Christ Lutheran Church Receives Their Comfort Dog.
Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs bring comfort to individuals and families who are suffering pain or loss. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs calm individuals, facilitate conversation, work with special needs individuals, veterans and the elderly, and are used in counseling situations. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs also respond to crisis and disaster situations. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs act as a bridge to show mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering or in need.
Four years ago it was a dream. On Sunday, March 5, 2017, it became a reality. The members of Christ Lutheran Church, donated, raised funds, prayed and hoped they would receive a Comfort Dog from Lutheran Church Charities in North Brook, IL.
The Comfort Dog mission began when the service organization was invited to bring some service dogs to Northern Illinois University after a shooting on campus. The presence of the dogs convinced LCC leadership that they were on to something. Now, ten years later 130 dogs are deployed among churches in 22 states. Another 40 churches are requesting a dog of their own. The Comfort Dogs, when invited, showed up at Katrina, Sandy Hook, Boston Bombing, Ferguson and many other disaster sites within an average of 12 hours.
"Obadiah” which means Servant of God, was born on June 21, 2015. At five weeks of age he began his professional training to be of service. He has received over 2,000 hours of professional training and now has 9 “handlers” who plan to work him 6 days a week with visits (when invited) to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, VA hospitals and anywhere else that their brand of comfort is needed. When the team is more established Obadiah will be on call to respond to natural disasters and crime sites where people are hurting.
Obadiah will be at church each Sunday, at 460 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate; if not on the road visiting other churches who are interested in this kind of support mission. He is a pure-bred Golden Retriever with a presence of peace. He joins his fellow Comfort Dogs…Lydia at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, MA. Addie and Leah at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury, CT. Lily at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Old Bridge, NJ. Maggie at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut. These dogs make up the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in the Northeast Region.
Unlike a Service Dog, Obadiah can be petted and has an invitation on his vest saying “Please Pet Me!”