LCC K-9 Ministry Dogs in attendance were:
Susie Comfort Dog (St. Peter – Arlington Heights, Illinois)
Adeena Comfort Dog (St. John – Burlington, Illinois)
Bekah Comfort Dog (Immanuel – Belvidere, Illinois)
Darlin Comfort Dog (St. Paul – Matteson, Illinois)
Emma Comfort Dog (LCC Staff)
Eve Comfort Dog (St. John’s – Lombard, Illinois)
Hannah Comfort Dog (LCC Staff)
Jacob Comfort Dog (LCC Staff)
Jeremiah Comfort Dog (LCC Staff)
JoJo Comfort Dog (Living Christ – Arlington Heights, Illinois)
Kare 9 Asher (Faith Lutheran – Lake Forest, Illinois)
Kare 9 Blitz (LCC Squad)
Kare 9 Brandy (LCC Squad)
Kare 9 Brutus (LCC Squad)
Kare 9 Flex (LCC Squad)
Kye Comfort Dog (Immanuel – Belvidere, Illinois)
Ladel Comfort Dog (St. Matthew – Hawthorne Woods, Illinois)
Phoebe Comfort Dog (St. Paul – Fort Worth, Texas)
Ruthie Comfort Dog (LCC Staff)
Tara Comfort Dog (LCC Staff)
Tobias Comfort Dog (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois)
Zippy Comfort Dog (Trinity – Roselle, Illinois)
Triton Comfort Dog in Training
Most of the families we helped each week came to the Calvary Lutheran Church at lunch with the volunteers working on their home. They were welcomed and served a meal, and received counsel and prayer from Rev. Don Love, Rev. Karl Gibbs (Our Savior – Milford, Illinois) or Rev. Jim Wright, LCMS Disaster Response Chaplain.
This week, we worked with the Stanis family. They lost a different home and belongings in the 2008 flood and now have lost everything again. They do not know what they are going to do or where they will go now.
The LCMS provided tools and financial support for the recovery process. Calvary Lutheran Church and Walmart donated food for breakfast, lunch and snacks for all of the volunteers and affected families on both workdays.
Kathy O'Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, received a call from a homeowner who LCC staff pumped water from her basement and received help with other needs from Calvary Lutheran. She expressed her "appreciation for all we have done to not only help her, but listen to her, truly care about her, and restore her hope." She wanted to "convey her thanks and blessings to all involved in helping in her time of despair and need."
Thank You to LERT Volunteers
From Calvary Lutheran Church and the City of Watseka, Illinois
On February 22, 2018, our town of Watseka, Illinois, and surrounding area was hit by the worst of five devastating floods in the last ten years. In our community of just over 5,000 residents, over 200 homes were affected. Many homes will never again be a home - damaged beyond repair or beyond the homeowner's financial ability to repair. One family has suffered through three floods in three different homes with most of their belongings destroyed in each flood.
Lutheran Church Charities and the Central Illinois District's LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) called upon you to volunteer on March 3 and March 10, 2018.
And you came. You, along with volunteers from various Walmart’s, and our own volunteers from Calvary Lutheran Church, totaled 173 over two Saturdays. You completed work at 29 sites. You came with the love of our Lord in your hearts, and with your feet and hands, were willing to share His blessings with those in distress. In their despair you gave many people hope beyond words and tears.
Our thank you from Calvary Lutheran Church and the city of Watseka.
President, Calvary Lutheran Church and Preschool
Please prayerfully consider donating so that together, we can make a difference in the lives of families and individuals impacted.
Want to learn more about how you can make a difference to those in need? Register Now for LERT Basic Training. Next class is Saturday, March 17th. Click the button below to see the LERT Training Dates & Locations section for the details and how to register.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Aaron and his handlers (St. John’s – Napa, California) responded to requests for visits from friends and co-workers of the three victims. On Sunday afternoon, March 11, Aaron Comfort Dog comforted employees and the veteran residents of Pathway Home program. On Monday, he joined a meeting for employees of the Napa Valley College Counseling Department, where one of the victims worked three days a week assisting veterans enrolled in courses at the college.
Other ministry opportunities over the next few weeks will include visits with Victims Services of Napa County, who have been tirelessly working with and supporting the victims’ families since the tragedy began Friday morning. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Aaron and Reuben (First Lutheran – Yuba City, California) will also provide support at the memorial service next Monday evening at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater on the campus of the Veterans Home.
Please join Lutheran Church Charities and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Aaron and his handlers in continuing to pray for the many individuals who have been impacted in the small, close knit Napa Valley Community and for the Pathway Home employees and veterans.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Share the Love of Jesus During the Visitation and Funeral of a Double Murder-Suicide
Invited by the counseling services and principal of Rockford Christian Academy, the teams met with students and faculty on Sunday and Monday at Rockford Christian Academy, and then with the community and family at both the visitation on Thursday and funeral services on Friday. Parents and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams lined the entrance to the school on Monday as a show of support and encouragement to the students as they arrived.
Comment from a parent on Tobias’ Facebook post: “What a blessing you are. Thank you for going to my son's school. It was a comfort for him and all the students.”
We often wonder why such tragic events occur but rely on the promise and hope of Jesus Christ to comfort all those impacted. Please join LCC in continuing to pray for the family, friends, students and staff.