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Work Day Update - Northern Illinois Print E-mail
Rochelle As Christ took his disciples to a "Solitary" place, it was much like the Illinois rural areas recently hit by the latest tornadoes.

"When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things." Mark 6:34

On Wednesday, April 15, LCC/NID DDRC team members Ken Cupples, Rev. Roger Pollock and Joel Moritz were in the Fairdale/Kirkland sites with our area contact, Pastor Jeremy Heilman of Trinity Lutheran, Genoa. There are many people within a large radius who have not yet received enough or any attention as of yet. Many of these resident farmers have large fields, most of which are filled with the debris from the towns. Field walkers are needed now that the sowing season is fast approaching, and farmers cannot afford the chance of their equipment getting damaged from debris in their fields.

We have also have a few more sites requiring chainsaw crews.

Rochelle On Saturday, April 18th, LCC will be stationed at St Paul Lutheran Church, Rochelle to dispatch LERT Field Walking Crews and Chainsaw Crews. The opening for sign-in will be at 8:00 AM with crews deploying as soon as 8:30 AM. It is most likely we will also deploy again Sunday. Sunday's time is tentatively set at 8:00 AM as well, but is subject to change. We will alert you via email of any changes.

Trinity Lutheran, Lisle will be serving lunch again. In order for the sign-in process to go smoothly, as well as accurate numbers for preparing food, we ask you register online HERE before arriving Saturday. Again, we will most likely need teams out again the following Sunday.

For those who will be walking the fields cleaning up debris, please wear work boots (not tennis shoes) and long pants. Also, dress in layers so you can remove layers as needed. You will need work gloves and head covering - a hat, baseball cap, etc. It is only spring, and it often feels cool, but being in the sun all day can be harmful. Bring sun glasses and sun screen. If you have a first aid kit that can be left in the car at the edge of field please bring that along. LCC will provide water for you to take out to the field with you. If you have something to carry some fruit, energy bars, healthy snacks and 4 or more bottles of water, please bring it. It is important that you keep your strength up and keep hydrated.

Please register HERE to expedite onsite check-in. CLICK HERE to donate to help those affected by the tornadoes in Northern Illinois
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 08:40
Stories of Healing in Rochelle, IL Print E-mail
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were a beacon helping the suffering at the Beacon on the Green in Rochelle. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tara and Zippy (Trinity Roselle), along with Eve and Claudia (LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in-training) were welcomed with open arms by the various agencies present to assist those that have been affected by the tornado. We met so many Red Cross volunteers. The attendance was reported to be between 25-30 families during our time there. Residents entering were obviously stressed but would detour their path to come spend time learning about and spending time with the wide range of ages of the Comfort Dogs.

One woman that walked in the door saw the dogs and immediately went to her knees and started to pet the dogs and cry. As she was petting Eve and Claudia she mentioned how badly she missed her dog, who has been staying with friends since the storm. Her family lives in the country; their home was heavily damaged and her car was destroyed. She was home alone with her kids when the storm hit because her husband was trucking in Wisconsin. She talked to him during the storm while keeping the children safe in the basement.

Within minutes of her leaving us, a Red Cross volunteer came requesting a Comfort Dog to sit with another woman who was having difficulty. Yes, it was our new friend, so Tara and her handler, Toni, went with her. She sat petting Tara as she talked with the agency representatives. Later, Zippy and her handler Janice took Tara's place and continued the healing. On her way out the door she needed hugs from all the dogs.

Everyone was so happy the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were in attendance and are looking forward to seeing them again on Thursday.

CLICK HERE to donate to help those affected by the tornadoes in Northern Illinois
CLICK HERE to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:22
Hundreds Left Homeless, 2 Dead in Tornadoes. LCC Assists Local Churches to Minister to Them Print E-mail
Rochelle You are a blessing" was a theme echoed time and again to work crews helping people recover last weekend after an EF4 tornado (winds between 160 and 200 miles per hour) tore through north central Illinois. Two women were killed in Fairdale, Illinois and the storm almost totally demolished the town. Extensive damage was also done to homes in the Rochelle area and to a large number of farms in the path of the half-mile wide tornado that roared between the two.

RochelleLast weekend, 275 volunteers showed up on Saturday and another 150 came by on Sunday to help our Disaster Response teams clean up the aftermath of the storm. Almost all team members were certified as Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) members. The stories and photos they came back with were shocking.

  • On one street, a house was totally destroyed while homes on either side of it had only roof and tree damage, plus a car in their garage was now upside down in the front yard.
  • One family survived because the father who rushed home just before the tornado hit, moved his family to a different place in the basement. After the tornado came through, he discovered the floor and ceiling collapsed where his family originally stood.
  • One crew was assigned to walk a farmer's field clearing debris. The wife asked them to look for her jewelry box which was missing. The crew was delighted when they found a jewelry box with cash and jewelry in it...but it was the jewelry box of another woman who lived miles away.

RochelleOnce much of the debris was removed and home owners started to return to the area, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs arrived to bring smiles to faces that had been downcast for days. Again the LCC K 9 Comfort Dogs opened the door to numerous conversations about God's providence, His grace and His will. Many people expressed that they were amazed that "all these strangers" had come out to help them. They were all reminded that "this is what Christians do."

RochelleThe work that LCC teams were able to do last weekend could only have been possible because of the people at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle, Illinois and their pastor, Rev. Greg Hoffman who allowed us to use St. Paul as a command center. Volunteers were also blessed by the great breakfast food from St. Paul and the superb luncheon grilled meats, salads and treats from Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, Illinois. There is still a lot of work and clean-up to do and that will continue for weeks if not months. So your support is still needed

Please keep everyone affected by last week’s tornadoes in your prayers as they continue healing from this disaster. Your financial support for them is also needed. CLICK HERE to help the families affected by these storms.

CLICK HERE to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the Rochelle Work Day

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:26
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visiting First Responders and Residents of Fairdale Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs in Fairdale, IL LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, staff, and volunteers from LCC, Immanuel Belvidere, St Peter Arlington Heights, and Christ Our Savior Dixon were joined by Pastor Carl Rasmussen from First Lutheran Church in Kirkland, IL to visit with first responders and residents of Fairdale, IL last Monday. Several dogs were able to visit Fairdale on Sunday.

Please keep everyone affected by last week's tornadoes in your prayers as they continue healing from this disaster.

CLICK HERE to donate to help those affected by the tornadoes in Northern Illinois
CLICK HERE to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:43
Iowa Single Mom in Need of Home Repair and Car as She Cares for Aging Parents Print E-mail
New Mom Needs Car Jessica, a young single mom of a 2 year old son, recently moved to a town close to her home church where she was baptized as an infant – Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Lake City, Iowa. She is raising a son on her own, caring for her parents, and looking for a job but does not have a car, something essential in a rural area like this. She is also renting-to-own a small home, and while a wonderful resident of the town she lives in, Lohrville, Iowa, has provided plumbing repair and siding which have helped greatly, the home needs more repairs, including a furnace. Her congregation, led by vacancy Pastor Don Peterson is helping as best they can, but her needs are more than they can do alone.

Pilgrim is asking for assistance in helping to find a reliable used vehicle that could be given to Jessica to assist her as well as money to pay for the home repairs so necessary. Thank you for helping us show Jessica that Jesus loves and cares for her and her son as we demonstrate the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

To make a donation, CLICK HERE. Remember 100% of your donation will be sent “dollar-in, dollar-out” to this young woman’s church to give to her.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 19:28
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