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Comfort Dogs are working animals, trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. The Comfort Dog Ministry is a national human-care ministry, launched by Lutheran Church Charities, embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers.
People often ask, “What is a Comfort Dog Ministry?” It is about compassion, presence, and proclaiming Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
How has this been accomplished? Amazingly enough, through a dog, a well-trained dog, Jude’s friendly demeanor opens people’s hearts. He is a bridge to people’s hearts that otherwise would be closed. Our presence with Jude opens doors, allowing us to show compassion. Jesus showed compassion to people as written in Matthew 9:36, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion, for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Our presence shows compassion, they will know we are Christians by our love.
Proclaiming Jesus Christ is about asking simple questions, allowing people to open up, and we listen. People want someone to care about them. We are showing compassion, we are doing the work of the Lord. Actions speak louder than words; we are proclaiming Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need, by our presence doing little things with great love. As Christians we all are commanded to spread God’s Word. Just plant the seed, and God will make it grow.
“May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you His peace.” Numbers 6:24 Amen.
We began our Ministry in 2017 and Jude has visited, veterans, schools, nursing homes and individules needing comfort. To learn more about Jude or schedule a visit contact Ed Smallcombe at 269-278-4745 or click on his Face book page at the bottom.
If you shop on Amazon, you can donate to our Comfort Dog Ministry, go to Amazon Smile Charity list in your Account & Lists menu at the top and search for St. Peter Lutheran Church. All donations go to this ministry. (Note it is Peter not Peters)