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Nine New Handlers Unite Print E-mail

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Nine new handlers, including four of our country’s veterans, were brought together this past weekend (April 23-24) through these dogs, which are a gift given to us by God.

The new handlers spent two intense days learning the commands and how to work with an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog as a team, and about the mission of serving others by being open, being present, listening, and praying.

LCC Kare 9 Ministry’s new veteran handlers are:
Len Higgins, First Good Shepherd in Las Vegas, NV: Air Force -1961-1988
George Chambers, Atonement in Columbus, OH: Army - 1965-1968
Ken Eby, Immanuel in Joplin, MO: Army - 1974-1978
Nine Gary Kirkpatrick, LCC Kare-9 volunteer: Army - 2002-2004

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry’s new handlers are:
Tom Daub, Beautiful Savior, Mequon, WI
Nancy Carroll, Holy Cross, Portage, IN
Brett Hubbard, Atonement, Columbus, OH
Dan deBoer, Lord of Glory, Grayslake, IL
Erin Erzinger, LCC staff

Nine people from around the country with different God given-gifts united together to serve others.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

These servants of the Lord rearranged their schedules and traveled to Northbrook because they believe in the mission: to show mercy, compassion, and presence to others just as Christ showed us.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:26
 
Mercy & Compassion Have No Boundaries Print E-mail
Cook County To see life threw the through the lens of a camera. That was Christopher Jacobs' mission when he decided to make a difference in the life of detainees at the Cook County Jail. “CJ," as the detainees refer to him, has been teaching photography classes at the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center for some time now. The detainees carefully listen to CJ as he critiques their work and selects his favorites and asks which are theirs.

The class has worked on profile photography, different objects, their cells, and each other. Two weeks ago CJ announced to the class they would be using live models the following week for their class. Who they met in class the following week was a huge surprise!

CJ, no stranger to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, has taken hundreds of photographs of them at the United Airlines Fantasy Flight for seriously ill children. It was there that he was inspired to bring the Comfort Dogs in on this very unique and special class project.

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When LCC staff members Rich Martin, Sherry Bolosan, and Joel Moritz arrived with the K-9 models on the morning of April 15, 2016, they were escorted through the customary security checks and entered a classroom to find their friend and instructor, CJ. He explained how the class would work and asked the team to sit at the back of the room until the detainees entered. Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Sarah, and Luther sat patiently as they waited for the session to begin.

First, the corrections officers entered and then one by one the detainees entered the classroom quickly and were shocked to see that their models were Golden Retriever Comfort Dogs. The expressions on their faces were familiar to the handlers. Joyful smiles and excitement filled the room. Many of the men had only had previous contact with protection dogs. One detainee was extremely afraid of dogs, but with CJ’s encouragement, he was slowly shown the love of the Comfort Dogs.

The detainees were encouraged to take a photo of whatever they found to be interested or significant during the class. The handlers shared with the class stories of the people, places and situations that handlers and Comfort Dogs work with. As the class moved into the courtyard, the photography session ended. The team then asked the men if they would like to pray with the LCC team and it was met with a resounding “YES”.

LCC is thankful for the many people who volunteer, work, and show Mercy and Compassion to those less fortunate. Thanks again to Christopher Jacobs (jacobsfilms.com) and Dr. Dena Williams for all they do to Make a Difference in the lives of so many.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 09:31
 
Planes, Trains and Lambs Print E-mail
Exodus Recently, a full Kare 9 Military Dog Squad training event was held at the viewing area of the Chicago Executive Airport just north of LCC's headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. The purpose of this training is to acclimate the dogs to the sights and sounds of airplanes taking off and landing. This is in preparation for an upcoming event in Davenport, Iowa next week where they will be witness to a WWII B-17 bomber taking off and landing.

Little did they know God had other plans. Within minutes of our arrival, a van pulled up from Lamb's Farm (A non-profit organization serving people with developmental disabilities) with approximately 15 residents. They were there to watch the airplanes. Needless to say, after they saw the dogs, the airplanes were no longer a focus of their attention. What a wonderful God we serve. He arranges our appointments according to His plan.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 13:56
 
Assistance for Associate Pastor and Family with Recent Adoption Costs Print E-mail

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth” - 1 John 3:18

Request from Pastor Jerry Hays, St Peter Schaumburg, Illinois: Assistance for Associate Pastor and family with recent adoption costs

When a person preaches the Gospel without using words, the Spirit moves those around into action on that person's behalf.

Hintz Family Love knows no bounds, no costs. There are times when a biological mother is unable to care for her child but still loves the child enough to make the best choice out of love. In this story, a young homeless mother was lost, considered an abortion out of desperation, but soon found out that the abortion was cost prohibitive, not just in monetary terms. She sought out a Christian adoption agency who would help her find a loving family for her unborn child. That family was Associate Pastor Greg and Sara Hintz of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Schaumburg, Illinois. This mother chose to give her daughter life instead of aborting her. The Lord called the Hintzes by putting little Kaliyah into their life and they answered His call even though the cost was high.

Thanks to a Lutheran Church Charities donor, in addition to Senior Pastor Jerry Hays of St. Peter, Schaumburg, this story was not only shared with us, but a lead gift for this family has been given.

A decade ago, the Hintz family had been blessed with four children and were frequently going on mission trips where they developed a heart for orphans. It was during this time they made a decision to prayerfully consider adoption. In 2008 they sadly lost their infant son, Samuel, and soon after began the adoption process.

Their prayers were abundantly answered with four children in the Lord's creative timing and way. All of these children's mothers had specifically chosen the Hintz family to be the adoptive parents of their children.

As a birth mother, Sara can understand and empathize with the gut-wrenching decision these young women must make, the sacrifice of relinquishing your child to the care of another for the rest of their life here on earth.

There is another sacrifice that the Hintz family understands all too well, although completely and without hesitation, happily made. They used almost all of their savings, originally planned for a down-payment for a house, to cover the adoption costs. This is in total, $39,500 towards medical bills for mother and child, legal fees, and social reporting. The Hintz family has 8 living children, 4 biological and 4 adopted.

Yet through it all, Pastor Greg and Sara keep their hearts and home open. They continue to keep the relationships with the birth mothers and see it as part of their ministry. They recognize these are all God's children; the birth mothers as well as the children. Through this financial burden, they continue to trust in the Lord because He is always faithful. He has always provided.

They feel blessed by having the opportunity to love on these precious children God has given them to call their own. "God has always had his hand in everything and supplied what we needed. We just keep on keeping on," said Pastor Greg. They feel these children are worth investing in no matter the burden.

The miracles and examples set by this family and the open relationship they are keeping with the birth mothers of these wonderful children of God are life affirming Christian acts. This family is a wonderful example of how to walk in the light.

"I want to walk as a child of the light;
I want to follow Jesus
God set the stars to give light to the world;
The star of my life is Jesus."

We ask you help in the following ways:

  • Pray for Pastor Hintz, his family and the birth mothers
  • Provide financial assistance for Pastor Greg and his family to be used towards the housing and transportation needs.

Please give generously today to help this loving family as they have helped others.

Donate today
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 09:02
 
LCC Launches Satellite K-9 Comfort Dog Training School in Nebraska Print E-mail
Nebraska It is with a heart of thankfulness and praise that LCC announces the opening of a satellite K-9 Comfort Dog Training School in Grand Island, Nebraska. While the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is not about the dog, it is very much about touching lives by offering comfort, demonstrating compassion, being present and listening, and being Christ-like to others.

Comfort Dogs are the bridge that welcome the humans into a person’s life. These creatures are welcoming, accepting, non-threatening, friendly and comforting. These are traits that we aspire to build within ourselves.

Through the trials and tribulations that each person faces, God is always with them. It is thanks for God’s grace and mercy that the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at LCC has grown to become a service ministry that serves those who are suffering or in need.

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LCC K-9 handlers, Don Moeller (satellite facilitator) and Lucy and Mike Kerby (trainers) of Grand Island, have been a vital part of the success of the launch of this new training facility.

The ministry is blessed to have talented, dedicated and committed apprentice trainer volunteers who invest much time and energy learning to train and in turn, train future K-9 Comfort Dogs for the ministry. LCC welcomes Michael and Tara Peterson, Mike and Carol Owen, Michelle Kohlhof, Carol Deardorff, LaVerle and Kathy Miller, Brad and Katie Keasling, Cheryl Weinrich and Brooke Johnson to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

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“People are looking for answers and trying to find ways to help. God has given it to us with these dogs but these dogs need to be trained.” said Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities

"God has opened the door in Grand Island, NE by providing the facility, professional trainers, and volunteers to nurture, socialize and train future Comfort Dogs. These dogs will be the bridge that God has given us so we can go out and reach those who are suffering and in need just as Christ taught us.”

The LCC satellite K-9 Comfort Dog Training School in Grand Island, Nebraska, which opened on Thursday, April 7, 2016 has 4 “student” puppies who are eager to learn!

"Like" them on Facebook to see them grown and learn:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine... Ephesians 3:20

Give Today to help support the K-9 training school in Grand Island, Nebraska
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:57
 
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