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LWR Board of Directors Presents Friend of LWR Award, Welcomes New Member

Baltimore, June 3, 2013 — At its meeting in May, the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) board of directors voted to add the Rev. Tim Runtsch to the board, and presented the Friend of LWR Award to longtime volunteer Norma Good.

Runtsch, senior pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, CO, will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of the Rev. Dr. John Diefenthaler, who left the board earlier this year. Runtsch has degrees from Concordia College St. Paul, and Concordia Seminary St. Louis, and is former board chair of Lutheran Family Services of Colorado. He currently chairs the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mega-Church Conference, and also serves as a mentor pastor with the Pastoral Leadership Institute, offering advanced leadership training to leaders and clergy of the Ethiopia Evangelical Lutheran Church Mekane Yesus.

Norma Good, recipient of the Friend of LWR Award, is a dedicated, passionate, articulate ambassador for LWR, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of LWR and those we serve for more than two decades. As the Key Leader in the Lower Susquehanna Synod in south-central Pennsylvania, she publicizes Quilts and Kits to Lutherans in the synod, and organizes 13 ingathering sites each fall, coordinating site volunteers, dates and trucks. She has inspired thousands of dollars in gifts to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund, including multiple bricks on the Good Samaritan Quilt Plaza. Good also serves as an ambassador at large on LWR’s behalf through speaking, leading workshops, and leading forums at congregational events, synod assemblies and more.

“Lutheran World Relief is blessed by the service of both these individuals,” said President and CEO John Nunes. “We are thrilled to welcome Pastor Runtsch and his leadership and vision to the board of directors. And, one of my great pleasures at LWR has been interacting with the caring and dedicated people who support our Quilt and Kit ministry. I’m so thankful for Norma and all she has done over the last two decades to help connect those who make Quilts and Kits and those who receive them.”

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 lwr.org.

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

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