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I have served the Lord for 25 years. During most of that time I have been the Director of Security at what was at one time Piedmont Bible College. It was later named Piedmont Baptist College and, now, Piedmont International University.

As you may know, Christian ministry is not the highest paying field. I am not complaining about that, however, it didn't allow me to save for the day when I would retire and now I find myself asking for the help of other Christians in a time of extreme need. The need was compounded when my former employer decided to eliminate my position in favor of hiring police officers to do that job.

My wife of a litte over 10 years is needing a surgical procedure done. I have a colonsoscopy needing to be done which will be done tomorrow, October 9, 2019. I will deplete what little savings we have as insurance will not cover the procedure since it is not a screening. I am also in need of a biopsy. My father had a 6 1/2 year battle with prostate cancer which he ultimately lost in 2009 and due to family history I need to have this checked soon.

Fast forward to more recent history. Until last year I lived on the campus so that I could respond quickly if needed. However, I was forced to move off campus last year to make way for student housing. My wife and I decided to purchase a home so that we would not lose money just paying rent. Shortly after that happened our car's engine died and it made it necessary to purchase another vehicle. That wiped out our savings. Then our health problems reared their ugly heads! With no job, 59, years old and little income, it puts my wife and I in a severe financial bind. Now, we are faced with going bankrupt as a result. We could lose the meager things that we have worked hard to build. The house we bought was a foreclosure with a multitude of problems, but it is our humble home. We face not having enough money to even heat the house.

Though we have a small business, it is not producing the income we need. It was started to supplement my income due to the low pay at a Christian college. Currently, the business is showing a loss, though I am hopeful that by the end of the year it will be profitable, but just barely.

Your contribution will help us get our ship back on course. We have never failed to serve God and look to Him to supply our need. We have given faithfully to God over the years, now we are asking for help from other Christians in meeting our needs as a result of things that were beyond our control. Your help will allow us to weather a storm and it would be a great encouragement to us.

Those who know us know that we are not extravagant spenders. They would also know that we would give the shirts off our backs to those in need. Now, for once in our lives, we are the ones in need.

Denise Johnson

2019-11-12 13:48:45

You and Emely have been such wonderful servant leaders and I know God will continue to bless you for all the years you have served so many. We love you both.

Anonymous

2019-11-05 11:59:10

Thank you for giving of yourself to your Church and God's work

Jon and West Virginia

2019-10-22 21:37:29

We love you guys! We have been in the hard place where life feels like it is out of control. We have felt the love of Christian brothers and sisters who came alongside to support us, making the unbearable feel bearable. You two were a part of that. We are so happy to have the opportunity to show you our support in return. God will be faithful as He always has been!

Anonymous

2019-10-21 02:49:56

We stand strong with you - Joshua 1:9. God bless...

Amanda M Simmers

2019-10-11 13:36:24

Praying that God will provide. I know that I always felt safe on the PBC campus with you on security. I thank you for your service as a faithful servant. For all those that you have taken care of and all those that you have kept safe so your service I pray now that those people will come to your aid in one of your greatest times of need. God bless you and your wife may he lift you up with health and strength.

Anonymous

2019-10-10 18:08:20

Thank you for serving and sacrificing to help keep the students safe. You were there my whole time through Piedmont and several of my friends worked for you during our time there.

Anonymous

2019-10-10 18:08:10

Thank you for keeping PIU safe for us for so many years (and for helping me get into my car when I locked my keys inside more than once!)

Doug Hollish

2019-10-09 22:37:48

Kenny, I know what it is to face large medical expenses due to cancer. I am also aware that you were not paid what you were worth as part of the Christian ministry you were involved in. On top of all that, you chased away two guys who were chasing my daughter Cindy several years back. For all these reasons, I want to bless you in your time of need albeit in a small way. Prayers going up on your behalf!

Cindy Wiley

2019-10-09 19:25:16

Thank you for your ministry. As a student and once a fellow co-worker, I witnessed your selflessness and love for others. Your labor did not go unnoticed and I will always be grateful to you for all that you have done.

Anonymous

2019-10-09 16:46:06

Kenny has worked and helped people all of his adult life. I know him well. He has never asked anyone for help. He has helped me many times. I wish I could do more.

Anonymous

2019-10-09 16:04:36

I’m so sorry to hear about your financial struggles. I am confident that the lord will supply every need!!

Esther Neal

2019-10-09 12:23:18

Kenny, i’m so sorry to hear about this. You have been such a faithful servant of the Lord all these years. Praying for you, friend! Esther Neal (aka Blondie)

Brian and Eva

2019-10-09 02:01:17

Praying for you. Wish we could do more.

Anonymous

2019-10-09 01:50:48

Wish we could do more - praying all the others who know and love you will help too.

Anonymous

2019-10-09 01:41:38

I hope this helps a little Kenny!

Update #3
November 12, 2019, 4:12 pm

We appreciate so many of you giving sacrificially. It is very encouraging to see God's people responding to our need. It has made an othewise difficult situation a little more bearable. Thank you!

We are currently trying to get health insurance in place for myself. To be added to Emely's plan would cost us over $500 per month. This is the slow season for carpet cleaning. We are working to add more customers, especially in our janitorial services. If you know anyone in the Triad that needs top-notch janitorial services, then just have them contact us. Also, We have checked out Cost Sharing ministries for health care. The problem with those are the preexisting conditions. Being diabetic can lead to many complications.

I am working every day to try to cover our expenses. These next four months will be very difficult unless we have a warmer than average winter. It is my hope that the winter will not be too bad this year for several reasons. One concern is the heating in the house will be more expensive if it is a bad winter. Th other problem is it kills business. Nobody wants to think about carpet cleaning if it is cold.

Continue to pray for Emely. She had the surgical biopsy on Thursday. We were told that the bill is going to be $4,500.00 plus the various other charges hospitals manage to find such as anathesiologist, lab and many other ancillory charges. We pray that we will have the money to pay for everything and still be able to manage our other bills. Your prayers for her will be very helpful!

I want to thank everyone who has given and especially to those who have taken time to pray! We know that God has this! Just keep us lifted up before God!

Kenny and Emely

Update #2
October 20, 2019, 11:29 pm

Thank you to the people who have already touched our lives in such a wonderful way. The Lord blessed us with your friendship and we are certainly blessed with the outpouring of prayer support and with the blessings of monetary support you have provided thus far.

As many of you know, my wife and I are facing some real hurdles as we try to adjust to our situation. I know God has this. I know it in my heart, I just struggle with being a total control freak and I am dealing with things that are beyond my control. In my heart I know that God knows my prayers and he even knew my situation before I knew it, however, in my mind I am struggling with how I will pay bills without a job. Health insurance is going to cost $530 per month. That would be costly under normal circumstances but without a job it is prohibitive. The decision I have to make is to risk going without insurance or eat, take care of our current bills or juggle them to try to make money hold out as long as I can. I have to make decisions soon about insurance as my insurance will end on November 1.  Some of this will be dictated by what is found in medical testing due to happen this week. Please continue to pray for me and Emely. She has a biopsy scheduled for November 15.

Your prayers will be helpful. Once again, thank you for both your prayers and your gifts to help us with our needs.

Kenny and Emely

Update #1
October 11, 2019, 12:47 am

Thank you to those who have crontributed. So many of you have mentioned things that I did that, to me, was just part of my job at Piedmont. It is nice to know that you remember those things and that it means enough to you to mention those things. I always tried to serve God by serving the students, faculty and staff at Piedmont. I cherish the memory of each of you.

Pray for my wife as she has a biopsy coming up and for me as I will likely have a biopsy scheduled soon.

We will keep each of you in our prayers!

Kenny

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Denise Johnson

23 days ago

You and Emely have been such wonderful servant leaders and I know God will continue to bless you for all the years you have served so many. We love you both.

$20

Anonymous Donor

30 days ago

Thank you for giving of yourself to your Church and God's work

$140

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32 days ago


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C Cartwright

33 days ago


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Jon and West Virginia

44 days ago

We love you guys! We have been in the hard place where life feels like it is out of control. We have felt the love of Christian brothers and sisters who came alongside to support us, making the unbearable feel bearable. You two were a part of that. We are so happy to have the opportunity to show you our support in return. God will be faithful as He always has been!

$500

Anonymous Donor

45 days ago

We stand strong with you - Joshua 1:9. God bless...

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Anonymous Donor

52 days ago


$25

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$100

Amanda M Simmers

55 days ago

Praying that God will provide. I know that I always felt safe on the PBC campus with you on security. I thank you for your service as a faithful servant. For all those that you have taken care of and all those that you have kept safe so your service I pray now that those people will come to your aid in one of your greatest times of need. God bless you and your wife may he lift you up with health and strength.

$200

Anonymous Donor

56 days ago

Thank you for serving and sacrificing to help keep the students safe. You were there my whole time through Piedmont and several of my friends worked for you during our time there.

$200

Anonymous Donor

56 days ago

Thank you for keeping PIU safe for us for so many years (and for helping me get into my car when I locked my keys inside more than once!)

$1000

Anonymous Donor

56 days ago


$100

Doug Hollish

56 days ago

Kenny, I know what it is to face large medical expenses due to cancer. I am also aware that you were not paid what you were worth as part of the Christian ministry you were involved in. On top of all that, you chased away two guys who were chasing my daughter Cindy several years back. For all these reasons, I want to bless you in your time of need albeit in a small way. Prayers going up on your behalf!

$20

Cindy Wiley

57 days ago

Thank you for your ministry. As a student and once a fellow co-worker, I witnessed your selflessness and love for others. Your labor did not go unnoticed and I will always be grateful to you for all that you have done.

$1000

Anonymous Donor

57 days ago

Kenny has worked and helped people all of his adult life. I know him well. He has never asked anyone for help. He has helped me many times. I wish I could do more.

$100

Anonymous Donor

57 days ago

I’m so sorry to hear about your financial struggles. I am confident that the lord will supply every need!!

$50

Anonymous Donor

57 days ago


$25

Esther Neal

57 days ago

Kenny, i’m so sorry to hear about this. You have been such a faithful servant of the Lord all these years. Praying for you, friend! Esther Neal (aka Blondie)

$25

Brian and Eva

57 days ago

Praying for you. Wish we could do more.

$25

Anonymous Donor

57 days ago

Wish we could do more - praying all the others who know and love you will help too.

$25

Anonymous Donor

57 days ago

I hope this helps a little Kenny!

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