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Special Appeal from our Kare-9 Military Dogs to help a Marine Family in North Carolina with Medical Needs Print E-mail

Please join the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs in showing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to this Marine family in need.

Little Geronime Little Geronime was born in May 2013. Doctors did not expect him to survive, to go home, or to celebrate his first birthday. But God said differently and Little Geronime celebrated his first birthday in May.

Little Geronime has 28 medical diagnoses and is under the care of 16 medical professionals (https://www.facebook.com/LittleGeronime). This year the family has already had over $7,000 in unexpected expenses and needs our help.

His father is a Marine currently stationed in North Carolina. Mom is not able to earn an income because taking care of Little Geronime is not only a full-time job, but a 24/7 blessing. Recently, she posted on Facebook:

Geronime with his momLittle man can not play chase with the little girl that is 6 months younger than him.
There was no cake and no birthday party when he turned 1, we were getting ready for more surgeries and he cant eat solids anyway.
I can't teach him to say "up" or "milk" because half the time he doesn't even want to wear his hearing aids.
I am disgusted by dirty looks from women in church who were told that they can't bring a stroller in, because I wish I could hold my child in my lap like they can. I am not able to go to any "adult only" events because even licensed nurses refuse to babysit my child.
My husband desperately wants to go on a date without kids, but knows that is not a possibility.
Anyone who thinks a crying hungry baby is horrible, should try listening to a machine that goes "bee-doo bee-doo bee-doo" over and over again every 3 hours.
Some people can't afford certain things because they are undisciplined with money. We strap ourselves in tight, do everything right, and still can't do those things because that "cute helmet" cost $1800, and we still don't know if the insurance will pay for the last bit of his most recent surgery, and gas for 3 hour drives to the hospital are not always reimbursable.

But would I trade lives with those moms if I could?

No!
God gave me a family that doesn't give up, no matter what the challenge is!
My hubs knows when I need a hug, and he tries to be so strong for me that sometimes I have to forcefully pry to get him to tell me about his own troubles.
While other babies are expected to meet milestones, we celebrate every time ours surpassed all odds to achieve something that wasn't expected of him!
While other babies cry because they are spoiled and get whatever they want, mine smiles excitedly when by his determination alone he finally wiggles the 6 inches it takes to reach his foot off of the mat so he can tap it on the wood floor!
My children are deprived of many fun things and still are able to behave in public, often getting compliments from perfect strangers.
We have a church family now that is so much more encouraging than the church "friends" that stopped talking to me when I was pregnant with a very different 3rd child!
My little man proves that there is NO such thing as a legit excuse, they don't exist!
My God provides, at some point we will have everything we need one way or another!
The woman I used to be, is no where near as strong as God is making me to be!

And most importantly...
I know women who are stronger than me, because their baby is already waiting for them in heaven...

Mine is still alive,
Isn't that, all by itself, enough to be happy about...
You can contribute by:
Donating online:
     Little Boy Geronime Medical Fund
Donating by mail (please put "Geronime Medical Fund" in the memo line):
     Lutheran Church Charities
     333 West Lake Street
     Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:12
 
Ladel Comfort Dog in Need of Surgery Print E-mail
Ladel In September, a lump was discovered along the jaw of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ladel - who is owned by LCC affiliate, St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. She was taken to the vet to have the lump removed. Upon removal a biopsy was done and the results came back cancerous.

Ladel will be having surgery on October 27, in order to have the lump completely removed. After the removal, Ladel will need reconstructive surgery on her jaw and mouth.

As of now, she is still going to events and helping to bring the mercy and compassion of Christ Jesus to those in need. St. Matthew is requesting financial assistance with medical expenses that will come from having the procedure done.

We ask for your continued support in your prayers for the Comfort Dog team at St. Matthew - Hawthorn Woods and all those who are affected by this news.

Help with Ladel's Medical Expenses
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:34
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 Military Dogs Travel to West Texas Print E-mail
Ruthie and Luther LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Luther and LCC Kare-9 Military Dogs Buck and Tara, along with LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin, Alex Brooks, Beth Nielsen, and veterans Norm Gotsch and Jim Morrison arrived at The Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Waco, Texas, where they met up with Phoebe Comfort Dog (St. Paul, Fort Worth, TX) and her handlers.

Together, over four days at the fair, they spent time with over 2,000 school-aged children, adults, and many veterans. The Waco Chapter of Thrivent Financial invited and arranged the five-day visit for the K-9 Comfort & Kare-9 Dogs and their handlers.

The team was interviewed on KNED-TV; visited Friends for Life, an adult day care for the developmentally disabled; spent time with kids at Waco Childhood Center that serves low-income families; Golden Years elder care facility; and early childhood schools at Trinity Lutheran in Riesel, Texas, and Grace Lutheran in Marlin, Texas.

The team had a busy weekend schedule with visits to Riesel Elementary School and Riesel High School, including a pep rally and football game Friday night.

On Saturday, the teams attended a memorial service for 6-year-old Conner Maines, who was killed in an automobile accident in September. On Sunday, the teams attended worship at Trinity Lutheran in Riesel, a hamburger lunch with the Lion's Club, and finished the trip with a dinner hosted by the Waco Chapter of Thrivent Financial at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellmead,Texas.

Both the dogs and their handlers enjoyed getting to meet new and wonderful people as well as spread the Mercy and Compassion of Christ Jesus to those in need.

View photos from the visit to Texas! Click here to support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs
Click here to support the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:54
 
St. Matthew in Need of Handicap Ramp to Help Spread the Word of God Print E-mail
Pastor Loza Request from Pastor Julio Loza of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois

On Wednesday, October 8, LCC received the following request from Pastor Loza:

About 10 years ago we found Jose Sanchez sleeping nights at the side entrance of a house. We invited him to El Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen and eventually he stayed at St. Matthew's Center to live and help the soup kitchen volunteers serve the hot meals to the hungry. With time I noticed a strong smell and I advised him to see a doctor. He failed to listen and I called an ambulance.

At Stroger Hospital the doctors let him know that he had an advanced case of diabetes. They gave him a choice: either cut off the damaged leg or he would go home and die. He chose to have his leg cut off. The doctors advised him to quit drinking alcohol or else he would also loose the other leg. Because he did not listen, eventually his other leg was also cut off.

Jose is now in a wheelchair and lives in a different location. Since he does not qualify for special aid, he makes a living by selling chewing gum and other items on the streets of Chicago. He does come to St. Matthew toeat once in a while. We need a special ramp for Jose and other handicapped people who use a wheelchair to come to the Soup Kitchen or to worship at St Matthew.

We ask for your prayers that Jose may remain within the Christian faith and receive God's mercy and guidance to continue survival on the streets of Chicago.

LCC is assisting St Mathew to find volunteers to build the ramp and to raise money to cover the cost of supplies for building the ramp. Donate toward the purchase of supplies to build the ramp for St Matthew
 
Basic LERT Training Rescheduled to November 15 Print E-mail
LERT Saturday, November 15
8:30 a.m. - Noon
Cross Lutheran Church
8609 Route 47
Yorkville, IL 60560

LCC will host the canceled LERT training from September 6, on Saturday, November 15. All are welcome to be trained in the basics of the Lutheran Early Response Team.

In order to better manage volunteers and resources, FEMA is finalizing a guideline on credentialing volunteers for large-scale disasters. The federal guidelines indicate that volunteers responding to a disaster should be trained and certified. LCC is providing training for Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) throughout our district. Should a disaster strike, these teams would be put on call and may be asked to deploy in 72 hours or less to the disaster site. This training will prepare team members for credentialing and will focus on the safety, work, and ministry of Lutherans as Early Responders.

You may contact LCC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 with questions Click here for more information and to register.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:07
 
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