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Special Appeal from our Kare-9 Military Dogs to help a Marine Family in North Carolina with Medical Needs Print E-mail

Please join the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs in showing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to this Marine family in need.

Little Geronime Little Geronime was born in May 2013. Doctors did not expect him to survive, to go home, or to celebrate his first birthday. But God said differently and Little Geronime celebrated his first birthday in May.

Little Geronime has 28 medical diagnoses and is under the care of 16 medical professionals (https://www.facebook.com/LittleGeronime). This year the family has already had over $7,000 in unexpected expenses and needs our help.

His father is a Marine currently stationed in North Carolina. Mom is not able to earn an income because taking care of Little Geronime is not only a full-time job, but a 24/7 blessing. Recently, she posted on Facebook:

Geronime with his momLittle man can not play chase with the little girl that is 6 months younger than him.
There was no cake and no birthday party when he turned 1, we were getting ready for more surgeries and he cant eat solids anyway.
I can't teach him to say "up" or "milk" because half the time he doesn't even want to wear his hearing aids.
I am disgusted by dirty looks from women in church who were told that they can't bring a stroller in, because I wish I could hold my child in my lap like they can. I am not able to go to any "adult only" events because even licensed nurses refuse to babysit my child.
My husband desperately wants to go on a date without kids, but knows that is not a possibility.
Anyone who thinks a crying hungry baby is horrible, should try listening to a machine that goes "bee-doo bee-doo bee-doo" over and over again every 3 hours.
Some people can't afford certain things because they are undisciplined with money. We strap ourselves in tight, do everything right, and still can't do those things because that "cute helmet" cost $1800, and we still don't know if the insurance will pay for the last bit of his most recent surgery, and gas for 3 hour drives to the hospital are not always reimbursable.

But would I trade lives with those moms if I could?

No!
God gave me a family that doesn't give up, no matter what the challenge is!
My hubs knows when I need a hug, and he tries to be so strong for me that sometimes I have to forcefully pry to get him to tell me about his own troubles.
While other babies are expected to meet milestones, we celebrate every time ours surpassed all odds to achieve something that wasn't expected of him!
While other babies cry because they are spoiled and get whatever they want, mine smiles excitedly when by his determination alone he finally wiggles the 6 inches it takes to reach his foot off of the mat so he can tap it on the wood floor!
My children are deprived of many fun things and still are able to behave in public, often getting compliments from perfect strangers.
We have a church family now that is so much more encouraging than the church "friends" that stopped talking to me when I was pregnant with a very different 3rd child!
My little man proves that there is NO such thing as a legit excuse, they don't exist!
My God provides, at some point we will have everything we need one way or another!
The woman I used to be, is no where near as strong as God is making me to be!

And most importantly...
I know women who are stronger than me, because their baby is already waiting for them in heaven...

Mine is still alive,
Isn't that, all by itself, enough to be happy about...
You can contribute by:
Donating online:
     Little Boy Geronime Medical Fund
Donating by mail (please put "Geronime Medical Fund" in the memo line):
     Lutheran Church Charities
     333 West Lake Street
     Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:12
 
LCC K-9s Visit Joilet Junior College for Veterans Community and Empowerment Fest Print E-mail
On Saturday, October 18, the LCC Kare-9 Military Dogs and K-9 Comfort Dogs attended the Veterans Community and Empowerment Fest at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. Kare-9 Military Dogs Buck (Master Trainer Alex), Susie (Veteran Brad), Flex (Veteran Fred), Spike (Veteran Raleigh), Brandy (Veteran Martin), and Blitz (Veteran Bob) attended along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther (LCC), Shami (St. John, Darien), and Darlin (Mount Greenwood Chicago and St. Paul Matteson) and their handlers. It was a great day meeting veterans and the other exhibitors and showing the
 
Bibles Needed to Spread the Word of God Print E-mail

Bilingual Bibles needed for Outreach to Muslims

Request from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois

Bilingual Bible
Dear Friends,

In the 1980s, when I was in college, I heard the Word of God from the mouth of a secular professor, and Jesus transformed my life from a member of the Muslim Brotherhood to an evangelist, and used me to plant Salam Christian Fellowship and a student ministry in Chicagoland.

Today, more college students are taking Bibles through our student ministry, especially New Testaments, and copies of bilingual Gospels that are changing their lives. We ask you to prayerfully consider donating towards purchasing more bilingual Gospels.

Click here to donate to the Bilingual Bible Fund

God at Work Changing Lives of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Request from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois

Pastor Hicham

Arabic Bibles are needed to share the Word of God with the more than two million Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Syrian refugees make up one-third of the population of Lebanon and that number continues to grow as Syrians flee their own country because of the persecution from the terrorist group known as ISIS. Lebanon is one of the last Christian strongholds of Christianity in the Middle East even though the majority of the population may be Muslim. At one time Lebanon's roots were all Christian.

Salam Christian Fellowship and Pastor Hicham Chehab are partnering with Lutheran Hour Ministries who have boots on the ground and are able to distribute the Arabic Bibles to Syrian refugees in the refugee camps. Lutheran Hour Ministries is able get these Bibles for $2.00 each. Please prayerfully consider helping us spread the Gospel of Christ Jesus to those in need in Lebanon.

Donate to the Arabic Bible Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:36
 
$10,000 Needed to Bring Concordia FM International Radio to Haiti Print E-mail
Marky Kessa Request from Pastor Marky Kessa, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH)

For the past several years it has been the dream of the ELCH to have a radio station in Jacmel that would broadcast Concordia FM International.

Radio is the fastest way to reach thousands at a time with the Gospel. In the words of Pastor Kessa, "This is my dream, a place I can feel free to talk about our faith in Christ! And many, many souls will be saved. So let us pray God can open doors."

LCC has learned that a tower is now available in Jacmel for purchase. By being able to purchase an existing tower the ELCH will be able to start and run a radio station for $10,000.

Please consider joining LCC and the ELCH as we work to bring Concordia International Radio to Haiti. The fields are ripe unto harvest right now

Donate to Help ELCH Purchase a Radio Tower
 
Ladel Comfort Dog in Need of Surgery Print E-mail
Ladel In September, a lump was discovered along the jaw of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ladel - who is owned by LCC affiliate, St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. She was taken to the vet to have the lump removed. Upon removal a biopsy was done and the results came back cancerous.

Ladel will be having surgery on October 27, in order to have the lump completely removed. After the removal, Ladel will need reconstructive surgery on her jaw and mouth.

As of now, she is still going to events and helping to bring the mercy and compassion of Christ Jesus to those in need. St. Matthew is requesting financial assistance with medical expenses that will come from having the procedure done.

We ask for your continued support in your prayers for the Comfort Dog team at St. Matthew - Hawthorn Woods and all those who are affected by this news.

Help with Ladel's Medical Expenses
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:34
 
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