LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Keren (Immanuel - Ellsworth, Kansas) and her ministry team were invited by Donna Williams, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Kansas District Response Coordinator, to visit with survivors and first responders of the EF-3 tornado in Andover, Kansas. Andover sustained extensive damage and loss in last week’s tornado.
Keren Comfort Dog and her team were able to visit the community center where people could get services and supplies. We met a beautiful little girl who loved and spent time with Keren while her parents were discussing resources. Once there, the team was asked by a police officer and the fire chief to visit several other places.
Keren Comfort Dog and her team visited the Command Center at the Fire Department. The first person they met was the City Administrator, who has a lot on her shoulders but keeps everything in order. Keren and her handlers also visited with the assistant city manager and fire chief at City Hall. Keren’s team made a final visit to the Methodist church, the staging area for volunteers.
Keren’s Bible verse never seemed more appropriate than today. "The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our Lord endures forever." Isaiah 40:8 We can’t count the number of times we shared that verse while visiting with these wonderful people.