On Friday, May 14, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Nigel (LCC Staff) and his veteran handler visited John and Eunice Stark in their home. Eunice is in hospice care and wanted to see a comfort dog. John is a USMC WW II Veteran and a US Army Korean Veteran. Eunice was so happy to see a comfort dog, especially a Golden Retriever, since she and John had owned one.
John was presented with an LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Challenge Coin after telling about his service in two wars. In WW II, John served in the South Pacific with the USMC. In the Korean War, he served as a US Army officer mustering the soldiers out of South Korea. Among his many medals and campaign ribbons, John was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism in Korea.
LCC Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2021
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Benjamin (LCC Staff), Jacob (LCC staff), Jael (Trinity - Hobart, Indiana), and Malachi (St. Matthew - Hawthorn Woods, Illinois) spent time with the FedEx employees during the first shift.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena (St. John - Burlington, Illinois), Emma (LCC Staff), Hannah (LCC Staff), and Jacob (LCC Staff) spent time with the FedEx employees during the second shift.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Hannah (LCC Staff) and Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois) completed the day by visiting with the FedEx employees who worked the 3rd shift.
The employees at the FedEx in Wheeling also signed Hearts of Mercy & Compassion with messages and prayers for their colleagues at the FedEx Facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Thank you, FedEx, for inviting us to bring comfort and love to your dedicated employees. We are grateful for the work you do each day to make our lives easier.
On Monday, May 10, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Dinah (Trinity - Auburn, Illinois), Mahlah (Our Savior - Milford, Illinois), and Comfort Dog-in-Training Salome and their handlers were present at Bethel Lutheran Church for the visitation and funeral of Katie King, a second-grade teacher who was killed in a car accident the previous week.
Children of all ages were so delighted to be able to interact with the three comfort dogs. The time they spent with the dogs was much needed on this difficult day for both the children and their parents.
"It was a blessing and privilege to serve the King family, to come alongside them in their grief, in such a tragic loss. The kids and teachers really responded to the dogs, and it was powerful to see how much the dogs helped comfort their sadness and difficulty understanding the situation. Listening to the kids and just being there to support them was a blessing. I asked some of the girls petting Mahlah what they liked most about Miss King. They said, “she was encouraging. And her smile.” Kami Kimmel, Mahlah's handler
"We were honored to bring the comfort dogs to Bethel Lutheran and help the students, staff, family and friends say farewell to Miss King. One of Miss King’s students was afraid to go into the service, and we have offered him a seat by Dinah at the back of the church. Dinah was at this student’s feet, and he was able to hear the message of how Miss King loved her students and that the student had to carry on being the 'brave one.'" Roxanna Seifert, Dinah's handler
Good Shepherd, Des Plaines, Illinois, Blesses Other Churches and Ministries with Resources Upon Closing
Thank you to the following twent-five LCC volunteers who sorted, packed boxes, loaded vehicles, and assisted Good Shepherd in dispersing their possessions.
The final distributions are still ongoing through the month of May until the end of June.
Thank you to the members of Good Shepherd and all of our LCC volunteers for being a blessing to others in working together to give God the Glory.
LCC received the following request from Pastor Hesham Shehab, Salam Christian Fellowship, Lombard, Illinois:
Our new brother in Christ, Hassan, needs financial assistance for dental work totaling $400. Hassan is retired and has no SSI benefits because he is waiting for his U.S. citizenship test that may take more than one year.
Please show the love of Christ to our new brother as he struggles daily without the proper dental work.
Click here to read Hassan's story.
In God's Peace,
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship