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Second Team Returns from Orlando Print E-mail
Orlando Love is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7

Last week, a second team of handlers and K-9 Comfort Dogs from Peace Lutheran Church - Grand Island, Nebraska; Redeemer Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, Colorado; and Concordia University - Mequon, Wisconsin arrived in Orlando to give love, compassion and comfort to all those who God placed in their path.

God perfectly arranged each encounter between the Comfort Dogs and their handlers with those who were hurting.

Comfort Dogs Zoey, Eddie and Cubby, with their handlers, stopped by several of the fire stations in Orlando who welcomed a visit from the team. The men and women of each fire station were thankful to receive the comfort and love these furry new friends gave as they shared their stories and hurts with the handlers. During one of these visits, it was requested that LCC K-9 Cubby, Eddie and Zoey visit the shifts of 911 Communication Center that were on duty the night of the Pulse Club shooting. This shift had not yet had an opportunity to visit with the dogs and really needed the gentleness, patience, and comfort that is freely offered by the Comfort Dogs. The 911 dispatchers are still distraught from the all the calls they received that night, replaying each moment over and over. They needed to share their stories with the handlers, who listened and offered prayer. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams must have heard the words "thank you" at least 200 times that night from the supervisors, dispatchers, and police.

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The team of handlers and dogs were blessed with opportunities to visit patients at the hospital in Orlando. While there, the team was asked to visit an 11-year-old girl who has been fighting cancer since age 4 and would be going home under hospice care. Each dog and handler took a turn visiting this precious child. She gave all her energy so she could pet each dog. She especially loved Cubby because she reminded her of her own dog, Butter, who she had not seen in a while. Her father broke down watching his daughter smile and having a moment of joy. The team prayed with her father, who was fighting so hard to be strong for his daughter. God brought the team to that family that day.

After visiting the fire stations, K-9 Eddie and his handler went for a walk to refresh and refocus. It was on this walk that God once again was directing their path. As they were walking by the 49 crosses representing each of the victims, they encountered a man and his mother. They mother and son stopped to pet Eddie. When the man found out the dog’s name (Eddie), he broke down and hugged Eddie so tightly. The man's brother was one of the victims and was buried that day. His brother’s name was Eddie. This man and his mother needed comfort and love and God made sure they received it that day.

Orlando

The handlers from Peace Lutheran Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, and Concordia University Wisconsin shared that when the people of this grieving community pet the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, they poured out their hearts to the handlers and dogs. It was as if they were pulling out all of the sadness they were holding in and releasing it to Eddie, Cubby, and Zoey.

This is what this ministry is: the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. Even though the teams have now left Orlando, we want you to know you remain in our prayers. Thank you for opening your city and your hearts to the 15 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and 26 handlers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:37
 
New Fire Detection System Needed at Walther Christian Academy Print E-mail
Fire Detection System Walther Christian Academy (Upper School) in Melrose Park has just learned that their fire detection/alarm system needs to be replaced at a cost of between $100,000 to $120,000. A significant portion of the existing system dates back to when Walther Lutheran High School was built in 1954. The cost of this capital improvement is not covered by the annual operating budget or the current capital campaign (Where Blessings Abound) and any donations towards this project are greatly appreciated.

Walther Christian Academy provides a challenging academic program in a nurturing, vibrant, Christ-centered environment serving students in preschool through 12th grade and even into college through a partnership with Concordia University Chicago. Students from more than 40 zip codes in and around Chicago attend Walther for its educational, spiritual and extra-curricular opportunities.

CLICK HERE to donate to the Walther Academy Fire System Replacement Fund

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:18
 
Tim Speaks at LWML Ohio Convention Print E-mail
Tim Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, spoke at the annual Lutheran Women’s Ministry League (LWML) Ohio Convention Saturday, June 25th. The convention was well attended with over 400 in attendance. This year’s theme was "It Only Takes a Spark" based on Luke 24:32. Tim spoke on the unity of the body of Christ as well as the impact Lutheran Church Charities had on the people of Orlando in light of the recent shootings. Tim concluded with “Lessons from an Old Comfort Dog” a personal reflection authored by Tim, which received a standing ovation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:23
 
Donated Car Available - Repairs Needed Print E-mail
Car LCC has received the donation of a 2002 VW Jetta, 94,200 miles. The car is in need of repair (the transmission slips and will need to be rebuilt, timing belt replaced, needs new air flow sensor and other possible repairs) If you are in need or know of a person in need and are able to make the necessary repairs 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, 28 June 2016 12:36
 
Family Needs $970 Rent Assistance Print E-mail
Pastor Shehab LCC received the following request from Pastor Hicham Chehab, Salam Christian Fellowship, Lombard, Illinois:
Dear Friends,

We have a new Syrian family of five that needs help with their rent. The rent is $970.

This will be a one-time help for this family as the two older kids, 18 and 19, will be able to work soon and provide for their family.

In God's Peace,
Hicham Chehab
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship

CLICK HERE to Give

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:18
 
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