Friday, September 23, 2005

The plastic surgeon is getting ready to remove the dead tissue on BJ's back. What was thought to be a bedsore, is in fact a collection of blood that has infected that area of his body. There is a significant risk of bleeding in this procedure, especially because BJ has been on the blood-thinning medication. Their primary concern is that the bleeding get out of control. There is also a risk of dead tissue detaching and getting into BJ's blood stream. This surgery should take about 30 minutes...

People, please be praying... I praise God for how He has burdened His Body for my family thus far, and, as this is the most intense BJ's situation has been, I pray that you would pray even more fervently now than you have been. We are approaching the line where we must decide if life support should even continue.

I really don't know what else to say, so here are a few more words from my brother:

God Loves.
Obedience. Faith. Glory.

When Christ calls us to follow Him, He calls us to come and lay down our lives and to obey Him and share His name with the peoples of the world, no matter what the cost. Its time that we as the Christ followers of this country respond to this call and realize that the cross IS worth it, and forget the cost. Its time to open our eyes and see the people the Christ died for. To see that God has been robbed of His glory and that people have been robbed of God's love because of Satan's lies all around us. Its time that we show them the love that Christ has for them, and stop being lukewarm and mediocre.

God has called each of us somewhere to be a missionary for Him, will you follow? In the US, in your hometown, some other state, or some other country...will you go? Will you answer the call, and stop wasting your life in the selfish comfort and "success" that our society teaches us to seek? Will you follow Christ, the greater purpose and satisfaction in life? Will you answer the call and get uncomfortable for Christ?

Scared? Weak? Unable? Don't worry, God who created everything and who has authority and power over everything will give you the strength and the courage. All He asks is that you TRULY turn to Him and give Him everything, and He will bless you beyond your imagination.

Will you GO??

BJ is giving everything right now. Even through his suffering, I am certain that my brother would still be preaching and reaching out to the lost of this world. He has not wasted his life at all... in fact he has lived it much more abundantly in 16 years than many of us ever will. So, as you continue to pray, let God be working in your heart, burdening it for the lost as well. Don't cease in your prayers, but even more so, Don't waste your life!



At 6:16 PM, Blogger isaiah said...

Be Strong BJ-

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying in this terrible hour.

God, let your will be done and give all of this family strength.


At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying hard!

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be praying for you!!!!

Hannibal, Mo

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ be strong... God I pray that you will shelter BJ through this procedure and just stop his blood, do not allow him to begin bleeding uncontrollably. Lord he is in Your hands, we place our trust in you, Lord please be with BJ and the family!!

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord please wrap Your loving arms around this family and give them strength in this dark hour. We know You are always with us.

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let your requests be known..." thank you for sharing the urgency of the moment, praying fervently in Las Vegas, with love, Jimmy

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying with all our hearts. The burden I have been feeling over the last 90 min. has been intense. I have in my "prayer closet" crying out to God and will continue.

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

All of my thoughts and prayers are with BJ and all of you in this moment. BJ you have come this far, now is the time to fight with all of your remaining strength and God will provide the rest

BF in SC

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

Father, please, in Your mercy, protect BJ during this surgery. He's only a child. Please use the surgery to turn this whole thing around and restore him to full health and service to you. In Jesus' name.

Fort Wayne

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Praying, OH HOLY FATHER...take full control, hold all close to YOU right now.

Make all decisions clear according to YOUR WILL.

Begging you Father for comfort beyond measure.

In Jesus name, with a pleading heart, I ask YOU Father for YOUR Will to be done. Amen.


At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Heavenly Father:
Please be with this family in these trying times. Wrap your loving arms around them and keep them at peace. Give them the strength to be strong for BJ. Lord I pray that you please heal his body. Thank you for all you are doing and all that you will do. Amen
Hampstead, NC

At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with BJ tonight.

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

Dear God, Please take care of BJ's family at this difficult time. Just touch BJ with your healing power and heal his body. Bless all of those who are at hand supporting BJ and family. Hear our prayer O Lord.

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

continuing to pray for your strength as ministry as a family. you are loved and lifted up.

and to BJ's dad- God will give you wisdom on how to respond. you are trusting Him so well, continue to do so without wavering. :)

christy brown

At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no words, Lauren. Only Jesus can bring you all confidence and peace. Listen to Him and follow His lead. Praying for you always,

At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call unto Me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.

Father, you are the God of all flesh. Nothing is too hard or too wonderful for you. We roll our care on You Lord. We trust you completely for the outcome.

Praying for God's hand of blessing on you BJ and on everyone you know and love. Terry OH

At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying that God would wrap BJ and the family in His arms and carry you thru this time. Thank you Lord that you never leave us.

At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father, I pray that you would surround BJ with your healing touch right now. Your healing has been seen many times over the weeks...I ask Father that it be seen once again. I pray that you would have your will & your way. That you would give strength to BJ & to the family. I pray that you would surround them with your loving arms & may they feel you holding them so close.
Be with the medical team caring for BJ. I pray you would guide them as they make decisions. Be with the surgeon at this time.
In the days to come, be with all who make decisions concerning BJ's care. May the family feel a peace & be reminded that you are ALWAYS in control. May your glory be revealed. Thank you for the life of BJ & for the way you have used him, even during this difficult time. May his reward be great!
We love you, Father, & we praise you for the good we know you're doing.

Continuing to keep you lifted to the Lord in prayer!

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are holding fast the ropes!
Walker and Cathy

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord Jesus hear our cries. We cry out to you on BJ's behalf. We lift up our wholy hands to you and worhip you. Thank you for what you are about to do in BJ's life. Thank you Fater.
Loretta, Youngstown, OH

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

I can't imagine the weight of decisions being made right now. I have fasted today and fasted in BJ's name for healing. I will continue to ask the Lord to give your family guidance and strength. I really cannot imagine what your family is going through, but your faith always shines and begs others to join the light of the Lord. His will be done -- please Lord, hear our prayers of healing!
Westfield, IN

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

Father, I cry out to You right now. Please be with the surgeons. Give them wisdom to do what will strengthen BJ's body. Touch him, Lord. Make him whole again. Lord, I pray that his family does not have to make a life support decision, Father. Please, I pray that You would intervene right now. You are the Creator of BJ and I know that the plans You have for him are in place, Lord. Stop the bleeding. Heal his body. And, Father, we know that in all of this, many people are being reached. And for that, we give You praise. Please be with Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney. Uphold them in Your loving embrace. Comfort them. Give them strength. Give them peace.
We love You, Farther.


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

I hope and pray, that the light of the Lord shines on BJ and his healing power engulfs him, for a complete healing.
God is the great physician, and we know, if we keep our eyes directly on him, we can walk on water.
Love of Jesus to you all,

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

All five of us are getting on our knees again. God says, "Be still, and know that I am God." The still small voice filled with peace comes when we quiet ourselves in the midst of the storm.
Praying, loving, and hurting with you,
Beth, Dennis, Angela, David, and Matthew

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Still praying hard...

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

Lord we once again lift BJ up to You, into Your care, we place him. Lord You have given so much to the body of Christ through BJ, we ask that You would once more hear the cries of Your children on BJ's behalf and bring total healing and restoration to his body, mind and spirit. Lord comfort the family as only You can, give them strength, comfort and endurance to finish the race Lord. Wisdom and guidance for the staff attending to BJ. We desire so much to see BJ well and healthy, but we also want Your will in his life. We leave it in Your hands Lord and we praise Your holy name. In Jesus name ... Amen and Amen

In His Love
Linda Ronne
Shawnee, OK

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

Im praying. HARD.

Hannibal, MO

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Heather said...

God I pray that you will provide the doctors with extra wisdom and understanding as they attempt to fix this new problem. Help them to know what is best. God I pray for BJ's family. They are going through rough day. I pray that you will comfort them. Bring BJ through this. Help his body to heal. We know that you are in control and that you are the great healer and you can make him well if it is your will.

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for BJ, family, and friends. BJ is so young and has really been working for the Lord. I admire him and hope things will be ok.


At 6:44 PM, Blogger Mallory said...

Praying for you, that you might find peace in the midst of all of this.

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you all as you face the decisions that are the hardest you will ever face. Peace and love be with all of you.

BJ, you are such a wonderful child of God's. You have taught me so much through your journal entries that as a parent, I will now share with my children. And as a parent, I can't imagine how proud your parents of you and how difficult it must be to make the decisions they have to make. I hope you have felt the love of them and your sisters during your time in the hospital. I hope you somehow will be able to pull through this. God, please help all of them. Praying for you continually.

Tina from Cedarburg

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying fervently to the God who "specializes in things tho't impossible."

Marion, IN

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help the doctors hands to fix the problem. also. please help stop the bleeding. lord just give the family the strength and watch over all the nurses and doctors as they continue to help bj.

At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This time is yours Lord. Hear our prayers.
Lela, Concord, CA

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

When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say: Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Blessed be Your glorious Name.

praying, ever praying in pink,

Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

props to my brothers and sister out there suffering in His Name. you are in my prayers. God bless you and may His Joy come to you through everything.

All things work for the good of those who love Him.

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Child of God,
Hold tightly to the hand of the Father that loves you.

Holy God,
You said we don't receive because we do not ask. There are many of us begging you Father to heal this child so he can continue the good work that you started in him. Be with the surgeons and the support staff who are working with the talents that you have blessed them with. Give them wisdom. Allow this situation to proclaim to the world that when your people pray, you hear their cries. Thank you Father for your healing touch, and your hand that guides us.

Loving you...

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord in Your Most Magestic Name I pray for this brave servant of Yours who has a heart of a lion.Brave n strong because of the Love You have given him and shown him in his life.So much so that he wants to share that with others.Lord I pray God's Will be that this young man heal completly and he is able to continue sharing the Gospel with others..I pray that his family is given comfort in during this trial of BJ's and know that You have set Your angels of mercy and healing upon his head.Our advantages as believers are entirely spiritual (Jn.6:63; Eph.3:16). We can cope where others cannot because we have the truth and we believe the truth (Phil.4:13). Indeed, it is in our weakness that we most and best appreciate the power and the grace of God (2Cor.12:9). We trust in our Lord to deliver us in His way at His time no matter what we are called upon to endure (2Tim.4:17), and we do not presume to dictate to Him about what we are or are not willing to suffer on His behalf (1Thes.5:18). God does heal; of that we are certain; but that does not mean that He never allows our faith to be tested through illness and disease.Lord we know You hear our prayers for BJ in Your Name please,we huimble beg You have mercy.Amen.God bless you and yours Cynthia.Powers

At 7:03 PM, Blogger critnshelby said...

Be Strong BJ.
We are praying for you.

Crit & Shelby
Va Beach, VA

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still praying on..........
Ed, Carmel

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Face down on the floor, Father, simply crying out for peace and grace over this family.

Praising YOU, for the gift of BJ's powerful words, straight from his heart. The heart he has for YOU, the heart he has not been ashamed to share.

Comfort where comfort is needed, Jesus. Amen.

At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really appreciate what you said. I also wanted to let you know that I found out about this through my mercyme newsletter. With this I know that there will be many more prayer warriors on your side. Thank you for your faith. It has strengthened me today. I will be praying theat God has HIS will and gives everyone the peace that they need right now.

At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hang in there, Bj!
we're all praying for you!

Corrie Fillio

At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speechless. But We are all praying with you. May the arms of our family to yours surround all of you with comfort as we pray in silence.
We pray............
Gresh/Meils Family
Indianapolis, IN

At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you say, it is hard to find words. You are such an example of faith!

Praying for you all,

South Carolina

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

Hey I'll have ppl pray I am too. I hope he gets better.

Love your sister in christ.

At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in our prayers. May God give each of you the peace, comfort, and strength you need RIGHT NOW. He is with you and holding BJ in his loving arms.
Julie - Noblesville

At 7:20 PM, Blogger DeSpain Family said...

Father God, you are the great healer. Guide the drs. and nurses to perform what needs to be done during surgery. We pray for strength and Your healing touch upon his body. This young man NEEDS to accomplish so much more on this earth. What a blessing he continues to be even from his hospital bed. Wrap your loving arms around his family.


At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying for the family, and for bj in this critical time. melissa
westfield in

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ, I want you to know that I am thinking of you and praying that you will soon be well. Take care and God bless!

Hart, MI

At 7:25 PM, Blogger yeesum said...

praying for BJ, just as my friend is in the hospital too, but with brain damage from an accident. i guess i quite understands how this feels.

Prayer works miracles, and keep the faith always!

from Hong Kong SAR, China

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

still praying hard for bj and your family. hang in there beej, your strong enough to make it though this. God be with you all.
Love to all, danielle

At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying. Our God hears, and He is good.

At 7:30 PM, Blogger . said...

Jesus calls us o'er the tumult
Of our life's wild restless sea
Day by day His sweet voice sounding
Saying "Christian follow Me"

Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world's golden store
From each idol that would keep us
Saying, "Christian love Me more"

In our joys and in our sorrows
Days of toil and hours of ease
Still He calls in cares and pleasures
"Christian love Me more than these"

Jesus calls us, by Thy mercies
Savior may we hear Thy call
Give our hearts to Thine obedience
Serve and love Thee best of all


Still praying....

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

First I thank God for Bart for posting this prayer request in his band's emails.
I can't imagine what you are all going through, but I am praying that God will give you ALL strength and peace as he carries BJ, His son, through this storm.

Rm 8:26-30 "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified."

The Holy Bible, New King James Version,
(Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Ettalong Beach

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

We are Praying for you Brother!!!!

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God


At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted you all to know that I have been praying for BJ and for all of you that are with him all day today. All of you are such a witness for Christ-your strength in the midst of such tragedy is above and beyond what I could ever have done. Please know that no matter what the outcome--BJ has reached so many lives, including my own. The messages you have shared on this blog from his journals have been so real and heartfelt, so convicting. I praise God for BJ's life and continue to pray fervently for his recovery.

Elle, I love you so much--remember that no matter what happened yesterday, today, or what will happen tomorrow, God is unchangeable--his love covers all. Wherever you go--the depths of the sea or the deepest valley, God is already there--You are NEVER without him.

Susannah Bierly
Kem Hall, IWU

At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You're right!!! In his short life BJ has understood more than many of us. It's about relationship, and if you would lay down your life for a family member; how much more should we be willing to lay down our lives for the Creator of the Universe. The passion he exhibits is powerful enough to encourage many. I believe God will continue to use that passion in this life to bring Glory unto himself

With love and constant prayers
Dawn D.

At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, I pray that you give this amazing family the strength and guidance they need as they face these difficult days ahead. Lord, they want Your will to be done in BJ's life, no matter what it may be. Please, please deliver him from this sickness...restore him...allow all of us to be continually blessed by BJ in this world. I selfishly ask this of YOU so that one day I can tell this amazing young man how truly inspired I have become by him.
In Jesus Name, Amen

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

My name is Emilie. My mother told me all about Bj's story. This post was so touching. It is just so touching that through his toughest times he is looking to God for comfort. I'm praying! God Bless!

At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoa this jouranl completely blew me away. this was what i needed to hear right now, seeing how passionate he was about Christ.


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