This past Friday, Pastors Phil Robarge and Walter Ramirez of Tabor Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, stopped by the LCC office to pick up twenty handmade quilts from the Cut & Sew Quilters of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Lemont, Illinois, five handmade quilts from the Galloping Horses Quilters of St. John Lutheran Church in Huntley, Illinois, and fifty three-piece sets of towels from the Habitat Restore of Arlington Heights, Illinois.
All these donations will be handed out to Hispanic migrants from South America coming to the United States, fleeing crime, poverty, and persecution and yearning to be free. Tabor is demonstrating Christian love and compassion and sharing with these folks the true source of freedom and peace found only in Jesus Christ.
Thank you all for being the hands and feet of Jesus and making this ministry possible.
UPDATE: Young Widowed Mom Welcomes Sixth Child Thank you for Your Generous Support of This Family in Need
LCC received the following update from Pastor Doug Warmann of Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, Illinois, on the young widowed mom of six children that the congregation has been assisting.
Dear Christian friends:
God is so good! We asked for your prayers as the widowed mother of five children gave birth to her sixth child. Although the mother initially had some health concerns herself, she did well with the delivery of her child and had a healthy baby boy in March. The other five kids have warmly welcomed their new baby brother and are adjusting to his presence in their home. He is a happy baby and growing up very quickly. We look forward to his baptism in July.
Thank you for your generous support for her family as their family finances continue to be a challenge! The mother has been on maternity leave from work but will need to return soon. She has applied for social security assistance but is waiting to receive benefits for her children. God has brought many wonderful people to help her through this time, including a nanny who comes in the morning several days each week to provide assistance with her children. Please pray that the nanny will be able to continue with the family for the long term.
While most of the children have been healthy, the oldest boy has had tests and gone into the hospital several times for a medical issue that may eventually require surgery. The mother is also trying to find a van or SUV that will make it easier to transport the children and remains on the lookout for a new home to accommodate her new addition.
Your prayers and financial support have been a tremendous encouragement to this young family! Thank you so much for your generosity! As the Lord leads, we invite your continued prayers and support for them.
Pastor Doug Warmann,
Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, Illinois
LCC K-9 Ministry Teams Deploy to Uvalde, Texas, to Be Present for One-Year Anniversary of Robb Elementary School Mass Shooting
A Week of Remembrance and Healing
On Sunday, May 21, Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog® Ministry arrived in Uvalde, Texas, to be present for the one-year anniversary of the Robb Elementary School mass shooting that occurred on May 24, 2022, killing nineteen students and two teachers.
LCC was invited by Rev. Michael W. Newman, President, Texas District Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), and Rev. Mark W. Tews of Trinity Lutheran Church in Uvalde. Also present in Uvalde is Rev. Chris Singer, LCC President & CEO, and Bonnie Fear, LCC K-9 Crisis Response Coordinator.
In May and June 2022, Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion (HMC) Ministry responded to the Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas. In September 2022, the LCC K-9 Ministry teams returned to Uvalde for the first three weeks to help students, teachers, and staff as they returned to school.
A Week of Remembrance and Healing
On Sunday, the teams were present at Uvalde Town Square Memorial Site, where they met several teachers from the Uvalde schools who remembered the Comfort Dogs from their previous visit in September.
On Monday, eleven of the returning LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams spent time with the students at eight of the Uvalde schools. It was their last day of school. The students and staff were so happy and touched to see the Comfort Dogs and handlers as they had become friends.
On Tuesday, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited with the staff at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. We remember them as they cared for the wounded and the families.
During their week in Uvalde, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams will also spend time in the community in different locations sharing the presence of comfort and love on the anniversary date of May 24.
On Friday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Abner, Gideon, Jael, Martha, Peace, and Persis will visit with the teachers and staff at each of the Uvalde schools. On Friday evening, those LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers will celebrate with families and friends of the seniors graduating from Uvalde High School. It is an honor to be invited to attend as a support to them on this very special occasion.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams look forward to continuing to build on the relationships they started in the Uvalde community last year and help process many painful memories and emotions brought up as we honor the 21 lives lost last year.
On Monday. May 22 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Emma (LCC Staff), Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois), LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in training Galilee and Samaria were invited for an emergency site visit to Hill Crest Elementary School following the tragic death of Angel, 1st grade student.
The Comfort Dogs and their handlers spent time with the students and staff, helping them process the devastating news and listening to stories about Angel. Some students shared that he gave the best hugs to his lunch room buddy. At the end of our visit we saw smiles at the students' faces.
Please pray for Angel's family and friends as they grieve his sudden passing.