On Friday, October 28, LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry returned to visit The United Service Organization (U.S.O.) at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, to provide comfort and support to those active military service members being deployed.
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Blitz (LCC Squad) and his veteran handler Bob spent time with service members from all branches traveling to different parts of the country and overseas.
One was returning to Italy from being on emergency leave, and another was traveling to Poland with his unit.
Blitz and veteran Bob brought a lot of comfort to our service men and women.
The United Service Organization (U.S.O.) offers a variety of services to active military personnel and their dependents, including free refreshments, information and referrals at O'Hare International Airport. The center provides men, women and families of the Armed Forces with a place to relax, enjoy a meal, check email and phone home before being deployed or just after traveling from overseas.
The USO at O'Hare has proudly provided programs, services, care and comfort to troops and their families since 1969.
LCC K-9 Ministry Deploys to Comfort First Responders and Community Following High School Shooting in St. Louis, Missouri
1 Student & 1 Teacher Killed
Last week, we shared that one of the homeowners, a very recent widow, told the team working at her home, “You are a group of angels sent by God.” She came to worship at Lakeside Lutheran Church last Sunday, and the first thing she said was, “There’s my angels!”
The L.E.R.T. volunteers and Pastor David Dahlke gave a very warm welcome to their new friend and spent a lot of time with her after the service. The Pastor and congregation members look forward to seeing her often.
Removing a Giant Tree from Hard-Hit Property
LCC L.E.R.T. volunteers helped a homeowner cut and remove a giant tree trunk. The team learned it was a Ramose tree they had not seen before.
They enjoyed getting to know the family and felt blessed by the time spent with the 94-year-old grandma. She was very thankful and hugged everyone for helping them.
The L.E.R.T. volunteers feel blessed to serve over ten families in this hard-hit, low-income community who are trying to recover from heavily damaged property.
Helping Homeowner Recovering from Recent Open Heart Surgery
Working Together to Serve Homeowners in Need
Members from Lakeside Lutheran Church worked side-by-side with L.E.R.T. volunteers from Trinity-Lisle to help several families salvage belongings and make home repairs from damage after the hurricane. Many roofs came off, or flying debris caused holes where heavy rain came in.
They helped five families this past week move flood-damaged belongings out of homes, installed new windows, replaced a water heater, made minor repairs, or salvaged belongings.
Residents are overwhelmed with the devastation and need the reassurance and hope found in Jesus Christ. Our teams are being the hands and feet of Jesus – it has been a great week of serving!
We NEVER charge those we serve!
On Tuesday, October 25, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity (Brookfield Lutheran - Brookfield, Wisconsin), Eunice (LCC Staff), Mary (St. Paul's - Janesville, Wisconsin), and Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois) and their handlers were present to walk alongside the students and staff at Elkhorn Area High School as they continued to process the death of one of their students.
Dwayne was loved by many, and his death leaves a hole in many hearts. The K-9s seemed to know exactly who needed extra love and attention.
LCC gave out two Hearts of Mercy & Compassion (HMC) to help share their grief. One was signed by the students and one by the teachers with messages of love and memories. Each HMC included Dwayne’s name to see, touch, and remember him.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
On Saturday, October 22, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in training Daniel, Faith, Grace, Magdalene, and Phinehas, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Dora (Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and their handlers visited the Chicago Police Department 18th District.
They had a wonderful time meeting with the officers before and after the afternoon roll call. It was a blessing to see them smile and have a break from the stress of their job. We thank Officer Benz for inviting the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs each month to spend time with the officers.
We keep all the police officers in our prayers for God’s shield of protection as they begin their shifts each day.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Joanna (Christ Lincoln - Lincoln, Nebraska) was invited to St. John's Lutheran Church in Victor, Iowa, as they graciously chose to have their Sunday School offerings for this year go to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.
The K-9 Ministry team spoke to the Bible study group about our most recent deployment to Uvalde, Texas, shared information about the ministry with the congregation, and spent time answering questions from the Sunday School children and then letting them pet Joanna.
"We were happy to make the four-hour trip to make new friends and share the joy and the love of Jesus. We thank them for their generosity and for supporting this ministry"
We have a Syrian asylum seeker family who needs help with immigration services expenses. There is no light at the end of the tunnel in the civil war in Syria that is still claiming innocent lives and destroying families.
Please help this family of three survive and have a new life in this great country as they wait for the work permit that will take five months.
The amount needed is $2,500. Please show the love of Christ to this new family coming to Salam by donating generously.
Pastor Hesham Shehab
Salam Christian Fellowship
On Saturday, October 22, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Amos (Our Savior's Way - Ashburn, Virginia) and Kezia (Emmanuel - Baltimore, Maryland) were present to support those participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of Darkness Walk in Washington, D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial. The Out of the Darkness walks bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention and hope and resources to show people they are not alone.
The event provided an opportunity for connection, love, and presence. The K-9s received many hugs and pets while participants and volunteers shared their stories of loss and messages of hope.
We pray for those who have been affected by suicide, those who are suffering with thoughts that are too big for them, and the survivors of suicide loss. Help them to know that our loving God is the light that shines in all darkness.
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