Our second stop was at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Santa Clarita, California for their Vacation Bible School (VBS). The children chose the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry and teams Reuben and Aaron for their mission outreach this year. Pastor Joe agreed to do the “ice bucket challenge” if the children raised over $1,000 for the Comfort Dog ministry. Well, the children ended up raising over $1,400 for us to benefit the ministry! Pastor Joe was such a good sport as he was drenched with a bucket of ice and cold water.
One of the highlights of the visit was meeting a sweet boy who was grieving the loss of his golden retriever. He touched their hearts when he said, “Reuben and Aaron are like furry medicine!”
Finally we visited St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Orange, California, for their special event, “Servant Sunday.” Comfort Dogs Reuben and Aaron, along with their handlers, were able to meet so many wonderful people and share a bit about our ministry as they put together items to be distributed in their community.