LCC K-9 Ministry & Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Were Present With a Grieving Community In Boulder, Colorado
Following the tragic shooting at King Soopers, Boulder, Colorado, on March 22 that took 10 precious lives, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry was invited to serve this hurting community shocked by this horrific event. For two weeks following the shooting, K-9 Ministry teams from Colorado, Nebraska, and Wisconsin deployed to be present and share the compassion, love, and light of Christ with the community of first responders, residents, friends, and families of the victims.
Bonnie Fear, LCC K-9 Crisis Response Coordinator, and Officer James Enters, K-9 Police Ministry Handler for LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dog Charity (Brookfield – Brookfield, Wisconsin) share how the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, handlers, and ministry partners were there with open hearts to listen and be present with a hurting community and bring them hope and comfort through prayer.
The K-9 Ministry teams were present for hundreds of people each day, including for nearby auto shop employees who helped people to safety that fled from King Soopers during the shooting:
The LCC K-9 Ministry team with Cubby Comfort Dog met Chris at the King Soopers Memorial. He was teary-eyed but stopped to pet Cubby. As they were talking, Chris told the team he worked at an auto shop behind King Soopers. He first learned of the shooting when he heard gunshots and ran out to see what it was. He saw a man running away from the back of King Soopers, who then fell in the parking just outside the auto shop. Chris went out to check on him; he was in shock, shaking uncontrollably, and was unable to get up. Chris helped him up and inside the auto shop to safety and then returned to help other people out. He was able to help an elderly man with a walker and many others get to safety inside the auto shop. Chris and his co-workers moved the people to a safe spot in the back and stayed with them for many hours until they were cleared to leave; they then took people home.
As invited, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah and their ministry teams from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, will continue to serve the Boulder community in the coming weeks and months.
Lutheran Church Charities placed 10 hearts/crosses through our Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry at the memorial site growing outside the King Soopers store in Boulder, Colorado, for people to leave condolence messages, pray, and pay their respects for the 10 lives lost, including Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley.
CLICK HERE to view how our two LCC Ministries work together to bring comfort and healing to the community during this difficult time.
LCC’s K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry never charges those we serve as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. Please continue to keep the Boulder, Colorado community in your prayers.
LCC ministries supporter Linda Bailey requested a Heart of Mercy & Compassion in memory of her sister Nancy Kiehl (66), who passed in May 2020 due to COVID-19. Personalized with Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Linda shared with LCC’s Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Project Manager, Tim Laabs, the following: “Thank you so very much for filling my unusual request. You did a beautiful job on the writing, the woodworking, and packaging. My husband and I are so happy to be able to support the ministries of LCC. Again, thanks to you and your team of dedicated volunteers for my Heart of Mercy & Compassion and for the many you will continue to send.”
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