Wednesday, September 14, 2005

We are being told that BJ's surgery may begin a little later than 3PM, and will last maybe 3 to 5 hours. Potential complications will be bleeding, clotting, and if fungus is adhering to the canula, then moving them could spread it into his bloodstream causing him to be sicker. He is on anti-fungal meds. He will be taken off of the Cvvh machine at 2PM. Thank you for lifting him up at this critical time.

I need to give you an update on Jayden, age 2. He has been on ECMO a little over 2 weeks now. They are getting ready to take him off of ECMO. The family is being gathered as we speak, and they are being told he will not make it off of ECMO due to complications. Tabby and Mark (mom and dad) and their family have been part of our support network here. Please lift them up. They have seen the miracles God has worked in BJ, and are trying to cling to hope. Please pray...Their family walks thru the hospital wearing PRAYFORBJ.COM t-shirts. We love them and don't want them to lose Jayden.

Thank You so much,

BJ's dad


At 12:59 PM, Blogger Lynn Newkirk said...

Still Praying with you and for you. May the Lord give all strength to the Docotrs and steady hands. We pray for strength through this time in need.
Bless us oh Lord as we go through these hard times.
God Speed.
Prayers always with you and family.
Love in Christ

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words are inadequate to convey our feelings of compassion for Jayden's family. Father, show them Your peace...the comfort of Your presence. And continue to sustain Brent, Deanna and the girls. Show us ways to encourage love them. In Jesus' Name, Amen

At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katie and I just prayed for Jayden and Bj. Please communicate to Jayden's parents that we are praying for them. I regret that we didn't talk with them more when we were there. I am also praying for you as you potentially help them through a difficult time. My heart cries out for them and you. I am praying for a miraculous presence of God in the room while the surgery is going. So that every MD, therapist, nurse and person will know that Bj is God's.
Amy Koteskey

At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for that last journal entry. God has had His hand on BJ and has a special plan for Him. Praise God that he was considered worthy to suffer all this. We want to see Him out sharing the gospel again too!
We're praying for Jayden and the family Know that Jesus is praying for us even when we are lost for words. We love you all and are standing with you.

At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am praying

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Lifting Jayden and his family up in their time of crisis. Words are never enough but prayer is.


At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for Jayden's family, as they await with uncertainty, his fate. I pray, Lord, that they be lifted up, feeling your arms wrap around them, comforting them and giving them peace and hope, regardless of the outcome. I pray their faith would be strengthened through this and that above all, that You, Father, would be glorified. Amen.

from Mooresville, IN

At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Jayden's family... what a blessing of God a child is. I am lifting him and you up in prayer. May our amazing Father comfort you and strengthen each of you in this time of trial. I cannot imagine being in your shoes.

Surely it is a testimony of the faith of you and the many praying for you that we are at this point. May God continue to use you, BJ, and your family to reveal the glory of Himself. May He stengthen and revitalize you as you prepare to undergo yet another surgery and trial on your body. May God receive all of the glory in victory.

Each of you truly may be called faithful. May you continue to be a vessel of the Father's love.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Carrieanney said...

Lord Jesus, as we pray for BJ, we also pray for Jayden. Father, You know what this little boy needs. Please wash over him with Your peace. Please anoint the doctors with wisdom as they make decisions for Jayden's body. Lord, wrap Jayden's parents in Your loving arms - so tightly that they can feel Your physical touch! Strengthen them and encourage them, I pray. Lord, You are mighty! Thank You for all You've done for these families and these two boys. I praise You and thank You in Jesus' name. Amen.

Carrie G.
Xenia, OH

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for both families.

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for BJ and little Jayden and both of your families, friends, and the staff there.

praying in kansas city, mo

At 1:22 PM, Blogger . said...

Still praying....

(for BJ and Jayden)

At 1:26 PM, Blogger natenamy said...

Jesus, please be close to Jayden's family at this critical point in their journey. Thank you for the suport that they have been to Brent and Deanna.
Father, I pray, that if it is your will you will allow Jayden's family to glimpse a miracle from you. I ask that you would allow Jayden to pull through being taken off ECMO, Father, Please hold Jayden's mommy and daddy very close right now. Let them feel your presence and your peace. Be with the doctors and nurses as they care for Jayden... give them insight and wisdom!
Father, we love you and we ask these things in the precious name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

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

Praying earnestly for both families.

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

Dear Higgins family,
We will be lifting up the Doctors, you all, and BJ this afternoon as the procedures begin.
We are praying that no complications will arise and that God will grant wisdom and skill to the Doctors as they proceed. I am claiming 2 Chronicles 16:9, "The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." for you all.
We will also join you in praying for Jayden.

In Christ's love,
Milton Baumgardner
Monroe City, MO

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

My prayers continue for BJ and now I lift up Baby Jayden in prayer to our Heavenly Father who is an awesome God and I pray that the Holy Spirit will surround both of these families in great need of a healing... May the Lord be with each and everyone of you through these very difficult times... God Bless you....
Your Sister in Christ,

At 1:42 PM, Blogger aC Biblestudy said...

Please let Jayden's family know that prayer is being offered up on Jayden's behalf. I just prayed again for BJ and also for him.

I am praying that God will use both BJ and Jayden to bring glory to Himself in all this. I want to see a full recovery in both BJ as well as Jayden if it be His will so that the staff and other patients in the hospital will see just how powerful and great that our God really is.

God is really good about using situations that look hopeless to show his love compassion and power. In our weakness He is strong.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Praying for Jayden's family and the Higgins' family. May God guide the surgeon's and may a miracle by performed right before their (the Drs and personnel) eyes and hands.'

Tulsa, OK

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Heather said...

We know that you are God and that you have the power to do anything--more than we can imagine. We have seen how you have sustained BJ even when there were times that the doctors were losing hope. I pray that as little Jayden is removed from the ECMO that you will perform a miracle for his family. I pray that through this time that they will get to know you if they haven't already. I pray that as BJ goes through this surgery that the doctors will have wisdom and understanding of what is best for him. I pray that you will allow the surgery to be 100% successful. God we know that you are good and that you have our best interest in mind because you say "I know the plans I have for you plans to prosper and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future."

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will pray for a miracle. Father we just come before you now and thank you for all you have blessed us with. We thank you for sending your precious son to die on the cross to save us. We want to lift up Jayden to you God, we ask in Jesus' name that you will heal this young boy, father his parents are so scared and want their little boy to make it oh Lord, We ask that you let him make it off of the machine and totally restore his little fragile body. God we just ask that your Holy Spirit be present when they take him off. We ask that you will comfort the parents of jayden and put their faith in your oh Lord.

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for BJ and the Higgins family. Also for Jayden's Family.
Cathy Moore
Tulsa, OK
Awe Star

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

Praying for you and BJ as it is almost time to be removed from the Cvvh machine. Also praying for BJ's body to handle today's surgery. Lord, we pray that there will be no sign of fungus and that bleeding will be minimal. We thank you Father for what is on the other side of this surgery -for you know what lies ahead and we PRAISE you for all the ways you have used BJ's precious relationship with you to touch so many.

Praying for Jayden and his family to feel Christ's love with them today through this difficult time. So glad they have people like you to be there with them.


At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm praying for BJ's recovery each and every day!

Dont lose hope!

-Rachel, TX

At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is 2:00 and I am praying as the Cvvh is turned off.
I am also praying for Jayden's family. I am weeping with them. May God give them comfort and grace to sustain them.
I will continue praying all afternoon for the medical staff and you as you wait.

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father, please be with BJ and Jaden. Lord give them strenght and also strenghten their familis too. Lord I stand in awe at all that you do and I pray that you are glorified through all that we do. Please be with the doctors and nurses as they help them both. Please give them knowledge and wisdom. Thank you in all you do and I pray that your will be done


Jessica Hill
HLG Student
Bowling Green, MO

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for BJ. He is on my mind and in my prayers many times throughout the day. Thank you for the journal entries, it is giving me a chance to get to know a remarkable young man.
In Him,

Carole (Hutto) Guevara
West Monroe, Louisiana

At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have just returned from our so much news and just in time to pray right at the hour for BJ as he comes off Cvvh.

We lift up little Jayden's family as well...God is orchastrating so many things around you...the doctors, nurses, families you meet, and on & on. May you intimately know He is in your presence. He is in control!!

We are praying, praying, praying throughout these next 6 hours.

"But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Thy works." Psalm 73:28

He is near indeed.

Much Love,
The McMahans
Hudson, OH

At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord we lift up both families to you. We ask that You would spare the life of this precious little boy, if it be Your will Lord. Bring comfort and peace to his mommy and daddy.
For Bj Lord we ask that again we will see Your divine healing hand at work, for peace and comfort and endurance for his family, guidance and wisdom for all the staff who will be in with Bj during the surgery. We thank You Lord for ALL You have done and wait excepting another good report.

Please let Jayden's family know that we stand with them in prayer, feeling their pain as they walk through this most difficult time in their life.
We love you all

In His Love
Linda Ronne

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so neat to see that you are reaching out to others in their time of need. Lord, please be with both families during this crisis time. Put your loving arms around all of them and give them peace. May they be a source of comfort and peace to each other. Lord, please be with the doctors and staff as they have to be weary as well and give them the wisdom they need to take care of these 2 very special young people. Above all else, we want your will to be done and you tell us reveal to you what is on our hearts. Our desire is that both BJ and Jayden may live long lives to serve you and we also realize Lord that your perfect will is so much better than our wants and we trust you to bring us through to the other side in victory in Jesus. Peace for all of you as we continue to lift everyone up during the next few hours.
Yours in Christ,
Jean Peters in Santa Claus

At 2:27 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Praying for BJ and little Jayden and both of your families, and the staff there.
Our God who is the Creator of all life is the one who is in control. Remember how it was with Job. He told satan he could do what he liked but he could NOT take his life. So please remember because Our God is the author of life and death He and ONLY He can give or take a life. Who knows the mind of God? I wish you could know my heart right now!! I wish I could be there with you as this procedure approaches but am sure you have support there. I will be going to the Father non stop asking for proctection for BJ as well as Jayden and family. BJ walks with God and could NOT be in better hands.......
"Because He lives...I can face tomorrow...because He lives...all fear is gone......becasue I know He holds the future....I can face uncertain days because HE live!!!
Our love and prayers go with you....Phil & Paula

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Lord's love is extravagant.
he won't forget his people.

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for BJ, your family, Jayden, and his family... God is good all time!

At 2:34 PM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

Dear Jesus: Please touch BJ and help him during this surgery. Please work miracles again for him and keep him from complications..bleeding, clotting, infections. We know you are holding him in your arms. We also
pray for little Jayden. Lord, please help him too. His family has been such a support to BJ's. We know you love all of them. Please Help him to live...Thank you for all you are doing, Lord. We know these are urgent requests and we know you are BIG God and have done so much already. We love you, Lord. Thank you....Lisa

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

May the Father who loves little Jayden and his family give grace and peace to them all. Lord please be with Jayden at this critical time in his life. Sustain him with your healing power and love. Be with his parents as they wait on You.
Be ever so close to BJ as his surgery preparations are being made and please Father, keep him stable and this counts strong. Father I lift him up to you and ask for yet another miricle that will bring honor and glory to You alone. Be with family and friends as they are gathered together for the surgery. May we all be one voice in a sweet aroma of praise to You our loving Father.
Praying in faith,

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent & Deanna -
We are praying for BJ as 3:00 approaches. We pray that the doctors will work well together and that there won't be any problems with the surgery. We are praying that BJ's vein can be fixed and work as though it were new.

Also, we're praying for Jayden as they remove ECMO. We pray that God will be especially close to both your families today.

We love you all very much!

Jes, Todd & Andrew

At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will continue to lift all of you up in prayer, and will be in prayer for the doctors and medical staff as they work this afternoon with BJ. Praying For Jayden and family also.
Suzanne's Mom

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for Jayden's family. May God be with this little one and the family that treasures him.
We continue to lift you all up before the throne. We are so thankful for the wonderful staff at the hospital. It makes such a difference. God has placed just the right people in your path for which we are thankful.
Youngstown, Ohio

At 2:49 PM, Blogger mandy said...

My name is mandy and I am 15. I have been praying for well as quite a few of my friends and family members.I will continue praying for BJ always.I actually have put him on our prayer list at church, and I hope and pray every day, more and more, that BJ will get better. In Christ,
Psalms 121:1-2

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Jeannie Hilfiker said...

Mighty Father, there is much we bring to your feet: be with Tabby and Mark as they endure this pain, show them your love, hold Jayden in your right hand, and protect Bj from infection, give the doctors wisdom, the nurses strength, and Brent & Deanna the ability to comfort others in their time of need.
In the gap
Jeannie Indpls

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing to me the blessing that your updates on BJ have been in my life. As I continue to pray for him and your entire family, I find myself being ministered to through your family and BJ's journal entries. Thank you Higgins'for your courageous display of faith and hope in our Lord Chirst Jesus!As always, BJ will be in my prayers throughout this afternoon.

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barb & I were so glad to spend a minute with Deanna... our whole staff is praying for BJ.

We would like to know how to get t'shirts. Just e'mail me at school when you have the time.

We will be praying for the success of the surgery today and for strength for all of you.

Linda Rust PVLE

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just prayed for Jayden and his family. May God comfort and make His presence known to those precious parents as well as the drs and nurses and all who are working on little Jayden.

Praises to God for using you and your family to minister to them as well. God is using BJ's illness for His glory even now. I get chills as I think about the family of God around the world united in prayer for BJ's life! Our God is an AWESOME God!!!

Brad & Stacy in Kansas City, MO

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just talked to your pastor about visiting fbc Mooresville and found out about BJ. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am praying right now that God's hand is on the surgeon's hands as the do the procedure!
Lord, Please guide the hands as they move to heal! give a sense of your presence in the room as you bring healing, calm and peace. Father, we don't understand why you would allow this, but I pray that you will get the glory and honor out of it! Lord Jesus, I ask that you comfort mom and dad in a way no one else can. Just be there Father, please. We love you and praise for the young devoted life you have in your hands!


At 3:29 PM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

This morning I shared the needs of the day for BJ at my Bible Study. I also showed them the pictures of all the equipment in his room. They are praying along with us for everything to go well this afternoon. At the beginning of our Bible Study they play a song. Today it was "His eye is on the Sparrow". They especially mentioned BJ and all of us as family. If you have access to the words of this song I know you would be comforted by them.
I wish I was there to wait with you. Time goes so slow when we are waiting. Time will go very slow for Gregg's, Marla's and me as we wait to hear from you also.
We are in constant prayer today for God's protecting hand over all the Surgeons and Nurses as they work over BJ.
We love you all.
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad, Ca

At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both of God's children will be lifted up in constant prayer, as long as there are words to pray. We love you guys very much even without ever having met you.


At 3:34 PM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

I forgot to mention that we also are praying for Jayden. I can just see him laying there in the bed.
Since I talked with the Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma, I have their faces engraved on my mind.
Aunt Maralyn

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you and Jayden and his family. STAY STRONG.

Praying for the surgery
Jonathan Haag

At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lyrics that Aunt Maralyn mentioned in the previous post

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home?
When jesus is my portion
My constant friend
Is he
His eye is on the sparrow
I know he watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
I know he watches me

I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
I know he watches me
His eye, his eye is on the sparrow
I know he watches
I know he watches
I know he watches me

I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
I know, I know, I know he watches over
He watches over me

In His Love
Linda Ronne

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...

Father, as I read about BJ and Jayden my heart cries. It cries for different reasons - 1 because You alone are being glorified through this entire situation and BJ would have it no other way and 2 because I can only imagine what these families are going through. Father, I ask that you will perform a miracle for little Jayden and BJ. Strenghten Jayden's body and take all infection from BJ's. Father, you are who you say you are and I praise you for that. I praise you that my brother in your name has had such an impact on those around him, physically and spiritually. I love you, my dear Jesus and I ask that you will heal these two precious, young boys. Thank you Christ, for hearing us when we call on you. Matthew 11:28-30 "Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meak and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Anna<>< Hannibal, MO HLG

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying hard for the success of BJ's surgery. Praying that the infection will not spread and be controlled by the meds. Continuing to pray that BJ's body continues to heal and restore itself. Will say a special prayer for Jayden's family, what a heartbreak. God has worked several miracles in BJ's life, will pray a miracle will happen with Jayden's life. Thinking and praying for all of you. Love you guys.

Love, Nancy

At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey this is Delaney, beth, and mesha. Mrs. May is our English teacher and she told us about BJ. We are praying for BJ and we are praying that he makes it through the surgery.

Much love,

The 7th graders


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