LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Deploys Saturday and Easter Sunday to Maryland Great Mills High School Shooting
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1
May your unfailing love be my comfort. Psalm 119:26
We have been invited by Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington, Maryland, and by the Administration of Great Mills High School. LCC’s response to the request was WHEN and WHERE. It’s what we do because of what Jesus has done for us!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will begin to deploy to Maryland on Saturday, March 31 and Easter Sunday, April 1. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will be coming in from Connecticut, Tennessee, South Carolina, and possibly other states to be there for the teachers and students. Sasha Comfort Dog (Island Lutheran – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina) will be the first to arrive attending Easter sunrise worship service at Trinity.
LCC K-9 Ministry Handlers and Comfort Dogs respond even on Easter Sunday because being there, serving those who have gone through crisis and tragedy, is what Jesus would do. Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who suffer and are in need is what we do. Because of the great sacrifice of Jesus for each of us, to give us Hope and Life, we share that with others!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Also Responding to Jennings County High School Following Death of Two Students
Another emergency request was received late Thursday from the school administration of Jennings County High School in North Vernon, Indiana. A 17 year old female student died in a car accident early last week and the boyfriend committed suicide at the end of the week. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will be with students, faculty and staff as they return from spring break on Monday, April 2, after the loss of these two students.
LCC never charges those we serve. It has allowed us, without hesitation, to go when and where we are invited. The nature of our deploying comes with a cost, as last minute travel is generally the most expensive. So we rely on your generosity to help us serve those who are suffering and in need.
Please remember all in your prayers this Easter. Your gifts to the K-9 Travel Fund are greatly appreciated. LCC also hands out stuffed dogs to those most affected by the shooting. That is made possible by your generous gifts.
Thank you for your prayers and all of your support!
Lutheran Church Charities
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploying Easter Sunday to Great Mills High School in Maryland in Response to the Shooting on March 20th
Carrie Busey Elementary School
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs brought comfort and the hope found in Jesus Christ to Laine’s family and friends for both the visitation and funeral which were held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Downers Grove, Illinois. They had been present at Noah’s services and were blessed to be there once again during this difficult time. The family remembers special comfort given to Laine by LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Shami who laid by her side to comfort her after Noah’s passing. Shami Comfort Dog is now permanently deployed serving the Saints which the family was very sad to hear.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in attendance:
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Angel (St. John’s – La Grange, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Bekah (Immanuel – Belvidere, Illinois)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Britta (LCC Squad)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Eve (St. John’s – Lombard, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jeremiah (LCC Staff)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Kye (Immanuel – Belvidere, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Levi (Immanuel – East Dundee, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tobias (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, Illinois)
Pastor Ed Brashier is leading LERT chainsaw volunteers from Lutheran Church Charities, North Carolina and Kansas to assist hard hit areas of Jacksonville. They are staying at, worshipping, and working out of Trinity Lutheran Church in Gadsden, Alabama, which is 30 miles from Jacksonville. Please join LCC in keeping these dedicated volunteers in your prayers as they help communities severely impacted by the tornado.
Two of the featured speakers dealt with the firsthand experience of school shootings. The first was Principal Frank DeAngelis of Columbine High School in Colorado. Frank shared his story of the events of that day and every day since. The second speaker was Michele Gay, a mom whose daughter Josephine was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Michele shared every step of the gunman from the time in the parking lot until his last step in the school. She talked about “hearing the words you will never forget” in the calls afterwards. During her presentation, a slide was shown of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs with the school’s resource officers. Michele then invited LCC up front to recognize them for responding to the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Even though it was heart-wrenching to hear these personal testimonies, the LCC K-9 Ministry teams offered comfort, mercy, compassion and presence throughout the conference.
Kind Words for K9s
The LCC K-9 Police Ministry was honored to be of service to those who protect and serve the community of Coral Springs, Florida. "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:1
Trinity Lutheran Church
Illinois National Guard