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.
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
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
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!
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 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.