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Hallie Confer Named Friend of Lutheran World Relief at Award Ceremony
Baltimore, October 10, 2011

To Hallie Confer, recent recipient of the Friend of Lutheran World Relief award, LWR is more than a past place of employment or even a favorite organization — it’s a part of her personal and family history. At an award dinner September 27, Lutheran World Relief paid homage to that history.


Drought Conditions in East Africa Remain Dire; Lutheran World Relief Mounts Long-Term Response
Baltimore, September 27, 2011

By the thousands, hungry, weary and desperate people continue to arrive at the gates of the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya, seeking refuge from the drought and food crisis that has driven more than 13 million people across East Africa to the brink of starvation.


Lutherans Across the Country Help Launch Lutheran Malaria Initiative
Baltimore, September 15, 2011

The Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) will launch publically Sept. 18-20 with several Lutheran congregations and schools hosting special offerings, awareness events and other activities.


As Horn of Africa Crisis Deepens, Lutheran World Relief Boosts Response
Baltimore, August, 16, 2011

As the number of people in danger of starvation continues to increase in East Africa, Lutheran World Relief is working with partners on the ground to carry out an immediate and long-term crisis response.


Lutheran World Relief Responds to Humanitarian Crisis in Drought-Stricken East Africa
Baltimore, July 13, 2011

With the danger of widespread famine in the Horn of Africa increasing daily, Lutheran World Relief is rushing $500,000 for an immediate response to this unfolding humanitarian crisis.



Haiti, One Year Later: A Report from Lutheran World Relief
Baltimore, January 11, 2011

A year after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) continues its long-term efforts to assist earthquake-affected communities.


Kurt Buchholz Named Vice President for Special Initiatives at Lutheran World Relief
Baltimore, January 26, 2011

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has named Kurt Buchholz its vice president for special initiatives, a newly created position. He will start on February 15.


Lutheran World Relief Responds to House Budget Cuts
Baltimore, February 23, 2011

Last week the House of Representatives voted to cut more than $60 billion in U.S. international and domestic spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Although supportive of efforts to better steward public funds, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) urges U.S. Lutherans and lawmakers to remember that, when it comes to global relief and development, human lives hang in the balance.


Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and United Nations Foundation to Announce $45 Million Campaign to Fight Malaria
Baltimore, June 30, 2011

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the United Nations Foundation announced on Monday an unprecedented partnership to mobilize Lutherans in the United States in the fight against malaria in Africa.


LWR Board of Directors Elects Two New Members
Baltimore, June 10, 2011

The Lutheran World Relief board of directors elected Dr. Teizazu T. Sukessa and Kristin Yakimow its newest members at its May meeting in Chicago.


Mickey Monsen Named Friend of LWR at Award Ceremony
Baltimore, June 10, 2011

Lutheran World Relief recently honored longtime supporter, Mildred "Mickey" Monsen, with the "Friend of LWR" award.

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Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.

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