On Thursday, February 25, the LCC K-9 Ministry was invited to present and meet virtually with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) during their monthly meeting. The Emergency Nurses Association is a national and international group of Emergency Nurses. Each month the ENA offers the nurses a safe place to talk and find support. LCC K-9 Ministry was honored to be invited to present and interact with these everyday heroes during their February virtual meeting.
LCC K-9 Ministries staff member Dona Martin with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie (LCC Staff), Top Dog Julie Blyckert with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Isaac (Redeemer - Spokane Valley, Washington), Top Dog Bonnie Fear with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Cubby (Redeemer - Fort Collins, Colorado) and Top Dog Jody Lockwood with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Devorah (Redeemer - Fort Collins, Colorado) presented the history and mission of the LCC K-9 Ministry and then enjoyed spending time meeting and chatting with the nurses in smaller groups.
The LCC K-9 Ministry teams met emergency nurses from all around the world, including Illinois, Oklahoma, New Jersey, and the Netherlands. We are very thankful that God opened this door to serve these dedicated and professional nurses.
The nurses and other health care professionals provide each day care, attention, compassion, and healing to so many. Please keep them in your prayers for God’s peace, comfort, rest, and guidance as they continue to serve under great stress.
On Monday, February 22, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity (Brookfield Lutheran - Brookfield, Wisconsin) and Mary (St. Paul's - Janesville, Wisconsin) and their K-9 Ministry teams were honored to comfort the family and friends of Bronson, age 3, who passed away last week. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Janesville, Wisconsin presented a Heart of Mercy & Compassion to Bronson’s family.
"Half the Heart, Twice the Fight" was the motto Bronson lived by. Bronson was born with a congenital heart defect. On February 15, Bronson was welcomed into our Lord's healing arms. Many gathered at his visitation to share memories of Bronson. The LCC K-9 Ministry teams present loved listening to stories of Bronson from his big sister. They learned he loved Super Heroes and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Bronson touched the lives of many in his three short years, and he will be missed for a lifetime to come.
We pray for Bronson's family. There is no way to remove their pain. We trust you and your promise that while this child's life on earth is done, his life beyond has just begun. We pray for Bronson's family as they released him into your arms that they are surrounded by the comfort of your presence.
We ask that you would fill them with a deep sense of your peace and grace. We pray that your love carries them through their darkest days.
We pray that this hurting family is filled with pleasant and joyful memories of Bronson. May each day bring a brighter hope for the future. May they grow closer to you through this experience.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
LCC Ministries & Gloria Dei-Houston, Texas Bring Comfort and Love to HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake Hospital During Heart Disease Awareness Month
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry Deliver 32 Mercy Hearts to Healthcare Workers
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers.”
1 Thessalonians 1:2
During the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, we have witnessed the incredible efforts of nurses, doctors, and all front-line hospital staff heroes enduring long hours, tremendous stress, and selfless dedication to caring for their patients. Since April 2020, LCC K-9 Ministry teams have been thanking and comforting nurses during all shifts who are working in COVID units through LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry® Virtual Visits.
Bringing Comfort & Love to Nurses at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry
In January, Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) received an invite from HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake in Webster, Texas, for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Joy to participate in their Heart Health Awareness Month promotion. Joy Comfort Dog and her handlers from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, have been making outdoor visits to the hospital campus during the pandemic to provide love and comfort to nurses during shift changes. The hospital wanted to include Joy and her team in this nationally recognized month of heart disease awareness.
Partnering with Joy Comfort Dog’s ministry team at Gloria Dei, LCC sent thirty-two Mercy Hearts through the LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry to present to nurses to recognize their excellent and continuous care they provide to patients.
On Thursday, January 28, two large Mercy Hearts signed by Joy, her handlers, and Gloria Dei staff were presented to nurses as part of the photo op promotion for HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake’s Wear Red for Heart Disease Awareness campaign “We have Joy in our Hearts.” These will be displayed at the two hospital chapels.
On Sunday, February 7, Gloria Dei members rallied around the task of signing thirty Mercy Hearts with heartfelt messages of encouragement and appreciation for the compassion and sacrifice of these dedicated health care professionals.
On Monday, February 8, thirty Mercy Hearts were presented by Joy Comfort Dog and her handlers to Todd Caliva, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake, the chief administrative team, and nurses.
These hearts will be displayed at each nurse station as a daily presence reminding them that they are loved, appreciated, and lifted in prayer by caring Christians, especially during these difficult times.
“Thank you for the hearts!! We are so blessed to have Joy and team as part of our team at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake!” – Sherry Camacho, Chief Nursing Officer, HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake
“We are blessed!” – Lisa Welty, HCA Houston Healthcare
"We appreciate you more than you will ever know! To hear a physician say how Joy helps her stress and nurses say it just fills my spirit. ❤ Thank you!” – Nursing Director
“Thanks for everything y’all do for us!” – Sonia Irby, HCA Houston Healthcare
The Mercy Hearts and hugs from Joy Comfort Dog were extra special for the hearts they touched that day. The LCC K-9 Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion are blessed that we can continue to serve those who take care of others!
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On Valentine's Day, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Gideon (St. Michael's - Bloomington, Minnesota) and his K-9 Ministry team completed operation "Sent to Serve & Called to Love."
Early in February, they asked a few of their young friends to help them with a special mission to spread love to some of their older friends, and God blessed their mission. Their little friends made crafts and cards and then presented their work to the team to deliver to their older friends at Presbyterian Homes, Summit Place, and Little Hospice. There is love in giving and in receiving, and this mission brought it all together.
A special thank you to: