Community members from the town of Chupicaloma, Peru, gather around a reservoir used to harvest water.

Lenten Devotion – Genesis 9:8-17

This post is one in a series of devotionals written by Lutherans in the U.S. and LWR staff around the world reflecting on their faith, which calls them to proclaim hope for those in need. Check out the other devotionals in the series. As we walk through the season of Lent together, announce to the world that […]

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Janice Wendorf presents a quilt from her home congregation to the Volunteers of Salvation (VOSA), an orphanage and school in Tanzania.

Lenten Devotion – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

This post is one in a series of devotionals written by Lutherans in the U.S. and LWR staff around the world reflecting on their faith, which calls them to proclaim hope for those in need. Check out the other devotionals in the series. As we walk through the season of Lent together, announce to the world that [...]Read More...

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A young child waits for a nutritional assessment in South Sudan.

Lenten Devotion: Isaiah 58:1-12

This post is the first in a series of devotionals written by Lutherans in the U.S. and LWR staff around the world reflecting on their faith, which calls them to proclaim hope for those in need. Check out the other devotionals in the series. As we walk through the season of Lent together, announce to the world [...]Read More...

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Carmelia at a Guatamalan Eco-Palm farm

Think Outside the Branch: Ideas for Eco-Palms

I love Palm Sunday! It marks the beginning of the most holy and profound faith-week of each year. After 5.5 weeks of Lenten disciplines, somber music, winter doldrums, and no alleluias, joy bursts into the worship service again. Joyful hosannas fill the air outside where we’ve gathered for the blessing of the palms and inside, [...]Read More...

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LWR Expands Philippines Typhoon Response Thanks to ELCA Gift

Lutheran World Relief’s work with families in the Philippines to recover from last month’s powerful typhoon is scaling up, thanks to a $50,000 gift from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The gift will allow LWR to significantly expand our emergency response on the island of Mindanao, reaching an additional 1,500 families, in addition to [...]Read More...

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Heading off starvation in South Sudan

A medical provider measures the arm circumference of a small child in South Sudan. The number in green indicates that the child is now in a healthy range. Meanwhile, a nurse measures a young boy’s height, and another nurse weighs a child using a scale hung from a tree branch. In South Sudan, a severe [...]Read More...

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LWR Travel Diary: The Pursuit of Happiness in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, your support is bringing much-needed youth into the coffee supply chain by training and employing them as coffee promoters who help farmers grow high-quality beans. Read how visiting this project changed one LWR staff member's perception of hardship and happiness. [...]Read More...

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Eufemia Chaparro with her youngest Seyarimaku, 2, outside their home in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains in Colombia. Lutheran World Relief has been providing technical support to the Arhuaco community in cocoa and coffee farming techniques. The Arhuaco have been systematically buying farms located on their ancestral homelands and repopulating them. LWR is supporting their initiative to transition to cocoa farming a crop that grows well in the hotter, wetter low lands, but is new to the Arhuaco community. Sara A. Fajardo for Lutheran World Relief

Help LWR start 2018 off right

Make no mistake about it – 2017 was an eventful year. Food crisis in South Sudan, flash floods in India and Nepal, devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean. Thanks to your generous support,  Lutheran World Relief has been able to respond to these emergencies while continuing to work to improve the lives of families living in [...]Read More...

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What are We Waiting For? (A Reflection on Advent)

Advent. Season of waiting. Season of hope. Season of peace. Maybe. I’m not sure about that last one. Maybe even the last two. It’s hard work these days to align our minds, bodies and spirits with the deeper themes of this brief season of the liturgical year in the midst of so much noise, hustle [...]Read More...

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