LCC LERT Chainsaw Volunteers on Standby for Deployment after Tornado Outbreak in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
Pastor Ed Brashier, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator has asked Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) chainsaw volunteers to be on standby for a possible deployment for chainsaw assistance after the tornado outbreak earlier this week throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Please keep all those devastated by these recent storms in your prayers, as it is especially difficult as they prepare to celebrate Christmas. May they have the hope Jesus Christ brings to the world.
LCC LERT volunteers continue to make a difference by showing those affected by disasters LCC’s mission to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need as we serve in this community.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, hotel, and meals costs. We put boots on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) continues to work through our Haiti Mission Partners, Ministry in Mission and Mission: Haiti to send emergency funds to Haiti during a current critical humanitarian crisis due to the political unrest.
Thanks to your generous donations, LCC is able to continue to send financial support for food to our mission partners.
We continue to be grateful for your support and the blessings shared by the donors of LCC. Last week we were able to distribute food to more than 400 of the neediest families in 3 communities in the Compassionate Name of Jesus. Pastors and church leaders brought bags of rice, oil, seasonings, spaghetti and canned fish to the elderly, infirm, families with children that were the most in need in their communities.
So far, we have provided food to more than 1500 individuals in 12 churches/communities.
There has been a week or so of calm but we are still in a humanitarian crisis as fuel and food are still extremely expensive and many people have been either unable to work or have not been paid for up to 4 months.
We will continue to seek out the most in need and do all we can to provide food and compassion.
Because of Christ,
Helen M. Roenfeldt, Mission: Haiti
Please prayerfully consider making a monetary donation to enable Lutheran Church Charities to continue to send emergency funds to Haiti to help provide food for Haitian adults and children.
Thirty dollars will buy enough rice, oil, maggi, canned fish, spaghetti, and soup to feed one person two meals a day for three weeks. LCC Haiti mission partners are helping the most nutritionally vulnerable but need financial support to do so.
Join LCC as we pray for the protection of the Haitian people and our mission partners, and for peace in Haiti.
Last week, United Airlines sponsored Fantasy Flights at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, and Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
On Saturday, December 7 in Chicago, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs brought love and joy to dozens of children fighting pediatric cancers and their families at United Airlines O'Hare Terminal 1 as they boarded a plane to the North Pole.
United Fantasy Flight is a volunteer effort by United employees and sponsors. United Airlines provides the plane, use of the terminal, a flight crew, and hundreds of other employee volunteers who bring the North Pole to life with Santa, Elves, Reindeers, Wooden Soldiers, Sugar Plum Fairies, and other characters.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were present to add smiles to the children's faces who are going through some of the most difficult health struggles. Each child received a Comfort Dog stuffy and a Polaroid picture of them and their families with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.
Making their wishes a reality was Cal’s Angels, a non-profit whose mission is “granting wishes, raising awareness and funding research to help kids fighting cancer.”
The LCC K-9 Ministry team included Comfort Dogs Dinah (Trinity Lutheran - Auburn, Illinois), Emma and Ruthie (LCC Staff), Katie (Trinity Lutheran - Fremont, Nebraska), Rachel (Immanuel Lutheran - Charleston, Illinois), Comfort Dog-in-Training Rahab, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Nigel (LCC Staff), and LCC Police Ministry Dog Eve (St. John's - Lombard, Illinois).
Newark International Airport, Newark, New Jersey
On Wednesday, December 11, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs served at the Newark Intercontinental Airport in Newark for the United Airlines Fantasy Flight.
The LCC K-9 Ministry team included Comfort Dogs Amos (Our Savior's Way - Ashburn, Virginia), Abraham (Trinity - Hicksville, New York), Kezia (Emmanuel – Baltimore, Maryland), Maggie (Christ the King - Newtown, Connecticut), Leah (Immanuel - Danbury, Connecticut), Lily (Good Shepherd - Old Bridge, New Jersey), and Lydia (Messiah - Lynnfield, Massachusetts).
Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas
On Saturday, December 14, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs served at the George Bush-Intercontinental Airport for the United Airlines Fantasy Flight.
Aboard a Boeing 777, parents had the opportunity to experience a fun day with their entire families. For many of the children, it was their first flight. Before the take off, one young man had a serious conversation with the pilot and asked him to please not fly upside down. The pilot promised he would not and then proceeded to tell the children a bit of what they would experience as he promised them a smooth ride. There was a great amount of excitement as the families boarded the plane. While in flight, each child received a Comfort Dog stuffy. As they arrived at the North Pole armed with their new furry friends, Santa and Mrs. Claus plus a host of costumed characters greeted the children.
The LCC K-9 Ministry team included Comfort Dogs Damaris (Memorial - Katy, Texas), Gabriel (Messiah - Houston, Texas), Joy (Gloria Dei – Houston, Texas), Martha (Bethany - Austin, Texas), and Pax and Phoebe (St. Paul - Fort Worth, Texas).
The children and their families will no doubt remember the magic of this day. For the comfort dogs teams, we know those memories will live for a long time.
During the first two weeks of December, local police across the country helped to bring some Christmas joy to children in need by hosting Shop with a Cop, Shop with a Sheriff, or other similar events.
These gatherings often involve a meal, games, Christmas gifts, free winter clothing, etc. to make sure the children's needs are met, while also offering an opportunity to interact with police officers in a positive way.
The following K-9 Ministry teams were blessed to participate in these events:
Napa Police Department
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Aaron (St. John's - Napa, California)
Sutter County Sheriff's Office
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Reuben (First Lutheran - Yuba City, California)
DuPage County Sheriff's Office
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jeremiah (LCC staff)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dog Zippy (Trinity - Roselle, Illinois)
Lee County Sheriff's Office
LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dog Shiloh (Christ Our Savior - Dixon, Illinois)
North Aurora Police Department
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois)
Schaumburg Police Department
LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dog Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Blitz (LCC Squad)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Flex (LCC Squad)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Rahab
Wheeling Police Department
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah (LCC Staff)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jacob (LCC Staff)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog JoJo (Living Christ - Arlington Heights, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Susie (St. Peter - Arlington Heights, Illinois)