The congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hobart, Indiana, officially welcomed their newest LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Jael. Jael joins Trinity’s LCC K-9 Ministry team with Comfort Dogs Barnabas and Isaiah. The team of handlers was commissioned by Pastor Nathan Kramer. We were blessed to have LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Caleb (Immanuel - Valparaiso, Indiana), Naomi (Holy Cross - Indianapolis, Indiana), and Tobias (Lord of Glory - Grayslake, Illinois), along with members from their teams, attend church with us to welcome Jael into the ministry.
There were no words to express the sadness and grief experienced by those who attended the visitation for 20-year-old Cameron Bawolek of South Elgin, Illinois, this past week. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bekah (Immanuel - Belvidere, Illinois), Eunice (LCC Staff), Hannah (LCC Staff), Jacob (LCC Staff), Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois), and Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois) and their handlers were blessed to attend and bring comfort to Cameron’s family and friends.
Cameron was funny, loving, determined, and knew how to make people smile. He was looking forward to returning to the University of Nebraska this year. He had a huge and caring heart and loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by many, especially his church family at King of Glory Lutheran Church, Elgin, Illinois. Pastor Doug Swanson of King of Kings Lutheran Church, Mason, Ohio, who helped guide Cameron through his faith journey at King of Glory, returned to assist with the funeral.
Help LCC Bring Desperately Needed Supplies to Haiti after Deadly Earthquake Leaves Thousands Injured and Homeless
1,500 + Killed, Thousands Injured, Crumbled Buildings
On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti taking more than 1,500 lives, decimating homes, schools, offices, and churches across the country and leaving hospitals overwhelmed with thousands more injured.
Meanwhile, Grace lashed Haiti as a tropical depression on Monday, August 16, dumping up to 10 inches of rain before regaining tropical storm status early Tuesday. The heavy rains pelted people huddling in fields and searching for survivors.
To make matters worse, Haiti is also struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, recovery from other disasters, and the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last month.
Our Mission Partners in Haiti are asking for help to provide the most urgent needs of water, food, hygiene kits, and blue tarps, which can be used to make temporary shelters. There is also a need for funds for search and rescue and medical teams responding to the crisis.
Travel to the most affected areas is difficult but not impossible, so the desperately needed supplies can be purchased in Haiti and delivered to the affected areas.
We received this email from Lophane Laurent on Tuesday morning regarding the needs in Haiti:
Blessings to everyone from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I want to thank you first for your daily prayers, and I can tell you we feel them. My country faces another bad earthquake with more than 1,500 deaths. That is not the final number because there are still people inside the collapsed houses.
So our urgent need is water, food, hygiene kits, and blue tarps. We have a lot of places affected by the earthquake, like Les Cayes, Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, and Jeremie, and other places who are affected like those and who need help also. Since Sunday, the storm Grace has hurt the country again so that people don’t even know what to do.
I want to thank all of the members of LCC and especially our sponsors and donors for continuing to support our people and thanks to my brother Tim who contacted me a few minutes after the earthquake.
May God bless you all, and May God bless Haiti.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and is in desperate need of help. Our Mission Partners will use your donations to bring relief to those most affected by this latest disaster.
Please donate generously to help the people of Haiti as they once again face a devastating humanitarian crisis.
Your Help Is Needed to Continue Serving Inner City Students at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School in Chicago
Scholarship Goal: $54,000
The tornado did extensive property damage to Mr. and Mrs. L’s current farmhouse and the brand new home they were building. There were many downed and damaged trees on their 5-acre property and farmland.
There were also two other homes with horse barns across the street on several acres that also had major damage. One of the homes had a large tree fall through the roof into the 2nd floor of the home. Every evergreen tree on both properties had been uprooted and twisted.
These families have been overwhelmed with the amount of damage. They are so appreciative of all of the assistance and care showed to them.
Helping Son Care for Elderly Parents Damaged Property
Sam worked with the L.E.R.T. team, cutting the large limbs from the roof and yard. His mom and dad sat in the yard and watched all of the work being done. She kept praising God for the angels he brought to help them. When the team was finished, she gave all hugs, blew kisses, and said a blessing.
Cross – Yorkville
Good Shepherd – Elgin
Good Shepherd – Frankfort
Immanuel – Belvidere
Immanuel – Crystal Lake
Immanuel – DeKalb
Immanuel – Dundee
Immanuel – Palatine
Lord of Life – LaFox
Mt. Olive – Rockford
Peace – Lombard
Prince of Peace – Palatine
Shepherd of the Hills – McHenry
St. Paul – Janesville
St. John – Elgin
St. John – Sycamore
St. John – Union
St. John – Wheaton
St. John – Wilmette
St. Matthew – Hawthorn Woods
St. Peter – Arlington Heights
St. Peter – Gilberts
St. Peter – Schaumburg
Trinity – Lisle
Trinity – Roselle
Trinity – Villa Park
The LCC Disaster Response Ministry never charges those we serve. Please donate to the LCC Disaster Response General Fund or 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.
Your prayers, support, and involvement help Make A Difference – in the name of Jesus to those in need.
Reliable Vehicle Needed to Help Christ the King, Chicago, Illinois Continue Community Outreach
Christ the King uses the van to pick up food and other much-needed supplies to support their outreach work in the community. They need either a van, SUV, or a pick-up truck with a cap cover to continue their outreach. A donated vehicle or a connection to one would be a great help.
If you have a vehicle to donate, please contact LCC at LCC@LutheranChurchCharities or call 866-455-6466.
You may also donate toward purchasing a vehicle for Christ the King by clicking the button below.
The VBS was so successful that Rev. Kessa decided to continue it as the children are traumatized from the earthquake, and VBS occupies their time bringing them closer to the Lord.
Please consider donating to help support the continuation of the VBS in Haiti for the next several weeks.
Pastor Jimmy Dorsey is all smiles on his new motorcycle. Thanks to generous donors, he can now travel long distances in the mountains of Haiti to share church news and fellowship with other Lutheran churches in the district.
The need for motorcycles is even greater now after the earthquake as they are the only way many of the areas can be reached.
LCC Ministry Partners Benefit from Put Your Hands Together Food Pantry, Immanuel, Hillside, Food Distribution
Ministry partners included:
• Christ the King – Chicago
• Hope Church – Chicago
• Holy Trinity – Burbank
• Holy Trinity Food Pantry – Oak Lawn
• Immanuel – Des Plaines
• Immanuel PYHT Food Pantry – Hillside
• Lutheran Church Charities – Northbrook
• St. Matthew’s Soup Kitchen – Chicago
• Voice of Hope Mission – Glendale Heights