The Colorado Marshall Fire has burned more than 6,000 acres and spread east across Superior, Louisville, and unincorporated Boulder County last week, destroying over 1,100 homes and businesses. The fire is the most destructive wildfire in state history.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah (Redeemer – Fort Collins, Colorado) and their ministry teams were invited by Ascent Community Church in Louisville, Colorado, to be present with displaced families as they learned if their home had survived or was destroyed by the fires. Ascent Community Church is one of the designated resource centers supporting families affected by this tragedy.
The LCC K-9 Ministry teams were present in Louisville last week to bring comfort, love, and hope to the devastated families, and the first responders who serve them.
Chloe from the Louisville Police Department received some love from Devorah Comfort Dog. The Louisville police have been working long hours at the assistance center to help residents get back into their neighborhoods.
Cubby Comfort Dog “cuddled up” to Andrew, United States Coast Guard, who grew up in Louisville, one of the areas devastated by the horrific fires that destroyed so many homes. Andrew was distraught after seeing all the destroyed houses in his old neighborhood as he visited his parents over New Year's. Andrew extended his visit to assist the residents who lost so much. Cubby sensed Andrew needed comforting as she cuddled up next to him, making sure he felt loved.
Cubby, Devorah, and their handlers met a woman this past week who lost her home and all three of her beloved dogs in the Marshall fire. One of them was a golden retriever. She was overcome with grief when she saw Devorah the day she walked into the assistance center. She came over to pet Cubby and Devorah, who stayed with her until she felt better. One of their handlers just hugged her and let her cry until she could cry no more. We hope she finds peace someday. Please pray that God comforts her with his blanket of love and understanding only He can give.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry NEVER charges 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.