2,403.2 Miles Hiked in 94 Days
During his hike, Matthew was raising awareness and funds for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Matthew is a member of Bethany – Austin, Texas, home of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Abner and Martha.
Although Matthew finished his hike, he still hopes to raise $10,000 for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs but needs your help! Please prayerfully consider donating to help Matthew reach his fundraising goal.
LCC staff and LCC K-9 Ministry affiliate teams thank Matthew for his generosity in support of LCC mission to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs In Odessa - Midland, Texas to Bring Comfort and Love to the Community Following a Mass Shooting
7 People Killed and 21 Wounded
On Saturday, August 31, a gunman opened fire in a series of shootings in Odessa - Midland, Texas. The incident began during a traffic stop where the gunman shot the officer and then began his shooting spree. As a result of this tragic event seven people have been killed, twenty-one injured and hundreds traumatized.
The following LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry teams are serving in Odessa - Midland, Texas: Abner (Bethany – Austin, Texas), Elijah (Our Redeemer – Wichita Falls, Texas), Gabriel (Messiah – Houston, Texas), Joy (Gloria Dei – Houston, Texas), Martha (Bethany – Austin, Texas), and Phoebe (St. Paul – Fort Worth, Texas).
Janice Marut, Regional Director for the LCC K-9 Ministry Southwest Region is leading the deployment efforts. The teams attended a prayer service lead by Rev. Robert J. Pase at Grace Lutheran Church in Midland and a City of Odessa Prayer Vigil. The K-9s visited the Music City Mall in Odessa where many ran for cover during the shooting spree. Some of the other places which the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams visited include an elementary school, University of Texas Permian Basin in Odessa and Midland Texas Police Department.
LCC never goes where we are not invited and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, hotel, and meals costs. We always put boots and paws on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
Please help LCC as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. Together, we can be the Hands, Feet and Presence of Jesus Christ to frightened communities.
Please support us by prayer and if you are so moved, help us with travel expenses.
7 PEOPLE KILLED AND 21 INJURED
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
In the same month as mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will once again deploy in less than 24 hours in response to yet another horrific mass shooting in Odessa, Texas.
On Saturday, August 31, seven people plus the shooter have been killed, twenty-one injured and hundreds traumatized when a gunman opened fire in a series of shootings in western Texas. The incident began during a traffic stop where the gunman shot the officer and then began his shooting spree.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs just completed two weeks of deployment after the shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas on August 3.
LCC is a ministry of compassion and presence. We know that comfort is needed at this time to help people heal from yet another senseless and horrific shooing. Help us be the presence of Jesus Christ to this community.
LCC never goes where we are not invited and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, hotel, and meals costs. We also always put boots and paws on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
LCC Disaster Response staff continues to monitor Hurricane Dorian as it approaches Florida and the East Coast. Please keep those communities and the first responders in your prayers.
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