LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Persis (King of Kings - Glenpool, Oklahoma) and her team attended the conference and presented how they responded to a local disaster in Oklahoma with their church’s L.E.R.T. team. They also shared what the LCC K-9 Ministry teams have done and can do in other areas of the country after a disaster in partnership with local L.E.R.T. teams.
While attending the conference, L.E.R.T. team member Christel Springmire assisted Forged by Fire, an LCMS Recognized Service Organization (RSO), to cook and serve southern food for Concordia Seminary students at the annual Jambalaya Fest they host.
Kathy O’Day, Anna Piro, Marty Johnson, and Pete Springmire spoke with seminary students about what LCMS L.E.R.T. is and how its program and volunteers can be the church and serve those affected by a disaster. For many seminary students, this is their first introduction to L.E.R.T.
Share the Comfort Event
During the conference, Rev. Chris Singer was invited to speak at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Missouri, about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Disaster Response, Hearts of Mercy & Compassion, and Human Care ministries.
On Tuesday, September 5, LCC Kare 9® Military Ministry Dogs Brutus (LCC Squad) and Nigel (LCC Staff) paid their monthly visit to the USO at Great Lakes Naval Station.
Each month LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry visits the USO to bring love and compassion to recruits and sailors who are away from home, many for the first time in their lives. It is always inspiring to meet these young people who so proudly serve our nation.
Last week, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog® Ministry received an emergency site visit request from the principal at 1st Lutheran School, Fort Smith, Arkansas, after the heartbreaking and unexpected death of Rebecca Stout, a single mother of three of their elementary school students. Rebecca was also a teacher's assistant with their school's three-year-old class. The Comfort Dogs were requested for Rebecca's three sons, the staff, and the other students as they processed the shock of her loss.
Last Wednesday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Daniel (Immanuel - Joplin, Missouri) and his handlers traveled to be there for Rebecca's three sons and the school. Daniel spent much time with the three boys and some 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade classes.
Rolling Meadows Firefighter Jacek Brylewski, 36, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 24, 2023. He was the loving father of five young children: Owen, Myles, Archer, Violet, and Emma.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog® Ministry was asked to be at Firefighter Brylewski's visitation to share much-needed comfort and love for the first responders and their families who attended. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tobias (Lord of Glory - Grayslake, Illinois) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog In Training Galilee were there to offer a safe, quiet, and comforting place for those who attended the visitation.
Jacek's light shone brightly in the lives of all who knew him, and his legacy as a dedicated and caring Firefighter/Paramedic with the Rolling Meadows Fire Department will remain in their hearts.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Jael (Trinity - Hobart, Indiana), Michael (LCC Staff), Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois), and Tobias (Lord of Glory - Grayslake, Illinois) along with their compassionate handlers spent time at Elmhurst University last week following the sudden death of a student. Dylan was an accomplished scholar and an elite runner. Most of all, he was kind, respectful, and fun. May God comfort all who mourn his loss.
This is a moment shared by Michael’s handlers:
"A young man came up to us and asked if he needed an appointment. We said no, we are here for you. He sat down and I had Michael go to him. He looked troubled and Mary asked, how he was doing? The tears flowed and he said, he was angry. We talked for a while. He had come in with three other guys who moved off to the side. I love that they knew he needed time alone.
He cried, told his story, shared stories of Dylan, and petted Michael. One of the things he said multiple times was 'Why him? Why not me?' After a while he had calmed down and seemed to be less stressful. We reminded him to be gentle with himself and allow himself to mourn."
LCC received a request for assistance from Rev. James Buckman, Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Lake Forest, Illinois.
I am the Wing Chaplain for the 115 Fighter Wing, and we are located in Madison, Wisconsin. I serve over 1,700 Airmen and their loved ones; we also have Airmen serving in Volk Field, Wisconsin.
One of our Airmen recently came to me and shared that his wife has been suffering some severe medical challenges. She has successfully survived Leukemia cancer, but this has caused other issues such as Avascular necropsis and recently she suffered a labral tear in her hips. She has ongoing tests which need to be completed.
Unfortunately, their medical insurance has left them with over $3,000 in bills, and they also need a ramp so that she can easily and safely get into and out of their home. She can not walk without aid, and she is terrified of pain pills because she has seen in family members what an addiction can cause. So, prayers are definitely appreciated. They are a young couple with so much of their life in front of them.
Thank you for always supporting our Veterans and their loved ones.
Rev. James Buckman
Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Lake Forest, Illinois
Wing Chaplain, 115 Fighter Wing, Madison, Wisconsin