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LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Mission Fall Fest at St. Paul Lutheran (Brookfield, IL) Print E-mail
St. Paul Lutheran Tara Sunday Comfort Dog (LCC) and Zippy Comfort Dog (Trinity Lutheran Church- Roselle, IL) and their handlers were at St. Paul Lutheran School in Brookfield on October 23 for their Mission Fall Fest. After an opening prayer by Pastor Brondos, the handlers gave an age-appropriate talk to the students explaining the Comfort Dog Ministry and what the dogs do on a daily basis. The students then were able to meet Tara and Zippy and spend some time petting them and asking questions.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 15:27
 
Be a Part in Making a Difference in Thousands of Lives! Print E-mail
Training Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Training of Trainers Course will now have a satellite school in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Because of the success of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in touching lives with Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ, and the demand from our Churches, Schools, and Colleges, LCC is starting another training Class for Trainers in Grand Island, Nebraska. This is in addition to the classes already in progress!!

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring comfort to individuals and families who are suffering pain or loss. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs calm individuals, facilitate conversation, work with special needs individuals, veterans, and the elderly, and are used in counseling situations. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs also respond to crisis and disaster situations. In order to be able to accomplish this outreach we need volunteers who can devote time and energy to train our precious golden retrievers to become LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs who will then be placed to work in a Church/School and touch thousands of Lives!

Training The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is expanding by recruiting additional apprentice trainers for the K-9 Comfort Dog Trainers Course. By doing this we can keep up with the number of requests for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, and we can do an even better job of training and maintaining high standards for our Comfort Dogs! We continue to grow and place our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in more states (18 now and soon to be 22) but in order to do this we need volunteers to participate in our LCC K-9 Training of Trainers Course.

Training We are accepting applications NOW from individuals interested in joining us in this endeavor. There will be a limited number of people we can train so if you are interested, please fill out the application soon. The training program will be offered in Grand Island, Nebraska and will start in January.

Those interested must be willing to invest considerable time and energy into acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to produce a quality dog that is trained in basic obedience, social manners, and specialized K-9 Comfort Dog tasks. Apprentice trainers and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in training will attend a two-hour class once a week. Each apprentice trainer will also have 30-60 minute lesson with one of the LCC trainers every two weeks. Future Apprentice Trainers will be making a total time commitment of one to two years during which you will train two to three dogs for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

To hear Sarah talk about her desire to become an LCC K-9 Apprentice Trainer, CLICK HERE For more information, call 866-455-6466 and talk to Anastasia or to apply, CLICK HERE for the Grand Island, NE area To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:00
 
“Spirit of Life” Chorus Honors Lutheran Church Charities with Benefit Concert Print E-mail
Spirit of Life On Sunday, October 25th, at 4p.m. on October 25, 2015, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers attended a concert by the "Spirit of Life" chorus, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (195 Nesler Rd. - Elgin, Illinois). The theme of the concert was "O Come Let Us Adore Him". The chorus has been singing together for over 25 years singing God's praises! There are about 80 people in the choir, and they had a very powerful and beautiful sound. They were also accompanied by a selection of musical instruments. Spirit of LifeThe concert was sponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois, and all of the gifts from the concert were given to Lutheran Church Charities. In attendance from LCC were Alex Brooks, Beth Nielsen with Kare 9 Buck, Joel Moritz with Comfort Dog Martin, Vida Johnson, Marie Payes with Comfort Dog Tara Sunday, President Tim Hetzner with Comfort Dog Zina, Marissa Arndt, Dianna Bonfield with Comfort Dog Luther, Jamie Miller, Phil Bandy, Norm Gotsch, and Reverend Roger Pollock.

Spirit of Life It was a beautiful concert and was well-attended by the members and guests of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Tim Hetzner, the President of Lutheran Church Charities, gave a short video presentation on the mission of LCC. Tim reviewed how we share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those that are suffering and in need. Tim marched forward during the concert intermission, with all of the dogs and handlers, and spoke to the congregation reviewing the highlights of the video. The attendees enjoyed learning what LCC does and seeing all of the dogs lined up with the handlers. It was an enjoyable day for all attendees. They also served a huge spread of food and desserts after the concert which everyone enjoyed.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:42
 
Comfort Dogs Attend Lutheran Altar Guild Federation Meeting at Concordia University Chicago Print E-mail
Gild Comfort Dogs Zippy and Barnabas attended the Lutheran Altar Guild Federation’s meeting at CUC on Saturday October 17th. While there, handlers Janice and Dan explained what Comfort dogs do, how they are trained and some of the places they have been. As usual there were many question and lots of petting, oh and a few laps as well.

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:00
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Help the Grieving at the Boone County Circuit Clerk Following Employee’s Sudden Death Print E-mail
Boone Kye Comfort Dog (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Naomi and Elizabeth offered comfort to employees at the Boone County Circuit Clerk's office which lost a beloved 40-year employee to a sudden illness. We heard some great stories about Barb and shared some tears and laughter. She will be greatly missed! The cone and flowers marked the parking spot that the employee used every work day.

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:58
 
LCC Kare-9 and K-9 Comfort Dogs Travel to Texas Print E-mail
Eight K-9 and Kare-9 Comfort Dogs traveled to Texas last week for a tour of schools, churches, hospitals and more, which was sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

Five dogs from LCC: Luther Comfort Dog, Ruthie Comfort Dog, Kare-9 Brutus and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Pricilla and Eve joined their handlers and LCC staff members Rich Martin, Dona Martin, Jim Morrison, Hannah McGinnis, and Josh Homp traveled to Texas. They met up with the St. Paul - Fort Worth K-9 Team and Comfort Dogs Phoebe and Pax to start the week with a dedication at St. Paul in Ft Worth. This was immediately followed by a Texas visit to Texas Health Harris Hospital to visit with a young woman who had been severely injured in a car accident. The team warmed her and her family’s spirits when the seven dogs walked in the room.

The team was welcomed Sunday evening at Trinity Lutheran in Riesel, Texas by Pastor Bob Kitson and his wife Sandy. As always, the Kitsons opened their home with welcoming arms.

Texas The team traveled to Temple, Texas on Monday where they visited dozens of veterans at the WR Courtney State Veterans home after which they were invited to visit with vets at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center. Stories of unimaginable struggle were shared with the team. Every visit ended with prayer, sometimes followed by a prayer or song from a veteran.

Early in the week, team Titus Comfort Dog from Prescott Valley, Arizona joined Eve and Priscilla for 4 days at the Heart of Texas Fair in Waco where they met kids, families, and many veterans. Pastor Matthew Canion from St. Paul in Belmead, Texas kept their schedule full with trips to medical centers and children’s homes.

Texas While the three dogs anchored the Heat of the Texas the five other dogs hit the road. Beginning at the Texas District office of the LCMS, the dogs and handlers went on to Bethany Lutheran in Austin, Texas. Wednesday, the teams traveled to San Marcos where they had responded to the flooding this summer. The team revisited the Bonham Pre-K, Wimberley, and Martindale schools then finished the day in the city council chambers of San Marcos with Mayor Daniel Guerrero.

Texas While visiting future LCC K-9 Affiliate Memorial Lutheran in Katy, Texas the team attended a chapel service, circuit Pastor’s conference, and two wonderful visits to area nursing homes.

The team was not more than 30 miles from the Bastrop Pines Fire on Thursday night. As the team contemplated deployment it was apparent that the smoke from the fire would be of concern for both the K-9s and humans.

Texas On the final day the team visited the Clifton Quilt Auction. An amazing fundraiser of over 60 quilts supporting residents at Sunset Ministries. These beautiful award winning quilts were auctioned for as high as $4,000.

On October 17, the K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare-9 teams from Lutheran Church Charities, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, Texas, and representatives of Thrivent Financial had the privilege of sharing dinner with Jeff Kyle, Amy Kyle, and their daughters. Jeff and Amy spearhead the Chris Kyle Foundation named after Jeff's brother, Chris. Chris' experiences as a U. S. Navy Seal were told in the book and movie American Sniper.

Texas After dinner, Rich Martin of LCC shared the mission, task and purpose of LCC with the Kyles. Jeff then told the teams about the work of American Valor, the latest endeavor of the Foundation. American Valor, through the proceeds of the annual Foundation Memorial Weekend, supports the work of a Veteran-focused charity chosen by the Foundation Board. The St. Paul team made plans with Jeff to take part in the Gold Star Family Night portion of the weekend next May. LCC would also be available to assist with the Gold Star night.

It was clear to the LCC teams and the Kyles that our respective missions intersect and merge in many ways. It was agreed we all would make plans to work together to serve our nation's Veterans. The LCC teams and the Kyles will remain in touch with each other to explore additional areas of cooperation. LCC staff member Rich Martin closed in prayer.

Texas This trip could not have been possible without the help and support of Sharon Koester and Rheanon Leaverington of Thrivent and the amazing planning and organizing of Janice Marut and Rhonda Hampton and the wonderful team from St. Paul in Ft Worth, Texas as literally thousands of lives were touched.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund to help us continue comforting, CLICK HERE

To gift to the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry to Veterans DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:28
 
Umpqua Community College Deployment Update Print E-mail
Roseburg At the request of the Umpqua Community College President, last week LCC deployed a second group of K-9 Comfort Dog teams to the campus as classes resumed after the shooting on October 1st. Eight K-9 Comfort Dogs and 15 handlers, including LCC staff, arrived on campus Monday and offered comfort and prayer to UCC students, faculty and staff throughout the week. The teams stayed on the campus each day for 12-15 hours. Roseburg Often times, teams and dogs accompanied students to and from classes, sat with them and helped in assisting counselors to speak with those struggling in grief. Many parents of students and alumni came to the campus and found calm and relief from the teams’ presence and offerings of prayer. The week concluded with memorial services in which the LCC K-9s were asked to participate.

The Comfort Dog Teams and handlers attending were:

  • Aaron Comfort Dog (St. John's Lutheran Church - Napa, California) with Ken Arnold, Janet Peterson, 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
  • Roseburg
  • Shami Comfort Dog (St. John Lutheran Church - Darien, Illinois) with Toni Bazon
  • Phil and Brenda Burden (Island Lutheran Church - Hilton Head, South Carolina)
  • Lutheran Church Charities President Tim Hetzner
  • LCC staff member Joel Moritz
Roseburg The Lord’s gifts of peace and hope were shared and gladly received by all. During the time on campus and visits, the dogs and handlers accepted invitations to visit a local homeless shelter, a house of refuge for victims of domestic violence, and St. Paul Lutheran, Roseburg, Oregon. The Lord’s love and grace was spread throughout the community in more ways than could have been imagined.

On October 15, 2015, LCC received the following email from Detective Nate Goodman from the Douglas County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office:

I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you and all of your human/K9 teams for your assistance in Roseburg! I spoke with you briefly this past Monday at UCC and saw first-hand the comfort your dogs provided to several UCC students/staff, as well as law enforcement officers. I also had the opportunity to speak with several of the K9 handlers who shared many heart-warming stories of the lives they have touched.

Roseburg Yours is truly an important program and I wish you the best of luck in the future!

Detective Nate Goodman

LCC is thankful for all of the volunteers, donor support and prayers offered during such an occurrence. This support is the reason LCC is able to bring Christ’s mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation to a hurting community and world. LCC is grateful for them all and asks for continued prayer for the UCC community as they move forward.

To watch a story about Cubby Comfort Dog (Redeemer Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, CO), CLICK HERE

For an article from KPIC – Roseburg, OR, CLICK HERE

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund to help us continue comforting, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:41
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Silent Parade and Memorial Service at Trinity - Lisle, IL Print E-mail
Memorial Service LCC K9 Comfort Dogs were invited to attend the 21st Annual Silent Parade and Memorial Service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, IL.

The event, hosted by Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Westmont, and Lisle Fire Departments, featured fire service vehicles from 25 surrounding communities. The parade traveled from Hinsdale to Lisle, and the vehicles displayed their lights to honor those firefighters and civilians who lost their lives due to fire or other disasters.

Angel Comfort Dog (St. John's - La Grange, IL), Kare-9 Brandy, Kare-9 Flex, Gideon Comfort Dog in training, and Sarah Comfort Dog in training were on hand at the Memorial Service at the conclusion of the parade. They were present to greet, honor and comfort firefighters, their families, and their guests before and after the service.

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

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:46
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Downers Grove Fire Department Open House Print E-mail
Downers Grove Open House On Wednesday night, the K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to meet the community of Downers Grove at their Fire Department Open House. While there they met many families and made new friends. We thank all of our first responders for allowing us to come and train at their stations during the year and then inviting us to meet the community at their open houses. In attendance were Comfort Dogs Shami (St. John Lutheran Church - Darien, Illinois) and Angel (St. John's Lutheran Church - La Grange, Illinois) LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Training Gideon, Sarah and Reuben, and LCC Kare-9 Brandy.

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

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 22:16
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Funeral of Beloved Teacher at Immanuel Lutheran East Dundee Print E-mail
Immanuel East Dundee The K-9 Comfort Dogs were requested by Principal Sue Domeier of Immanuel Lutheran East Dundee and the family of Jamie Harvan to comfort the family, friends, faculty, and students at Immanuel as they grieved the passing of their beloved family member, friend, coworker and teacher Jamie. On Monday, October 5th, the Comfort Dogs and handlers attended a special service in the morning and then greeted the faculty and students throughout the day. The following day, the dogs were there to comfort those attending the visitation. The K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry was also present at the funeral on Thursday. The family of Jamie greatly appreciated the presence of the Comfort Dogs. There were 12 Comfort Dog from the NID area and the LCC K-9 training class that responded each day.

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

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 12:42
 
Peotone Fire Department Invites K-9 Comfort Dogs to Open House Print E-mail
Peotone On Sunday, Comfort Dog Darlin (St. Paul - Matteson, Illinois) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Reuben visited the Peotone Fire Department for their Open House. While there they met many new people, watched a helicopter land and talked about our mission to share God's love, mercy and compassion with people in our communities and across the country.

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

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 12:41
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to be Present at Peoria High School Following Shootings That Left 1 Teen Killed; 3 Injured Print E-mail
Peoria High School The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to be present at Peoria High School (Peoria, IL) following the shootings that left one teen dead and three more injured. For more information about the shooting, CLICK HERE

The team met teachers, staff, and students as they dealt with the shock, grief, anger, and fear that goes along with a tragedy of this magnitude. The Comfort Dogs and handlers met with students to spread the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to everyone affected by these shootings.

LCC prays for the family, students, staff, faculty, and the community as they deal with this horrific event.

Those in attendance were: LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Rueben, Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church-Portage, IN), Prince (Holy Cross Lutheran Church-Portage, IN), Darlin (St. Paul- Matteson, IL), Susie (St. Peter- Arlington Heights, IL), LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Naomi, Gracie (Trinity Lutheran- Davenport, IA), Shiloh (Christ Our Savior- Dixon, IL) Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry- Lake Forest, IL) LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday, and Kye (Immanuel Lutheran- Belvidere, IL)

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund to help us continue comforting, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Saturday, 17 October 2015 07:15
 
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

WHAT A DIFFERENCE 10 MINUTES CAN MAKE

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 Ken Arnold, Janet Peterson, 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 (Island Lutheran Church - Hilton Head, South Carolina)
  • 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.

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 Saturday, 17 October 2015 07:22
 
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.

SO WHAT ARE WE TO DO?

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"


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 Reuters.com about the K-9 Comfort Dogs welcoming students back to campus, CLICK HERE To read articles on Nebraska.tv 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, 18 March 2016 12:41
 
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Partners in Comfort

The Comfort Dog Ministry is made possible through the generous support of the following:

Veterinary Services provided by:

Dr. Michelle T. Cahill, DVM of Academy Animal Hospital, Joplin, MO

Drs. Glen Redeker and Erin Redeker-Goelitz of Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic, Carpentersville, Illinois

Lake Station Pet Clinic, Portage, Indiana

Dr Jacqueline Vernot of Veterinary Vision, Glendale Heights, Illinois

Dr. Paul A. Navin, DVM of All Pets Hospital in Lockport, IL

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital , Grand Island, Nebraska

Dr. Ron Mitchell, DVM of Westport Animal Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. John DeVries, DVM of The DeVries Animal Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois

Dr. Julie Mattson of Terry Animal Hospital, Wilmette, Illinois

Drs. Stapleton and Ford of Barrington Animal Hospital, Barrington, Illinois

Dr. Bohdan Rudawski of Fox Lake Animal Hospital, Fox Lake, Illinois

Dr. Brian Rooney of Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic, Darien, Illinois

Dr. Kurt E. Klepitsch of Gateway Veterinary Clinic, St. Charles, Illinois

Veterinarians of Care Animal Hospital, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Dr. Dana Resetarits, DVM of Buckwalter Veterinary Clinic, Bluffton, South Carolina

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska

Dr. Kurt Bedow, DVM of Webster Groves Animal Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Grooming Services provided FREE by:

Debbie Szwandrok of Eclipse Dog Grooming, Elmhurst, Illinois

Ms. Lori Robinson and Staff, Best in Show Grooming, Lockport, Illinois

Denise Goelitz of Kitten KaPoodle Mobile Pet Grooming, Elgin, Illinois

Ana Ristic of Two Paws Up in Itasca, Illinois

Jeannie's Pet Boutique, Portage, Indiana

Lisa Racine of Grooming Lodge, South Elgin, Illinois

Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, Bluffton, South Carolina

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs!