Twenty-Four LCC Lutheran Early Response Team Volunteers in Venice, Florida, to Continue Recovery Efforts after Hurricane Ian
Week Two Helping Churches and Homeowners with
LCC Disaster Response is one of three recovery basecamps established by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Rev. Ross Johnson, Director LCMS Disaster Response, Rev. Michael Meyer, Director of Disaster Training, and Jay Wendland, FL-GA District Disaster Response Coordinator visited the LCC base camp this week. They were impressed and thankful for what we have completed, and for our servant hearts to those in need.
During the LCC Disaster Response deployment to aid those devastated by Hurricane Ian, staff and volunteers were blessed to meet Mrs. S and hear her family's story. The family are members at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Englewood, Florida. When LCC staff arrived at the family home to assess the property, it became clear that the need for emotional and spiritual support was as great as the need for help with physical damage.
"I'm tired of having to be strong," Mrs. S confessed with tears in her eyes. She and her husband had saved for years to purchase their first home. One year ago, they finally bought a home, which was a dream come true. Now that home is unlivable. During the hurricane, the ceiling collapsed. Water got into the home, which created harmful mold and damaged nearly all of their possessions. Mrs. S described the emotional process of throwing away precious items from her childhood that she had passed down to her own children. Beyond the physical losses, Mrs. S is concerned for her beloved children.
Robert and his wife sheltered in place for nine hours while the eye of the storm passed over their house. Protecting his wife with a mattress and his own body in a closet, they relied on their strong faith as they read Psalms and prayed for their safety. The Lord heard their prayers!
Betty prepared a safe place in her closet but took refuge in the Lord. The wind was so loud that she didn’t even hear a large tree fall down on the power lines right next to her house. She laid on her bed and sang a beloved hymn, giving her peace that the Lord would protect her.
She thanks all of the L.E.R.T. volunteers, saying that it is so wonderful to know that people who don’t even know you care about you. "It’s so much easier knowing God is leading you, guiding you, and sending you people like yourselves to help."
Helping a Recent Widow with Property Damage
One of the homeowners, a very recent widow, told the team working at her home, “You are a group of angels sent by God.”
It is a blessing to listen to everyone’s stories, offer prayers, and serve them in the name of the Lord.
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, serving others in their time of need.
LCC never goes where we are not invited.
We NEVER charge those we serve!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Return to Comfort Students at Lutheran Churches & Schools in Englewood and Venice after Hurricane Ian
It was a day for the students to share their stories, loss, fears and other feelings they are experiencing. Some had no damage, some had neighbors who lost their homes, and one child moved in with his grandma as they couldn’t stay in their house after the storm. The K-9s and their handlers were present to love, listen, and comfort them as they returned to school.
Later that day, both teams traveled to Treehouse Daycare at Lakeside Lutheran Church in Venice to spend time with the young ones. The children loved Peace and Moriah’s very soft fur and comforting faces. Some of the children asked if they could stay with the Comfort Dogs for the rest of the day. Lakeside Lutheran Church is the host church for LCC Disaster Response L.E.R.T. volunteers.
The mother continues going to physical therapy for a work injury and still plans to get back to work in November. We are still trying to figure out how to make it happen. The reality of her partner’s loss is setting in as she went to receive his death certificate and medical report. The two older kids have begun adjusting to going back to school. The three youngest children have been attending daycare.
However, they all became sick with a virus (not Covid). The middle child received good news as she was accepted into school and has just started attending. She is very excited to start school. However, it is difficult for the mother with her children in three different locations.
The new baby is coming in March. Your help has enabled the family to get out of debt, pay their current bills, and have some hope for the future.
If God so leads, please prayerfully consider partnering with those at Trinity, Roselle, to continue to help the pregnant mother provide for her five children.
Thank you for your generous support to them!
Pastor Doug Warmann,
Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, Illinois
LCC L.E.R.T. Chainsaw Volunteers Remove Damaged Trees at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chicago Heights, Illinois
We thank the following L.E.R.T. team members for their faithful service:
Good Shepherd, Frankfort: Joe Powless and Curt Murff
St. Paul, Matteson: Dennis Pieper
During their visit, they met a young lady who was in Texas for a year for her initial training. As she petted Gideon, she shared how hard it was to come home and realize that life at home had not stopped and waited for her to return, and the work she had to do to catch up with things at home.
The team had a great time meeting some of the men and women who serve our country at home and abroad. It was an honor to serve those who serve.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Abner & Martha (Bethany - Austin, Texas)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Damaris (Memorial - Katy, Texas)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Elijah (Our Redeemer - Wichita Falls, Texas)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Gabriel (Messiah - Houston, Texas)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Joy (Gloria Dei - Houston, Texas)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Miriam (Emmanuel - Kingfisher, Oklahoma)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Pax & Phoebe (St. Paul - Fort Worth, Texas)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Triton (Messiah - Plano, Texas)
Teams from across Texas, Oklahoma and LCC staff gathered together for worship, fellowship, training, speakers, breakouts, and a service event.
The teams left inspired by the theme “Let your Light Shine.”
The LCC K-9 Ministry Regional Gatherings are important to the teams as they get to be together sharing the same mission "sharing the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need." Seeing how the ministry has grown over the years and how God has connected us as one family is incredible. The regional gatherings remind us how we are not alone but are a family in Christ.
On Thursday, October 13, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Eunice (LCC Staff) and Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois) visited their "senior" friends at Melody Living Retirement & Assisted Living Facility in Lake in the Hills, Illinois.
The K-9s have been visiting there each month for the last several years and the residents are always happy to see and spend time petting and talking to Eunice, Samson and their handlers.
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