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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.


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 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 about the K-9 Comfort Dogs welcoming students back to campus, CLICK HERE

To read articles on 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, 09 October 2015 08:22
LCC Disaster Response Team on Watch of Southeastern District Flooding Following Hurricane Joaquin Print E-mail
”Hurricane Though the region was spared from the strength of Hurricane Joaquin, the result was four days of steady rain. This accumulation of over 18 in. of rainfall has caused unprecedented flooding, especially in the Columbia, South Carolina region. LCC President Tim Hetzner has been in constant contact with LCMS Disaster Response as well as a number of key leaders in the affected areas. If or when requests for assistance come, LCC will send out notifications and important information for possible deployment. We ask that all NID LERT members and teams pray for the people of the east coast while working through the LERT steps of preparation for deployment. We thank all for their patience and prayers during this time of disaster.

To gift to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected by local and national disasters CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:20
Handlers of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Converge at LCC for Two Days of Intensive Training Print E-mail
”Training"Lutheran Church Charities completed an intensive two-day training for handlers on October 3-4. It was a wonderful opportunity to bring together new members for training and fellowship. LCC welcomed the following affiliates:
  • Messiah Lutheran Church, Lynnfield, MA with Comfort Dog Lydia
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA with Comfort Dog Gracie
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church, Louisville, KY with Comfort Dog Mercy
  • ”Training"
  • CUW Mequon, WI with Comfort Dog Zoey
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, IL with Comfort Dog Zippy
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN with Comfort Dogs Prince, Isaiah and Barnabas
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere, IL with Comfort Dogs Kye and Bekah
  • Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO with Comfort Dog Noah
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Concordia, MO with Comfort Dog Jessy
  • LHSA, Milwaukee, WI with Comfort Dog Dora
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Mequon, IL with Comfort Dog Lila
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Toledo, OH (Comfort Dog Anna was unable to attend)
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry staff trained 5 veterans who will join our LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry team:
  • Chuck Fahncke US Navy 2002-2011
  • Fermin Domingo III US Marine Corps Navy and National Guard 1992-2005
  • Melissa Dix US Army 1994-2007
  • Jay Gettings US Marine 1993-1997
  • Ron Borcherding US Army 1972-1979
”Training"Melissa Dix from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere, IL is the first female veteran to join our Kare-9 ranks. Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere, IL and Trinity Lutheran Church, Toledo, OH have been added to LCC affiliates that are dual-vested in the Comfort Dog and Kare 9 ministries.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Kare 9 Military Ministry were blessed to work and train with such compassionate, loving and servant minded people. The new handlers showed patience, kindness, and compassion by their actions as they visited Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights and the Elmhurst Fire Department Open House.

God does not guarantee us a trouble-free journey, but he does ensure us that it will be meaningful.

Proverbs 19:21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand.

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, 06 October 2015 15:20
Your Donations Making a Difference in the Lives of Widower and Family Who Lost Wife, Mother in Fire Print E-mail
”St. LCC staff member Deaconess Dianna Bonfield, accompanied by Deaconess Intern Marissa Arndt, had the honor of representing all the LCC donors who reached out to assist St. Matthew, Chicago. Because of your help, they were able to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to the family of Tony Valdivia and family after a fire destroyed their home and claimed the life of their beloved wife and mother, Korissa. To read the original story, CLICK HERE

After receiving the check on behalf of St. Matthew, Church Pastor Loza asked Dianna to address the congregation about the work of LCC.

Tony thanked St. Matthew and all those from LCC who have helped and encouraged him. He shared with everyone that it had been two weeks since 3 yr. old Kiara was released from the hospital. This Thursday, 6 yr. old Jerry will be released from the hospital as well.

Through this whole ordeal, people tell Tony to find strength in his children. Tony witnesses that, while his focus is on his children, he draws his strength from God and because Jesus died for us, he knows Korissa is in heaven, and that he and the children will see her again. That is his strength and hope to go on.

This small family has a long road ahead. All the medical bills have not even started coming in yet for Tony or the children for the many months they were in the burn unit and for all the surgeries. Both of the children will have to wear compression burn suits for some time as their skin graph, muscles and tendons heal. As their young bodies grow they will need new compression suits which are very expensive. Jerry had severe facial burns which will require him to wear a facial compression burn mask that is over $600 each time that is replaced. The burn shirt and leotard each are several times more expensive.

Please keep Tony and the children in your prayers. The Monday following Jerry’s release from the hospital will be a particularly difficult time as it is Korissa’s birthday and she will not be with them.

To gift to this family as they continue to recover from this devastating fire, please CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015 06:22
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