LCC to purchase food, medical supplies, and basic needs for impacted residents in Panama City, Florida
Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, and Kathy Roberts, Trinity Food Bank Coordinator, called Kathy O'Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, on Tuesday morning to ask if LCC could add additional items that are difficult to obtain in Florida to the truck that will be heading to them soon.
Northern Illinois District Only
We are asking for the following items to be purchased in bulk only (cases– not individual items) and delivered by 7:00 pm Wednesday, October 31, to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 200 N. Plum Grove Rd., Palatine, Illinois. Again all items purchased must be in cases or boxed and labeled for transport.
Family in Faith Neighborhood Food Pantry and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois, have served as collection sites for requested donations from other NID churches and schools. Immanuel Lutheran Church has donated the use of a semi-trailer truck to deliver the donations. The truck is picking up donations from the designated sites on Thursday, November 1 and will then head down to our center at Trinity Lutheran Church in Panama City. Trinity Lutheran is very excited that LCC and our donors are bringing critical supplies that are desperately needed.
Thank you for your generous donations that will help individuals and families who have been affected recover from the storm. A special thank you to the many volunteers who are packing up the donations in preparation for the transport this week.
LCC Disaster Response and LERT chainsaw teams will be deploying to Panama City for a week beginning on November 10 to provide chainsaw assistance, roof tarping, and debris removal. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will also be present to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Thank you for your continued prayers as LCC Disaster Response and LERT chainsaw teams prepare to deploy to Panama City, Florida to aid in recovery efforts.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Dinah (Trinity – Auburn, Illinois), Esther (Holy Cross – Collinsville, Illinois), Jackson and Louie (Immanuel – Joplin, Missouri), Jessy (St. Paul’s – Concordia, Missouri), Job (Christ the King – Memphis, Tennessee), Noah (Timothy – St. Louis, Missouri), Sheba (Immanuel – Washington, Missouri), and Tabby (St. Paul’s – Des Peres, Missouri) and their handlers were present. They look forward to working with this team in serving as a bridge for compassionate ministry and sharing the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Helping a Faithful Follower Memorize Scripture
Surrounding someone in love can take on many forms. But when that love comes from all over the United States, what does it look like? A Facebook follower from the southeast, Michelle, contacted LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe (St. Paul – Fort Worth, Texas) and asked for a card. She wanted to memorize Phoebe’s Bible verse. The card was mailed along with the Southwest Region K-9 cards and the response from Michelle was so heartwarming. How could she get the other dogs’ cards?
So began the gathering of love from the 24 states where the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are located. Top Dogs and social media admins responded with K-9 Comfort Dogs, Kare 9 Military Ministry, and K-9 Police Ministry cards. There were even some dogs-in-training cards added. We wish we could have seen the look on Michelle’s face when she opened the box and found ALL of the cards sent her way. She has an exciting time ahead of her as she memorizes all of the dogs’ Bible verses. We pray the verses will speak to her individually and collectively and let her know how much she is loved by all of us.
BUT the story doesn’t end there. When the comment was made on Phoebe Comfort Dogs Facebook page, a follower of Lois Comfort Dog (First Good Shepherd – Las Vegas, Nevada) commented she had been collecting the dogs’ cards for her granddaughter who had been injured by a dog and now was terribly afraid. She further said Lois Comfort Dog had been helping her granddaughter overcome her fear. Some teams sent duplicate cards and those were forwarded to Lois Comfort Dog’s team to share in this situation as well. More love and compassion shared from afar!
Michelle sent the following email after receiving the special K-9 package:
Dear Comfort Dogs of the United States:
First and foremost thank you for sharing the love Jesus with so many who need it. In addition, thank you for comforting so many during difficult times.
I have always enjoy reading my Bible and trying to come with fun ways to memorize Scripture. Thank you for helping make this happen. I have currently memorize 16/120 Scripture verses from you the Comfort Dogs.
I hope you as a Comfort Dog will encourage others to memorize Scripture this way even if it is only in your district. Finally, I pray the Lord gives you strength as you share God's love and comfort.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
God’s Riches Blessings,
Thank You from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School
Thank you, Sheba Comfort Dog, for your calm presence at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School last week. We really appreciate your loving support during this very difficult time. Oh, and please thank your humans, too.
The Borgia Counseling Office
Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, received the following letter from a resident in Cascade, Wisconsin, that the LCC Disaster Response and LERT teams helped following the tornadoes:
Imagine my surprise and gratitude when Rev. Bidinger gave me a slice of my tree that you cut down for me with your signatures (and your dogs) and a Bible verse on it! It was from the tree that had been planted on our lot when our house was built in October of 1964. It was the only original tree that was left on our property. I took a picture of it before you cut it down.
I am so sorry I wasn’t home when you all brought this to me! I would have liked to thank you all in person. I was so very touched at your thoughtfulness! You gave me a “slice” of memories!
I’m going to have my son, Brian, make me a stool out of it and coat it with polyurethane to preserve all our names and Bible verse. I really can’t put into words how much your thoughtfulness means to me! 2 Corinthians 9:12-15 GNB
I also enjoyed the interview. It was nice of you to listen to an old ladies experience of the storm. I am happy to inform you that my 2 fawns and their mother survived the storm in the small woods on our property. They have been coming out on our yard to eat the crab apples that have fallen from our two trees. They are such beautiful, graceful creatures, that God made, which give me and my friends’ great pleasure to watch in my backyard. The village has started cutting up the trees that have fallen over the river, now that the mosquitoes are gone.
Keep up the good work and may God Bless all of you!
Yours in Christ,