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Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard Named President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief

Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard will be the next president and CEO of LWR. Learn more about our sixth president and his journey to LWR.

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Being Transformed

We’ve been reflecting on transformation here at LWR as we wrap up the 2013 Quilt Campaign. Through this project, we’ve been reminded that when God calls us to something, it not only transforms the world but transforms us, too. And the challenge of 500,000 Quilts gave us a lot of energy last year! So how did we do?

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Not all Palms are Created Equal

As you might guess, the hot commodity on Palm Sunday is, of course, palms. Like anything bought and sold, palms have a supply chain that traces back to real people whose real lives are affected by how those palms are grown, harvested and sold.

So where do they come from? Who grows them? And in a world where everything has some monetary value, who benefits from the countless number of palms waved each Palm Sunday in the United States?

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Putting Down Roots

Lutheran World Relief has officially opened our own office in Nepal. Read on to learn more about our work in Nepal and how we’ll be able to reach even more people with long-term, sustainable development projects.

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday?

Learn about what Giving Tuesday is, and how you can take advantage of this single day to give a gift of sustainable solutions to poverty with Lutheran World Relief.

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From Relief to Recovery

Long after an emergency fades from the headlines, your support continues to help. Read how your generosity continues to touch people affected by both the 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2011’s Horn of Africa drought. Your support helps us continue to walk with communities in need from relief to recovery. Thank you for your support!

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Hug a Quilter, Change a Life

Love is at the center of the process of making, donating, shipping and distributing LWR Mission Quilts. In his parting eNews message, outgoing LWR President John Nunes shares why he’s so thankful for LWR’s quilting ministry and how you can help continue to reach out to people in need around the world with these tangible symbols of God’s love.

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LWR Quilts and Kits Comfort Syrian Refugees

LWR Quilts and Kits reach out to people in life’s most difficult situations. And Lutheran World Relief needs your gifts of love now more than ever! Read on to find out how Quilts and Kits are bringing comfort to refugees from Syria — and you can ensure that they continue to reach people in need around the world!

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Not Forgotten

Not every emergency makes the headline news. But any time a disaster strikes in struggling communities around the world, people still need our help! Your generous support of Lutheran World Relief allows us to respond, even in places where we don’t have offices. Read on to learn how your support is helping people in Indonesia, Myanmar, India and Uganda.

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Safe and Sustainable: LWR works with Lutheran church in the Philippines to provide clean water

For people in the communities of Kaputian and Binugawan, in the Philippines, clean water was literally a far-off dream. But thanks to a partnership between Lutheran World Relief and Christ Our Savior Lutheran of the Philippines, a sustainable water system — that delivers clean drinking water — is now within their reach.

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A Farewell Message from LWR President John Nunes

On September 1, John Nunes will step down as president and CEO of LWR. In this open letter to LWR supporters, he reflects on his next steps, his time at LWR and his hopes for the organization's future.

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Pathway to Prosperity

If you’re a gardener you may have heard of grafting. It’s the process of splicing together the branch of a plant with favorable characteristics to the branch of another plant. Compared to planting with seeds, grafting more reliably reproduces the favorable characteristics of the source plant.

It also holds the potential to fight poverty for people like Bessy. With the help of people like you, LWR has been training her to graft cocoa plants so that they will produce good, quality products like chocolate. Learn how this method of growing cocoa has changed her life for the better.

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Salamat

“Salamat” means thank you in the Philippines. It is a phrase LWR staff member Lauren Bauer heard again and again as she participated in an LWR Quilt and Kit distribution. Read on to hear about how your gifts of love touch their lives — and accept their thanks!

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Lutherans Are Fighting Malaria! (But is it Working?)

April 25 is World Malaria Day, a day to recognize the work to end deaths from this preventable and treatable disease, celebrate our accomplishments and encourage each other to keep up the fight!

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Sustainable Success: LWR Completes Post-Tsunami Work in Sri Lanka

In 2004, Sri Lanka’s eastern coast was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami. Now, thanks to the support of people like you, its people are well on the road to recovery. As we end our operations in Sri Lanka, read how your support has rebuilt homes, livelihoods and hope for the future.

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A Woman's Work

Friday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. Through your support of Lutheran World Relief, you reach out to women around the world and help them address their unique challenges to overcoming poverty.

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Beloved Community

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a world where people of all races and walks of life could come together in beloved community. Read how a Lutheran church is partnering with the Dartmouth College community to realize that vision through the making of LWR Quilts.

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Typhoon Bopha Victims Face Long Road to Recovery

On December 4, Typhoon Bopha struck the island of Mindanao, in the Philppines, causing widespread flooding, destruction and loss of life to families still working to recover from 2011’s Tropical Storm Washi.

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ and Quilts

“The Quilts that you provided show how loving and empathetic you are,” says the officer in charge of the Nunge home for the disabled, near Dar Es Salaam. “The residents have been so comforted by the materials you provided. Thank you very much and may God bless you.” Tanzania is one of the countries to which LWR hopes to increase LWR Quilt distributions through the LWR Quilt Campaign, LWR’s effort to collect 500,000 Quilts to send to people in need around the world!

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Fields So Full of Greenery

“For the last whole decade I have never seen these fields so full of greenery. I hope in the future every land in my village is so evergreen,” says Teresa, a farmer in Bihar, India. Where poverty once drove Teresa’s family apart, sustainable agriculture has brought them back together ― and looking toward a better future.

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