LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry Provides Hope and Healing to Aurora Community after Tragic Loss of Neighbors
“It was like a miracle come true because we didn't know what we needed to do, and you all answered the question.” James Breen
Through the generosity of our donors, LCC's Hearts of Mercy & Compassion (HMC) Ministry provides physical symbols of mercy and compassion and can bring comfort to individuals who are suffering and to families and friends of those who have been lost to violence, accidents, and illnesses.
The universal heart conveys love, and the color blue is hope. Given as a gift, each HMC provides the love and hope of Jesus through presence and prayer. Well-wishers can write their names and messages of support, hope, and healing on the painted wooden heart. Often, a simple act of writing a message can provide comfort and closure to people. The hearts and crosses serve as a bridge for conversations, allowing us to show mercy and compassion to those grieving.
HMCs are often requested to honor a beloved family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker, in addition to larger-scale losses from tragic events.
In 2023, LCC's Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry has responded to the following crisis situations as well as many individual requests:
Star Ballroom Dance Studio Shooting in Monterey Park, California (January 2023)
Michigan State University Shooting in East Lansing, Michigan (February 2023)
The Covenant School Shooting in Nashville, Tennessee (March 2023)
Old National Bank Shooting in Louisville, Kentucky (April 2023)
Allen Premium Outlets Shooting in Allen, Texas (May 2023)
Lewiston, Maine Shootings (October 2023)
Wildfires in Maui, Hawaii (November 2023)
University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Campus Shooting (December 2023)
In times of grief, individuals look for comfort, hope, and reassurance – someone who will BE THERE with them. In all we do, LCC’s Hearts of Mercy & Compassion ministry seeks to come alongside of those who are hurting and to share the simple message of hope to those in times of need.
This video shows how LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry was able to BE THERE for James and his community.