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).

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)


Brenda Norman Funeral and Memorial Fund & Expenses

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.


Medical Expense Assistance + Vehicle Fund for Michael Gonzalez

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.


Expense Assistance for Recently Widowed Kathleen Trone

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.


Funeral Expenses for Roger Ross

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 lue 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 🙂


Support for Naftali Omondi to be Able to Attend College

Organizer: Paul Kendall

Benefiting party: Naftali Omondi

Link to support: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-him-rise-out-of-poverty-amp-achieve-his-dreams

From the GoFundMe page…

Needed by end of October 2020. This is a fundraising campaign for 20-year-old Naftali Omondi from western Kenya. Naftali has an opportunity to complete a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program at TUM (Technical University of Mombasa).

The university has recently re-opened and notified the students that a 3-week refresher study period and final exams will commence in early November and then Year-2/Semester-1 will commence in January. This GoFundMe campaign is requesting funds for Naftali’s bus trip back to Mombasa, accommodations during the next 6 months (November refresher classes/final exams, hold-over in December, and at least the next semester). He does have the option of returning home after the November final exams, then returning in January, but as you can imagine it would be preferable to simply stay from November and into the start of the January semester.

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


Assistance for Daily Care of Lori Breedlove

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.


Support for RaeAnn Dowd’s Medical Expenses

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.


Bringing Hope to the Community Uganda (BHCU)

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: https://www.givingway.com/project/96b7df (vehicle and registration with Uganda Cooperative Alliance) https://www.givingway.com/project/5ae999 (COVID-19 lockdown starvation relief for 83 single-mother households) | https://www.givingway.com/project/edc5ed (assistance for widow & family with house that is dangerously deteriorating) | https://www.gofundme.com/f/bringing-hope-to-the-community-uganda-bhcu | https://www.givingway.com/donate/bringing-hope-to-the-community-uganda-bhcu

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.

Click Here for a Spreadsheet of the Needs and How Much is Budgeted from Potential Donations for Each Need

Click Here for the BHCU Facebook Page

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.


Help Kristen Kick Cancer

Organizer: Jennifer Castillo

Benefiting party: Kristen Hocker and her family

Links to support: https://www.gofundme.com/f/vp8jxh-help-kristen-kick-cancer | https://mealtrain.com/d3lo9v

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)