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Families in Need
$780 Will Provide Relief from the Hot Haitian Summer for a Family with a New Baby Print E-mail
Kessa Marky LCC received the following request from Jackie Rychel, the Executive Director of Ministry in Mission, from Pastor Marky Kessa, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti. Nathan Prevot has been a familiar face to many mission teams working in Jacmel, Haiti at the First Lutheran Church. Nathan has shared his talent with many and is the organizer of the "God's Plus" musical group. He is now studying to become a Pastor in Haiti.

Dear brothers and sisters,

I choose to write to you on behalf of Nathan family, his wife going to have a baby soon. They live without power and July, August and September are very hot in Haiti.

I am looking for your help so his wife and new baby have a way to provide some power:

  • $400 for two batteries
  • inventor = $ 100
  • solar panel = $210
  • regulator = $ 70
The total is $780 since Nathan is able to do the work himself. With this equipment, the family will have light and fans for the whole day and night.

Please try to do anything you could do for this family
Rev. Marky Kessa

To help provide electricity for Nathan’s family, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:54
Travel Trailer Needed for Couple Whose Home was Severely Damaged by Flooding Print E-mail
Pastor Matthew LCC received the following request from Pastor Matthew Blackford (pictured), Lord of Life Lutheran Church, LaFox, IL
We have a retired couple whose house sustained severe flooding in the recent storms. The house is currently uninhabitable. Because of insurance complications the couple is responsible for paying for and supervising the repair work. They do not want to leave the property while the work is being completed so they are in need of a travel trailer that they can cook and sleep in. They do not need electricity (the house has electricity restored) or bathroom facilities, just a place to sleep and do light cooking. They would need the trailer for approximately two months.
If you have a travel trailer they could use please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:16
Family of Four Needs Rental Help Due to Recent Disability Print E-mail
Rental Assistance LCC received the following request for assistance this week from Rev. Dr. Micheal M Strong, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Farmersville, IL:
Rental AssistanceA family of four – husband (disabled), daughter (14) deaf, autistic and Tourette’s syndrome, a son (first grade) and the wife (employed part time) are in need financial help. They need $750 for rent for the month of June. The landlord seems to be willing to take payments in part over a period of time as they have lived in the same house for some time. It was the husband becoming disabled that has put them in this financial jam. It is a simple request. $750 does not seem like much, but when you do not have it, it is a huge amount. Jamie, the wife, sat in the church telling me her story. While she appeared composed, and almost matter of fact about her problems, it was not long before she began to quietly cry when she spoke of the tension her lack of rent money was creating within the family. While Jamie is a Baptist, she is not attending church because of her work schedule, and seems open to attending Zion Evangelical Lutheran when she can. She will receive a friendly welcome for certain. Any donations will certainly help.

To donate towards rental assistance CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:15
Single Mother of Two Struggling to Pay Bills After She Loses Home to a Fire Print E-mail
Immanuel Lutheran Church A request from Pastor Tom Acton of Immanuel Lutheran Church - Palatine, IL:

A member of Risen Savior, Byron (where Pastor Tom is consulting during their vacancy) suffered a fire in her home and has had to move to Rockford. Risen Savior has helped her a bit. She is a single mom and is struggling to keep her children in Christian schools. At this time tuition and uniforms are more than she can afford. (One in middle school and one in high school).

Please pray for this family as they go through this difficult time. To donate to financially support this family in payment of their bills, please CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:04
Pastoral Request for Medical Care for Alex Frerichs - West Nile Virus Survivor Print E-mail
Alex Pastor Steve Maske of Good Shepherd in Elgin, IL emailed LCC asking for support for one of its members, Alex Frerichs. Alex was infected with the devastating West Nile Virus in August 2012. Although she has made great progress, high medical costs jeopardize her future treatment. A friend of Alex describes the situation and asks for support:
"When Alex first contracted the virus she was in a coma for months and the year that followed she was in and out of hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Alex was left with limited mobility, she is wheelchair bound, unable to speak and in need of round the clock care. Alex is home now and is being cared for by her mother and father, Annette and Steve. After Alex became sick, Annette lost her job. Annette is Alex's caregiver; they work daily on getting her stronger. Alex is a very determined young lady and works very diligently with her exercises and therapies, unfortunately insurance will no longer cover her treatment of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Through the generosity of Angels for Alex, a fundraiser she had in 2013, they were able to at seek treatment at the Carrick Brain Center ( in Atlanta, Ga. She has also been able to work with a team of Integrative doctors here in the Chicago-land area to continue her rehabilitation from the Carrick Brain Center. All the doctors are confident Alex will eventually walk and talk again. It has been a slow progression but she is now able to move her legs slightly. Unfortunately the money from the fundraiser has run out. The family has also been denied financial help through the state to renovate their home to better take care of Alex. Annette and Steve also recently had to purchase a wheelchair accessible van to transport Alex due to the physical demands put on them from lifting her in and out of their vehicle. I believe God has a special plan for my friend Alex, not only has she has to fight this difficult virus but she is also a double transplant recipient."

To read more about Alex's story and follow her progression, CLICK HERE.

Please pray for Alex and her family as she continues to recover. Please consider donating to aid her family with the medical costs, to donate CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:56
Request for Chair-Lift for Woman at Zion Lutheran Print E-mail
Zion Lutheran Parish Nurse, Jane Geske at Zion Lutheran Church in Bensenville, brought to our attention the need for a lift chair by Marcia, a member of the church. A used chair or money for a new or used chair would be most appreciated.

If you have a chair to donate, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:01
Capes Family Fund in Rochelle, IL Print E-mail
Capes On Saturday evening LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield delivered a check to Rev. Gregory Hoffmann of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rochelle, IL for the Capes family who lost everything in the April 9th tornado that hit Rochelle. After the service, talking with Lillie and Ruben Capes, Dianna learned that by God’s grace they were not in their home of 46 years when the tornado destroyed the house. For one hundred years that house weathered storms of all kinds but not this last one. On that day, which also happened to be their 60th wedding anniversary, Lillie and Ruben were not home when the tornado destroyed their home. When they returned home they thanked God that they had not been there. Amongst the rubble of what had been their home they found Lillie’s three dobroes undamaged and still in their cases. Lillie plays the dobro in St. Paul’s praise band (a dobro is a guitar-like instrument that lays on your lap when played). As they cleared away the rubble of their home they thought they would eventually find the body of their dead cat but two weeks later the cat was found alive stuck within the flue of the fireplace chimney.

Truly this was another story of God’s love and faithfulness. Out of the tragedy and destruction brought good to those He loves through the work of hundreds of volunteers who came to help with the clean-up. Your donations will help the Capes put their lives back together. In about 10 weeks, about the first of August, they will be moving into a newly built home.

CLICK HERE to continue providing financial help for the Capes at this critical time.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 18:13
Request from Rev Mark Miller – CID District President – Young Pastor is in Desperate Need of Help from a Prolonged Illness Print E-mail
Health Problems Our ability to take a breath is something most of us take for granted, but what happens when you cannot breathe? A respiratory disease can limit a person's ability to interact with others because of infection, it can limit the ability to communicate, it can limit mobility. Rev. Mark Miller, president of the Central Illinois District of LCMS, has a pastor in his district who has been battling a multitude of respiratory problems since before Christmas. The drugs he is taking to fight infection do not allow him to sleep more than a few hours each night. The infections and diseases have limited his ability to serve his congregation, to enjoy his family and leave him so weak that he is barely able to make it through a sermon on Sunday. Plus all the hospital, doctor and pharmacy bills have placed a tremendous strain on the family finances.

Please keep this pastor in your prayers and if you could assist with his medical bills, please click here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 18:39
Iraqi Family Needs Rent Help Print E-mail
Iraqi Family Update: Thanks to your generous support‎ Pastor Shehab was presented with a check of your donations. Iraqi Family

Rev. Hesham Shehab, pastor of Salam Christian Fellowship in Lombard, IL, requests help for a new Iraqi refugee family. The head of the household is between two jobs, and will be able to stand on his feet next month, but this month the family needs $900 to cover their rent. As Pastor Shehab wrote “…please show the love of Christ by donating to this new Salam family.”

Click here to donate towards rental assistance for this Iraqi refugee family.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 10:21
Help Laurie, Ella and Hayden Cross the Finish Line!! Print E-mail
family in need Last year, at the request of Pastor Warren Schilf, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palatine, IL, we told you the story of Laurie Wavrunek and her two children who are battling a combination of illnesses (Lyme disease, mold allergies and others) that has all but paralyzed the family. Your generous donations have helped them deal with the very expensive and difficult treatments they are undergoing in Florida. But their commitment to save their lives cost them over $300,000 in 2013 and more again in 2014. Below is an update on their story. Your prayers and donations would again be appreciated.

Remember that for donations like this 100% of every dollar you contribute to their cause goes to their cause (through their church).

Click here to donate to the family’s treatment Click here to read the original request

Life is good. I like that slogan. I even enjoyed saying it to myself while I cut grass on the property that we rented in the country. We didn't have much financially or materialistically, but we loved the Lord our God and we were blessed with two wonderful children, whom we were homeschooling. We were very health-conscious, eating organically, loving the outdoors and nature, and exercising regularly. Our children even participated in a triathlon and I had competed in 5K and 8K runs and 3 triathlons. All this until my foot went mysteriously numb during one of the bike portions of a race. I didn't think much about it until I began to experience more bizarre symptoms and progressively became sicker with each passing day.

A few of the most common repeated symptoms I experienced over a 6 month period were: intense neck pain and cracking, headaches, tingling and numbness in my extremities, burning pain in my feet and head, joint pain in my wrists, knees and ankles, dizziness, face and jaw pressure, tooth pain, crawling sensations in my face and down my spine, forgetfulness, brain fog, difficulty finishing my sentences, difficulty writing and forgetting how to write certain letters, brain vibrations, swirling noises and sensations in my head, auditory hallucinations, feelings of disconnect from my family, increased anxiety, inability to walk at times due to weakness in my legs, loss of bodily hair, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, weight loss and blurred vision.

During the six months of symptoms, I had a brain and neck MRI and a sinus CT scan completed. I saw multiple doctors, Specialists, and top Neurologists in Madison, WI. I was told by all the doctors that there "was nothing physically wrong with me" and that it was more than likely that I was "sleep deprived and my symptoms were all psychological." I was given a prescription for an anti-depressant to help with my "head pressure and vibrations."

To be honest, I was sent home to die, as I got worse everyday. I was my own advocate and researched day and night. I tried to tell doctors I had Lyme Disease but no one would believe me. A top Neurologist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison told me "Chronic Lyme Disease has not been scientifically proven and Lyme is not prevalent in Wisconsin, it's mostly on the East coast." All of which was not true! I finally did find a Naturopath doctor who believed me. Through IGeneX labs in California, she tested me and my 9 year old daughter, who was also exhibiting some symptoms (extreme fatigue and tingling/numbing sensations) and who was told by multiple doctors that she just had "allergies." The results were we both had Lyme Disease. We began a round of antibiotics until I could locate a LLMD (Lyme-Literate Medical Doctor) who could take over my care.

In the meantime, it was also recommended that we have our rental home checked for mold. We did and found that there was Stachybotrys mold and other toxic molds in the home. We had to vacate the house immediately. Over the weekend of Thanksgiving 2013, we put our belongings into a storage shed and by the mere grace of God, my parents had a lake cabin near my husband's work, where we were able to stay.

At the end of November 2013, I was able to finally see a LLMD. (He did not treat children, so my daughter continued with antibiotic use via our Naturopath doctor until the end of December 2013, when she appeared improved.) I was put on 5 various oral antibiotics, 2 anti-fungals and a lot of various supplements. I initially improved somewhat, but then got actually sicker on treatment. I began having nausea, vomiting and was unable to eat. I was losing my balance as well and needed a cane to walk. In May 2014, my LLMD told me to stop treatment for a month for my stomach to heal. It was at this time that I realized oral antibiotics were not the answer for me and I began looking out of state for other treatment options The Lord guided us to Sponaugle Wellness Institute in Florida, where I began IV natural (and occasional antibiotic) treatment on June 2, 2014.

Since being here, I have learned that I not only have Lyme Disease, but I also have its co-infections of Bartonella and Babesia, as well as Trichothecene (black mold) toxicity which shuts down your immune system. Upon further testing of our family, it was noted that they all also have Trichothecene toxicity and that Ella and Hayden both have Lyme Disease and Bartonella. Genetic testing showed that Jeff (my spouse), Ella and I do not have the ability to detoxify mold or Lyme toxins. Hayden cannot detoxify mold toxins.

Since Jeff was "functional" and had to return to work, he was not treated at the clinic. Ella and Hayden began IV treatment with me in October 2014.

With any disease and toxicity, once you begin treatment, you get worse before you get better. We have all had good days and bad days. On the good days, there are minimal symptoms, mainly fatigue. On the bad days, there is blurry vision, brain fog, head pressure, nausea, chest and joint pain, difficulty walking, etc. Ella and I have been in/out of wheelchairs due to weakness. I had a cardiac event related to toxin release and a spinal injury , unrelated to treatment. Ella gets daily IV insertions for treatment, Hayden and I both have had PICC lines inserted as our veins were not as good. I am glad to say we are seeing improvements and through it all, our God has been good and is our ROCK, strength and peace!

During our time in treatment, Jeff received a job offer in Oregon. He was able to stay with us for about 2 months last year, but had to leave on November 18, 2014 to begin his new job venture. He is now in Oregon, renting a room in a house, while we remain in treament. It is very hard on all of us, especially the children, as we miss each other greatly! It has been almost 6 months since we have seen him. My parents have been here with us since Jeff left. We are all staying in one hotel room. The kids and I have been living in the hotel for almost a year now.

Although we are getting closer, we are not yet finished with treatment. I have improved about 85%. I do not know how much longer the children or I will have. We do not want to have to end treatment abruptly due to finances, as the treatment IS EFFECTIVE and IS WORKING!! It is just this disease and toxicities are so awful, that it takes time to treat them.

Since getting sick in 2013, we have spent well over $300,000 out of pocket on healthcare treatment since insurance will not pay for Lyme Disease treatment, supplements or any other alternative modalities. Having three of us now in treatment (me for 11 months and my children for 6 months) you can imagine the costs we are enduring. We have now gone through our entire life savings and have no hidden investments available. We do not have a house to sell.

Would you please consider donating to help us so we can properly finish our treatment? My parents are graciously helping us with food and hotel costs, but Jeff and I are asking for your help with our medical expenses, which are not covered by insurance. All donations will go towards our weekly IV treatments (5 days per week), colonic hydrotherapies (2x/week), weekly PICC line dressing changes, medical supplements and/or various lab work.

THANK YOU so much for your consideration! We greatly appreciate any donation and your prayers for our family. God Bless You!! Jeff, Laurie, Ella and Hayden

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:05
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