Eleven of Charity’s K-9 friends and their handlers were on hand to welcome the new team:
Dora (LHSA of Greater Milwaukee)
Eve (St. John’s – Lombard, Illinois)
Gideon (St. Michael’s – Bloomington, Minnesota)
Ladel (St. Matthew – Hawthorn Woods, Illinois)
Levi (Immanuel – East Dundee, Illinois)
Lila (Beautiful Savior – Mequon, Wisconsin)
Mary (St. Paul’s – Janesville, Wisconsin)
Rhoda (Prince of Peace – Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin)
Ruthie (LCC Staff)
Tobias (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois)
Zoey (Concordia University Wisconsin– Mequon, Wisconsin)
As the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry approaches its 10th anniversary, our first-placed K-9 Comfort Dog Ladel from St. Matthew, in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois was acknowledged.
LCC can’t wait to see what God has planned for the ministry at Brookfield
"..and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also - not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.." 1 Peter 3:21
Praise the Lord! Zayd became God’s child through baptism this past Sunday, June 10, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. Pastor John Brazeal thanks everyone for the prayers and assistance they have been giving Grandma Kenny and Zayd. Thank you for making it possible for him to stay at Christ the King where he learns about Jesus his Savior and how to be a disciple of Christ. After the service, Zayd said, “Please thank Jacob Comfort Dog and show him that I made it into God’s family.”
After being abandoned by his mentally ill mother, third grader Zayd was placed in the care of his 80 year old great grandmother. Along with Christ the King, LCC has helped to raise money to assist her with tuition and school supplies, and the cost of raising a child to pay for food, clothing, medical care, and keeping Zayd in the nurturing Christian School at Christ the King. Zayd is very excited about becoming part of God's family and so are we.
Through Principal Geri Brazeal, Zayd sent the following message to Tim Hetzner, LCC President / CEO:
“When I get older, I will help you with all the jobs at Lutheran Church Charities and I want you to train me to have a Comfort Dog to help other people."
But in the midst of processing, the senior class was preparing for graduation. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams worked in the school between specific groups – high impact students and their parents, senior class graduation preparation, and students just trying to end the school year and pick up their belongings. Teams had the opportunity to work with the students and their parents in large gathering groups as well as one-on-one time with exhausted students who found comfort and warmth to fall peacefully asleep with the dogs. Before departing, we were asked to spend time with a group of parents and students who were waiting to board buses to travel and spend time with President Trump. The Comfort Dogs provided the opportunity for those waiting to concentrate on something else and soothe their nerves.
Plans are already underway for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to return to Santa Fe High School to greet students in August. The importance of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog’s presence was surely understood and communicated to us as the school administration promised to keep in touch for future visits.
Join us as we continue to pray for the Santa Fe community and as they continue to heal and find hope through Jesus Christ.
LCC never charges those we serve. Your gifts to the K-9 Travel Fund are greatly appreciated.
The following email was received from Brad Schroeder on May 31, 2018:
The Schroeder family is so grateful for the incredible spiritual and financial support received from our LCC family. The funds have helped to create a wonderful place, especially the remodeled basement, for all the family to live together. It is humbling for us to see the Christian outpouring of love, caring and prayers from so many to our family. There are so many people hurting and in need. It has been so wonderful to feel the support of our LCC family to be there when it counted most.
Many times before, I myself was with the LCC team bringing the compassion and love of Jesus to those hurting in some way. I know I felt compassion for those impacted, but never thought it would happen to my family. When tragedy did happen to us, it caused the worst hurt and grief of our lives. But, the love and support of LCC, St. Peter, and family have uplifted us to meet the challenges and move forward. But most of all, we feel the love of Jesus and that He is always with us as the source of our strength. We do not understand why Doug was taken from us, but believe that God is in control and has a plan for us.
It has been said many times that in the midst of trouble and grief, God opens a new door for us. For us, this means to work together as a family to get through the grief, be strong, and help to raise these great boys. It will be difficult but we know God will be there with us. We are thankful for God’s gift of the continued LCC family spiritual support and prayers.
Please help us to relay our thanks to all of our incredible LCC family. We want the LCC family to know they have made a positive impact on our family through their prayers and efforts. We may be hurting, but we are so thankful and blessed for all of you to be in our lives.
May Our God bless you. Our love to all of you is forever,
The Schroeder Family
Please prayerfully consider donating to help Brad and Ginny care for their family during this time of transition.
On Saturday, June 2, LCC held a Basic LCMS LERT training for new and recertifying team members at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake, Illinois, led by Kathy O’Day, Director of Disaster Response. There were a total of 14 people in attendance from the following churches and LERT teams in Illinois:
Lord of Glory, Grayslake
Prince of Peace, Palatine
St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods
St. James, Chicago
It is good to see how the disaster response ministry is continuing to grow with volunteers willing to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ in service to those suffering and in need.