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Angel’s Leash Passed to St John’s La Grange, IL Print E-mail
St. John La Grange On Sunday, June 7, 2015 LCC passed the leash of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Angel to St. John’s Lutheran Church in La Grange, IL. The handlers and caregivers spent three days training with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Angel learning how to be present in every situation and to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those they meet.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, IL) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Pax, Asher, and Tabby all attended the Passing of the Leash and are excited for their friend to begin her ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church in La Grange, IL

Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:13
 
Single Mother of Two Struggling to Pay Bills After She Loses Home to a Fire Print E-mail
Immanuel Lutheran Church A request from Pastor Tom Acton of Immanuel Lutheran Church - Palatine, IL:

A member of Risen Savior, Byron (where Pastor Tom is consulting during their vacancy) suffered a fire in her home and has had to move to Rockford. Risen Savior has helped her a bit. She is a single mom and is struggling to keep her children in Christian schools. At this time tuition and uniforms are more than she can afford. (One in middle school and one in high school).

Please pray for this family as they go through this difficult time. To donate to financially support this family in payment of their bills, please CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:04
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Sunshine and Comfort to Texas After the Flooding Print E-mail
Texas LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Phoebe (St Paul - Ft Worth, TX), and Rufus (St Mark - Edmond, OK), along with staff Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie, had a productive few days in Texas following the disastrous flooding that occurred this spring. The dogs and their handlers visited the Volunteer Recovery Centers in San Marcos and Wimberley to spend time with volunteers, as well as FEMA and Red Cross workers who had been working 12 hour days since the flooding took place.

Texas Several homes were visited as well, including one home that experienced flooding to the top of the roof of the first story. The homeowner, Anna, melted when she saw the four dogs sitting in her driveway. She told her story of escape, and held back tears as LCC staff prayed with her. Pastor Martin Danner of Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin, TX prayed with soldiers from Fort Hood who were mucking out another home and loved petting the dogs.

The Comfort Dogs then visited Duck Creek Nursing Home. The dogs comforted several new friends, including Nada who is 92 and loves dogs. LCC staff talked and prayed with an occupational therapist who lost her dog in the flood and a social worker whose home was 37 feet above the water but still received damaged when the water went to almost 50 feet. TexasA special moment occurred when the head nurse asked if a dog could be brought to a 34 year-old firefighter who was paralyzed after getting hit by a truck while riding his bike. Pastor Danner, Jonathan from United Way, and LCC staff member Rich Martin joined Ruthie Comfort Dog in the room. As Ruthie approached, she immediately crawled up the tall wheel chair onto Colin's lap. Colin let go of the stress ball he had been holding with his left hand and put it on Ruthie’s head.

To view more photos from Texas CLICK HERE

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:14
 
Pastoral Request for Medical Care for Alex Frerichs - West Nile Virus Survivor Print E-mail
Alex Pastor Steve Maske of Good Shepherd in Elgin, IL emailed LCC asking for support for one of its members, Alex Frerichs. Alex was infected with the devastating West Nile Virus in August 2012. Although she has made great progress, high medical costs jeopardize her future treatment. A friend of Alex describes the situation and asks for support:
"When Alex first contracted the virus she was in a coma for months and the year that followed she was in and out of hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Alex was left with limited mobility, she is wheelchair bound, unable to speak and in need of round the clock care. Alex is home now and is being cared for by her mother and father, Annette and Steve. After Alex became sick, Annette lost her job. Annette is Alex's caregiver; they work daily on getting her stronger. Alex is a very determined young lady and works very diligently with her exercises and therapies, unfortunately insurance will no longer cover her treatment of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Through the generosity of Angels for Alex, a fundraiser she had in 2013, they were able to at seek treatment at the Carrick Brain Center (www.carrickbraincenters.com) in Atlanta, Ga. She has also been able to work with a team of Integrative doctors here in the Chicago-land area to continue her rehabilitation from the Carrick Brain Center. All the doctors are confident Alex will eventually walk and talk again. It has been a slow progression but she is now able to move her legs slightly. Unfortunately the money from the fundraiser has run out. The family has also been denied financial help through the state to renovate their home to better take care of Alex. Annette and Steve also recently had to purchase a wheelchair accessible van to transport Alex due to the physical demands put on them from lifting her in and out of their vehicle. I believe God has a special plan for my friend Alex, not only has she has to fight this difficult virus but she is also a double transplant recipient."

To read more about Alex's story and follow her progression, CLICK HERE.

Please pray for Alex and her family as she continues to recover. Please consider donating to aid her family with the medical costs, to donate CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:56
 
How would you like to Make A Difference in Literally Thousands of Lives? LCC K-9 Training of Trainers Course - Offered Free Print E-mail
Trainers Needed The Lord has blessed the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs by touching the lives of countless people with Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ. The demand from our churches, schools, and colleges is so great LCC is starting another training class for trainers.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring solace to individuals and families who are suffering pain or loss. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs calm individuals, facilitate conversation, work with special needs individuals, veterans and the elderly, and are used in counseling situations. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs also respond to crisis and disaster situations. In order to be able to accomplish this outreach we need volunteers who can devote time and energy to train our precious golden retrievers to become LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. After training, the dogs will then be placed to work in a church or school with the goal of touching thousands of Lives!

The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is recruiting apprentice trainers to keep up with the number of requests for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. The Apprentice Comfort Dog Training Course will allow us to do an even better job of training and regulating the standards we set for our Comfort Dogs! We continue to grow and place our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in more states so we are accepting applications NOW from individuals interested in registering for the course. There will be a limited number of people we can train so if you are interested, please fill out the application soon. The training class will be offered in the following locations: Northbrook, Illinois; Pontiac, Illinois; and St Louis, Missouri.

To hear Sarah talk about her desire to become an LCC K-9 Apprentice Trainer, CLICK HERE.

For more information call 866-455-6466 and talk to Anastasia or to apply,
CLICK HERE for Chicagoland and Central Illinois
CLICK HERE for St. Louis, MO area

Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:27
 
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