LCC K-9 Ministry & Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Help Individuals With Grieving Process in Boulder, Colorado
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Candace (LCC Staff – Wisconsin), Charity (Brookfield – Brookfield, Wisconsin), Katie (Trinity – Fremont, Nebraska), and Priscilla (Trinity – Lincoln, Nebraska), along with their ministry teams, join Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah ministry teams. The LCC K-9 Ministry team from Wisconsin will also represent the LCC K-9 Police Ministry with handlers Ken, retired Police Chief from Portage, serving with K-9 Police Ministry Dog Candace, and James, an active-duty officer from Greenfield, serving with K-9 Police Ministry Dog Charity.
The K-9 Ministry teams have been spending time with first responders, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, and the FBI team.
On Tuesday, March 30, the teams were present all day for Officer Eric Talley’s public funeral, where 1,000 people were expected to attend
The handlers and ministry partners are there with open hearts to see and listen to the hurting and bring them hope and comfort of prayer. The K-9 teams are present for hundreds of people each day for moments such as these:
A young lady was sitting on the ground in front of the King Soopers memorial and crying inconsolably. We brought Devorah Comfort Dog to her, and she just starting petting her while continuing to sob, saying, ‘I'm all alone, I'm all alone.’ For 90 minutes, we prayed with her, and she was able to tell her story.
She also shared that she knew one person in her apartment complex and that she was very nice to her. That one person was Jody Waters [who was killed that day]. While petting Devorah, she said, ‘This is the first time that I have not heard the gunshots in my head.’ A young man came, sat on a stool in front of the crosses, and started to play the cello. Kelly said that she plays the violin and that the music was calming to her. Petting the dog and listening to the music allowed her to relax a bit.
While standing with the dogs at Officer Talley's memorial site in front of the Boulder Police Department, a lady was there in tears, and we asked her if she'd like to pet the dogs. Then she really started to cry! We found out she is the floral manager at the King Soopers close to the Boulder Police Department. She said, ‘I'm the one who everyone comes to because I'm always the happy, upbeat one! But after this happened, I just couldn't do it!’
LCC Hearts of Mercy & Compassion and Crosses for Losses Ministry affiliate, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, responded to the mass shooting at Kings Soopers by delivering 10 Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, Crosses for Losses. These were placed in front of the King Soopers memorial site outside of the grocery store to honor the individuals who lost their lives in the shooting. Visitors are able to write personal messages of mercy, compassion, love, and hope on each of the hearts and crosses. Hearts of Mercy & Compassion have also been presented to the Boulder Police Department.
CLICK HERE to view how our two LCC Ministries work together to bring comfort and healing to the community during this difficult time.
LCC’s K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry never charges those we serve as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. Please keep these teams in your prayers as they bring the Mercy, Compassion, and Presence of Jesus Christ to this hurting community.