LCC Ministries Continue to Bring Comforting Presence to Monterey Park, California, Community after Mass Shooting Tragedy
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Lois (First Good Shepherd – Las Vegas, Nevada), Micah (Light of the Valley - Elk Grove, California), Rahab (St. Andrew – Stockton, California), Reuben (First Lutheran – Yuba City, California), and Salome (Faith Community – Las Vegas, Nevada), along with their ministry teams were present at many locations throughout the week to listen to those who are grieving, bringing them hope, comfort, and prayer.
LCC K-9 Ministry teams went to Emmaus Lutheran School and Preschool to comfort students and staff. They also returned to the memorial at City Hall to be with the grieving community there. They have seen countless faces light up and have been the highlight of many people's day.
The LCC K-9 Ministry teams also visited the Monterey Park Police Department, 911 Call Center, and Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Office. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for these brave men and women who answer the call to serve and protect during times of tragedy like this.
The K-9s and their handlers visited the students and staff at San Gabriel Mission Elementary School. In times of tragedy, it can be difficult to find joy in the world, but visits like this remind us that there is joy all around us and can be found in the small moments and in the connections we make with others.
The LCC K-9 Ministry teams brought hearts/markers through our Hearts of Mercy & Compassion (HMC), Crosses for Losses Ministry. The hearts/markers were placed at the memorial site for people to sign and leave condolence messages, pray, and pay their respects to the 11 lives lost.
Please join LCC as we pray for the Monterey Park community during this incredibly difficult time and for all of the first responders who heroically responded.
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.