LCC K-9 and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministries Respond with Compassion to Mass Shootings in Colorado and Virginia
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love." 1 John 4:7-8 7
Over the last week, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministries immediately responded to bring comfort to hurting communities following tragic shootings in Colorado and Virginia.
Club Q Shooting - Colorado Springs, Colorado
On the night of Saturday, November 19, a tragic shooting took place at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing five people and injuring 18 others. Five precious lives were taken too soon and violently. The parents, siblings, family, friends, and community who knew and loved Daniel Ashton, Derrick Rump, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, and Raymond Green Vance are heartbroken and experiencing many emotions and fears.
On Monday, November 21, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah (Redeemer - Fort Collins, Colorado) and their handlers responded to this hurting community to share the gentleness, love, and comfort that Jesus gives each of us. When we are fearful and grieving, God shelters us with His peace, presence, love, and protection.
LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion and crosses were placed for each person killed, providing a place for people to remember, grieve and pray.
We pray for the family and friends affected by this horrible act. We pray for God’s quiet and peaceful presence to be with them and for God’s light and love to pierce through the darkness of this tragedy.
University of Virginia (UVA) Shooting - Charlottesville, Virginia
On the night of Saturday, November 13, a horrific shooting happened at the University of Virginia (UVA), taking the lives of three student-athletes Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry. The students and staff are left devastated, shocked, and confused.
CRU at the University of Virginia requested LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Amos (Our Savior's Way - Ashburn, Virginia), Kezia (Emmanuel - Baltimore, Maryland), and Solomon (King of Glory - Williamsburg, Virginia), who met last Thursday night for togetherness and prayer.
On Friday, the K-9s and their handlers visited the Lawn for a moment of silence, remembering the three students killed. The teams also spent time with the students on campus, providing a safe and gentle place of comfort and love. Students and staff continue to carry the weight of grief and shock after such a devastating loss.
At the Beta Bridge, students left notes of remembrance and words of love, strength, and encouragement. As the students and community came upon the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, they sought their comfort and presence in a gentle embrace and loving touch.
We continue to pray for students, staff, and the community of the University of Virginia and for the families of Chandler, Lavel, and D’Sean. We pray for God’s comfort, peace and strength during this time of grief and loss.
LCC's K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry never charge those we serve as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. We know that comfort is needed to help these shocked and devastated communities and the first responders who serve them.