Friday, December 12, 2008

Update from Eric

Returned from the hospital about 5 pm - having been there much more than the German hospital wanted us around. Coleman is in ICU, on a ventilator, receiving blood and chemo, and heavily sedated.

Despite the dire nature of Coleman's circumstances, not one word of this message should cause any to give up hope.

There is lots of fight still left in the boy - they had to restrain and sedate him because he became so disoriented (due to the liver issues according to the doctor) that he fought off the nurses and bit one of them. His liver continues to be the critical concern - and transplants are apparently not an option in cases of leukemia.

Please continue to pray - Coleman is stubborn and still fighting. We cannot fail him at this hour.

Eric and Belinda


  1. God is great, He loves Coleman and we ask our Father in Heaven to restore his health and continue to give Eric and Belinda strength. We ask in Jesus' name.

    Eric and Belinda we love you and pray for God's blessings. Sean & Donna

  2. Celeste and I just finished praying for Coleman and the 2 of you. God is the Great Physician and can heal Coleman, if that is His will. "for him to live is Christ, and to die is gain"... We pray that God may be glorified in all this.
    Love, Joy Arnold

  3. Deat Eric and Belinda,

    I was at the Pre-Trib conference in Dallas when we got the news about Coleman. Pators Herman Mattox, John Hintz and a few others and I had prayer for Coleman we willcontinue in prayer with our home churches. Pat and I extend our love to you and our prayers. I know this is a very tough time for you and all your extended family but greater is the Holy Spirit who is in us than the world that comes agaist us.

    In our Lord's Matchless Mercy and Grace,
    Dan Hill

  4. Eric and Belinda
    I just put out an VMI prayer request for Coleman and both of you. I did include the blog address to keep people updated. So you may get responses from some unknown people.
    Praying that God will bless all three of you. Bob VMI

  5. Dan and Becky DenhamDecember 12, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Becky and I are praying for Coleman's recovery. We find so often that God stretches us right to the limit before delivering us. In this, we know He is our God. We know that He is Coleman's and our God no matter how this turns out. We pray that God's glory will shine through these circumstances. We especially pray for Eric and Belinda. God grant them peace and comfort, strength, health, and safety. Rom 8:26-28

  6. I am praying that my brother will have the hand of God touch him and heal his body . i pray that he knows that i love him with all my heart and wish i could be by his side. coleman and i grew up together as best friends closer than anyone can imagine we were very rough with each other and that is why i know he is strong and tough and he is on the right team. God will prevail and His will ... will be done. I love you so much coleman. fight with all your heart and soul.

  7. we love coleman and pray for a miracle in his life so that God can lay hands on him and heal him so everyone can be at peace. We know he will fight as much as he can hes a strong kid!

  8. Eric and Belinda,

    Roger,Lizzy and Emily and I are praying fervently for your wonderful son that Elizabeth has always held close as one of her dear friends. You don't know how much we love and care for you all and I just cannot say AMEN, I just cannot stop praying. After being so ill for so long myself from Lyme, I can understand why7 Colemen got in their faces, the medical staff that is, Roger and I have almost done the same, he IS a fighter, God is bigger that this disease, you know, we will NEVER stop praying, WE LOVE YOU ALL! The Sirmon Family

  9. Monica (Wallace) BriscoeDecember 12, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Teresa Sirmon called and told me about your son. I want you to know that we, and our church family, are earnestly praying for Coleman's deliverance. "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10

  10. Dearest Belinda,

    So often we have no idea the impact that our lives have on others. I've often wondered if you had any idea how yours impacted me.

    I cannot count the number of times that I have thought of you over the past 5 years while we've been in AZ. So many times I've told others about you...about your heart for the lost, and your desire to disciple so often you put others above yourself because you saw the great need for the Gospel to go forth in Spirit and in Truth.

    Without knowing it, you have been such an example to me!

    Thank you for your life, Belinda..for your faith and for you obedience to Christ.

    I count it a great privilege to lift you all before the throne of grace, and will continue to do so.

    My prayer will be that God will be so glorified through all that you, Eric, and Coleman do and say...that there will be German nurses and doctors in heaven one day because they saw Jesus Christ in you.

    2 Cor 1:2-4 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed {be} the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

    In the Love of Christ Jesus,
    Jesica Womack

  11. Debra, our kids, and I are continuing to pray with you for Coleman's healing and recovery.

  12. Our unceasing prayers are with you all and as I watch the prayer chains spread like wild fire I know God is holding Coleman close. I'm praying for a miracle and that you find rest and comfort that can only come through our heavenly Father. God often speaks to us through amazing "coincidences", this is the scripture reference from a devotional I read today..."Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving." Colossians 4:2
    Thanking God for your entire family and the wonderful witnesses you are...
    the Coweta Smiths

  13. I cried for the first time in a long time after hearing of Coleman's sickness. Amy and I are in fervent and constant prayer for a full recovery for Coleman. May the Lord ease his pain and give comfort to the entire Hinkefent family. We praise God for his answers to prayer thus far. We love you guys and want you to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love In Christ,

  14. Continually asing God for a miracle healing of Coleman and the peace that passes understanding for the two of you and extended family. Much prayer went up for all of you today at church meeting and will continue. Know that you are all loved.
    Ann Shelton

  15. pam, stephanie, steven, and i send our love to you and coleman.

  16. Keep fighting Coleman and be strong. The next couple of days will be the toughest you have ever faced, but you are a child of God. He moves though you and He will protect you. Do not be scared. Trust in the Lord, because He loves you so much.

    "He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak." -Isaiah 40:29

  17. We want you to know that you have all of our thoughts and prayers with you and your family. We wish you strength to fight and the power to overcome!
    From all the girls at Akins Corporate.

  18. hi its louis we are all pulling for you buddy do not give up keep fighting love you

  19. Hello, This is Twitch's (Jessica) mom, Robin. Jessica is one of Coleman's best friends and she just received word about his condition yesterday. We wanted to let you know all of us are praying for Coleman to be healed and make a fast recovery so he can come back home where he belongs! Please let him know we all miss and love him dearly. We ask that the lord wrap his arms around you and hold you tight while he lifts you and your family up in this time of need. If there is anything you need or something we can do for you here please do not hesitate to contact us at 918-378-1884 or 918-812-6930. We will continue to lift you and your family up in prayer. Hang in there Coleman, stay strong and keep fighting! Please get well so you come back home to all your friends and family who love you! May god give you strength and peace

    With lots of love,
    Robin and Family

  20. Coleman.. My Bestfriend.. My Rock.. My Everything..

    I want you to know you are in our prayers! We all know you are strong enough and can fight through this. Your always the one to come through on anything... I have more faith in you then I do for anyone in this world. You are a major impact in so many peoples lives and we all need you. Get better baby and don't forget that I love you bestfriend.

    Belinda and Eric I am here for you guys!
    Call me if you need anything, 378-1884.
    I love all of you.

    Love always,
    your bestfriend twitch.

  21. Coleman, you have been my rock for so many years. You have always been strong and stubborn and this is definitely a time for you to continue with it. We all love you so much and need you in our lives. Be strong babe; keep on fighting. I love you kidd.

    My thoughts go out to you, your family, and Jordan.


  22. Coleman,Belinda, Eric,

    Please know that we are praying for Coleman and your family, Coleman is never far from our thoughts. He means the world to us and we have come to love him as a son that he will soon be. He entered Jordan's life and turned on a light that has shined brightly since then. If ever two people were meant to be together it's Coleman and Jordan. I now know the true meaning of soul mates. There love endures all. Coleman please be strong and keep fighting, know that we love you.

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

    And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

    Mike & Debbie Woodward
    Future parent-in-laws

  23. Coleman my thoughts and prayers are with you and your speedy recovery from this obstacle in your young life. It is truly a tragedy that such a wonderful family must walk this path of tough times but like the many other posts on here I too believe that their faith in the Lord will help walk them through these tough times.

  24. we havent talked in a couple months coleman..
    but i know you are a very strong boy and you will fight as hard as you can through this!!
    i hope for the best for you and your family.
    love you boy.

    stay strong!!
    <3. kayti lane

  25. Coleman, Eric, Belinda and Family...

    We have been in prayer all day long, and will continue to pray for a miracle healing, strength, encouragement, guidance and an overwhelming sense of peace. May you feel God's presence as you have never felt it before! We love you...

    Rick, Michelle, Kirsti, Nikki and Lexi Teague

  26. Wanted to let you know that you are in all my prayers and will always be.
    I Love you all,
    Abby Parette

  27. many TU students are praying

  28. Coleman you make us proud fighting for are freedom.You are my hero! keep fighting you are in all are prayers. we love you

    the Pattersons

  29. Coleman, my pied piper.

    You are always the one who brings people together. Here you are, once again, bringing people together, some of whom haven't spoken in years, to pray for you. Be strong, dear boy, fight hard as I know you can. I am in constant conversation with the Lord on your behalf, asking for more strength, healing, comfort, peace... a miracle.

    Belinda and Eric, may our Father grant you, my brother and sister, all the comfort and peace of the shelter of His arms as the hours pass. He still grants miracles. There are many praying for exactly that.

    In Faith, Hope, and Love,