Brethren Supporting Brethren

Welcome to Brethren Supporting Brethren!

We are encouraged to live lives focused on giving rather than receiving. There are so many brethren going through trials throughout the world and we can help alleviate some of their burdens! With Brethren Supporting Brethren, we seek to connect brethren in need with those looking to give back. Fundraisers, meal services, and other needs are all included in the list.

If you have a need, or know of one posted by brethren, do not be shy to submit it — that’s what Brethren Supporting Brethren is for! If you would prefer to remain anonymous, we currently allow anonymous submissions through the Brethren Supporting Brethren submission form (included below). You may also email requests and details to Wesley Kendall (wesken20@gmail.com). Please note that assistance for education and business expenses are in most cases more suitable for the Educational & Business Development Grant Program, and those requesting such assistance will be directed to apply for the grant.

We are aware that sometimes there are requests, especially financial, that are not entirely legitimate. While Church of God Network is not responsible for the validity of requests listed on Brethren Supporting Brethren, we strive to include only legitimate requests. We ask that you use diligence to verify requests prior to submitting them.

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:37-40, NKJV)

Organizer: Bringing Hope to the Community Uganda (Paul Maino)

Benefiting party: Atuhaire Ronald & His Grandmother

Link to support: https://www.givingway.com/campaign/fefabb

From the GivingWay page…

Atuhaire Ronald aged 9 years is an orphan whose both parents died and now he is leaving with the grand mother by name Mrs Ninsiima Benadeta who stays at Kabagara village, Nyakigumba town council Bunyangabu District in western Uganda. He is now admitted at hospital and is seriously sick suffering from cerebral palsy and the grandmother can’t afford paying her medical bills that’s why I was forced to run for him this campaign to help the old woman pay the medical bills.

Once the funds are sent they will be directly taken to the grandmother to pay for the hospital bills and photos will be sent to the anonymous donor as proof for accountability.

Organizer: May Waon

Benefiting party: Isaac Vierra & Family

Link to support: https://www.gofundme.com/f/388759-isaac-needs-your-help

From the GoFundMe page…

Meet Isaac Vierra, my 14 year old active nephew and healthy boy who loves to explore! Isaac is Amy Vierra’s (Warrington) son. He is a twin and his sister and family care for him very much! He is a curious boy and recently had an accident that has left him without most of his fingers on his left hand. He has had 2 surgeries in the last two weeks and has another surgery in 1 week. He will continue to have surgeries over the coming year to put him back together, get rehabilitation, and eventually prosthetic fingers, so he can have a normal life. Pain and wound care are big parts of his recovery right now. While Isaac has medical insurance, it doesn’t cover the hospital he had his surgery in, as it was a Level 1 trauma center, one of the best in the country. He stayed there for 10 days for both of his surgeries post accident. There will be other expenses that are not covered by insurance, so we’d like to ask for assistance from those who are willing and able to contribute. It’s going to be a long road to recovery, approximately one year, but we are grateful to those who have reached out with prayers and encouragement.

Organizer: Bringing Hope to the Community Uganda

Benefiting party: Ssemujju Allan

Link to support: https://www.givingway.com/campaign/e9cedd

From the GivingWay page…

Ssemujju Allan is a boy aged 13 years from Myanzi Village, Kasanda subcounty in Mubende District central Uganda and is a son to John Pamba and Night Rose who have been faithful members of the church of God since Mr Armstrong time and have been faithful to-date now they have a son who has been battling skin cancer since the age of 8 and now he needs Operation and has been referred to Cancer Institute in Mulago Kampala but the parents are unable to pay for the medical bills which has forced ha run this campaign to save the little boy by contributing the little we have to support the family financially such that the boy can be operated.

Once the funds are received they will be directly delivered to the parents such that they can take the kid to hospital immediately and as an organization we shall follow them up and take photos for proper accountability and transparency is our organization core values states.

 

Organizer: Breanna Sandate

Benefiting party: Leah Robinson and Family

Link to support: https://www.facebook.com/donate/784393585762851/

From the Facebook Donate page…

Just over a week ago my beautiful sister in law Leah had to be put on sedation in the ICU. Extreme blood flow restriction to the back of her brain paired with high blood pressure resulted in multiple seizures and a stroke. She was finally able to be lifted out of sedation but came out with damage to her brain. She will need to spend 3-4 weeks in a specialty rehab facility. She has a 2 month old daughter and loving husband at home that could really use your support and prayers.

 

 

Organizer: Samantha Stump

Benefiting party: Family of Brenda Norman

Link to support: https://www.gofundme.com/f/brenda-norman-funeral-and-memorial-fund

From the GoFundMe page…

On December 15th Brenda Norman suffered a massive stroke. She has been on a ventilator for the last two days and was moved to Bryan West in Lincoln. Tonight the ventilator was removed and she has been made comfortable until her eventual passing. This fund is to raise money for funeral and essential costs for Briana and Grant Norman with the soon passing of their mother. Brenda is a wonderful, beautiful lady and mother and will be missed by so many. The goal of this fundraiser is to help make things easier for her family. Please consider supporting.

Update: At 11:10 this evening (December 19) Brenda passed away in her sleep. Rest in peace Brenda. You are so loved and will be missed by so many.

Organizer: Ethan Luman

Benefiting party: Michael Gonzalez

Link to support: https://givesendgo.com/MichaelGonzalez

From the GiveSendGo page…

On Tuesday December 1, 2020, Michael Gonzalez was traveling home from work when he was hit by a vehicle that crossed over 4 lanes of traffic. The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene, while Michael’s car was totaled. He suffered a punctured lung, a fractured right knee (patella bone) that will require the Lord’s healing or surgery to place a pin in his knee, severe hip pain, and lots of cuts, bruises and bleeding under the skin. He said that the hand of God was on him immediately even before the collision as all he could do during and after the wreck was praise God.

Michael needs a dependable car. He is also unable to work until he heals so he is without income and has regular bills and rent still coming in. He does not have health insurance and expects large hospital bills, follow up appointments, and was told he will need surgery. Michael only had liability coverage on his car and the other driver was not insured. At this time, all that is expected from the insurance company is $2,500 for uninsured motorist personal injury protection. This will likely not even cover the cost of the ambulance.

Anything the body of Christ and others can do to help will be greatly appreciated as cars and healthcare are so expensive now. Our hope is to somehow meet or exceed this goal as many hands make light work. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2.

Please take time to thank the Lord for Michael’s life, for delivering him through this trial, pray for a full and speedy recovery if it be God’s will, that Michael would learn all the Lord has to teach him through this, help as you can and share with others.

Organizer: Crystal & Tory Trone

Benefiting party: Kathleen Trone (widow of Dirk Trone)

Link to support: https://www.gofundme.com/f/dirk-trones-widow-fund

From the GoFundMe page…

On Friday, December 11th, Dirk Trone suffered a fatal heart attack while at work.

Dirk’s job was the primary source of income for he and his wife Kathy. Dirk had carried life insurance for years – however, it was unexpectedly canceled just prior to this tragic incident due to a misunderstanding regarding the specific type of cancer he had battled fifteen years ago.

This fundraiser is to help ease the weight of the immediate financial burdens that Kathy now faces, and to give her time to grieve. Additionally, she will have to sell the family home they lived in and raised their family in for 30 years – one that Dirk designed and built by hand.

Dirk had a servant’s heart. If you attended any gathering with him, he and his wife Kathy likely were working behind the scenes to help it all go smoothly.

He enjoyed the outdoors, spending time with his kids and grandkids, and serving his church community.

He had a genuine appreciation for life, and loved God and his family fiercely.

Dirk was a gentle and kind man who served tirelessly. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

We greatly appreciate your kind thoughts, prayers, messages, and donations that will help ease this difficult journey for Kathy.

Organizer: Joel Thompson

Benefiting party: Family of Roger Ross

Link to support: https://www.gofundme.com/f/medical-fundraiser-for-roger-ross

From the GoFundMe page update on 11/27/2020…

It is with deep sadness that I must announce the passing of Roger on the morning of Wednesday 11/25/2020.

In lieu of flowers, Terri has asked that donations be directed to this Go Fund Me page.

It will help here with household and funeral expenses.

Roger was the consummate BBQ specialist, as well as a semi professional fisherman. He will greatly missed.

PS: He liked his beer and Crown Royal 🙂

Organizers: Debbie Kellers Haggard and Eric Breedlove

Benefiting party: Lori Breedlove

Link to support: https://www.gofundme.com/f/assistance-for-daily-care-for-lori-breedlove

From the GoFundMe page…

On January 26th 2020 Lori Breedlove was involved in a severe rollover accident on her way to work. This accident left her with a fractured spine, no use of her hands, unable to walk and she currently needs 24 hour care.

On March 6th, 2020 her beloved husband Ray passed away after surgery complications in a separate hospital.  This left Lori with no caretaker or companion and no chance to say goodbye.

Lori’s in-home healthcare expenses at this time average around $10,000 a month and that does not include physical therapy. She also has her regular bills to take care of. She has moved through multiple hospitals and care facilities and now has to go home. While in these care facilities, she received much needed physical therapy and was progressing in her mobility. Now she is at home and her current insurance is only sending therapy one time a week each and she desperately needs more than that.  We believe she won’t be fully disabled forever, we believe she will regain independence with regular therapy. For the time being though, she needs financial assistance to be taken care of and heal.

We are working towards selling her current home in order to bring her living expenses to a more manageable level.

Organizer: The Tulsa and OKC UCG congregation

Benefiting party: RaeAnn Dowd & her family

Link to support: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-rae-ann-dowd039s-medical-expenses

From the GoFundMe page…

RaeAnn Dowd was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer which has metastasized into her bones and liver. RaeAnn has had several radiation treatments to target specific areas as well as taking medications to target her hormones. RaeAnn is the wife of Ed Dowd who currently pastors the United Church of God, Tulsa and Oklahoma City Congregations. They have three young boys that have been a great help to their family in this time of need, Chandler, Zarek and Broen.

After speaking with the Dowds, they were informed that some of the medications might not be covered by their insurance, as well as having a high deductible, this can create a hardship that should not be the focal point of their lives. This will be a long, costly road ahead and as a congregation we are seeking financial support for the Dowd family to ease some of their financial burdens.

Most importantly, we would ask for prayers on RaeAnn’ s behalf as she faces this difficult trial. As many of us have dealt with cancer before with either our own selves or family members, we know that this is a challenging time in the family’s lives as well. Please keep all of them in your prayers.

Organizers: Maino Paul (primary contact, GivingWay organizer) | Wesley Kendall (GoFundMe organizer)

Benefiting party: The individuals and families in Uganda helped by BHCU

Links to support:

BHCU, run by a member in Uganda, Maino Paul, has several projects to assist people in Uganda in need of aid. See the need-specific GivingWay links if you would like to donate to specific needs, or use the GoFundMe or GivingWay links for BHCU to donate to the organization itself which can distribute funds.

From the GoFundMe page

Maino Paul, a member in Uganda who directs a nonprofit for helping local youth and women through projects and material assistance, is requesting aid in helping to meet the needs of several individuals and for the nonprofit (Bringing Hope to the Community Uganda – BHCU).

Included in the needs are two wheelchairs for disabled individuals, tailoring machines for providing a source of work (and therefore income) for individuals, knitting machines for the same purpose, cheap desktop computers for training youth on technology, school supplies for orphans and disadvantaged children, a house renovation for an older couple who are in danger of their roof falling onto them, and goats for rearing for general provision for poor brethren.

BHCU greatly values accountability and transparency. It is not expected that all of these projects can be completed at once, however all donations will be put to good use towards them. If you as a donor would like to see the receipts and photos of activity, Maino Paul has offered to share those. You can send a request for these and other information through the Facebook page, or send an email to bringinghopetothecommunity2013@gmail.com.

From the GivingWay page for a vehicle and registration with Uganda Cooperative Alliance

I would love to bring to your attention that the government of Uganda has directed that all community based organizations should register with the insurance company such that in case of any risks in the organization we can be compensated and when we received that notification we decided to register with Uganda Cooperative Alliance and one of its terms and conditions to register with them is that the organization should be having a vehicle and lucky enough I have my neighbour who is selling his car at 7.000.000 Uganda shillings equivalent to 2000US$ and once we register with UCA then we can even start benefiting from government programs,

Therefore am requesting you lobby for us from our fellow brethren to support us raise that money and we purchase that vehicle to run the organizational projects and also registering our organization from being blocked by the government, on another note they have said if the organization doesn’t register the licence will be revoked from it.

From the GivingWay page for COVID-19 lockdown starvation relief for 83 single-mother households

With the sudden issuing of the lockdown in Uganda, a lot of the young women and youth we support were not ready and have thus been affected in so many ways, though we have tried to supply food some are still lacking food and currently we have 83 single mothers waiting to be supported with food.

We shall use the funds to purchase food from food stores and supply the food to the rural areas we operate from.

From the GivingWay page for replacing a widow & family’s dangerously deteriorating house

Ms. Tindyera Beatrice aged 68 years is a native of Burongo village in kicwamba subcounty in kabarole Uganda is seeking for help towards the fixing of her leaking house that is about to fall on her, this comes about after the place was attacked by heavy floods and down pour, the husband died and left her with over 7 children to take care of and in this pandemic she has also failed to provide to them food and they are starving seriously as they can’t do much.

Once the funds are obtained we shall build for her a new semi permanent house and get her enough food that can enable her pass through this lock down and also get a small scale business that can sustain her and the children, we shall also provide her with her basic needs.

Organizer: Jennifer Castillo

Benefiting party: Kristen Hocker and her family

Links to support:

From the GoFundMe page…

As Kristen’s journey to kick cancer continues, the extent of the financial demand that comes with her Cancer diagnosis and the subsequent treatment continues to rapidly increase. Because of this, we have decided to increase our goal to 50k. Here is a message from a close family friend:

About five weeks ago Kristen’s legs were not working well and giving out on her. She got checked out, called by her doctor and told to immediately go to the Emergency Room at Research Hospital. Within days they found a very rare cancer (Kristen calls it a Unicorn Cancer), a tumor inside her spine. They did surgery knowing that Kristen could be paralyzed from the waist down and she is. The first few weeks were very painful and difficult for Kristen. She got through it all by the grace of God, prayers and her can-do spirit. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy started working with her soon after her surgery. The therapists work hard for Kristen, challenging her as she challenged them and together with God’s help her left leg is getting some muscle control back with the right leg having a bit of movement. PT is helping Kristen to learn to move herself on a board from her bed to a chair and to wherever else she needs to move to. They are helping to awaken her muscles in her legs. At this time the hip and stomach muscles are not working properly. The road ahead of her is a long one and an expensive one at that.

Kristen needs you to be on her Team, Sunny Side of Life! She will continue to need medical equipment, supplies, new medical equipment as she progresses, supplies for daily care, therapy (once insurance stops), help with medical bills, essentials to help her body heal that is not covered by insurance, making her home handicapped accessible, BioFreeze pain patches, and the list goes on. Insurance will only cover so much and then the family will be on their own. We want Kristen to know that she has another family, Team Sunny Side of Life Family! She needs your prayers, your monetary support and she needs you to share her GoFundMe page with as many people as you can and encourage them to donate. She needs you to do your own fundraisers on behalf of her to help her to one day walk again through the grace of God. She needs to know she has a team of people who will support her, give her encouragement, keep in touch with her, love her and let her know she does matter. We have increased the amount on the GoFundMe page to $50,000. An amount I believe we can meet with your help. Will you join Kristen and her family and become a part of the Team Sunny Side of Life Family?

(See the GoFundMe page for the full description and updates)