LCC K-9 Ministry & Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Help Individuals With Grieving Process in Boulder, Colorado
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Candace (LCC Staff – Wisconsin), Charity (Brookfield – Brookfield, Wisconsin), Katie (Trinity – Fremont, Nebraska), and Priscilla (Trinity – Lincoln, Nebraska), along with their ministry teams, join Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah ministry teams. The LCC K-9 Ministry team from Wisconsin will also represent the LCC K-9 Police Ministry with handlers Ken, retired Police Chief from Portage, serving with K-9 Police Ministry Dog Candace, and James, an active-duty officer from Greenfield, serving with K-9 Police Ministry Dog Charity.
The K-9 Ministry teams have been spending time with first responders, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, and the FBI team.
On Tuesday, March 30, the teams were present all day for Officer Eric Talley’s public funeral, where 1,000 people were expected to attend
The handlers and ministry partners are there with open hearts to see and listen to the hurting and bring them hope and comfort of prayer. The K-9 teams are present for hundreds of people each day for moments such as these:
A young lady was sitting on the ground in front of the King Soopers memorial and crying inconsolably. We brought Devorah Comfort Dog to her, and she just starting petting her while continuing to sob, saying, ‘I'm all alone, I'm all alone.’ For 90 minutes, we prayed with her, and she was able to tell her story.
She also shared that she knew one person in her apartment complex and that she was very nice to her. That one person was Jody Waters [who was killed that day]. While petting Devorah, she said, ‘This is the first time that I have not heard the gunshots in my head.’ A young man came, sat on a stool in front of the crosses, and started to play the cello. Kelly said that she plays the violin and that the music was calming to her. Petting the dog and listening to the music allowed her to relax a bit.
While standing with the dogs at Officer Talley's memorial site in front of the Boulder Police Department, a lady was there in tears, and we asked her if she'd like to pet the dogs. Then she really started to cry! We found out she is the floral manager at the King Soopers close to the Boulder Police Department. She said, ‘I'm the one who everyone comes to because I'm always the happy, upbeat one! But after this happened, I just couldn't do it!’
LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion and Crosses for Losses Ministry affiliate, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, responded to the mass shooting at Kings Soopers by delivering 10 Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, Crosses for Losses. These were placed in front of the King Soopers memorial site outside of the grocery store to honor the individuals who lost their lives in the shooting. Visitors are able to write personal messages of mercy, compassion, love, and hope on each of the hearts and crosses. Hearts of Mercy & Compassion have also been presented to the Boulder Police Department.
CLICK HERE to view how our two LCC Ministries work together to bring comfort and healing to the community during this difficult time.
LCC’s K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry never charges those we serve as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. Please keep these teams in your prayers as they bring the Mercy, Compassion, and Presence of Jesus Christ to this hurting community.
LCC L.E.R.T. Chainsaw Teams Prepare to Deploy Immediately After Easter for Two Weeks
On Thursday, March 25, multiple catastrophic tornadoes ripped through Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia causing seven deaths, people trapped in their homes, multiple injuries, and widespread structural and tree damage. The National Service reported eleven tornadoes in three states with EF ratings ranging from EF-1 to EF-4, with some of the most severe hitting Alabama.
Early Friday morning, LCC Disaster Response received an invite from Rev. Ed Brashier, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) District Disaster Response Coordinator for the Southern District. Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, LCC staff member Tim Laabs, and Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) chainsaw team leaders Marty Johnson and Pete Springmire arrived in Alabama on Palm Sunday, March 28, to spend the week helping Pastor Brashier assess widespread tornado damage to determine homeowner needs.
LCC Disaster Response staff and team leaders have been assessing damage in the hardest-hit areas of Calhoun, Shelby, and Bibb Counties to determine where L.E.R.T. chainsaw teams from across the country will be serving. One of the catastrophic EF-4 tornadoes that tore through Alabama was on the ground for 260 miles across three states. Another EF-3 tornado left 60 miles of major structural and tree damage through many rural towns that also resulted in five people losing their lives and many suffering life-changing injuries.
After completing initial assessments, LCC L.E.R.T. chainsaw teams will be deploying to the towns of Ohatchee, Wellington, Jacksonville, and Piedmont over the next two weeks to help affected homeowners clear properties of downed and damaged trees and debris. This will help them begin their long road of rebuilding and recovery.
Learning Tree: Home & School for Disabled Children and Adults
We met with Deborah Hulsey, Director of Learning Tree, to assess extensive damage to the school, big hall, and grounds. The Learning Tree is a home and school for children and adults with various disabilities serving 139 residents and students. They also operate 13 group homes. LCC L.E.R.T. chainsaw teams will help with grounds clean-up to make it safe again. The chainsaw teams will also go to one of the group homes to clean up many downed trees on that property. Finally, they will help a staff member as well as her brother’s house with extensive tree damage at both. According to Deborah, this has been a forgotten community, and she feels very blessed that we are committing to helping them in their time of need.
Family Hit Hard with Multiple Home and Property Damage
A family with two homes sharing a large piece of property is trying to clear the debris and about 40 downed and damaged trees while trying to salvage what they can from one of their homes that was badly damaged. They couldn’t believe that strangers from another state would volunteer to help them.
Family Displaced Due to Extensive Tornado Damage
This family has been placed in a hotel temporarily. During their long-term recovery, they are not sure where they will be living until they can rebuild their house and workshop on their property where he works. They were so thankful that we listened to their story of how life had been simply lived and how they are now so uncertain of what the future will hold. They are very grateful for any assistance we may be able to offer them to get the tree off their roof and help clear their property.
146 Year Old Church Building Destroyed - Members Faith Remains Strong
The Raglan Methodist Church building was built in 1875 and may have been destroyed by an EF-4 tornado last week, but not the spirit of the congregation. They plan to worship together on Easter morning amidst the devastation, to show that there is always hope because Christ is Risen!
LCC NEEDS YOUR ASSISTANCE TO HELP FAMILIES, HELP CHURCHES, AND PREPARE FOR DEPLOYMENT!
Please donate to the LCC Disaster Response General Fund or LCC Equipment Maintenance & Fuel Expense Fund so that we may continue to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Please keep the families affected by the tornadoes in your prayers, including all the LCC Disaster Response volunteers and staff as we deploy to Alabama.
LCC works in coordination with LCMS Disaster Response national and local districts of the LCMS.
The 40,000 lbs. of food donations and personal care items collected and sent by Jayne Siou, Director of Immanuel Hillside's “Put Your Hands Together” Food Pantry and Outreach, have been delivered to the LCMS Texas District warehouse in San Antonio and the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin.
When seeing the truck unload, Julie Tucker, Texas District Disaster Response Coordinator, stated, “This is a ton of food. It will be greatly used. We are distributing it immediately to multiple church food pantries and people in need. Our heartfelt thanks to Lutheran Church Charities, Immanuel Hillside, and everyone who donated to help families during our winter storm recovery.”
Lutheran Church Charities is grateful to our generous donors and food contributors for showing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need in Texas. Your donations continue to Make A Difference!
LCC Thanks Donors for supporting Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillside, Illinois’ “Put Your Hands Together” Food Pantry
Last Friday, LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield delivered donations received to the Put Your Hands Together Food Distribution Ministry (PYHT) of Immanuel Hillside. PYHT coordinated the packing and shipping of the food collected for the LCMS Texas District Food Collection for the month of March. On Friday, the 53-foot semi-trailer arrived in San Antonio and dropped off the food at the Disaster Response warehouse for distribution to those in need still recovering from the recent winter storm.
Lutheran Church Charities is grateful to our generous donors and food contributors for showing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need in Texas.
Please prayerfully consider a donation to the LCC Texas Disaster Response Fund to help individuals, families, and churches during the long recovery process.
A special thanks to LCC volunteer Lyle Elliott for picking up and delivering a prescription to an individual with a disability
Last Friday, LCC received a request for assistance from a local area disabled man requesting financial help to refill his medical prescription and someone to pick it up and deliver it.
Because of our dedicated volunteers, within a few hours of receiving the call, we were able to purchase and deliver the prescription. A special thanks to LCC Volunteer Lyle Elliott, who picked up the prescription and delivered it.
Thank You for Your Donations to Chicago Hope Church
Last Friday, LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield delivered an assortment of donations to Jeanine Kelly of Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, Illinois. The donations will be passed on to Pastor Jason Pankau of Chicago Hope Church, Trinity's mission plant.
On Wednesday, March 24, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were excited to spend time with the per-kindergarten through 6th grade students of St. Paul Lutheran School, Perham, Minnesota. The LCC K-9 Ministry teams from across the country were able visit with the students virtually as part of Lutheran Schools Week. We loved “seeing” all the students and answering their awesome questions.
"We truly had a wonderful time meeting the beautiful comfort dogs and their handlers!"
- Principal, St. Paul, Perham, Minnesota
On Sunday, March 28, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs Blitz, Britta, Butch, and Flex (LCC Squad) and their veteran handlers brought mercy and comfort to the family and friends of Ed Blanchard of Freeport, Illinois during his visitation.