Emergency Appeal: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploy to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - Parkland, Florida in Response to Mass Shooting
On Wednesday, February 14 - Valentine's Day - another horrific mass shooting has occurred. As the school day was coming to an end at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, gunshots were heard resulting in approximately seventeen people killed, with many others either physically wounded or emotionally devastated. Since the start of 2018, in just seven weeks, there have already been eighteen shootings in U.S. schools, and many have resulted in injury or death. With this increase in frequency, communities are living with fear and anxiety wondering when the next one will occur.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited by Rev. Stephen Carretto of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Boca Raton, Florida, to bring comfort and compassion to students and their families, faculty, staff and first responders.
LCC never goes where we are not invited and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, hotel, and meal costs. We also always put Boots and Paws on the ground within 24 hours (often less) 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. We know that comfort is needed to help this devastated community and the first responders who serve them. Please support us by prayer and if you are moved, to help with travel expenses.
LCC K-9 Ministry Teams Help Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Begin Their Recovery
On Monday morning, January 29, LCC received a call from the Marshall County High School after the shooting last week. Within 4 hours, 12 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and 19 handlers were on their way to support the survivors of this tragic event. For most of the day Tuesday, the school of about 1,200 students were let out in shifts from class to greet the Comfort Dogs. Some students, traumatized by the event, were accompanied by counselors and the presence of the LCC K-9 Ministry teams was part of these students’ first steps of coping with what happened. Among the students was one girl who was wounded in the shooting, while many simply expressed their emotions of shock, grief, and disbelief. There were a lot of tears shed in these hours, but much hope and comfort given through presence and prayer.
Here are some of the comments we have already received since arriving in Benton:
“Thank you so much for allowing us to have comfort dogs. They are very comforting and make it a lot easier to be in the school. Petting the dogs makes me feel safe being in the school."
“Thank you so much for coming. It has already helped a lot of us there so much. People are laughing and smiling all around the school. They are all talking about the dogs being there.”
“My son attends Marshall County High School. This has been such a blessing. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for truly providing comfort to these kids. Absolutely amazing!”
Please continue to pray for the LCC K-9 Ministry teams in Benton and particularly for this community as they begin to put the pieces back together. Teams are planning visits to where the town has set up counselors to help families, as well as visits to the areas around the school who received students as they were fleeing the scene.
If you are moved to do so, please support us to help with travel expenses so that we can continue to bring the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to this hurting community.
" ... to comfort all who mourn," Isaiah 61:2
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147
Those deploying are:
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie - Rich Martin (Staff)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Flex - Fred Vanstrom (Squad)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah - Barb Granado (Staff)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tobias (Lord of Glory - Grayslake, Illinois)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Mercy (Our Savior - Louisville, Kentucky)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Job (Christ the King - Memphis, Tennessee)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Noah (Timothy - St. Louis, Missouri)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tabby (St. Paul - De Peres, Missouri)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Anna (Trinity - Toledo, Ohio)
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Rosie (Atonement - Columbus, Ohio)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Bethany (Trinity - Danville, Illinois)
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Dinah (Trinity - Auburn, Illinois)
Joshua Gale - LCC Executive Director
Last Tuesday, January 23, a student entered the high school's common area and began randomly shooting, leaving two dead, almost 20 wounded, and everyone involved shocked at yet another horrific event.
Please help LCC as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. We know that comfort is needed to help students, faculty and staff who will need a lot of support as they return to the school where it happened.
Please support us by prayer and if you are moved, to help with travel expenses.
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LCC would like to extend a gracious "Thank You" to all who have supported us throughout 2017 and those who donated to our 12/31 ‘Remember Us Last’ Annual Appeal. Don't worry if you did not get a chance to donate on December 31, it is never too late to contribute to the furthering of God's Kingdom!
Whenever there is a crisis or natural disaster, we share that information with you and ask you to support those one-time events so that every dollar you donate goes to that event. Nothing is kept aside for administration, salaries, rent or other necessities of doing ministry.
So, each year we make ONE year end appeal to cover all the other essentials. Please consider donating online, or call 866-455-6466.
Thank you for our continued support through your gifts, volunteering, and most importantly, your prayers!
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Special Appeal: Hurricane Harvey Devastation Brings Pleas from Southeastern Texas for Mercy & Compassion
LCC President/CEO Tim Hetzner heads to Texas to bring your assistance and do assessments
Hurricane Harvey Intensified to a Category 4 prior to Slamming Rockport, Texas
233,000 homes on Texas Coast at risk from widespread devastation including tornadoes, torrential downpours, and days of catastrophic flooding
Southeastern Texas is still experiencing horrific results from Hurricane Harvey which crashed into the Rockport, Texas area with over 130 mph winds on Friday, August 25 around 11pm ET. Flash floods with storm surges of up to 3 feet of rain were reported. More than 211,000 consumers are reported without power along the Gulf Coast. Isolated areas anticipated to receive up to 40 inches of rain. Forecasters have measured 28-foot-high waves near the eye of the storm when it hit.
I have been in contact with LCC contacts in Texas, including Rev. Steve Misch, DR Coordinator, retired DR Coordinator, Dr. Lou Jander, LCMS DR Response and official FEMA and county reports regarding damages. Because this storm is stalling now over Texas, flooding will be significant. There are also multiple tornadoes spawning on the perimeter of the hurricane that combined with wind and storm surge in other areas that will also cause significant downed trees and building damage. It seems that no one will have access to the affected areas around the state until at least Wednesday or Thursday next week, after the rain subsides.
One of LCC's partners in Response to Hurricane Harvey is Lutheran RV'ers - CarePartners in Disasters
Dr. Lou Jander is a fellow Disaster Response Director for the Texas District and fellow Ministry Colleague of Tim Hetzner. Dr. Jander and his wife Martha will be going to South Texas to do CarePartner Ministry following the arrival of Hurricane Harvey. While the details of where they will set up isn't complete with all the rain and flooding that is still happening, they will be giving out resources, words of hope and comfort, prayers, encouragement, and assistance as survivors seek to deal with the aftermath of a major disaster. All of the 120 churches in that district have been affected.
If you would like to financially support this on the ground ministry to people with the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ, you can donate by CLICKING HERE