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Special Appeal to Help 8 year-old Girl who was Sexually Abused - Granddaughter of a NID Lutheran School Principal Print E-mail
NID President Dan Gilbert
Lutheran Church Charities President Tim Hetzner
Request from Rev Dan Gilbert - NID President and Tim Hetzner - President of LCC

During this past Christmas holiday, the NID Principal's eight-year-old granddaughter was molested while on what was to be a supervised visit to her biological father and grandparents. This occurred out of state. Knowledge of this was not known for some weeks until they took the child into counseling. The abuse has been documented but the biological father is fighting for custody of his child he abused. Because the abuser is out of state the legal battle is difficult. All efforts are going to spiritually and emotionally helping this little 8-year old girl (2nd grader) and fighter to prevent the abuser custody. Needless to say the NID Principal and his family are distraught. They have been left in desperate need of money to continue to provide counseling and support for their daughter and granddaughter and the legal fees to keep custody. LCC is setting up a fund to help with the professional care that is needed for the family and assistance in keeping this little 8 year old girl safe.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16

Please keep everyone in your prayers and if you are moved or able to help financially you can contribute by:

Click here to donate to help the Abuse Victim Fund.

To Donate by Mail (please put "Abuse Victim Fund" in the memo line):
Lutheran Church Charities
333 West Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101

Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 15:12
Home of Pastor for The First Lutheran Church of Boston Destroyed by Explosion Print E-mail
Pastor Dutzmann Pastor Ingo Dutzmann and his family miraculously escaped harm when the house they had lived in for 22 years violently exploded from a propane leak, then burned to the ground, taking everything but the stone chimneys with it. Pastor Dutzmann has served at The First Lutheran Church of Boston since 1997.

Comfort Dogs Maggie (Christ the King - Newtown, CT), whom the pastor met after the Boston Bombing, and Lydia (Messiah - Lynnfield, MA) came to The First Lutheran of Boston to share some Christian love & comfort with Pastor Dutzmann & his family. Pastors Pekari and Brezina of Messiah Lutheran in Lynnfield brought Comfort Dog, Lydia, to help disperse some of the shock of the loss and to bring the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to Pastor Dutzmann. Pastor Dutzmann has spent his life serving and giving that Mercy and Compassion to others. He and his family have literally lost EVERYTHING in their home in the explosion. After the visit was a dinner attended by the Mayor of Taunton (the town the Dutzmanns call home) and officials from the Fire and Police Departments who helped so much since the incident.

The Red Cross is housing the Dutzmann family temporarily, but the family could use your help. First in PRAYER. It will be a long slow process towards achieving any sense of stability and security. Then in donations "in honor of the Dutzmann family" through LCC. As all other event-based donations, 100% of your donation will go to the Dutzmann family.

Click here to donate to the Dutzmann Family

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:45
Van Needed for Volunteer at Soup Kitchen Print E-mail
Request from Pastor Julio Loza at St. Matthew in Chicago, Illinois
Vo Serving Food at the Soup Kitchen

There is an urgent need at St. Matthew's El Comedor Popular for a minivan to be driven by Vo, a Filipino volunteer who has found shelter in St. Matthew's basement for about four years. Vo helps in the cleaning of St. Matthew's Center and also helps to purchase food items for the soup kitchen that has provided hot meals to the homeless and unemployed for 26 years. The minivan will be used to pick up potatoes and other vegetables plus chicken and other items as needed. Vo also will help on Sundays to pick up families to attend bilingual worship services. We pray our Lord blesses this request for assistance to St. Matthew's faith mission.

If you have a van you would be willing to donate please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:04
Former St. Paul School Student Dies in Car Accident Print E-mail
Aurora Central Catholic Seth Egger, a former student at St. Paul Lutheran School in Aurora, Illinois was one of two teenagers killed in a car crash last week. Rev. Danny Tutwiler, Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church asked LCC to send a team of K-9 Comfort Dogs to come to the school Thursday after the crash. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Olympia, Tara, Barnabas (Holy Cross - Portage, IN), Gracie (Trinity - Davenport, IA), Tillie, Ladel (St Matthew - Hawthorn Woods, IL), Tabby, and in training Zippy (Trinity - Roselle, IL), and Chloe (Lord of Life - LaFox, IL) shared the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Christ with the students and staff.

For the same heartbreaking event, Comfort Dogs were also requested to visit Aurora Catholic High School where both teenagers attended. Seven LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers were available to offer solace and peace during their lunch hour on Tuesday, March 17th, the day after the funerals for both students. Scores of students used these Comfort Dogs as a distraction from their grief and pain.

Donate here to help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:49
LERT Training Prepares People to Help in Disasters Print E-mail
LERT LCC is delighted to welcome 51 newly trained LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) volunteers who completed the LERT Basic Training last Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church of North Plato in Hampshire, Illinois. LERT certification is necessary for those volunteers who want to help out in times of disaster including hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, fire, and the like.

Participants in last week’s LERT training came from the following congregations: Calvary, Elgin: Good Shepherd, Elgin; Holy Cross, Cary; Immanuel, DeKalb; Immanuel, Lindenwood; Messiah, Wauconda; Prince of Peace, Palatine; St John, Union; St John, Wheaton and St. Peter, Hampshire. That brings the total number of LERT trained volunteers up to 1,332.

This training session added two new LERT Teams to the LCC family. With the addition of the teams at St. Peter Hampshire, and St. John in Union, Illinois LCC now has a total of 48 Disaster Response teams in the Northern Illinois District.

If you have any questions about LERT training or how to launch a Disaster Response Outreach Ministry at your church contact Dianna Bonfield at LCC with questions or to book your LERT training. Call (866) 455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To donate to LCC's Disaster Response Outreach Ministry CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:26
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