LCC LERT Volunteers and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Levi’s Team Join C.A.M.P. Mission Trip for Hurricane Harvey Relief
From January 6–14, forty-one volunteers from Illinois united with sixteen friends from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas for a week filled with a variety of construction and outreach projects, nightly devotions/music, and the opportunity to get out of their comfort zones and experience “Sharing Houston” with one another and those God put in their path. Salem Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas served as the host site for volunteers with work dispatched through Trinity Klein Lutheran Church in Spring, Texas.
Led by Pastor Phillip Baerwolf of Immanuel - East Dundee and team leaders Sarah Baerwolf, Shelly Davidson, Lark Sanders, Randy Kerkman and Bob Bowne, they quickly witnessed the incredible need for assistance remaining for the many of the residents who were impacted by the hurricane. The homes that still need assistance with skilled construction are families who had no flood insurance. Mission team volunteers installed, taped and mud drywall; installed new electric, sub flooring, doors and door frames, walls and windows; assisted with organizing, cleaning and providing food pantry items; as well as the listened, shared and prayed with the homeowners.
Working with Janice Marut, Top Dog for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe (St. Paul – Fort Worth, Texas), LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Levi and his handlers who were coordinated by Terry Sanders, gave cards of encouragement and gift cards to 9 homeowners who needed them the most. These gifts were a welcome relief, a sign of hope, a lift to weary souls and a reminder that our eternal God continues to care for them.
Thank you for your donations to help LCC continue to support families recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
On Wednesday, January 10, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Darlin (St. Paul – Matteson, Illinois) and Samuel (St. Paul’s – Lockport, Illinois), and LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Brutus (Squad) were guests of St. John's Lutheran School in Country Club Hills, Illinois at their Chapel Service last week. LCC staff member, Pastor Roger Pollock, brought a message of mercy and compassion to the students. After the message, students took turns meeting the LCC K-9s and receiving love and comfort from them.
During the past week, LCC K-9 Ministry teams comforted families who were grieving due to the loss of loved ones. We thank you for your prayers as we brought the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to families and friends during their time of greatest need.
St. Andrews Lutheran Church - Stockton, California Visits Aspire Academy
On Tuesday, January 2, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Reuben (First Lutheran – Yuba City, California) and Aaron (St. John’s – Napa, California) and their handlers were invited by St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Stockton, California to visit with the first grade class at Aspire Academy in Stockton after the death of a classmate. Rev. Dan Deuel accompanied the teams to share comfort and compassion as they visited with students and staff after hearing the sad news. St. Andrews is in the process of starting a LCC K-9 Ministry and was thankful to see how the ministry works first hand.
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church - Liberty, Missouri: Luft Family Visitation & Funeral
On Wednesday, January 3, LCC K-9 Ministry teams comforted approximately 1,500 people at the visitation and over a 1,000 at the funeral for the Luft family following the death of the mother, 2 daughters, and a friend in a truck accident. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Noah (Timothy – St. Louis, Missouri), Tabby (St. Paul’s – Des Peres, Missouri), Jessy (St. Paul’s – Concordia, Missouri), and Chewie (LCC Staff) and their handlers comforted family and friends in attendance, some who waited 2 hours during the visitation. Several classmates of one of the daughters spent extra time with the Comfort Dogs who were located in pairs throughout the church building. Some of the visitors posted comments on LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Noah’s Facebook page:
It was very comforting to have you and the other dogs there. Thanks
Thank you so much for helping our family and friends through this difficult time. Our 4 legged friends are always welcome at St. Stephen Lutheran Church!
Our kids loved the dogs and collecting cards from each one. It definitely made the long wait much easier for them.
Your beautiful faces and understanding eyes will be appreciated more than you know!!
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - Crystal Lake, Illinois: Wudtke Visitation
On Tuesday, January 2, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tobias (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois), Eunice (LCC Staff), Eve (St. John’s – Lombard, Illinois), and Chloe (Lord of Life – Elburn, Illinois) were at the visitation for a 27 year-old who lost his battle with cancer. Justin's mom came over to see the dogs and said how much Justin would have loved them. She shared that Justin was a faithful follower of Jesus, who inspired others as he lived courageously with cancer. Such a blessing to comfort the family and friends of this faithful servant.
Living Christ Lutheran Church - Arlington Heights, Illinois: O’Gara Visitation
Terry loved his Golden Retriever Molly. On Tuesday, January 2, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ – Arlington Heights, Illinois), Susie (St. Peter – Arlington Heights, Illinois) and Hannah (LCC Staff) attended his visitation where hundreds of adoring friends and family paid their last respects. Every single person in attendance smiled upon seeing the Comfort Dogs and talked of Terry’s love for his precious Molly. Others shed tears but then smiled as they recalled their memories of Terry.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Mahlah (Our Savior – Milford, Illinois) received the following email on January 2, 2018:
Thank you for visiting my wife at Gilman Healthcare Center today. There have not been that many times that I have seen a smile on Karen's face like I saw today when you were in her room with her. Karen is one of the biggest animal lovers I have ever seen in my life and it is probably one of the top things she misses since she has been ill the past 5 1/2 years.
Bless you, your Handlers and your Church for the joy you all bring to those you visit.
We look forward to many more visits from you.
As we enter the New Year, LCC continues to bring the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
The LCC K-9 Ministry especially asks you to lift up in prayer the teams that are now responding to the deaths of children and adults, and for the families and friends that are grieving the loss of loved ones.
St. Andrews Lutheran Church - Stockton, California: St. Andrews is in the process of getting an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog. With LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Aaron (St. John's - Napa, California) and Reuben (First Lutheran - Yuba City, California), they responded to the death of a 1st grader by visiting his school and classmates on Tuesday, January 2, as counselors and teachers share the news of his loss.
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church - Liberty, Missouri: Following the death of a mother, 2 daughters, and a friend in a truck accident, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams from the Missouri Valley region will be attending the visitation and funeral on Wednesday, January 3.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - Crystal Lake, Illinois: LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams attended the visitation on Tuesday, January 2, for a 27 year-old who lost his battle with cancer.
Living Christ Lutheran Church - Arlington Heights, Illinois: Working through Living Christ and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog JoJo, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams attended a visitation on Tuesday, January 2, that a neighbor made on behalf of the family. This family is in need of comfort and hope in Christ as they are not currently affiliated with a church.
Thank you for your prayers as we begin this year serving others with the love of Jesus.
For training schools in Grand Island, Nebraska and Northbrook, Illinois
LCC is looking for individuals who want to make a difference by training, socializing, exercising, and caring for puppies in training so one day they can be placed as LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in a Lutheran church and/or school.
We need your help! The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is recruiting volunteer apprentice trainers to keep up with the number of requests for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. We continue to grow and place our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in more states, therefore we are accepting applications from individuals interested in becoming volunteer apprentice trainers. The training class will be offered in the following locations: Northbrook, Illinois and Grand Island, Nebraska.
The commitment to being an apprentice trainer is an important responsibility. Each apprentice trainer is partnered with another volunteer apprentice trainer to work with the dog as part of this training program.
Once the dog has completed its training and its final evaluation, it will be placed as a LCC K-9 Comfort Dog to work in a church or school. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog will go out with its handlers to be the bridge for the handlers and ministry partners in the community.
For more information call 866-455-6466 and ask for Anastasia.
To apply by filling out the Apprentice Trainer application, please CLICK HERE
Twenty-three LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers greeted hundreds of hurried travelers the three busiest days before Christmas at United Airlines at Chicago O’Hare International airport. The response from travelers was unanimous, “We love the comfort dogs!” The last thing people expected to see traveling to their destinations was a beautiful collection of goldens waiting to be pet. Many travelers had long layovers and spent a lot of time just sitting with the dogs. Photo opportunities were many and an opportunity to post pictures and help the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs through a donation for each post was given.
United Airlines Facebook Page Features LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs
Who’s a good dog? Comfort dogs will be at DEN, IAD, IAH, ORD and EWR through Saturday to provide a pawsome time for travelers!