This past weekend our church welcomed Lily the Comfort Dog at Good Shepherd. This is the second time now I have added a Comfort Dog to the staff of a church. The Comfort Dog ministry is a ministry of Lutheran Church Charities. You can visit the Comfort Dogs website at k9comfort.org.
You may be wondering what a Comfort Dog is. This is a video I made which I believe captures the essence of the ministry.
What you are able to see in the video is people interacting with others in a nursing home and Walmart. The dog is used to create a bridge to others. The Comfort Dogs seem to open up conversations that never would have happened without the dog. The dogs help people open up. They help people share. They help people get help for whatever may be affecting them. As you heard in the video, it is not about the dog, but the about people in need of hope and healing.
If you would like Lily to come and visit your church, school, or organization make sure to email her at . If you would like to help financially support this ministry you can donate on our church website at gs4nj.org/secure-donation. We also covet your prayers that God would bless and prosper this ministry to bring comfort to many people.