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Families in Need

UPDATE: Woman in Aurora in Desperate Need of a Car and Prayers Print E-mail
”Pastor A few weeks ago, LCC received an email from Pastor Michael Graham of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Aurora, IL asking for prayers and for a car donation for Minerva who is in desperate need of transportation.

To read the original story, CLICK HERE

LCC received the following email on Friday with an update on Minerva’s situation from Pastor Graham:

Since the request for a vehicle was received her father was involved in an accident and suffered serious head injuries. He is in a coma and has been moved to the hospital in Sycamore for people in long term comas and on life support. Minerva is one of five children and is a college student and also has to work to help support the family. Her mother is unable to work. Now with her father’s situation the family is suffering in many ways.
Pastor Graham

Please keep Minerva’s father and her entire family in your prayers.

If you have a running vehicle to donate, contact LCC at (866) 455-6466.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 13:42
Urgent Plea for Assistance for Casualties of Mass Shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College Print E-mail
Roseburg Oregon
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs asked to deploy to Roseburg, Oregon to serve the victims, their families, and the grieving community.
Horror! Terror! Fear!
It is simply unimaginable what those on the campus in this quiet community must have suffered.
10 are Dead
9 are Injured
The suspect is reported dead.
Facts are still being gathered but an eyewitness has given testimony that one by one the shooter asked each to stand and state their religion.
The Christians were shot and killed.
The healing for so many in this small rural community is just beginning.

While the story was just being reported, LCC received a call from the Northwest District Disaster Response Coordinator, The Rev. Ron Norris, requesting the deployment of our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in response to this horrific, mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Following that initial call, the president of the Northwest District, Rev. Paul A. Linnemann invited the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers to Oregon to assist their district with reaching those who are in need, with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

At this time, an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team of 6 dogs and handlers is preparing for deployment to this small community of approximately 22,000 people, to offer comfort to the many whose lives have now changed. Our team will have the opportunity to share the GOSPEL as our Comfort Dogs open hearts and doors.

Just 7 miles from the campus, which has 3,300 full time students and 16,000 part time students, is St. Paul Lutheran Church and School Roseburg.

Roseburg Oregon Please consider the trauma that this community must be suffering after a horrific incident like this. The victims, their families, the faculty and staff, the early responders. The list goes on. Heartbreak, chaos and overwhelming grief. Sharing the love of God is a great gift and comfort for this tragic situation where Christians were allegedly targeted.

PLEASE give now to support our LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team as they answer the call to deploy. Without your support, this travel is simply not possible.

Join us in praying for the families of those who have been killed and those wounded in this tragic shooting. Let us pray for the community of Roseburg and for all those hurting and please hold our team in prayer as they travel to Oregon.

CLICK HERE to help with travel expenses to Roseburg, Oregon
CLICK HERE to support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:55
Your Donations Making a Difference in the Lives of Widower and Family Who Lost Wife, Mother in Fire Print E-mail
”St. LCC staff member Deaconess Dianna Bonfield, accompanied by Deaconess Intern Marissa Arndt, had the honor of representing all the LCC donors who reached out to assist St. Matthew, Chicago. Because of your help, they were able to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to the family of Tony Valdivia and family after a fire destroyed their home and claimed the life of their beloved wife and mother, Korissa. To read the original story, CLICK HERE

After receiving the check on behalf of St. Matthew, Church Pastor Loza asked Dianna to address the congregation about the work of LCC.

Tony thanked St. Matthew and all those from LCC who have helped and encouraged him. He shared with everyone that it had been two weeks since 3 yr. old Kiara was released from the hospital. This Thursday, 6 yr. old Jerry will be released from the hospital as well.

Through this whole ordeal, people tell Tony to find strength in his children. Tony witnesses that, while his focus is on his children, he draws his strength from God and because Jesus died for us, he knows Korissa is in heaven, and that he and the children will see her again. That is his strength and hope to go on.

This small family has a long road ahead. All the medical bills have not even started coming in yet for Tony or the children for the many months they were in the burn unit and for all the surgeries. Both of the children will have to wear compression burn suits for some time as their skin graph, muscles and tendons heal. As their young bodies grow they will need new compression suits which are very expensive. Jerry had severe facial burns which will require him to wear a facial compression burn mask that is over $600 each time that is replaced. The burn shirt and leotard each are several times more expensive.

Please keep Tony and the children in your prayers. The Monday following Jerry’s release from the hospital will be a particularly difficult time as it is Korissa’s birthday and she will not be with them.

To gift to this family as they continue to recover from this devastating fire, please CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015 06:22
Assistance Given to Family of Four Thanks to Your Generous Donations Print E-mail
Jamie On Saturday, September 5, LCC received the following email from Rev. Dr. Micheal M. Strong (Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Farmersville, IL) regarding Jamie and her family in need of rental assistance:
Many thanks are due to all the folk who helped this family through some difficult times. Enough financial help was received that LCC was able, not only to pay a rent bill, but also pay part of a car insurance bill that was past due. Jamie is still working two part-time jobs and has started doing hair in her home. Needless to say she is a busy lady. We also spoke with her mother who often times has to pick up the boy from school because of Jamie’s work schedule. Along with Jamie she expressed her thanks to the unknown people who have helped her. Jamie’s daughter attended school away from hone during the week and come home every weekend. Unfortunately, Jamie will not be getting any help from her husband as he has gotten in trouble with the law. Please continue to pray for her as she has a tremendous burden on her shoulders.

LCC would like to thank all of the donors who gave so generously to this family.

To read the original appeal, CLICK HERE

To donate to this family, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:50
Update: Rent Assistance – Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church Oak Lawn, IL Print E-mail
Mark Birkholz LCC received the following email of thanks from Pastor Mark Birkholz of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois regarding a fund for rent assistance for a disabled man:
Thank you to everyone who donated towards the rent assistance for the friend of our congregation. He is very grateful for your generosity.

God's Blessings,
Pastor Mark Birkholz
Faith Oak Lawn

To read the original appeal, CLICK HERE

To donate, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:51
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