Sunday, September 11, 2005

My favorite Dr. came in a couple of minutes ago and said, "he's doing pretty well."
That was a blessing to us. Yes we know there are all sorts of issues ahead, and that things aren't perfect, but to have the ECMO Dr. tell you that, and that the complications he's experiencing are expected, is a real blessing! It will help us rest a little easier tonight!

I lift up Praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for the legion of brothers and sisters here and around the world who are holding us up. Truly, the peace of Christ passes all understanding.

There are several sisters in Christ who are wearing nurse uniforms at St. Vincent's Hospital who have overwhelmed us with the Lord's love, support, and encouragement. They laugh with us, cry with us, and check on us to make sure we are coping. It is no accident that they are here. They are true to their calling, their ministry. It is no coincidence that we are here. Isn't God AMAZING?! Jesus is so cool!


beej's dad

please include your name, city, state or country with your blog as we are mapping.


At 9:34 PM, Blogger aC Biblestudy said...

I agree. "Jesus is so cool!" :)

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you all have a restful night. Our prayers are with you and I will see you tomorrow. We love you all.

Roberta & Dale

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

Goodnight Brent,Deanna and girls. We pray that you all will experience some much needed rest tonight and we praise our Father for all he has done and is going to do in BJ's body. Thank you Lord for the words of encouragement we have received especially from medical staff.

With much love and prayers,

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

I continue to lift your precious family up in prayer. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to bring all of you to the feet of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. God is amazing!! Lori Everett, WA

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

I'm so glad to hear about how BJ is doing. I am constantly praying for BJ and all of you. Praise be to God, He is our everpresent help in trouble. BJ's and your family's testimony during this whole situation has been such a challenge to me for how I should live my life in faith and service to God. I love you all!
Laura Floyd

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

Rest well ALL. . .whenever I wake up during the night (and God seems to wake me up a lot lately!), I remember to pray and know that many are joining me. . .

Piepers in Charleston, SC

At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praise God.

you guys get some rest tonight and i'll be praying for BJ's strength.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Derek&Missy said...

This is my first time to write, but we have been praying for you consistently since we learned of BJ's illness. Our life group is also praying for you. Brent, when I think of a true Christ follower, you are a person that immediately comes to mind. From the things I have heard, it sounds like BJ is a chip off of the block. We love you guys and pray for God's healing. I wish I could give you a big hug! Our hearts are with you.


Derek & Missy Irvin
Fishers, IN

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know bj's mom's cousin veeann schmidt because she was my eighth grade history teacher. The other day she came by the coffee place I work at and she knew that I was a christian and she asked me to pray for bj. well, I found the website and I wanted to let you know that now I am constantly praying for bj. mrs. schmidt told me that bj wanted to be a missionary. i also want to be a missionary and i have so much respect for bj for already choosing that at this age. you all are in my prayers.
-sarah tabb

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Wow! Awesome to hear that! Thanks for the update! It will help me sleep better as well! Praise God for the good news, for the docs nurses who are taking care of BJ and looking out for his family! HE is amazing! Keep looking up!
Still praying...
Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive been praying for BJ like crazy. I dont think ive ever left a comment though, and I know you dont know me. I go to sunnycrest baptist church though...we sent a bunch of letters to BJ that i hope encouraged you somehow. still praying. Gods gonna do amazing things through this.

Sami--Marion, Indiana

At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your story was shared with us this morning in church. Your faith and example of giving glory to God changed our lives. We are praying for you.

Jer. 29:11
Concord Baptist Church
Jefferson City, MO

At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God!

At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard about BJ from Walker. Praying for you all to be surrounded by the love of Jesus & that He will be glorified. BJ is touching many lives through this.

At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glortificamos a Dios por este dia, porque Dios esta en control de todo, En los dos servicios de la Iglesia hemos glorificado a Dios y hemos pedido que la obra que el haga en BJ, sea agradable y Perfecta, Muchas bendiciones y oramos para que esta noche el cuerpo de BJ se fortalezca y maƱana tenga un nuevo amanecer en el Poder de nuestro Dios.
Muchas Bendiciones y que Dios les de el descanzo esta Noche.

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

God, Thank you once again for your faithfulness. Please grant this family much needed rest and peace throughout the night. Thank you for the nurses that Brent has mentioned.We praise you alone for working out every detail of this situation. We look forward to BJ's full recovery and know he will be pleased to know that this event has brought unity among the believers and a testimony to many who don't know you. Thank you Father for all you have done and continue to do.
We love you.

Susie Gates
Evansville, IN

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

St. Vincent's is a wonderful hospital! An old youth leader or mine's husband works there and he wouldn't if it weren't a really cool hospital. :) Jesus is amazing, cool, and everything else wonderful. Thank you Lord for the improvements in BJ.

~In Him,
Bloomington IN

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying!

Hannibal, MO

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Paul & Bethany Nichols said...

I just read your updates for today. I prayed for BJ this morning at church. I can't seem to get him off of my mind. I am sure that the Holy Spirit is keeping him at the forefront of my thoughts so that I am continually going to the Father in BJ's behalf.

To read BJ's journal entry made me cry. These are sentiment my daughter, Rachel, expresses when she is on mission trips. She always sends us a letter from her training site. Each time she states that she wants us not to worry because no matter what happens to her, she is in God's will.

BJ is the same. You must be so proud to have reared such an awesome young man. He is as awesome as Rachel has portrayed him to be.

I pray that you and your family, along with BJ have a peacefull night's sleep. Let God's arms hold you and comfort you as you sleep tonight.

I will continue to pray for you all and your medical staff.

In Christ,
Bethany Nichols
Burleson, Texas

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

We have and will continue to have BJ and your family in our prayers. I only know BJ from this site, through my sister and through Whitney, but what an inspiration he and your family has brought us. We will continue you to have all you of in our prayers. God Bless!

Carol and Keara
Louisville, Tennessee

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Heather said...

God I pray that tonight you will continue to heal BJ's body. I pray that the heart rate will return to normal and that the kidneys will begin to function again. Guide the surgeons' hands as they fix the veins because with your guidance we know the chances are no longer 50% but instead 100% of them working properly again. Continue to comfort his family.

Heather Crum
Perry, IL

At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw your blog on the MercyMe website and I've been praying for over a week. I did missions in Venezuela this summer for 7 weeks and I know that it could easily be me where BJ is. I don't know you all but you're in my prayers. Dios te bendiga!
Blacksburg, VA

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Cheryl said...

Hi Friends,
Bill and I continue to get updates from this website and from Beth and Becky. God is amazing, and always faithful. I have been enriched by the faith and strength of your family. God is at work, and we thank Him. We will continue to lift you in prayer. Tonight I'm praying for strength and rest for you all! May God's amazing love continue to be felt through His people around you. We care, and we are praying!
You are loved!
Cheryl Crane,
Jacksonville, NC

At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm from Hannibal-LaGrange College and I heard about BJ from my roomate, Michelle Baumgardner. I just want you to know that I and my church have began to pray for BJ. I continue to hear the updates from everyone on campus and also pass them along to my church family and friends. We are all here for you.
In Christ,
Rachel Richardson & Cornerstone Church of Palmyra,MO

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

We are praying for BJ's strenght,
Gods healing hand, guidance for Beej's medical staff, and a well rested night for all.
Tell BJ, we send our love and prayers for his healing and recovery.
God Bless and thank you for sharing the updates.
L. Gresh/Meils and family

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're praying for your whole family in Columbia, Missouri.
In Christ's Love, C&K Wolfe

At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned about B.J. today from a pastor that was visiting our church. I just wanted to tell you that he is in my heart and my prayers and that I have asked my family to pray for him and you all as well. He can move mountains ... through the healing blood of Jesus Christ, may He heal B.J. God speed.

Kathie Redel, Concord Baptist Church, Jefferson City, MO

At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent & Deanna,

Yes, Jesus is cool! And amazing and any other adjective you can think of! Just wanted to check on BJ one last time tonight before starting my homeschooling tasks. I really pray that you and Deanna can rest well tonight, you certainly deserve it! Will keep praying that BJ stays stable, gains strength, and things start to normalize in his body. I am glad you have a good support system there with the nurses. That's why most nurses go into the profession, they have a servant's heart, I should know! Have a quiet and restful evening. God Bless!

Love, Nancy

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

Praise God, Prayers still with you all! Hope you guys can rest a little better at night. Amen!

At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Lauren Brown, and I live in Chapel Hill, NC. Erin Freemyer, who went to Peru with BJ, told me about him. I have found great encouragement in your family's faith even in the midst of such a difficult trial. Many people are interceding on your behalf, and I am one of them. I continue to hope for BJ's recovery. May God continue to give you peace, comfort, and strength.

At 11:04 PM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...

I am rejoicing with you in your good news for the day! Praise God for He is who He says He is! You and BJ are in my prayers! Anna <><
Hannibal, MO

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

Tonight I am thanking God for His providence, provision, unfailing love, and faithfulness. I will be praying for all of you continually and praising our gracious Father for all He has done. We are so very grateful. I just wanted to check the website one more time before heading off to bed and to read more good news just blesses my socks off!!! Thank You Sweet Jesus!!!

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Nick C said...

I am a friend of a young lady who went to Peru with BJ.

She told me of BJ a few weeks ago and he has been in my prayers since.

I just want you all to know that BJ is not only in my prayers but my Youth Groups and several others around here.

I know that God will be glorified whatever the outcome, and that His will is first. I pray daily that His will is for BJ's speedy recovery.

You and your families continued faith in Christ is such an inspiration!

I am longing to read the post informing us of BJ's cure.

May God bless you and keep you!

United in the bond of our amaing Savior

Nick Cancemi

At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't even imagine the hardships that you are going through. God is AWESOME, just stay close to him. I will continue to keep praying for BJ. May God truly bless you throughout this time.

Ben Smith
Student at Indiana Wesleyan University
Marion, Indiana

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am hoping you are all resting comfortably. I am praying for all of you. I do plan to stay up all night if that is what will help. An all night prayer vigil.
May you rest easy tonight while I pray
With Love and Strenght,
From a
Northside family member Indianapolis

At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for the comforting souls he has placed in your lives. The nurses, the ECMO doc, and this great large family of witnesses. We have been praying for BJ and for all of you through this.

Heather Bennett, Carlsbad, CA.

At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Jesus is Awesome isn't he? Our Lord is amazing. We just want you guys to know that we are praying all through out the day. We all and I speak for all of us have really grown to love your family. Like i said before your a tremendous blessing and example to all of us. I know things happen in people's lives for a reason and that reason is We don't know why they just happen. Tonight we pray for the complete restoration of BJ's body. We ask in Jesus' name that he be healed completely and quickly. Thank you oh Lord for everything that you have done for us. For sending your Holy Son to this earth, for being in America and being able to pray freely for our brother in christ, that is awesome. I pray tonight that all yall have a peaceful night.

At 12:29 AM, Blogger Karen Vesely said...

Just think, the very words that BJ wrote about 'bringing God glory through suffering'...
is EXACTLY what his family has done through his sickness.

IT has been an INCREDIBLE blessing to read the posts that BJ's dad, Brent and Lauren have written. My faith, my hope in Jesus, my PRAISES, have all been so uplifted and increased!

Thank you so much for your faith.. you are passing on...
to others...
through your son's (and brother's)
suffering. It is SO obvious God has His hand on all of you.

We LOVE praying for your precious boy...and will continue to do so until he is completely healed!
God Bless You All,
Karen Vesely
San Clemente, CA

At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sleep well in the comforting arms of Jesus. His love and tender care of us is amazing! God grant BJ an incredibly comforting night of rest.

You all are incredibly precious to Him, that He is longing to gather you into His arms of comfort and restoration.

Looking for any posting during the night or in the morning.....

In connection through prayer. . . . .

John, Jamie, Corrie and Ellie
Indianapolis, IN

At 12:41 AM, Blogger a schmaltzee life said...

hi fam!

you guys are gonna get a kick out of this...

our church is adding on to our chapel... and in the back there isn't any carpet...only the concrete sub-floor. Our Pastor asked our congregation to write the name or names of people they are praying for that they would like to see come to fill the new chapel (either new people...or ones we haven't seen for awhile)

well...landee and cladee didn't quite get the jist of it.... so they wrote BJ....then someone explained it better to them... so landee went on ahead to write other names of people she wanats to share Jesus with....

but tonight we were back there for a meeting... at the end of the meeting i walked in the room to see what they were doing... and they have decorated the entire floor with the initials ...BJ...
and PRAY FOR BJ...
in every color available...and all different styles...

BJ...I could just picture you chuckling out loud seeing these little girls doodling your name all over the about passion and persistence!
(hope our pastor chuckles too)

we love you all!

At 12:56 AM, Blogger Christina said...

God has surrounded BJ with angels! Praise Him! Will continue to praise the Lord for how He is protecting and healing BJ!

Our God is an awesome God!

In His love,


At 1:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Prayers are with you.....Get some much needed rest!!

Derek Brown Yakima,Washington

At 4:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is Mamma/Grandma Chaulk sending love from Canada.

At 6:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a gret day today! STAY STRONG.

Jonathan Haag

At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying for you everyday, all day long.

Kristin (peru 05)
Kansas City, MO

At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are an inspriation to me. I will be praying for you and your family. I pray for the Lord to be glorified in your complete recovery.
In His restful hands....

Judy P.
Concord Baptist Church
Jefferson City, MO

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your dailiy writings and belief in Christ is so amazing to read every day. We pray for BJ and that his body can heal, what an amazing young adult he is!

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

My prayers are with you! I hope you had a restful night! I pray that God's love surrounds your family and lifts you up. I'm glad BJ is doing better. I love you all. May the Lord give you a great day!

your sister in Christ,
Amanda Loveless

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are offered for BJ throughout the day. What a testimony he is for our Lord even as he lies in his hospital bed. May God give each of you a good day with positive results in each procedure.

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and Deanna: Just want you to know how much we appreciate little BJ (as we remember him)and what he has meant and is meaning to people all over the world. Lauren and you have been so masterful, reassuring and couragious in your updates. Our Sunday School Class had special prayer for BJ at about 9:10 yesterday morning.
Paul & Sonja Kiser St Peters MO

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wrote, sorry I forgot to say I'm from San Diego, CA - I'd love to see the results of your mapping efforts one of these days.

I had sunstroke and heatstroke when I was a Freshman in HS while preparing for a missions trip. The Drs. said I would have nerve damage, brain damage or die, but God COMPLETELY healed me! I wasn't suppose to be able to have children and I just had my second this last July. I am 30 and doing very well. There is hope for BJ! I will continue to pray!!! I just wrote him in my prayer notebook! He is first on this page! - Nicole, San Diego, CA

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