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Assistance for Associate Pastor and Family with Recent Adoption Costs Print E-mail

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth” - 1 John 3:18

Request from Pastor Jerry Hays, St Peter Schaumburg, Illinois: Assistance for Associate Pastor and family with recent adoption costs

When a person preaches the Gospel without using words, the Spirit moves those around into action on that person's behalf.

Hintz Family Love knows no bounds, no costs. There are times when a biological mother is unable to care for her child but still loves the child enough to make the best choice out of love. In this story, a young homeless mother was lost, considered an abortion out of desperation, but soon found out that the abortion was cost prohibitive, not just in monetary terms. She sought out a Christian adoption agency who would help her find a loving family for her unborn child. That family was Associate Pastor Greg and Sara Hintz of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Schaumburg, Illinois. This mother chose to give her daughter life instead of aborting her. The Lord called the Hintzes by putting little Kaliyah into their life and they answered His call even though the cost was high.

Thanks to a Lutheran Church Charities donor, in addition to Senior Pastor Jerry Hays of St. Peter, Schaumburg, this story was not only shared with us, but a lead gift for this family has been given.

A decade ago, the Hintz family had been blessed with four children and were frequently going on mission trips where they developed a heart for orphans. It was during this time they made a decision to prayerfully consider adoption. In 2008 they sadly lost their infant son, Samuel, and soon after began the adoption process.

Their prayers were abundantly answered with four children in the Lord's creative timing and way. All of these children's mothers had specifically chosen the Hintz family to be the adoptive parents of their children.

As a birth mother, Sara can understand and empathize with the gut-wrenching decision these young women must make, the sacrifice of relinquishing your child to the care of another for the rest of their life here on earth.

There is another sacrifice that the Hintz family understands all too well, although completely and without hesitation, happily made. They used almost all of their savings, originally planned for a down-payment for a house, to cover the adoption costs. This is in total, $39,500 towards medical bills for mother and child, legal fees, and social reporting. The Hintz family has 8 living children, 4 biological and 4 adopted.

Yet through it all, Pastor Greg and Sara keep their hearts and home open. They continue to keep the relationships with the birth mothers and see it as part of their ministry. They recognize these are all God's children; the birth mothers as well as the children. Through this financial burden, they continue to trust in the Lord because He is always faithful. He has always provided.

They feel blessed by having the opportunity to love on these precious children God has given them to call their own. "God has always had his hand in everything and supplied what we needed. We just keep on keeping on," said Pastor Greg. They feel these children are worth investing in no matter the burden.

The miracles and examples set by this family and the open relationship they are keeping with the birth mothers of these wonderful children of God are life affirming Christian acts. This family is a wonderful example of how to walk in the light.

"I want to walk as a child of the light;
I want to follow Jesus
God set the stars to give light to the world;
The star of my life is Jesus."

We ask you help in the following ways:

  • Pray for Pastor Hintz, his family and the birth mothers
  • Provide financial assistance for Pastor Greg and his family to be used towards the housing and transportation needs.

Please give generously today to help this loving family as they have helped others.

Donate today
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 09:02
 
LCC Launches Satellite K-9 Comfort Dog Training School in Nebraska Print E-mail
Nebraska It is with a heart of thankfulness and praise that LCC announces the opening of a satellite K-9 Comfort Dog Training School in Grand Island, Nebraska. While the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is not about the dog, it is very much about touching lives by offering comfort, demonstrating compassion, being present and listening, and being Christ-like to others.

Comfort Dogs are the bridge that welcome the humans into a person’s life. These creatures are welcoming, accepting, non-threatening, friendly and comforting. These are traits that we aspire to build within ourselves.

Through the trials and tribulations that each person faces, God is always with them. It is thanks for God’s grace and mercy that the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at LCC has grown to become a service ministry that serves those who are suffering or in need.

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LCC K-9 handlers, Don Moeller (satellite facilitator) and Lucy and Mike Kerby (trainers) of Grand Island, have been a vital part of the success of the launch of this new training facility.

The ministry is blessed to have talented, dedicated and committed apprentice trainer volunteers who invest much time and energy learning to train and in turn, train future K-9 Comfort Dogs for the ministry. LCC welcomes Michael and Tara Peterson, Mike and Carol Owen, Michelle Kohlhof, Carol Deardorff, LaVerle and Kathy Miller, Brad and Katie Keasling, Cheryl Weinrich and Brooke Johnson to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

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“People are looking for answers and trying to find ways to help. God has given it to us with these dogs but these dogs need to be trained.” said Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities

"God has opened the door in Grand Island, NE by providing the facility, professional trainers, and volunteers to nurture, socialize and train future Comfort Dogs. These dogs will be the bridge that God has given us so we can go out and reach those who are suffering and in need just as Christ taught us.”

The LCC satellite K-9 Comfort Dog Training School in Grand Island, Nebraska, which opened on Thursday, April 7, 2016 has 4 “student” puppies who are eager to learn!

"Like" them on Facebook to see them grown and learn:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine... Ephesians 3:20

Give Today to help support the K-9 training school in Grand Island, Nebraska
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:57
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Respond to Death of Student Print E-mail
St. Mary LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Teams responded after receiving a request from Principal Richard Morehouse of St Mary’s School in Pontiac, Illinois after the death of a student. Blaze, an 8th grade student at St. Mary’s, was killed in an ATV accident on Saturday, April 9, 2016. LCC staff dog trainer, Jeanne Moore, along with volunteer trainers and handlers Elaine Mortensen and Sarah Walters (Comfort Dogs in training Olive, Bernice, and Gideon) were with the junior high students of St Mary’s on Monday to be present and offer comfort to those in need. LCC lifts up the family of Blaze, his friends, and the faculty and staff of St. Mary’s in prayer.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:58
 
"Hub Strong" Event to Mark One Year Anniversary of Tornado in Rochelle and Fairdale Illinois Print E-mail
Tornado Just one year ago, on April 9, 2015, a tornado tore a path of destruction through Rochelle and nearby Fairdale and left residents stunned. LCC Disaster Response and K-9 Teams quickly responded with boots and paws on the ground.

On the one-year anniversary of this devastating event, the Ogle County Long Term Recovery Committee organized the “HUB STRONG” event in Rochelle as a day of remembrance and thanksgiving. LCC teams visited, remembered and prayed with those who not only still experience stress and pain, but always wanted to offer prayers of thanksgiving for God’s Mercy during this tragedy.

The Rev. Greg Hoffmann, Pastor of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle, IL, invited the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare 9 Military Dog Ministry teams to attend this event to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need and to celebrate the rebuilding and healing that has taken place in the past year.

Kare 9 Military Dogs:
Flex and Butch

K-9 Comfort Dogs:
Angel
(St. John's Lutheran Church, La Grange, IL)
Butter (St John's Lutheran Church Algonquin, IL)
JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church Arlington Heights, IL)
Samuel (LCC)
Shiloh (Christ Our Savior Lutheran, Dixon, IL)
Tara Sunday (LCC)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:49
 
LCMS Military Chaplain Needs Lutheran Worship Supplies Print E-mail
Rev. Ros Schultz The Rev. Ros Schultz, Senior Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Freeport, Illinois, is soon deploying to the Middle East as an LCMS Military Chaplain. Immanuel Lutheran in Freeport is looking to send him with a complete set of Lutheran Service Book materials and supplies to lead worship service while he is deployed. Please donate today so that these items may be purchased by Immanuel. Give today
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 20:36
 
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