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Update from the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deployment to Oregon Print E-mail
K-9s travel to Oregon From LCC President Tim Hetzner:
Report on OR Shooting – Morning of 10-13-2015


Crying – hugging – praying – caring – words of encouragement – assurance of hope in Jesus – healing in Jesus – Light in a time of darkness – Good in the face of evil – this is what is happening in each of our 12-15 hr days on campus!

We arrived late Sunday night with the second team out to Roseburg, OR to be on the Campus of UCC to be with staff and students after the shootings. Our team consisted of:

  • Aaron Comfort Dog (St. John's Lutheran Church - Napa, California) with Tim and Christy Kramer and Autumn Zimmerman
  • Moses Comfort Dog (Christ Lutheran Church - Cairo, Nebraska) with Kim Dibbern and Jan Leth
  • Angel Comfort Dog (St. John's Lutheran - La Grange, Illinois) with Kristen Stapleton
  • Bekah Comfort Dog (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School - Belvidere, Illinois) with Charmaine Cornwell
  • Hannah Comfort Dog (LCC) with Barb Granado
  • Claudia Comfort Dog-in-Training with Jeanne Moore
  • Jacob Comfort Dog-in-Training with Sharon Flaherty
  • Shami Comfort Dog (St. John Lutheran Church - Darien, Illinois) with Toni Bazon
  • Phil and Brenda Burden
  • Lutheran Church Charities President Tim Hetzner
  • LCC staff member Joel Moritz
K-9s travel to Oregon Monday morning after the team prayer time and orientation, we arrived at 7:15AM on the campus of UCC and were asked to situate ourselves in the center hub of the campus that all the students walk through. The long winding road onto the campus was filled with town people and others with signs of support and encouragement for the students returning for classes. It was very emotional to see such support. American flags from the utilizes companies hung over the road. Heartwarming. I can only imagine what the students felt as Monday was their first day back to classes.

K-9s travel to Oregon On campus, all were glad we returned from last week with the team of LCC K9 Comfort Dogs – although most are different dogs but there were several familiar faces and paws!

Like last week – we let students pet the Comfort Dogs, let them talk, and prayed with those who asked! Wow – the faith of many of the students. What has happened on this campus – if the intent of the shooter was to dampen the Christian presence – well it didn’t work. In fact, people are coming to know Jesus, some for the first time, as a result of what happened.

K-9s travel to Oregon “What a difference 10 minutes can make” was a comment I heard yesterday over and over again. To calm their fears, to know someone was there to pray for them, to have a “wet nose” of a Golden - helped the students have the strength emotionally to go from one class to the other. The same is true for Tuesday as many of the students choose not to return to the Campus on Monday but waited till Tuesday to return.

This Campus and town are strong people. They will grow stronger. There are Christians here that are doing what Christians do – love and support others with that Mercy and Compassion of Christ.

K-9s travel to Oregon The Comfort Dogs (and handlers) are walking students, who request, to their classes. They need that “ten minutes” with the Comfort Dogs to help them through the next class period. We are there for them because – well that is what we do as Christians.

Our Comfort Dogs are in the classes of the professor who was killed – to help the student’s process what has happened.

Charmaine Cornwell, handler of Bekah Comfort Dog, emailed LCC with her thoughts:

Something that really stood out to me is how God is all over this campus. The students and staff have been so receptive to prayer. Some have even asked that we pray with them…I have never prayed so much when out with the dogs as I have here in Oregon.

Please continue to watch the LCC website or LCC Facebook Page for updates

CLICK HERE to view the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Facebook Page updates

Ways you can support and be part of the effort to bring hope and healing to the community of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon

Thank you for your partnership in being the hands and feet of Jesus with us and the Comfort Dogs and Making a Difference in people's lives and souls. Thank you for your support to serve those who are suffering and in need.

To read an article in the Napa Valley Register about the Comfort Dogs, CLICK HERE

To watch a video from KEZI Channel 9, CLICK HERE

To read an article from NBC Nebraska, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 14:33
LCC President Tim Hetzner and LCC Staff Members Attend Synodical Disaster Response Conference Print E-mail
Synodical Disaster Responds This past week, LCC Disaster Response staff members Deaconess Intern Marissa Arndt, Deaconess Dianna Bonfield, Joel Moritz, Assistant to the LCC President, and Rev. Roger Pollock attended the 4-day Synodical Disaster Response Conference held at the Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. On Friday, the team was joined by LCC President Tim Hetzner who came in as a presenter to talk about the work of the Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 Dogs in the midst of disasters. Comfort Dogs Jessy (St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Concordia, Missouri), Esther Comfort Dog-in-Training, Tabby (St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Des Peres, Missouri) and their handlers joined Comfort Dog Noah (Timothy Lutheran Church - St. Louis, Missouri), and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin to meet and greet conference participants, seminary students, their families, and school staff.

Synodical Disaster Responds Networking with about 100 other participants who came for all the other districts across the United States was one of the many highlights of the conference. Other highlights included hearing updates on the recovery status of disasters from previous years in Pilger, NB; Washington, IL; Delmont, SD; Colorado Flooding; wild fires over the western parts of the United States; hurricanes on the gulf and eastern coasts; tornadoes in the Midwest; and school shootings. The conference also allowed participants the opportunity to share and discover additional resources that will be helpful to the volunteers and teams back in the districts.

To gift to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 14:25
2nd Team Arrives in Roseburg, Oregon and UCC Campus Print E-mail
K-9s travel to Oregon and Texas A second team of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers left early Sunday morning and have arrived in Roseburg, Oregon. The administration of Umpqua Community College requested the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs be on campus first thing Monday morning, October 12th, when students return to classes on campus.

Please keep the students, faculty, and staff of UCC in your prayers as they transition back to the classroom.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on gifts to cover expenses.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2015 17:22
Special Appeal - Second Urgent Request From Roseburg Oregon for Additional Comfort Dog Teams Print E-mail
”UCC" Umpqua Community College Administration Request Additional Week of Comfort Dogs for Returning Students

First, allow me to THANK YOU for your Generous Support of last week's Special Appeal asking for your help in getting our K-9 Comfort Dog Teams to Roseburg, Oregon in the wake of the horrific mass shootings which claimed 10 lives and seriously injured 9. On behalf of all those we have served this past week, Thank You!! I am coming to you again for your help and support as the Administration from UCC has requested a larger team to be on campus next week when the student body returns. The teams there now are tired and need to be refreshed and increased.

”UCC" In the midst of crisis God works - and works through His People. Healing - Hope - Compassion - the listening presence of another and the soft fur of a Comfort Dog; all things that God does and works through. What an impact for Jesus Christ in bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering!

In talking with the deployed team, what echoes in my mind is team leader Rich Martin saying ... "We have never prayed with more people in a deployment than this one. It is non-stop, people wanting to talk and wanting us to pray!"

CLICK HERE to read on-the-ground updates from Rich Martin

CLICK HERE to Donate

”UCC"College Campuses are such an important ministry field. Many college students have given up on "church" - but they haven't given up on wanting meaning and purpose in life. This was demonstrated by those who willing confessed to being a Christian, knowing they would be shot in the head. I wonder how many in church on Sunday morning would do the same.

Which is more impactful - a statement on what you believe - or a demonstration of what you are willing to die for! The faith of those who were willing to die for being a Christian has impacted this whole community. It is what now rings through everyone's mind. Those who were willing to die for what they believe are being called "heroes" and rightfully so.

Others now want to know who and what their fellow students died for!

I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:35

”UCC"The administration at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon has asked the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to be on their campus - the only outside group to this point allowed on the campus. They have urgently requested us to be there in full force with the Comfort Dogs when the students return next week.


When asked, we go! When asked to serve, we serve! We never charge those we serve,through your generous gifts LCC covers all the expenses so that we can bring the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to those who are suffering. This is what Christians do!

We are asking those so moved to help us with the transportation, lodging, and meal costs to bring out a new team of Comfort Dogs and handlers. Since they are asking for more Comfort Dogs when the students return, we will go, knowing that God has ALWAYS provided what we need to do what He calls us to do!

”UCC"Consider helping cover the costs of our transportation, hotel, and meals. What is not covered is being personally paid for by those going to serve.

An LCC ministry partner, Lutheran Legacy Foundation, which exists to help people in need with the Presence of Jesus Christ, has contacted LCC and graciously offered a Challenge Grant to cover half of the costs for this second deployment. Your gift, large or small will count toward meeting this Challenge Grant and sending Comfort Dogs and trained ministry handlers to Roseburg, Oregon. (See more about Lutheran Legacy Foundation at the bottom of this email)

Help us share this message to hurting, confused, and scared students and members of the community:

When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalms 56:3

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. Psalms 138:7

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Matthew 10:28

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Ways you can support and be part of the effort to bring hope and healing to the community of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon

Thank you for your partnership in being the hands and feet of Jesus with us and the Comfort Dogs and Making a Difference in people's lives and souls.

Thank you for your support to serve those who are suffering and in need.


Tim Hetzner, President
Lutheran Church Charities

The Holy Spirit has been working from day one through our teams. CLICK HERE to read on-the-ground updates from Rich Martin, LCC K-9 staff leader.

To donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog fund CLICK HERE

To watch a video from Fox 12 Oregon on the K-9 Comfort Dogs comforting at UCC, CLICK HERE

To read an article on about the K-9 Comfort Dogs welcoming students back to campus, CLICK HERE

To read articles on about the K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Lutheran Legacy Foundation is a community foundation serving Lutheran Organizations and Christians with a variety of philanthropic products and services. CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2015 08:22
LCC Disaster Response Team on Watch of Southeastern District Flooding Following Hurricane Joaquin Print E-mail
”Hurricane Though the region was spared from the strength of Hurricane Joaquin, the result was four days of steady rain. This accumulation of over 18 in. of rainfall has caused unprecedented flooding, especially in the Columbia, South Carolina region. LCC President Tim Hetzner has been in constant contact with LCMS Disaster Response as well as a number of key leaders in the affected areas. If or when requests for assistance come, LCC will send out notifications and important information for possible deployment. We ask that all NID LERT members and teams pray for the people of the east coast while working through the LERT steps of preparation for deployment. We thank all for their patience and prayers during this time of disaster.

To gift to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected by local and national disasters CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:20
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