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Update from Napa, California Print E-mail
Napa When one thinks of Napa, California, they often envision a place of the affluent, at least that is what I thought before I came here. It is a place that the affluent come to visit or have second homes but that does not describe the majority of the population here.

Since arriving Thursday evening, we have taken the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to hundreds of people and prayed with most about Jesus being a firm foundation when other foundations can be shaken or rattled.

We were with the Children at St. John’s Lutheran School where many children and parents are not able to sleep soundly for fear of another earthquake and being trapped in their room.

Upon visiting the Concordia Nursing home in Napa – where residents lost things from the shaking – we found that many were also fearful of being trapped in their rooms like several were after the earthquake hit.


On Friday evening we offered an open time at the church for members of the congregation and community. During this time people could come in a spend time with the Comfort Dogs and hear about the mercy and compassion of Christ Jesus.

A news station from San Francisco came out to do a story on the Comfort dogs that aired Friday evening on the news and also on the Saturday morning 8 a.m. news announcing we will be at St Johns Sunday morning.

On Saturday we started by spending time with members and community people at Mission Gardens at St. John Lutheran Trailer court where most of the people are elderly and retired.

Three trailers were completely destroyed by fires caused by the earthquake and over half of the others were rocked off of their foundations. Everyone told stories on how they struggled to try and make it out of their homes in the aftermath.


Most residents live on a fixed income with no insurance. Besides being there with the Comfort Dogs we handed out financial assistance to those in need.

While we have been here we have done personal family visits from requests sent to us.

We visited the Red Cross Shelter that has been set up for those in need of living assistance. The number of those staying at the shelter has increased each day as people’s homes have been condemned. Many of these families include children.

We spent time with families at the shelter who were scared and cannot sleep.

Later we went to the Veterans Home where we spent the late afternoon and evening with veterans suffering from memory loss and PTSD.

Both days – so many tears and stories – but what was rewarding was to see their scared faces turn to smiles when they spent time with the Comfort Dogs and we could pray with them. All were thankful that we came out to them to listen and be that presence of Jesus in this time of hurt and fear.

Thank you for all of your support, your prayers, and Compassion for those who suffer – wherever they live!

See Damage of Napa View Pictures from Napa Donate to the Napa Relief Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:12
UPDATE on Joliet Print E-mail
Joliet Cleanup Early Thursday morning LCC deployed LERT chainsaw teams to help with clean-up in the Joliet area.

On Monday afternoon, Joliet was struck by two microbursts. The sustained winds toppled many trees. While public works did help to clean out some of the damage LERT chainsaw teams were asked to come in and help.

What started out as two jobs quickly became seven. Many people living in the affected are are retired and live on a fixed income of $800 a month and cannot afford to have the downed trees and branches removed professionally.

While the chainsaw teams have been hard at work cleaning up, the area there is work that sill needs to be done. LCC is now looking for cutters and draggers to work this Saturday (8/30) on two large jobs. If you are able to help out in this area please follow the link below and fill out the form to help spread the Mercy and Compassion of Christ Jesus to those in need

Register to Help in Joliet Donate to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund View Pictures from the Clean up on Thursday (8/28) Read the Original Story
Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 06:08
Haiti in Desperate Need of Basic Supplies Print E-mail
On Tuesday, August 26, LCC received the following request:
Greetings in the name of our Savior.

The building projects were finished with LCMS in Haiti over a year ago when the funds ran out from LCMS - but we still have needs with our people.

Haiti Girl with Food

Many people are still asking for a house as they continue to live in tents, some have needs for repair to their roof and so on. LCMS built over 100 houses. The numbers of people living in the tent cities has gone down, but there are still many living in tents.

Haitian Kids with Food

The environment change in some areas is bad. Like, in Jacmel the biggest problem, that those people have now, no latrine for more than 200 families. As many nonprofit organizations leaving the country, so many of them, parent and kids ask for food, clothes, shoes because they have no job or work. The church sometimes distributes shoes to them, we give what we have, we preach, evangelizing , teaching.

The water filter is very good, if we can have 500 that will be very useful ($45 ea). We need bigger one for the school and orphanage. ($750 ea.)

Tim with Kid
    Our need now:
  • 200 toilets (latrine) cost $400 each
  • Feeding some kids at the tent city with $2.50 ea. Child - we have more than 100 to feed 2 times per week.
  • 500 water filter
  • Have a community store we people at the tent city can buy food for less price.
  • Have some school supplies for the school opening.
  • Goat project $40 to 50 per goat
Please follow the links below to donate what you can: Donate to help feed the children
Donate to help purchase a goat
Donate to help purchase water filters for schools
Donate to help purchase water filters for families
Donate to help build toilets
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:21
LCC Adds Four New States to the Comfort Dog Ministry With Placement of Five Dogs Print E-mail

Lydia Comfort Dog Becomes First LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Massachusetts

Lydia's Passing of the Leash

On Sunday, August 24, Lydia Comfort Dog was welcomed into her new home at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

LCC K-9 Director Rich Martin officially passed the leash to Top Dog Joyce Sauca, Pastor Jeremy Pekari and the K-9 Ministry Team from Messiah. Also on hand to welcome Lydia to New England were members from the K-9 team in Newtown, Connecticut and Maggie Comfort Dog (Christ the King, Newtown, CT). Lydia will be used in outreach in North Boston and the greater Boston area.

Be sure to follow her adventures on her Facebook page.

New Jersey Welcomes First LCC K-9 Comfort Dog

Lily's Passing of the Leash

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, LCC did the official Passing of The Leash for Lily Comfort Dog and the Ministry team at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Lily is the first Comfort Dog placed in New Jersey and we are looking forward to the new opportunities in this state.

LCC staff members Dona Martin, Rich Martin, Jeanne Moore and K-9 trainer Terry Ressler spent three and a half days training with the caregivers and handlers for Good Shepherd.

Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts had their caregivers and handlers trained with the team from Good Shepherd as well.

In God's perfect plan Terry Ressler (Immanuel, Belvidere) was able to pass Lily's leash to his son Pastor Phil Ressler.

Be sure to follow her adventures on her Facebook page

Read the article on Lily Comfort Dog

Rufus Comfort Dog Expands K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to Oklahoma

Rufus's Passing of the Leash

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Rufus was officially placed at St. Mark Lutheran Churchin Edmond, Oklahoma.

LCC Staff member Sherry Bolosan was present at the Passing of the Leash and welcomed St. Mark as an affiliate member of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs: Phoebe (St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, TX); Louie and Jackson (Immanuel Lutheran Church, Joplin, MO); Moses (Christ Lutheran Church, Cairo, NE); and Eddie (Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE) joined Rufus to help celebrate the big day.

It was a thrilling day for St Mark as they welcomed LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Rufus and kicked off their Comfort Dog Ministry. On Saturday, August 23, Rufus and his “Partners in Comfort” visited the local children's' hospital to bring comfort to those who are hurting. After the Sunday service the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs then welcomed the kids back to Sunday School and spent time visiting with the members of the congregation. Edmond, Oklahoma loves having Rufus in their community and is quickly embracing him, keep up with him by following him on his Facebook page!

With the placements of Noah Comfort Dog (Timothy Lutheran, St. Louis) and Rosie Comfort Dog (Atonement Lutheran, Columbus, OH) last weekend, LCC has officially placed five dogs in two weeks. The placements of Rufus, Lily, Lydia and Rosie (August 17) added four new states to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry now has 50 dogs placed in 15 states.

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:41
El Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen in Need of a New Freezer to Continue to Feed the Homeless in Chicago Print E-mail
El Comedor St. Matthew Lutheran Church El Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen's old freezer stopped working after being used for the storage of food items used to cook hot meals for thousands of homeless and hungry families through the last years. It is in need of replacement with a new freezer. St. Matthew volunteers would prefer a large upright freezer to prevent damage to the meat and other food items that are bought for cooking of food that continues to be served to the homeless and unemployed week after week. The media recently reported that in the United States one family out of seven need help with food. Any cooperation to help with a new freezer will be deeply appreciated. Donate to Help El Comedor Get a New Freezer
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