On Wednesday, April 14, the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Squad met for fellowship and ministry planning. During this time of COVID, the original LCC Kare 9 Squad Dogs, Blitz, Brandy, Britta, Brutus, Butch, Flex, and Spike, have not been able to serve at the numerous events they did in the past. The Veteran Handlers also missed the opportunity to be with one another. Kare 9 Nigel joined the group. The handlers discussed how to serve in the Ministry as we live with the restrictions of the pandemic. Many good ideas were suggested.
As the teams prepared to leave, Kare 9 Britta and her veteran handler were approached by John, another patron of the restaurant, who had some questions. As the Ministry was explained and the Gospel was shared, John was presented with a “card” from each Kare 9. John wrote the following in an email to Kare 9 Britta's veteran handler:
"I met you at a restaurant in Rockford yesterday, April 15, along with many of your "Squad" members. Thank you for the work you do in furthering Our Lord's kingdom, in particular for ministering to our veterans by sharing the Gospel with them. I have made a small donation to your squad effort. God Bless you and the Squad members that work with you - not forgetting the beautiful Goldens.”
On Sunday, March 28, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs Blitz, Britta, Butch, and Flex (LCC Squad) and their veteran handlers brought mercy and comfort to the family and friends of Ed Blanchard of Freeport, Illinois during his visitation.
Last week, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs with their veteran handlers, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs with their handlers across the country participated in the annual National Wreaths Across America Day.
Each December on this day, Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 2,100 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad to "REMEMBER the Fallen, HONOR those who serve, TEACH our children the value of freedom."