BJ. Our hearts and prayers are with you, day and night. Thank you Lord for the progress that has taken place today! You are worthy of our praise! We will continue to pray!

Christensens
Kansas City, MO &
Waco, TX

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

We rejoice with you and continue to pray. You are never alone, but surrounded by the body of Christ.
AweStar Mom - Jenne McMilin - Battle Ground IN

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

So glad to read your posts. You guys are an inspiration to all of us. I pray for your strength to remain strong, your energy to remain high and your faith to remain full. Love you guy and are praying for you all the time

-Brett

Columbia, South Carolina

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

Brent,Deanna,Lauren and Whitney..praise God for hearing our prayers, we lift you all up as a family..Bring you a restful night, and continued elevation of numbers for BJ..For BJ's organs to continue to heal..For BJ's fight for life..Thank you for the updates, it has helped so much in knowing how to be specific.
Make a joyful noise unto the lord!!!!!
We love you lots!
Lora J @cobytown

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

HALLELUJAH

Praise our glorious God. How many miracles did our Lord perform today? i was so busy aweing i lost count.i'm so excited i feel like running around the block!

i've asked the prayer chain,pastors,staff, relatives to pray for BJ

Thank you Lord for this miraculous day!!!!!!! may i never stop praisi ng you,

We love you

Paula Miller

Tallmadge,Ohio

 
At 11:09 PM, Blogger . said...

Psalm 139:5-6, 17-18

You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

************

Praying and praisng God in Marion, IN. Since Becky is done with her internship, I've been trying to help keep BJ on peoples' minds here at College Wesleyan.

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

Continuing to pray...

Laura O.
Portland, OR

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

He Reigns! Thank you Lord.
What a Big and Awesome God.

I also want to thank you Higgins family, for your never ending updates through this exhausting journey.
His Loves endures forever.
Lela, Concord CA

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger . said...

P. S. As my kids used to say when they were little, "YAY, GOD!"

 
At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the rightous run into it and they are saved" We lifted the name of Our Lord, BJ and the Higgins family up in prayer tonight. 180 voices and hearts asking for the Holy Spirit to work on our understanding as this servant of God struggles for his life. May the Peace of God cause praise and glory to be on our lips and may the Love of Our Father be on our hearts as we bind together for the cause of Christ. We will continue to pray all night as the Lord has placed that on many of our community. Jesus said "I will never leave you" Now is our chance to be His hands, his feet and his mouth as we pray for you. God bless you and know that we love you.
West Indianapolis Discipleship Walk

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger Beth said...

I sit here in tears tonight because our God is so awesome. I know that it is so important that we continue to pray and stand in the gap for BJ and your family. It is still my pleasure and honor to do so. I don't think we will ever know why God allowed this to happen to BJ, but, and I feel selfish for saying this, this situation has renewed my prayer life. On my knees and focused on our King is the best place I can be.
Higgins family I am praying, and praying boldly for all of you.

Beth
Fullerton, California

 
At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are dancing for Jesus !! Praise Him. sleep well and we will be praying you through the night. love you much. kisses and hugs are sent. Bill and Marlene
Indianapolis

 
At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord for the improvements. I have several people I know on the University of Oklahoma's college campus praying for BJ and you guys. Hang in there!

Courtney
Norman, Oklahoma

 
At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for BJ here in Panama City, FL. Praise God for all He's done!

Katie A.

 
At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent,Deanna,Lauren,Whitney & B.J.
Just want to say how much we Love You All. I was up pretty much every hour last night, Couldn't sleep, had to pray for B.J. We have prayed for him at every family dinner night since we found out. God puts him in my thoughts to pray for him constantly throught-out each day.Our Jesus is so Amazing......., and He shines so very brightly throught B.J. and your whold family. Your testimony of strength is UNDENIABLY God Almight Himself carrying you through. ~WHAT A TESTIMONY~ Thanks so much for sharing your family with the world, but most of all Thanks for your testimony of Gods strength, and healing power.
"Its not by Power, nor by might, but by my Spirit says the Lord"
We Love You and
will be on our knees....
Kathy Martine
Fishers, Indiana

 
At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord,
We have been continuously praying for B.J. throughout the day. Thank you for sharing these updates with us. We are blessed by your faithfulness, but most of all we are blessed by the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. May you all get some rest tonight and may the news be even better in the morning.

Love in Christ
The Dickersons
Indpls

 
At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for him! God is awesome!

Joliet, IL

 
At 11:41 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

hey higgin family this is michael leaf just wanted to say hey and that i thought of u guys today when i was listen to the radio today and i heard our god is an awsome god and i thought how true i mean we have evidence right here that he is amazing and then i was listen to one of my friends mp3 players and he had haste the day on there and i was like o hey that is bj's favorite band so yeah i thought of him today then i thought of u guys today when i was running in my cross country meet so yeah that was basically my day so yeah but hey just wanted to check-in and see how my brother from another mother was doin so yeah well i g2g tell bj i love him and that i cant wait to see him love you all bye

in christ love,
michael leaf
Liberty(or kansas city), MO

p.s. please tell bj that i am looking for a haste the day cd for me so that i can be thanking about him all day long. love you all bye

 
At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ and all the Higgins family--We have been following BJ's progress for the last several days--Our daughter (Melanie Carpenter) had asked us to pray for BJ--and we, as well as our church family at Beechwood Christian Church here in French Lick Indiana have been doing that--he is on our prayer list at church and in our hearts constantly.

We were away from home all day today--and when we arrived back this evening the first thing we did was log onto the website to see how BJ is doing. What wonderful news--God truly has his hand on BJ and on his family--We will continue to pray for his full recovery--one step at a time.

We will also pray that your strength holds out also--I know you must be so tired by now--God is with you--he is stonger than any illness....

Love from MOrris and Pat Rominger
French Lick, Indiana

 
At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so AWESOME!!! I'm still praying for BJ.


Lauren Kalogeros
Westfield, IN

 
At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife and I were just sitting down after dinner, listening to and talking about mercyme. We decided to check out their website, and found there a link to "pray for BJ".
We are both incredibly moved and inspired by your faith in this matter. Know that we will be praying for BJ, and for your continued strength in Christ.
We attend Briercrest Bible College, and will do our best to spread the word here for you.
With Love and Prayers,
James and Katrina Whyte
Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada

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

God is great, God is good and we thank Him for this day. Amen

 
At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for His AWESOME and mighty powers. God is so good and he will continue to hold you all and BJ in His hands. I'm still praying.
Sarah Landry
Lafayette, LA
Thailand 2005

 
At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All praise be to God! I'm so very glad to hear that BJ is doing better...I have been praying for him and your family every chance I get! I just want you to know that Many of my friends are also praying. God works the best in all situations...He has taught me so much just by reading the updates from your family and the awestar web site. It is SOOOO uplifting to hear about such a love for the Lord! It made me realize that I have not been living for God like I should...I just wanted to let you know that God works through even the roughest of situations...I'm sure this is also a growing time for you...faith being tested...I just praise God that in hard times you are still looking toward Him! These verses made me think of you...part of it is even words you said!
James 5:13-18 "Is any of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up..."
May the love and hand of God be upon you in your time of need! To Him be the glory! God bless you and be with you!

Your sister in Christ,
Tara (friend of the Leaf family)
Liberty, MO

 
At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES LORD YES LORD YES LORD YES!! WE praise and thank you! Continue to be with the family as they wait to see what You and BJ are going to do NEXT! Keep the Faith
Jayne Crews
Glen Carbon ,IL/ Edwardsville,IL (Near St.Louis , MO)

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

I am so happy that God is answering the prayers of our fellow brother and sisters in Christ. I am keeping up to date with this and am still praying for you.

Kim
Hannibal, MO

 
At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, you are incredible! Thank you so much for all that you have done today! You are so faithful to answer us when we cry out to you! Right now I want to ask you to keep BJ from any further infection and please help him to fight the current one. Plese help his kidneys to function correctly. Please take BJ's swelling down and please don't let it get any worse. Just protect my brother and continue the work and healin that you are doing in him. I love you with all of my heart, you are such a faithful Father!
Amen

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

WOW! God is so good! How amazing! I love it when our Father answers! We're still praying for Bj and you all. May we see his glory once again!
love
Brittany (from the Uganda team),
the allen family, First Family Church, and Freedom Community Church
Concord, Pittsburg, Brentwood, and Antioch, California.

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

Hey,

I just wanted to drop a line and let BJ's family know and be reassured that he has brothers and sisters at Hannibal-LaGrange College who have been faithful in lifting him up to our Lord. God honors our prayers, and He knows the multitude of tears that have fallen on behalf of our brother. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting BJ, but I know from all that I've heard of him that he's a remarkable servant of God. And I feel certain somehow that our Father is well pleased with him.

Keep fighting for BJ, friends. And keep the battle on your knees.

Jackie DuPuis
Fenton, MO

 
At 12:10 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

Today as Marla's and Gregg's and Uncle Ray and I celebrated Devin's 3rd birthday, we were rejoicing at the news of the day. Gregg checked the web site twice to get the updates.
Then this last one tonight was such a wonderful gift. Now I sure wish I was there. I could see BJ without climbing up the ladder.
We are all rejoicing here in Carlsbad, California.
We know there is a long way to go and that we need to continue to pray diligently for BJ.
My prayer tonight is that all of you will have a very restful night.
Love you.

 
At 12:21 AM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon You and be gracious unto You. Rest in God's arms tonight and we, the body of believers, will be praying for continued healing. I prayed all last night and today that the healing would be out of the Drs hands and that way it could only be of God. He is present in that room and holding you continually. I know this has to be a horrible yet glorious time in your life but please know that many lives have already been touched by this situation. Many have been brought back to their knees and to God's promises throughout the Bible. We will continue to lift up BJ and your family in prayers.
Tulsa, OK
Awe Star Mom

 
At 12:21 AM, Blogger pickelclaw said...

WOW! AMAZING! Not enough praise can be lifted to God for all that's being accomplished in His glory. Not only is BJ's condition encouraging, but the faith of your family and friends blows me away in admiration! I am still praying. I prayed for a friend of mine to know Christ a while back. It took two years of prayer, and it was finally answered. So don't ever give up. EVER! God is so great! Thank you!
~Katherine
allendale, MI

 
At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello again, I wrote earlier and forgot to leave my city....its Cathy from Gainesville, FL.
I hope all of you are getting some rest tonight.

 
At 12:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD! I'm still praying with you.

Lisa
MS

 
At 12:32 AM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Good evening (night)BJ and Higgins family,
Well we praised and worshiped our Gracious Father in service tonight... I lifted you all up to him and have been praying for you non-stop today..What's really great is that people are coming to me to see if I've had a chance to read the latest and they can help me if I haven't... It is so amazing how God's pepole have come together from all over the world to praise and cry out and witness how Truly merciful he is... how we all have a story of a miracle that has happend right before our eyes.. just by crying out...

We love and miss you all
Tracy and Scott Leaf
KC, Mo.
Hey you know where our true home is this just happens to be the state the Lord has placed us in..

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger Derek Tucker said...

Hello again Family,
What incredibly encouraging news to hear of BJ's progress today when there seemed to not be much hope (according to the doctors). Our God truly is amazing and faithful to us. We can find hope and assurance in him when there is no hope elsewhere. Thanks again for keeping us updated. I will continue to check the computer like 20 or 30 times a day and pray continuously for BJ and the rest of y'all. I hope God blesses you with a good night sleep and a fabulous day tomorrow.
Derek
DEER PARK, TEXAS

 
At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! My names Andrew M., freshman at HLG who heard about BJ and have been praying for him since. Glad to here that he is doing well. I know thats going to make a lot of people here, including myself, very happy. PRAISE J.C.!

Andrew M.
Hannibal, MO

 
At 12:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lord is still using you, dear Higgins family. 2-3 times a day, I turn the pc on, eager to read the news about BJ...and pray! Hold on!

I love you all...

Danny,
Quebec,Canada

 
At 12:48 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Praise God tonight! It is so encouraging to read each update, praying and expecting God to work, and then finally seeing the results. God continues to use BJ to bring so many believers together, and as I have said before, I cannot wait til he is able to understand just what God is doing through him every single minute of the day. He is worthy!

 
At 12:49 AM, Blogger Brian said...

....and of course, in my praise I forgot to list my location.

Brian
Denver, Colorado

 
At 12:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lord gave me this verse for you tonight as I prayed for BJ.

Isaiah 49:13 "Shout for joy, O heaveans; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones."

Praise be to our mighty God!!!
Kevin
Indianapolis

 
At 1:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tears of joy to our LORD! He is sovereign over ALL things. I wait to see God move again. Thank you so much for letting us know every step that BJ is taken through. It is a blessing to my soul! Praise God for his works!

Charissa Six
Riverside, CA
Peru 2004

 
At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WONDERFUL!!!! How Great our Lord is!!! I pray that He is glorified in a way that the doctors cannot claim it for themselves. I'm still praying and loving you all. (side note: Isn't is great how the Lord gives us what we ask for when we ask with pure intentions? Thankyou, Father, for sending us hope and encouragement and healing when we needed it most!)

Sarah Crews, HLG

 
At 1:50 AM, Blogger Matt said...

A friend of mine told me to check this site out. She said it would make even me cry (I'm a bit of a cynic). Although I haven't cried, I am deeply moved by the love and support that has been shown.
I will keep BJ in my prayers (however few there are) and I hope his continual progress towards a healed body continues.

Matt
Ennis, TX

 
At 1:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just letting you know that i am still praying for bj. my thoughts and joy are with you all. God is good! I will continue to pray vigorously in the days to come.

In Christ,
Melinda
Raytown, Missouri

 
At 2:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More tears flowed today for your precious son, but this time they were tears of joy. Although I have never met your son, like so many others, through this I have drawn close to him, and praise be to God, closer to the Lord.
I emailed family and friends back in Australia last night and asked them to keep BJ in their prayers, so he is also being prayed for in the land down under.
Have played worship music all day long, and continually praised God for His faithfullness.
God has used BJ to draw the body of Christ together in unity and that is such a blessing in itself.
I still believe in my spirit that BJ is going to be a walking testamony of God's love, grace, mercy and divine healing power. Your son has the hand of God on him, that is very evident and I look forward to the day when we hear of the wonderful things that BJ will do for the King and His Kingdom.
The Lord has been reminding me all day of a particular scripture.
Isaiah 55:11...... So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth, it shall not return to Me void (without producing any effect, useless) but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Amplified)
Know you are all loved and lifted into the throne room of grace

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee, Oklahoma (transplanted from Canberra, Australia)

 
At 2:21 AM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...

You are in my prayers and will always be! I love you, my brothers and sisters in Christ and my heart goes out to you during this time! Anna<>< Hannibal, MO HLG

 
At 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN!!! As I lie in bed, tring to sleep, i realized that I hadn't checked BJ's updates, prayed and got the computer out and praise our FATHER it was good! HE has some big plans for BJ.
As I read the words of BJ's peers from Awestar I am truly inspired. SometimesI get caught in everyday life and don't seize the oppurtunity to witness, I am now reminded what I should be doing by a living example,via computer, who is 10 yrs younger than me, but 50 yrs older spritually!
Colton continues to pray and asks questions about BJ. Somtimes silly ones like "Mommy, you know April's friend BJ, the one whos sick, what is his favorite color? Other times its ones like, Mommy, why is
BJ sick?
We continue our prayers and are spreading the wordto extended family and friends to do so as well. Praying also that others are touched and inspired as many are! Only God can make one of HIS children spread the word on a situation like this. Thankyou Family, thankyou GOD AMEN! Amen!
Because of HIM, A sister and her child in Christ
Nicole and Colton
Eagle River, Alaska

 
At 4:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying your night has been restful. I woke up and felt time for prayer
Goodmorning BJ
I pray for your strenght. Keep fighting your challenges on this journey. I pray for Gods glory!!!!
Lisa G/M

 
At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just couldn't sleep. Had to get on the blog.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. My heart rejoices. From reading the posts, there were prayers and worship music playing from all around the world. I can't imagine what it must have sounded like coming before His throne. Prayers and worship music.... God's people in unity..... coming before Him on behalf of our brother. How powerful! That's what it is all about-- worshipping God and reaching out to others. This is what BJ so understands and what his life is about.
We will remain steadfast in prayer as this journey continues. I pray that you are all resting well. May God's strength overflow in your hearts.
We love you all very much.

Brenda Floyd===Mooresville, IN

 
At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for His touch! We are so thankful for the good report and will be lifting B.J. and your family up in church this morning. May your morning be blessed! Steve and Barbara Fazzini Youngstown, Ohio

 
At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins family,
I continue to check the updates and to pray for BJ and you all. I join you in praising our great and awesome God for His grace and mercy. I am thrilled along with you at what God is doing for BJ and for you. We will continue to pray with you for God's work in this situation and for His name to be glorified. We ask for God to heal and restore and use BJ again in His service.
Milton Baumgardner of Monroe City, MO and father of Michelle who served with BJ in Peru in 2004.

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

"DAMOS LA GLORIA A DIOS POR LOS CAMBIOS EXPERIMENTADOS",Dios esta haciendo su obra y el es SOBERANO EN TODO.Esta mañana en el servicio en la Iglesia exaltaremos el nombre de nuestro Dios por lo que esta haciendo y por lo que seguira haciendo en los dias siguientes en la vida de BJ, su familia y de todos nosotros. "GLORIA A DIOS"
Tito
Peru

 
At 6:42 AM, Blogger duanekline said...

We continue to lift BJ up to God. Fear not...

Yours in Jesus,
Duane, Anne, Hannah and Aaron Kline
Locust Grove, GA

 
At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been praying.
Lindsey
Greenwood, Indiana.

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

Becky Higgins, our co-worker in Global Partners, has been keeping us updated on BJ's story. We've been praying with you all & know God is doing something very special in BJ's life & yours & He is being glorified in this journey!We'll keep praying....
Don & Joy Bray, Indianapolis

 
At 7:26 AM, Blogger xxxx said...

i pray that bj lives. although time is a human constrant and 15 seems so young - my siblings died at 6, 5, and 2 - i don't think heaven relates in years. maybe by the quality of his life he is 88! but you are not ready to lose him and that is important in god's eyes. and think what a story he would have to tell and the inspiration to others in crisis situations.

 
At 7:31 AM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

Good Morning,
Concord Baptist Church, Jefferson City MO. will be praying for BJ.
Walker, Today Jefferson City, MO

 
At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank you, Lord, that you have chosen to demonstrate that you and you alone are the Great Physician.You are in control and your healing power is greater than any human act or instrument, if that is your desire. Please continue your work in BJ's life and provide for every need for Brent, DeAnna, Whitney, and Lauren.
Please make the desires of your heart my desires.
I praise you, my Holy Father.
In Jesus Name, Amen
Love to all from Carla S., Northside friend

 
At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To God be the Glory!

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger . said...

Good morning! Here's a beautiful idea I learned from a missionary friend of mine... This morning especially, as the hours for worship services travels around the globe, BJ and your family will be carried to the throne of grace on a wave of prayer and praise that circles the globe as well! Sort of like "crowd surfing in the heavenlies"!

" The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATH OF LIFE..."
Genesis 2:7

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger Christina said...

Here in Latvia, are well covered. I have asked my church family to pray for you all and to Praise God for His love and mercy. I have also sent an e mail to friends around the world and asked that they pray! God's army of prayer warriors is on full alert!

Praise Him!

Christina

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

We are sooo excited for your family and BJ! I know the stress continues for you, but it is SO Nice to see forward progress isnt it? God is good. Shelby is doing well here at home. She's even laughing and smiling now. :)
Amy Koteskey
Fort Wayne

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger Ashley Darnold said...

PRAISE THE LORD! It is so awesome to see that God answered many prayers! Please know that I am and will continue to pray for you.

Ashley
Oklahoma city, OK
USA

 
At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have been praying for BJ for several weeks. My sister is Evelyn Gilliland. I am Eugenia Milner Henry and my husband is Jim and we have two adult sons, Jim III and Brian.
Our church, North Henry Baptist Church in Stockbridge GA is praying for BJ.
BJ: We lift you up and thank the Lord for all He is doing in your life!!! We give God all the glory.
Our oldest son, Jim, who is now 32, has cystic fibrosis and is in the hospital right now himself. We were told when he was born that he probably would not live very long. He has been in and out of the hospital all his life and he is a walking miracle of God. It has taught us to trust God one step at a time, all the time!!!! HE is the great physician and we thank Him for those He has given to us to care for us on this earth and praise Him especially for those who understand fully that it is all in God's hands!!!
We trust you to His hands!
We pray for you and all your family and all your medical caregiving team. Give them our love!
Jim & Eugenia Henry
eugeniahenry@akamail.net

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Good Morning From KC
We'll be leaving for SS soon and we be lifting you guys up to him... We'll Praise him for the healing that he has already begun and for the healing and strength that there is still yet to do...
Matthew 7:7-Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for.Keep on looking, and you will be will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened.
Love The Leafs KC, MO.

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

Matthew 21:22 - And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
I have a friend in Indiana that sent me and email and asked for prayer. My entire family has been praying and all my friends at school. We will continue to keep praying.

Kimberly
Blountsville, Alabama

 
At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray with you for BJ. I have seen the Lord do marvelous things in my son's life as he was seriously injured in a car accident last January. After several very serious surgeries he is doing well. As our prayer warriors have prayed specifically for Brandon we have seen God's hand at work in his life. I pray that BJ will continue to recover and be able to testify SOON to God's grace.

Keith Stone
OK

 
At 8:37 AM, Blogger Kalliopi Psalm said...

Brent, Lauren and family, thank you for always glorifying God through this. This constant faith that God will triumph, has been so good for my soul to hear and see. Thank you for blessing my heart as I am fervently praying for your son and brother. Your faithfulness in our Lord absolutely astounds me. Many Blessings, Amy Harden, Lafayette IN

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Jeannie Hilfiker said...

Good Morning,
Praise God we can thank him for the morning.
Praying, that you may have a restful day.
John&Jeannie
Indianapolis, IN

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

Praise Jesus! How Great is our God?! Our church will continue praying.
Philip.
big cabin, Ok

 
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I'm praying now that I know of BJ. What a handsome, fine young man! My whole family is in awe of his dedication to the Lord and doing His work. I'm putting BJ on all the local prayer lists as well. Miracles happen every day.

God Bless!!

Debbie McLeroy
Gardendale, Al.

 
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