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Mickey Monsen Named Friend of LWR at Award Ceremony

Baltimore, June 10, 2011Lutheran World Relief recently honored longtime supporter, Mildred "Mickey" Monsen, with the "Friend of LWR" award.

Mickey "is simply amazing," says John Nunes, LWR president and CEO, "If I could, I'd give her the award twice."  Nunes presented Monsen with the award during a May 12 award ceremony held in Chicago during the LWR board of directors meeting.

Monsen is a past president of Friends of Lutheran World Relief (FLWR), an Illinois-based independent, non-profit organization established to support Lutheran World Relief through financial contributions and donations of material aid. Each October, the organization hosts an in-gathering to collect donations of Quilts and Kits from local churches and transport them to LWR’s warehouse in New Windsor, Md. Every April, it holds a luncheon to honor quilters.

"Working with capable women, carrying out the grass roots mission of collecting LWR's goods—and helping to publicize its mission—was a joy! To be honored for that work was amazing to me," says Monsen, who led FLWR for seven years.

"Passionate and empowered people like Mickey are so important to the work of LWR," adds Brenda Kimaro, director for engagement, who oversees the LWR Quilt and Kit Ministry. "The passion, dedication and organizational skills she’s given over the years have been a blessing."

Monsen recently moved to Minneapolis, where she was raised, to be closer to family. She hopes to continue her work supporting LWR, saying, "Lutheran World Relief helps us in our task to follow Jesus and reach out to the many in need in this world."

The Friend of Lutheran World Relief award is an opportunity for LWR to recognize partnerships with people and organizations that help LWR work toward its mission of ending poverty, injustice and human suffering. Monsen joins an esteemed group of past Friend of LWR Award Recipients, such as Betty Duda, past president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and Ralston H. Deffenbaugh, Jr., past president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. In 2010, the award honored Rev. April Ulring Larson, senior pastor at First Lutheran, Duluth, Minn., and Rick Santos, president of IMA World Health.

About Lutheran World Relief (LWR):
Lutheran World Relief works to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and people experiencing poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both in times of emergencies and for the long term. With the financial support of US Lutherans and other donors, LWR strengthens communities through programs in agriculture, climate, and emergency support. LWR works with partners, supporters and technical assistance providers to achieve lasting results. For more information, visit

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

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