Wednesday, September 21, 2005

BJ's Sat's continue to be in the 80's to low 90's. His heart rate and blood pressure are stable. His blood is not perfusing or circulating throughout his body as well as it should, so his hands are a bit cool. Interestingly his feet, which you would think would be colder because of the damage to 2 major veins from the canulas, are warm. Oh well, like that is the first confusing thing that has occurred.

Those of you who ordered shirts...they went out "priority mail" this afternoon. There are still plenty available if you are interested. You can access them by clicking on the "prayforbj.com" t-shirts button to the right of this update.

I want to share from BJ's journal a passage from when he was still in Texas, before he left for Peru. Awestar trains the missionaries using terminology like "willing witness," "seeking soul," and "divine encounter." These words mean what they imply and need little explanation, but I wanted you to understand why he was using such terms.

"When Jesus met the woman at the well, He hadn't gone there to preach, but because He was weary. She had been placed there at the same time because of her social circumstances. Jesus merely asked for water, but being a "willing witness" He knew how to seek out an opportunity to share the truth. Then, though they hadn't planned it, they stayed an extra 2 days to minister to the people.

"You would ask...I would give" If we ask, Jesus is faithful to give, if we ask it in His will.

"You must be... so tell me." She had a chip on her shoulder and seemed unresponsive, but Jesus always knows what to say.

"Should we worship here or there?" Much like churches today that are preoccupied with small issues when the real [issue] is just to worship God (praise or hymn).

Nourishment comes from doing God's work. - Matthew 4:4, Deut. 8:3

The harvest for God's kingdom is ripe all around us if we could just learn to see it. "Four months until summer" [from his own journal implying how much time until he can minister], why wait until a mission trip or reaching a certain area when there's ministry to be done everywhere.

[BJ's closing prayer] Father I just want to praise You for Your depth and Your power and authority and Your love and worthiness. I thank You for allowing me the opportunity to come on this trip and serve and to just learn about You and seek Your face. I'm overwhelmed by Your depth, but You give me strength and take me deeper.

I pray now for focus on You in the following days and that You would help me to apply what I learn.


Oh what petty things we tend to complain about and debate, when the real issue is reaching the lost and seeing them be discipled.

Thank you for your continued prayer support! Our God is AWESOME!!!

Bj's dad

37 Comments:

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, our God is AWESOME, AMEN!!!!!

Continued prayer for each and everyone of your needs....

Your Sister in Christ,
Mary

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope everything will turn out well. At our youth group, he's in our prayers!

 
At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WNT is preparing to meet @ NBC. He is in our prayers at church and at home.

 
At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OCTOBER 1 is BJ 16th birthday. That day lets unit and wear our "prayforbj.com t-shirt."

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger Lynn Newkirk said...

Yes, indeed, Our God is an Awesome,God. Amen. I am still praying with you all. I pray for BJ to gain strength to heal.
By HIs Grace,
Lynn
In Indy.

 
At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family's strength and BJ's insightfulness are truly amazing.
All of you are witnesses for Him.

Debi
Fishers, IN

 
At 5:52 PM, Blogger Lynn Newkirk said...

40 days and 40 nights, Praise be to God!!!!

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I can see God working in BJ and I can see how God has already show BJ His word. BJ is so awesome and in depth about his faith it makes me want to meet him someday even more. What an awesome guy! I think it is a great idea to wear a prayforbj.com t-shirt on October 1st-I just ordered one! I can't wait for people to ask about my t-shirt and be able to lead them towards Jesus! I continue to pray for everyone!
Lots of love,
Lauren

Encinitas, CA

 
At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that Carmin Hall and especially Carmin 3 North at Indiana Wesleyan is praying for BJ and each one of you. How cool is it to see people all over the country and world uniting to pray for him and your family. Even the girls that dont know him or your family are amazed and inspired by your strength and faith during this. Love,
Kassy

 
At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! God has been molding BJ since WAY before any of this has occured. What an amazing blessing that God chose BJ to be used as a vessel of showing God's Glory to the world! (proof shown by the, probably millions, of people replying to this site!) have an amazing night. I pray that you rest tonight, not just sleep but gain complete rest. Definately still in my prayers (and a fellow brother in Christ, in Big Rapids, MI)
~Kate

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers today!

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

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

I am praying that his numbers will remain stable and that his blood circulation will return to normal. I am also praying that each of you can get a good night of rest tonight.
May God be very near to all of you in Room 2001!!
Cheryl in Ohio

 
At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In reading through Song of Solomon... The lily of the valley is mentioned and is a picture of Christ you have the white for his righteousness but as well this flower has been used to heal weak hearts just like our Lord Jesus! Amen to his who in on the throne of all of this. beej is absolutaley under his control. thank the Father!!!

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

Hey Higgins,
Its been a few days since ive been able to look at the Website. Mom has been keeping me posted. I thought I would share this with you. Today, I had a four hour study hall and was around a lot of people I wouldn't normally see or talk to during the day. One girl who hadnt talked to me in a while asked who BJ was. She opened up to me when I told her the story. She told me of a similar situation with someone( she wouldn't tell me who) and said she hasnt been able to talk about it but she told me. This allowed me to minister to her and share the love, power, and hope of Jesus Christ to her. God works in wondrous ways. Your strength through all this has astounded a lot of people that I have shared it to. I will pray tonight that BJ will continue to recover and for your continued strength. Still prayin' in pink.

In Christ,
Ben Hackler

 
At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always praying for BJ and your family. This morning was "See You At the Pole" day and we prayed for BJ. We prayed for him about an hour before you wrote your entry this morning, and it seems like God answered our prayers. Isnt God amazing?
I will continue praying.

Sarah Tabb
Knightstown, IN

 
At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing.
Our prayers are with you.
L. Gresh/Meils and family

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We ordered Sammy a youth-small shirt, and we are looking forward to him wearing it. Sammy has a special friend (Rachel) who is getting admitted to St. V's Children's Hospital tonight, but we're not certain if she will be in the PICU or not. Dr. Belcher is her doctor. If we come to visit Rachel, we will keep an eye out for your family.

It is so interesting that you are paying close attention to BJ's hands and feet. When Sammy's temperature is normal, his feet are always very warm; however, when he has a high temp, his feet get ice-cold. We can tell when the fever is coming down because his feet start to warm up again. When he is sick and feverish, the blood tends to go where it is needed most--the organs. When Sam's feet are cold, we are worried; when his feet are warm, we feel like we can relax a little bit. Warm hands and feet are good things. We're also glad to hear that BJ has had a little bit of therapy with a physical therapist. The road to rehabilitation may be long, but it's not impossible.

Continuing to lift all of you up in prayer each and every day.

Leslie Harley

 
At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for your family in Denton, Texas

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Lord, thank you for this day. Thank you for the quietness of the day...

God I am amazed at all of the people who have come to this site, amazed in awe. BJ and the Higgins family have touched hearts, for YOU and never lost sight of that. Praise You, Father and bless them.

Reading everyone's comments is like being in a prayer service, the sharing of hearts, scripture and Your love.

Higgins family, I've been witnessing to my boss (a Jehovah's Witness) for the last 8 years. He was on the same trip that I was to Dallas last week. I'll be honest I did not want to go at all, I fought it but in the end said "okay God, if I have to go....". Denise Mosley reminded me that there was a reason, an opportunity waiting.

While my boss and I sat next to each other in a training class for three days, he watched as I continued to check the blog every few minutes, praying for an update, praying for good word. In curiosity, he said that he had noticed that I kept checking on "something". I had the opportunity to once again share God's amazing love through BJ. He couldn't believe all of the people that were commenting, praying and supporting through this blog. From all over the place.

I only tell you this to let you know that BJ is still in the mission field. My boss has since asked about his progress and wanted to know if "all of those people were still praying". I get discouraged with him, and wonder if he's ever gonna "get it" and then I realize he is watching and he is listening.

I may never know or see him get it, but this situation reminds me that "I still have to tell it".

Thank you, Lord for reminding me to "get it".

Thanks for sharing another entry from BJ's journal, from his heart.

Have a peaceful night! Love you guys.

Debbie

Indy

 
At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am encouraged daily as I read your posts about BJ. Your faith in the Lord is such a blessing! Good is great, and greatly to be praised! I am praying for BJ. What a blessing it is to be in the family of God where we can lift each other up in prayer, even when we don't know each other personally! Thank you for your testimony!

Trusting Him,
Hannah Lane
Belvidere,NC

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good night. I am Julio from Peru. I want you all to know that in our church are praying for BJ. keep trusting in our precious L-rd! always you are in our minds. en Cristo our Saviour.

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

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE

Master of the Universe,
who reigned before anything was created.
When all was made by his will
He was acknowledged as King.

And when all shall end
He still all alone shall reign.
He was, He is,
and He shall be in glory.

And He is one, and there's no other, to compare or join Him.
Without beginning, without end
and to Him belongs diminion and power.

And He is my G-d, my living G-d.
to Him I flee in time of grief,
and He is my miracle and my refuge,
who answers the day I shall call.

To Him I commin my spirit,
in the time of sleep and awakening,
even if my spirit leaves,
G-d is with me, I shall not fear.

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger isaiah said...

I affirm with you all the complete healing of BJ and for peace to family, friends, doctors, nurses and staff.

Stay strong BJ-

With love,
Tommy
Hilton Head Island, SC

 
At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am currently in the hospital with my 14 year old daughter with chronic pancreatitis. This week will make 83 days this year. We are able to witness to others.We know that God is with us and with BJ. Do not be discouraged.

In a book we have recently read, it states that God has blessings in store for us for enduring a tribulation. We are chosen to go thru these times, to witness, and to rely upon Him, all in order for Him to bless us even more.

In Christ,

The Wyatts
Cincinnati Childrens Hospital
Indiana (home)

 
At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying that you will all have a restful night. Can't wait to get my t-shirt!

 
At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuously lifting up your family in prayer, as well as all of the medical staff. Praise God for what they are able to do through Him.

Have a peaceful night!

Angela

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE YOUR GOD HE IS SO AWESOME AND I PRAY FOR BJ AS HE GOES THROW THIS HORIBLE EVENT BUT THIS IS ON OF THE THING THAT GOD THROWS ON US AND I WE CAN DO IS PRAY PRAY AND PRAY

YOUR FRIEND IN CHIRST,SHELBY

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...

Still Praying! Anna <>< HLG, Hannibal, MO

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

Praying for a quiet and restful night.

Youngstown, OH

 
At 9:27 PM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

Higgins family we continue to pray for God strength as you meet each challenge hour by hour. Our God has an endless supply.
Cathy and Walker

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger Stephanie Thielen said...

BJ is in my prayers and thoughts. I have been reading this blog daily and your faith and strength in God is amazing. Your family and BJ have touched the lives of so many. You will all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Steph

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

we here keep praying or bj and our hope will never give up.

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

Dear Lord
We give thanks for BJ's doctors and nurses and care givers.
We give thanks for Jesus.
Please Lord embrace BJ's family, comfort them through the night,
Please Lord give BJ strength to fight any infection trying to attack his body. Please Lord hear our prayers as we ask you to create miracles through the night in BJ
Heal your faithful servant BJ
Heal your faithful son BJ
We pray
Amen
L. Gresh/Meils Family
Indpls., IN

 
At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank the Lord for giving BJ the life to live and speak the word and truth he sounds like such an amazing man for people to meet even though he is in the realm of God now I hope I will be able to see him up there someday.

 
At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read your book about BJ called I would die For You!! that touched my heart!!
Im a christian and Im very late with this post.

I wish Bj would have survived but im So Sure he's happy in where he his!

God Bless----God Rules!!

 
At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Bairdhspk said...

Praying for your family in Denton, Texas  

 
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