Early this 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 will arrive in Alabama on Sunday, March 28, to help Pastor Brashier assess widespread tornado damage to help determine where L.E.R.T. teams will be needed in the coming weeks.
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.
LCC works in coordination with LCMS Disaster Response national and local districts of the LCMS.
On the afternoon of Monday, March 22, 10 people were killed, including a Boulder Police Officer, and employees and shoppers traumatized when an individual began randomly shooting in the store. Schools in the area were immediately put on secure lockdown and residents instructed to shelter in place during the incident and investigation.
In less than 24 hours, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited and will be on-site to be present throughout the community with employees, residents, and first responders who are trying to cope with this senseless tragedy.
Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO, and LCC Director of K-9 Ministries, Anastasia, are working with Bonnie Fear, LCC K-9 Director of Crisis Deployment. Bonnie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah (Redeemer – Fort Collins, Colorado) and their ministry teams were in Boulder Tuesday afternoon to help people who are shocked and trying to process this horrific event. Upon arrival, Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah brought much needed smiles and comfort to the Alpha Phi and Chi Omega Sorority Houses on the University of Colorado Boulder Campus, which has 35,338 students.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Eddie (Peace – Grand Island, Nebraska), Joanna (Christ – Lincoln, Nebraska), Katie (Trinity – Fremont, Nebraska), and Priscilla (Trinity – Lincoln, Nebraska), along with their ministry teams, will arrive Wednesday to help bring comfort and hope to all who are grieving.
Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley heroically died in the line of duty and is survived by his wife and seven children. His father stated that he took his job as a police officer very seriously, loved his family more than anything, and he believed in Jesus Christ.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry never charges those we serve as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. We know that comfort is needed to help this shocked and devastated community and the first responders who serve them.
Please join LCC in keeping the families, first responders, and the community in your prayers as they move through these extremely trying times.
Ministry in Mission supports the Center of Refuge orphanage located in The Lutheran Family Service compound in Jacmel, Haiti.
Currently, 37 children live there. The administrator recently asked for assistance to care for the health of the children. Many are sick and need medical assistance. Ministry in Mission has sent a doctor to assess the children to determine the quality of their health and recommend treatment if necessary. So far six children are in need of medication.
Thursday, March 18, was an exciting day for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams as they visited with the Life Skills students at Pontiac Township High School. The Life Skills students have been learning about each of the K-9 Comfort Dogs from their Facebook pages and researching the states where they live. The students were excited to meet thirteen of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their teams during their Zoom visit. The class will meet fifteen more of the K-9 Comfort Dogs on April 8. The K-9 Ministry teams enjoyed “seeing” the students and answering all of their questions.
Following the first virtual visit, LCC received a wonderful email from Laura Baumgardner, Life Skills Special Education Teacher:
“I just wanted to let you know how much fun we had yesterday on the Zoom calls! We have been working on how to ask questions and how to do research. Our students are all working on job interview skills and how to look up information about the jobs they are applying for, so this was a great way to practice those skills! This year since we have been more self-contained due to Covid, our students asked me to teach a weekly art lesson. We drew Golden Retrievers! They named them and shared them on the calls yesterday.”
The LCC K-9 Ministry teams had just as much fun as the students.
The LCC K-9 Ministry supports students and teachers and looks forward to scheduling more virtual visits.
Still Time to Drop Off Food Donations! Help Families and Churches in the LCMS Texas District with Winter Storm Recovery
If you are in Northern Illinois and would like to help fill a truck with requested food only for the Texas District, there is still time this week to do so.
Immanuel Hillside Food Pantry began accepting food donations this week from several Northern Illinois District churches and L.E.R.T. teams for those recovering from Texas Winter Storm Uri.
The following churches held food drives and made deliveries this week:
Jayne Siou, Director of Immanuel Hillside's “Put Your Hands Together” Food Distribution Ministry stated that their donations and LCC donor food will be delivered next Wednesday to the Texas LCMS District in San Antonio and the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin for immediate distribution to those in need.
The food donation truck(s) will be leaving Immanuel Hillside Food Pantry on Friday, March 19. Your support is greatly needed for the success of this mission and for all our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Texas.
In our effort to provide emergency food and to follow our mission, we are requesting the following emergency food donations for our relief truck:
DROP OFF LOCATIONS & TIMES:
Wednesday, March 17 | Donations by appt. only, contact Jayne Siou (708) 261-2006
Immanuel Lutheran Church
2317 S Wolf Rd,
Hillside, IL 60162
Thursday, March 18 | 11:30 am – 2:30 pm | Pop-a-Trunk or Truck donations
Veterans Distribution Warehouse - Dock #40-42
Hillside Food Pantry
5999 Butterfield Rd.
Hillside, IL 60162
Lutheran Church Charities can pick up large donations requiring a truck March 17th-18th. Contact Dianna Bonfield at 847-287-6624 to schedule a pickup.
Lutheran Church Charities continues to work through our Texas K-9 Ministry affiliate churches and District Disaster Response Coordinators to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Please prayerfully consider a donation to the LCC Texas Disaster Response Fund to help individuals, families, and churches now and during the long recovery process.
Lutheran Church Charities works through congregations nationwide to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus to those who are suffering and in need.
Please show the love of Christ by donating generously to help these individuals during challenging times.
Help a Single Woman Avoid Homelessness
LCC is working with Rev. Gregg Ramirez, Interim Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran in Des Plaines, Illinois to assist a young woman in need.
A 23-year-old, single Christian woman lost her job as a CNA in a nursing home due to COVID. She has been regularly searching for full-time employment but has only been able to find a part-time housekeeping position in a nursing home for not even 15 hours a week.
Struggling to survive and make ends meet, she now finds herself on the verge of being homeless. Please prayerfully consider donating to help Immanuel, Des Plaines provide back rental assistance of $1,200 to keep this young woman off the streets.
Please lift her up in your prayers that she may know and experience the love, mercy, compassion, and presence of Jesus filling her heart with hope and Christian support as she walks this journey and faces these trials.
Help a Single Woman Abandoned by Her Husband
LCC received a request from Pastor Kevin Kritzer of Bethany Lutheran Church, Long Beach, California, on behalf of Salaam Ministries, California, pastored by Pastor Nader Hanna. Members of Salaam brought to Pastor Nader the plight of Saadia, a Muslim woman who, during the 2020 holiday season, remotely attended the Salaam Bible Study and became part of the Salaam Christian community. Below is her story from Pastor Nader.
During the holiday season 2020, a Moroccan family started frequenting our Thursday Salaam Fellowship/Bible study. Shortly after, they asked me to add their Moroccan friend ‘Saadia’ to the Salaam WhatsApp group. Back then, Saadia was married to an Iranian man. We didn’t see Saadia, but we stayed in touch with her remotely.
A couple of weeks ago, the Moroccan family called to tell me that Saadia’s husband took her out to a grocery store, handed her court divorce papers, and left her there! Saadia doesn’t have a place to stay, she doesn’t have a car, and she doesn’t have a job. We called a lawyer friend to help Saadia with her legal questions and status in the United States after her divorce and try to help her find a job, a place to stay, get her driver’s license, and a car.
We would greatly appreciate it if LCC can raise money for Saadia’s first month of rent and to buy a used car; $3,000.
Two of the congregations that support Salaam, Bethany Long Beach and Holy Cross Cypress, also seek to support Saadia in her time of need.
Recent Update: Salaam Ministries was able to find her a place to live for Saadia where she is sharing an apartment with two young Arabic-speaking women. Saadia is now enrolled in an English as a Second Language class. She is learning English so she can get a job to support herself. Fortunately, Saadia has a Master’s degree from a university in her homeland, which gives her some marketable skills once she learns English and starts looking for a job.
Saadia has been attending worship and Bible study regularly and growing in her relationship with Jesus and His Church.
Help a Single Mom In Need
The following LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams enjoyed their visit with the students and were happy to serve:
The students enjoyed learning about how a Comfort Dog is trained and the wonderful job that they have providing comfort to so many people.
Here are some of their comments:
"I thought that the comfort dogs were very sweet and well trained. I'm glad that they are able to help people and make them feel better." Maggie, 8th grade
"I loved Myra, she was loving and respectful. I want to meet her one day." Rylan, 5th grade
"Myra was very calm which is good because when people are sad they need a comfort dog to relieve stress." Sydney, 5th grade
The students had excellent questions about the comfort dogs' training, behaviors and needs, and the work of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams shared how they balance the dogs' unique needs as animals in their care and their special gift in providing a healing ministry of touch. As a result, the students had a better understanding of how the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers share the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
It was fun to see how interested everyone was in the comfort dogs!
LCC never goes where we are not invited. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry NEVER charges those we serve.