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Shelter from the Storm Print E-mail
k-9 comfort dogs “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.” Isaiah 25:4

The shelter provided by God for Antigo High School & Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo, Wisconsin, may come in the form of K-9 Comfort Dogs with their handlers who bring comfort, compassion, presence, and distraction.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers: K-9 Comfort Dog Luther and Rich Martin, K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Silas and Hannah McGinnis, K-9 Comfort Dog Angel and Kristin Stapleton, K-9 Comfort Dog Bekah and Lynne Johnson, K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Job and Terry Ressler, Lila and Joy Friede, K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie and Lynn Buhrke, and K-9 Comfort Dog Zina and Joel Mortiz were a presence on Wednesday at Antigo High School and Peace Lutheran Church.

The Comfort Dogs and handlers role was to be that shelter the students, parents and staff needed after the shooting. The handlers and dogs listened and gave comfort as the students, parents and staff shared their shock, fear, anger, and grief as a result this tragic experience.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs provided a distraction with their furry faces and soft accepting eyes. For a brief time, the shock of what happened was displaced as the students sat or laid on the floor snuggling and petting their furry new friends.

The students even had some moments of levity as they learned that K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Job, named for the Biblical figure Job, not “job”. It was a pleasant distraction learning the meaning of Job’s name and how Job has a “job” to bring comfort and joy to those who are hurting.

The students, parents and staff of Antigo High School and Peace Lutheran also are a shelter of compassion and mercy for one another and the community. Instead of hatred or gossip for the shooter, the students spoke of and offered compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and prayers that he is saved, and one day they will see him in the heaven.

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” 1 John 4:16-18

LCC never charges those we serve. Your gift will help us continue to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 09:38
23rd Annual All American Heroes Golf Tournament Benefiting Chris Kyle Memorial Foundation – Waco, Texas Print E-mail
Waco Texas Our location in Waco, Texas this weekend was quite unique. The grounds of the Veterans’ center are adjacent to the Cottonwood Golf Course, the site of the Chris Kyle Memorial event. Friday afternoon, prior to the start of the Memorial event, we visited the veterans at the Blind Rehabilitation Unit. Kare 9 Military Ministry handlers and assistants accompanied Phoebe, Pax, Rufus (St Mark - Edmond, OK) and Noah (Timothy - St Louis, MO) as handmade quilts were distributed to each veteran as we thanked them for their service. We also heard about the progressive training that occurs at the unit.

Now joined by Katie Comfort Dog (Trinity – Fremont, NE), Friday night dinner began the weekend long activities surrounding the All American Heroes Golf Tournament. Because the recipient of the funds was the Chris Kyle Memorial Foundation, members of the Kyle family were on hand to welcome each golf team and military personnel and thank them for their service and participation. Each military participant received a specially minted challenge coin. Two flights of over 100 golfers enjoyed the Florida scramble style tournament. Members of Baylor University ROTC were stationed throughout the course to hold American flag pins and mark out of bounds. Invited by Thrivent Financial to participate in this cause, the Comfort Dog teams spent part of their day out on the course under the Thrivent tent. Golfers and their families became very accustomed to seeing wagging golden tails in the clubhouse as well as outside and around the course.

One special memory for the Kare 9 handlers as well as the assistants was when Chris Kyle’s parents realized the significance of the camo vests and the Kare 9 handlers. Mr. Kyle immediately presented each Kare 9 handler with the challenge coin and thanked them for their service. We were there to bless others and left feeling very blessed ourselves.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:50
Comfort Dog Anna Visits with 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard Print E-mail
Anna Comfort Dog Psalm 91:15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

Anna and her LCC Comfort Dog ministry team from Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio are honored to know many of the men and women of the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard. We first became acquainted with them in November when we were asked to attend an event for the families of those airmen that were scheduled to be deployed in a few months. Many stopped by our table to enjoy some comfort from Anna and kind words from her ministry team.

The next time we met was in January, the night that the men and women were actually deployed overseas. Families waited for hours for their loved ones to depart, so Anna played a very important role in keeping the children occupied while the adults asked questions about what she does and where she goes. Most were surprised to learn that a church owns her. Anna circulated throughout the crowded hanger showing compassion and putting smiles on otherwise sad faces.

Because Anna was so well received by the 180th, we were building a working relationship with the coordinators for family services. So about a month into the deployment, we were asked to host an event for the families of those deployed. Anna and her entire Comfort Dog ministry team, along with many other church and school volunteers, hosted the day-long event at Trinity Lutheran Church and School. There were several informative breakout sessions for the adults, while the children rotated through games in the gym, art projects and X-box in our youth room. Anna and a handler circulated to each room, welcoming everyone to our church and school. At one point, Anna and some of her handlers were invited to a pretend picnic in the pre-school room, hosted by three young ladies that made us feel very special.

Then as the families left, Anna presented each child with a stuffed Anna Comfort Dog. We heard several children ask if they could come back to Trinity next month for another event!

In April, Anna and her team were once again honored to be present for the airmen’s homecoming. It was a beautiful sunny day for the men and women to arrive home to their loved ones. We were able to see many of our friends and take pictures of them with Anna and their welcome home signs while we stood and waited on the flight line. Most of those there remembered Anna from at least one of the previous events and were very happy to see her again. Several children talked about playing with their stuffed Anna dogs at home.

Anna’s team is very blessed to have been able to show the mercy and compassion of Christ to the airmen and their families.

When the call came, you answered that call! God bless these brave men and women.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 14:11
Memorable Evening Had by All at "22" Print E-mail

22 Event

The fourth monthly Kare 9 Military Ministry "22" Event was a memorable evening. Approximately 65 people came to hear Red Skelton (via video) explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. Then Kate Smith (also via video) led the group in a nostalgic singing of God Bless America. The Kare 9 Squad then participated in their Roll Call drill. Fellowship and food were next on the program and a delicious chicken and rice entree was enjoyed by all (prepared by Kare-9 Veteran handler Kevin Kilgore). Kare 9 Veteran handler Brad Schroeder shared, for the first time in public, his experiences in Vietnam. Brad's testimony of Christ's healing power in his life was truly inspiring.

Watch - Pledge of Allegiance - Red Skelton
Watch - God Bless America - Kate Smith
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:27
Nine New Handlers Unite Print E-mail


Nine new handlers, including four of our country’s veterans, were brought together this past weekend (April 23-24) through these dogs, which are a gift given to us by God.

The new handlers spent two intense days learning the commands and how to work with an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog as a team, and about the mission of serving others by being open, being present, listening, and praying.

LCC Kare 9 Ministry’s new veteran handlers are:
Len Higgins, First Good Shepherd in Las Vegas, NV: Air Force -1961-1988
George Chambers, Atonement in Columbus, OH: Army - 1965-1968
Ken Eby, Immanuel in Joplin, MO: Army - 1974-1978
Nine Gary Kirkpatrick, LCC Kare-9 volunteer: Army - 2002-2004

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry’s new handlers are:
Tom Daub, Beautiful Savior, Mequon, WI
Nancy Carroll, Holy Cross, Portage, IN
Brett Hubbard, Atonement, Columbus, OH
Dan deBoer, Lord of Glory, Grayslake, IL
Erin Erzinger, LCC staff

Nine people from around the country with different God given-gifts united together to serve others.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

These servants of the Lord rearranged their schedules and traveled to Northbrook because they believe in the mission: to show mercy, compassion, and presence to others just as Christ showed us.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:26
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