LCC K-9 Ministry Teams and Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministry Deploy to Michigan State University Following Mass Shooting Tragedy
On Monday evening, February 13, a 43 year-old man entered the Michigan State University (MSU) campus walked into the academic building and student union and began shooting. Three students have been confirmed deceased and five others critical or injured. Terrified students and others sheltered in place for hours on the East Lansing campus, which is home to 50,000 students. The suspect was later found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and the Hearts of Mercy & Compassion Ministries were invited by Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy, Bishop & President, English District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Rev. David A. Davis, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Michigan District President, and Rev. Curt Dwyer, Lead Pastor, and Rev. James Robinson, Campus Ministry Pastor, at Martin Lutheran Chapel in East Lansing, Michigan, to be present this week throughout the community.
The LCC K-9 Ministry teams brought hearts/markers through our Hearts of Mercy & Compassion (HMC), Crosses for Losses Ministry to be present and help people who are shocked and trying to process this horrific event.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Anna (Trinity – Toledo, Ohio), Caleb (Immanuel - Valparaiso, Indiana), Claudia (Trinity – Toledo, Ohio), Dove (Peace – Fremont, Indiana), along with their ministry teams, were at the Martin Luther Chapel, 444 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan, for the 5:15 pm prayer vigil on Tuesday, February 14, for victims, families, and the whole MSU community.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Jared (Holy Cross – Fort Wayne, Indiana) and Jude (St.Peter – Three Rivers, Michigan) will join the others on Wednesday. They will be present to listen to those who are grieving, bringing them hope, comfort, and prayer. The hearts/markers will be placed at the designated memorial site for people to sign and leave condolence messages, pray, and pay their respects to the three lives lost so far.
Please pray with LCC while we are present with the Michigan State University community and with all of the first responders who heroically responded during this incredibly difficult time.
The LCC 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 this shocked and devastated community and the first responders who serve them.