Monday, December 15, 2008

7:50PM Homburg

This message was just received from Eric. It details some of the events of the day. Note that Homburg is 7 hours ahead of Tulsa, OK.

4 PM Homburg Germany - It appears after ongoing review of Coleman’s case, that his liver failure was NOT caused by Leukemia (though he clearly does have leukemia which has caused many problems on its own). No cause has become apparent at this time for the liver failure which he clearly had when he showed up in Germany. The cause is important because it might establish other treatment protocols.

Coleman specifically has VOD – Veno-Occlusive Disease – which is the small blood vessels of the liver being blocked or clotted off. VOD is rare and seen in persons who have had bone marrow transplants and radiation (as one receives in cancer therapy). The Activated Protein C was prescribed as a means to open these up – again it is a “late stage” pharmaceutical. Today Coleman began kidney dialysis – which was expected to happen. One other item of note, he has highly elevated Ferritin levels (iron) which they do not understand.

5 PM I returned to the hospital from the hotel (Belinda was already there). The doctors had concern about bleeding around the brain, so he was examined by CT scan – while he does have some edema, there is no bleeding. A document has been sent to the German courts to allow me to make life threatening procedural decisions on Coleman’s behalf. This is due to the doctor’s desire to do a liver biopsy through a vein – a risky procedure but the only option to get a glimpse of what may be causing Coleman’s liver to shut down. The document to allow me this authority takes a full business day so it will be day after tomorrow before we receive it due to the late hour of its submission. Again Coleman is at another “last option” juncture – but we are thankful for any hope and these doctors would not be doing it if they didn’t think there was a chance. It is clearly not how they work.

6 PM The post below this one, requesting immediate prayer was the result of Coleman’s doctor coming in and informing us that Coleman was not responding properly to the dialysis – his vitals necessitated the use of drugs to get his blood pressure and certain blood elements back in line that he clearly explained he could not keep giving beyond a certain level … “there is no sense” were the exact words and “it does not look good”. We went in and prayed and Belinda read him the many posts he has received on this site.

6:30 PM The doctor came in and his condition had improved – which the doctor was quick to point out was neither cause for celebration nor grief – but that his condition needs to be continually stabilized – not just in “brackets” of time. Regardless we give thanks for this small victory. We were asked to leave the room for about an hour while they did the “maintenance” on him and I am writing this from the waiting room.

7:50 PM Please continue to pray for Coleman – he is struggling hard. Pray for his body to stabilize long enough for the biopsy to occur and analysis of the liver tissue to result in meaningful information that will lead to better results.

Thank you all for praying without ceasing - though Coleman cannot respond being fully sedated and resting peacefully on the outside, we feel confident he hears our words and the prayers and posts that we read to him from this site. Don’t give up on Coleman – what he lacked in size he made up for in mean. Hang with him now.


  1. Our Gracious Father, We will no give up! We know you want us to come to you with our desires, and our desire is for healing. Lord, please let Coleman stabilize enough to do the liver biopsy, protect him during the procedure, and may the results be meaningful and useful and open new treatment options. We know Eric, Belinda and Coleman are all in Your hands now. Bring them comfort as so many of us together lift them to You. We will not give up hope. In Christ's name, Amen.

  2. Keep on fighting Coleman! We know you can do it! We're all believing in God to fully heal you. You have a prayer circle around the world. We love you buddy!

    Stephanie Thompson

  3. I'm just some stranger here in Texas, but received a link to this blog a few days ago. I have been looking back for updates many times a day and hoping for good news. I just wanted to let you all know that I have and will continue to pray for Coleman and his family. Keep on fighting Coleman!

  4. I just want to thank you God for opening the doctors eyes to what may be the real cause of Colemans liver failing. I know Coleman is going to get through this! I pray you grant Coleman with the strength to stay strong and keep fighting so he can begin his healing procedures! Continue to comfort Belinda and Eric as they stand strong by Colemans side! And I pray that you let Coleman know how much he is missed and loved.

  5. This sounds very much like a toxin or poisoning. It would helpful to get info from his army buddies re: what he might have been exposed to in the days leading up to his illness. I noticed that some of his army buddies have posted. Do they have any ideas of what substances or toxins might be involved?

  6. Thank you Father for so many specific prayers that you have answered thus far. I continue to ask you to heal Coleman's body. Continue to give wisdom to the Drs. I pray for physical, emotional, and spriritual strength for Eric and Belinda. Thank you for allowing us to witness true heros of the Faith. Please expedite the approval of the procedural documents.

  7. Please let Coleman know that the kapple's and the whole office are praying for him. Just can't get you all out of our minds. I finally understand the meaning of praying without ceasing. We need our "master caster" to pull out of this.
    Fred, Brandy, Katy, Cory, Danielle, Laura and John Pulay, and all the office

  8. Far from giving up, with each update of his condition, prayers are offered from vast numbers who know and love Coleman and his family and countless others who love those who love Coleman and his family. What a privilege to be a child of God and a member of His family. Keep fighting Coleman. We're standing with you and we will not give up hope.

  9. Belinda, Eric & Coleman,
    I love you all so much! I am praying for you day and night, as are so many other people. God is answering prayers for Coleman with each day that passes. What we may see as a small window of hope, God can use as a giant opportunity for miracles. God's timing is perfect and we wish Coleman could have been healed the very first day, but all in His perfect time. We must all have faith that God will and is watching over Coleman. We must continue to frevently pray without ceasing. I pray that Coleman's body and vitals will stabilize. I pray that the papers will come through with unexpected speed. I pray that the doctors will have great wisdom & clarity. I pray the doctors will figure out all they need to know to treat Coleman properly and effectively. I pray that you will comfort and strengthen Belinda and Eric. I pray that God's healing hands will send a miraclous improvement to Coleman. I pray that Coleman will feel all the love, encouragement, prayer and good wishes being sent to him from everyone. God bless and keep you in His tender loving care.

  10. Father God, We know that you are a God of miracles, and that is exactly what we are asking you for right now Lord. We pray for the Peace that surpasses all understanding. We pray that you grant the doctors wisdom and perserverence, and know that you, Father are the great Physician. We thank you and praise you for the prayers answered thus far. Be with Coleman and the entire family, may they find comfort and solace in You. We pray this in the precious name of Your Son, Jesus Christ Amen.

  11. Psalm 70:

    God, deliver Coleman.
    Hurry to help him, Lord!

    Let whoever or whatever seeks his life be disgraced and confounded; let whoever or wheatever wishes him harm be driven back and humiliated.

    Let those who say, "Aha, aha!" retreat because of their shame.

    Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let those who love Your salvation continually say, "God is great!"

    Coleman is afflicated and needy;
    Hurry to him, God.
    You are his help and his deliverer;
    Lord, do not delay.

  12. This is from a precious woman at our church:

    " Our hearts reach out to this family who so desperately seek comfort from God right now. We will be praying with you and with that family, over the miles. We know God hears the prayers of His children. We are asking God to send His Holy Spirit to the family, to work out His great plan in the life of each one. God has promised to give wisdom when we ASK for it. So we're asking God to give the doctors wisdom. We're asking for healing, if that is God's plan for His human son in Germany, and for comfort and strength to each of Coleman's family as they face this crisis.

    We pray with you.
    Nancy and Rod"

    She then added:
    "Yes, you many post my words to their blog. They should know that they have friends everywhere, whom they have not yet met, who join them in prayer.

    My heart aches for this family, but I know God is aware of every tear that falls and He will banish all pain soon."

    We love you all...

  13. I am in Tennessee, I only know you through my friend Linda who lives in Tulsa. My heart & prayers are with Coleman, the family and his doctors. Monica P.

  14. I pray that someone can please wake-up a Judge, one who can recognize the urgency of this situation and give Eric the power to act on Coleman's behalf ... NOW ... Please Lord help them find the cause and deliver Coleman from this evil, whatever it may be.
    GOD speed Coleman, stay strong, and be strong.

    Eric and Belinda may you remain steadfast in your prayers that God will perform a miracle!

    We love you and pray for you all.
    Uncle Scott

  15. keep fighting bro... i know you can pull thru... i have faith you will get better soon... love ya bro...

    - Taylor Adney

  16. Father, as you sit high and lofty above the earth, may Eric and Belinda's legal petition find favor in the human courts.

    “O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man” (NeH 1:11).

    Father, grant your children, known upon this earth as the Hinkefents, mercy, compassion, grace, and strength.

  17. My thoughts and prayers are with you constantly. Paul learned that when he was at his human weakest, His loving Heavenly Father was working most powerfully in and through him. I know He is doing the same for all of you right now. I also know that He is holding you firmly and lovingly in his arms. You are precious to your friends and family. Most importantly, you are a precious treasure to your Heavenly Father. He loves you SO MUCH!!! He is truly fighting on your behalf. He is causing people all around the world to be in constant prayer for you Coleman, for you Eric and Belinda, and for everyone involved in your care and healing.

    With much love and prayers,

  18. Big brother Emil (I LOVE YOU COLEMAN YOUR MY HERO)December 15, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Coleman stay strong and know that HE is there by your side every second. HE will never leave you or forsake you. I miss you so much coleman and wish i could be there to hold your hand and help mom read these thoughtful and oh so important words to you. I pray that the Lord our God will be glorified with every decision made today and that HIS children can witness a miracle like no other. I have spoken with many of Coleman and I's close friends over the past few days. We talked about the many amazing times we had together how we could watch a 1970 kung fu movie and laugh till we cried over pointless stuff and bad acting haha. we talked about how coleman and i would fight so hard with anything we could find to hurt each other (sticks, chairs, rocks, paintballs, ect.) but the second someone actualy got hurt we became each others doctor and helped nurse each other back to fighting health (then do it again lol). we talked about how coleman would never take crap from anyone and if the guy was to big for him to handle he would threatin to call his big bro if he didnt leave coleman alone. My brother is a survivor i know because i have seen him get knocked down before, it didnt matter if it was a crazy dirtbike wreck or skating accident or a hard check into the boards during one of our hockey games, he gets back up and baby bro is gonna get back up from this one to i am confident.

    Dear Jesus we come before you today with a burden on our hearts. we pray that in this time when it is so hard to feel good about anything we pray that we find power and strength in you our God. You are all knowing and all powerful you are God alone. Jesus i ask of you to have mercy on my baby brother and heal his wounds and afflictions, Lord i ask for your courage for coleman that he may know that you and all of his huge support group are ROOTINGFORCOLEMAN. We will not fail coleman in this dark time we will rise up in prayer and find blessings and peace in sufering and pain. Thank you for alll that we have already recieved , in your name Jesus Amen.

    Thank you once again to all who are supporting my family and my amazing brother who i know appreciates it more than we know. I love you all and am excited and ready for great news to come.



  19. Wow! The blog got me. I am not an emotional guy, but the song, comments, concern from others, and the unbelievable awesomeness of the Christ gift was overwhelming. It’s quite divine how a guy I don’t even know can share the gospel simply by being sick. I’m sure others have been touched as well. Thanks for sharing the opportunity to pray for him. mm

  20. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3, 5-6.
    We all continue praying for all of you. Kepp fighting the fight Coleman.
    Devian, Jamie, Dustin & Mason Flores

  21. hang in there coleman. your fighting so hard and not giving up. i beleive in you and have so much hope. stay strong!!

    God please give coleman the strength to keep fighting and to keep his body going so the doctors can do all the tests and try there hardest to figure out the reasons for this horrible disease thats taking over Coleman. I dont beleive its his time to be taken from his family, friends, nor his fiance. Be with him and keep him going.


  22. Coleman,
    Your brother's post made me cry. It is absolutely true. You are a survivor. You CAN overcome this. We are here for you buddy. Hang in there.


  23. Cool-Man,

    You and your family are very special to me and my family. You are like one of my boys. We all have been frequently and fervently praying for you and your family. We ask God to grant His mercy and bring you back to good health. God's power is perfected in our weakness. My prayer is that God's power will be perfected in you and that He will get all the glory!

    Steve, Joy, Jonathan, Amy, Chris, Josh, Ava and Addison

  24. Coleman Wayne Hinkefent..
    I always used to see the fight you had in your eyes. I believe that same fight is still there. My mom came into my room to wake me up this morning and said "Coleman is doing just a little bit better. Coleman is going to get through this. I feel it." I had my doubts because you weren't here to hold me like you always were. Now I can feel you all around me. I believe. So keep strong.

    I pray that the Lord only blesses you with sweet dreams while you're resting. I pray those dreams are your motivation to keep fighting. Happiness must be in your state of mind to keep going so I pray that is what you receive. I love you little Coleman.

    Keep strong best buddy.


  25. Hang in there Coleman! You are strong, and can beat this. You have touched so many lives and you continue to touch the lives of people that don't even know you. It is amazing how your faith can touch those that don't even know you. That just goes to show how special you are!

    Pam Smith

  26. coleman, your an amazing guy. you have so many people praying for you. you CAN make it through this with JESUS CHRIST. i pray God gives the doctors wisdom in everything they do. the Bible says "who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" which means give everything to God. enstill ALL your faith trust and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. he is the almighty HEALER! i pray for you and your family. give them peace and knowing that Gods with you through everything. no matter what life may bring you, your Father in Heaven is right by your side holding your hand guiding you through everything.

    keep on fighting through this coleman!
    we all love you so very much.

  27. Coleman, i just read the blog today, and wanted to tell you and your family that i'm praying for all of you, and I know God can get you through this...God Bless.

    John Hughes

  28. Coleman, just wanted to tell you again how much we all love you and are praying for you!! We believe in YOU and know that with the Lord by your side, lifting you up, you can do anything. You will find strength you never knew you had. Stay strong buddy and keep up the fight!! Love- Andrea Van Y

  29. Hi Coleman, Belinda and Eric,

    My Mom and Dad wanted to let you know that they are praying for you and thinking of you as well. They just to technically challanged to know how make a post. :-)

    We all love you and miss you C-Man!

    Fight the good fight with all thy might;
    Christ is thy Strength, and Christ thy Right;
    Lay hold on life, and it shall be
    Thy joy and crown eternally.

  30. Hey Fish,

    We're all praying for you here at JSS...

    We miss you Brother. Pull through this. We're fighting with you.

    I only hope to see you soon.


  31. wow i just found out how to do this, coleman i know your a fighter and i know you can pull through this, i believe in you and im praying for you every day get past all this. i miss you bro and i pray i see you soon.

    jeffrey figueroa

  32. Coleman, Just letting you know i'm still by your side. Still keeping my promise that we always said we would keep. Your staying so strong, and are still fighting. That's whats i like to see! I just hope they can get you better fast. I hate to know that your in pain. But let the lord be with you and take the pain away. Keep fighting baby, I love you.


    O God, our refuge and strength,comfort of all who suffer,help him with your power and make him well again.You promised that you would
    "turn our mourning into dancing."
    Turn his sorrow into joy,and his weakness into strength,through Jesus Christ our Lord.


  33. Coleman, be strong, knowing that we are all fighting with you. We are praying every moment that God will heal you and deliver you from this sickness.

    Belinda, Eric, we are praying that God gives you strength and peace that only He can bring.

    Father, I pray for my buddy Coleman. Give him the strength he needs to continue trusting in you. Send your peace into his hospital room and minister to him in a special way. We ask that he be able to feel your arms around him, holding him up. We pray that he feels and knows just how much he is truly loved by all of us at home. Lord, give the doctors guidance, wisdom and insight as to how to treat Coleman. Lord we are leaning on you, trusting in you to work out all the details. We love you Lord, and know that Coleman loves you also. We commit our lives into your hands, in the name of Jesus, Amen.

    Fear not, for I am with you;
    Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you,
    Yes, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10)


  34. IMPORTANT!!! I found a research article that details an outbreak of veno-occlusive disease in Northern Iraq, in 1994. It was related to a plant alkyloid. Pass this on to the doctors asap.

  35. Not a second has passed today that I have not had you on my mind and in my heart. I read each update quickly and confidently. Ready to see the words that so many of us long for. I read each comment in amazement and honor that I am loved by the God that is touching so many people through you. Our Savior is working in you right now, at this moment. His Holy Spirit has filled you from head to toe. You are so incredibly strong in Him. I pray that you continue to be held tightly through all of this. I pray that your strength and faith are a witness to all of those around you of our Gods Grace and Power. Nothing is too great for our God. Coleman you have grown into an amazing man. A man that fights to honor his country, a man who stands firm in his beliefs, a man that has touched so many lives. Continue to fight! Battle with everything you have! Hear these words and stand strong in the name of your Heavenly Father. We all love you more than you know, and will NEVER shed a tear of doubt. May we all be filled with confidence and assurance that this enemy is now up against something far greater than any of us. Jesus is with Coleman, living inside of him, fighting with him. There can be no doubt what so ever in that. We continue to pray and long for the day when we can all embrace once again and thank our Glorious God for the miracle he is performing. Continue to fight Coleman, you are stronger than you have ever been!

    All the love in Him,

    Andy Van Y

  36. We have not ceased to pray for Coleman and for you, Eric & Sweet Belinda, since we first received word of Coleman's illness. It appears that when certain prayer warriors grow weary, there are others waiting in the ranks to take up the prayer baton and run with it, as is evidenced by the many comments posted in this place. Let your hearts find encouragement in this. Your updates have only served to stoke the fire to keep us continually before the Father.
    We love you and continually hold you close in our hearts. May you continue to draw your strength from God's abiding presence. And I pray you will be wise enough not push your own bodies and minds to the extremes or beyond your own endurance. I pray God will grant you the gift of restful sleep in the midst of the storm. "Underneath are the everlasting arms" (from Deuteronomy).

  37. Coleman: you still owe me two songs from camp a few years ago.

    Know that the saints in OKC continue to lift all of you up. The VMI board is receiving updates on a regular basis and all their respective churches, friends and acquaintances are part of the prayer chain. Uplink has people all over the world praying for you too. We love you guys. May our Lord continue to wrap you in His strong and gentle hands so that you may know afresh His presence. Coleman, may the fingers that created the heavens touch you and bring total and complete healing and restoration to your body. We are learning anew what it means to "pray without ceasing."

    Drue and Helen Freeman


  38. Coleman, me and my mom were just talking about old times when we played soccer and basketball together and when we went to the Kansas City tournament and it was me you andrew and matt in a hotel room. We pulled out pictures and they brought back a lot of memories. We laughed at the one of you on the elevator with all the girls in Kansas City. There was also one of you me emil and Jonathan bagwell all with our heads tilted to the side. Remember the time when me you and emil were at your house and we had just gotten a lot of snow and we decided we would pull the sled behind the four wheeler but we could'nt find a rope. We took all of your karate belts and tied them together and used them instead and we built that ramp in your field! Coleman, you have given all of us so many great memories to look back on and laugh about. I know that there are so many more memories to be made with you and I trust that God will guide the doctors and give them direction in what they need to do to bring you back to a full recovery. We love you and are continually praying for you!!
    Garrett Jenkins and family

  39. In Matt. 15:13 It says"anything that was planted that was not of My Father, shall be rooted up".
    Leukemia was not planted by God, he only gives good gifts...
    I Peter 2:24 by the stripes of Jesus we were (past tense) healed.
    Ps. 91:16 with long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.
    Ps. 118:17 I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord.
    The Lord has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death.
    I pray that his body will line up with the Word Of God!
    Praise the Lord forever...this is what I have prayed for Coleman.
    In Jesus name,

    Mary Lou Stults

  40. Keep fighting Coleman and I pray God gives you the strength to continue to fight this sickness. The news of the liver biopsy is encouraging because if the doctors know what they are dealing with they can respond with a better diagnosis and treatment. Continuing to keep Coleman and the Hinkefent family in our thoughts and prayers...

    Brent Gathright

  41. Our ways are not His ways; however, we still continue to boldly ask God for miraculous healing. I am praying that the Holy Spirit will cause you to remember every word of Scripture you've ever heard that will bring comfort and encouragement to you and those enduring this test with you. We love you all.
    Ann Shelton

  42. keep on fighting the good fight of FAITH! here are some healing scriptures to read aloud:
    I've heard people say "It's God's will" or "I'll just leave it up to God" when faced with a serious illness or tragedy. Don't fall into that trap. God wants us to pray to him for help. In Luke 18:1 Jesus told his disciples that they "should always pray and not give up." and then Jesus asked "...will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?" Pray to God from your heart for healing. Don't stop. Don't give up. God wants us to ask him for help. He loves us.

    James 5:14-15 we are told: "Is any one 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. 15) And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." and in James 5:16 we are asked to "confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." and then told that "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." In Mark 11:23-25 Jesus further instructs to forgive when we pray "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25) And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

    in Matthew 17:19-20 when he said "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, `Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

    With God all things are possible, always remember that. Continue to read healing scriptures over him

    Coleman and the family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!

    God bless you!!

  43. Shelly Patrick and TaylorDecember 15, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    I have tried to write so many times but the right words just didn't seem to come. So I just want you to know you have been on my mind and heart every minute of the day and night. I Finally realize if anyone could fight this and win it will you coleman. Go! fight! win! you can do it! we love you cool-man! and we will not stop praying for you, your family Doctors and friends

  44. Dearest Coleman and family,

    I don't know you. I live in Michigan. I found your blog through Beth Moore's blog where Jes asked for prayer. Hope you don't mind having another concerned sister in the Lord praying for you, young man!

    What a handsome man you are Coleman. I am asking the Lord to completely restore you and am thanking Him in advance for it.

    I join all the other prayer warriors in asking God to give the doctors great wisdom in treating you. I am praying for the Lord's peace that passes all understanding for you, your mom and dad, your fiance and all those who love you so dearly.

    I trust that you are at peace, hear your parents voices, and know in your spirit that people you will never even meet this side of heaven are praying around the clock for you. I pray for comfort and strength for you. You sound like a very brave and strong young man, Coleman. Lean upon God's strength when you are weary. Know that Christ will carry you through the things you can't do alone.

    We serve a mighty and powerful God. We are all believing that you will be healed by the Great Physician. We are expecting a miracle with you and your family and thanking the Lord for all that He is and will do.

    May God hold you all firmly in the palm of His hand!
    Also, Parents: please be sure and check out (if you have not all ready) the information that Joy Arnold sent to you marked "Important". It does sound that many of the symptoms are the same. It can be caused by herbal teas and wheat. Definitely worth ruling it out at the very least.

  45. hey coleman this is lindsay twitchell, jessica's sister i just wanted to say im praying real hard for you to come out of this diaster your going through. Alot of people care for you and want you to get better and come home! Jessica is hurting alot i see the pain in her eyes so prove to everyone you can be as strong as we know!
    I didnt know you much but i do remeber seeing you every morning of your senior year sittin in your mustang waiting for classes to start. And im sorry i didnt relize who you were at just another hols that one time.. you are really turning into a grown man and a very accomplished one at that! im am very proud of you and who you become.
    i will continue to pray untill your better!

    To the family i am truely sorry you are going through this! With a little faith you'll get through this..