LCC K-9 Ministry Teams Continue to Comfort Evacuees and First Responders During Elevated Wildfire Season
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Oregon and California Last Week for Wildfires and Preparing to Deploy to Alabama to Bring Mercy and Compassion to Hurricane Victims
On Monday, September 21, three LCC K-9 Ministry teams deployed to Medford, Oregon, to serve victims of the Alameda Fire, which destroyed over 2,300 structures in 24 hours. The fire impacted the towns of Ashland, Phoenix, Talent, and South Medford. At one period of time in September in Oregon, over 200 wildfires burning.
Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited by Pastor Gary Clark of St. John, Eagle Point, Oregon, to be with the evacuees of the wildfires in the Medford area who are displaced and staying in area churches, shelters, and at fairgrounds.
LCC’s Rich Martin with Ruthie Comfort Dog (LCC Staff) led two other teams: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Cubby (Redeemer - Fort Collins, Colorado), and Isaac (Redeemer - Spokane Valley, Washington).
The teams met with families that lost everything in the fire. Many of the families they met and prayed with had lived in a retirement community where there were once over 50 homes. Only a few remained after the fire.
The teams met and prayed with families and Red Cross volunteers at the Jackson County Fairgrounds & Expo. Accommodations included bunks and tents inside the exposition center, families sleeping in their cars, and families who had a camper to sleep in. The teams also traveled to the towns of Talent and Ashland to visit and pray with people looking to pick up the necessities.
People had little or no time to leave their homes. Taking their loved ones and pets to safety, they left most everything else behind.
With so much loss and devastation, it will be sometime in finding news homes for many.
We ask that you keep these communities and people in your prayers.
California Statewide Fire Summary
Critical fire weather continues to fan multiple fast-moving major wildfires, as Red Flag Warnings remain in place over much of Northern California. Currently, there are 27 major wildfires with over 18,000 firefighters on the front lines. During the windy conditions experienced this week, the Glass Fire in Napa County erupted, as well as the Zogg Fire in Shasta County, both growing rapidly and forcing evacuations. Since the beginning of the year, there have been over 8,100 wildfires that have burned well over 3.7 million acres in California. Since August 15, when California’s fire activity elevated, there have been 26 fatalities and over 7,000 structures destroyed.
California Wildfires Deployment
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Aaron (St. John’s - Napa, California), Lois (First Good Shepherd - Las Vegas, California), Micah (Light of the Valley - Elk Grove, California), and Reuben (First Lutheran - Yuba City, California) continued to serve first responders and utility workers at several base camps.
Aaron and Lois Comfort Dogs comforted first responders and Pacific Gas & Electric utility workers at the base camp in Tollhouse, California fighting the Creek Fire.
Micah and Reuben Comfort Dogs were with Cal Fire personnel at the SQF Fire base camp in Porterville California.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploying to Elberta, Alabama
After yet another hurricane battered the gulf coast, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to be with members of St. John’s Lutheran in Elberta, Alabama, and their community. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Lizzie (Trinity - Savannah, Georgia), Luke (Christ the Shepherd - Alpharetta, Georgia), and Peace (Trinity - Orlando, Florida) with their teams will be deploying this Thursday to be with those who have struggled in the latest of storms.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry NEVER charges those we serve. We pick up all of our travel and meal costs. We put boots and paws on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
Please consider a donation to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry so that we may continue to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.