Leveraging Piece by Piece

Here at LWR, there’s a term we don’t use much in our communications, but it’s pretty important: leverage. To us, leverage means using the resources we have to get even more resources to fulfill our mission. So it was with a smile that I read of the Piecemakers at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, MA, who [...]Read More...

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Meal Time Prayer

God of Promise, Your Word is as sweet as honey, and your promise fills us with life. As we gather around the table to eat and drink, we remember all those who go without the nutrition needed to sustain them. Bless the farmers who work in the fields, helping them produce what is needed for [...]Read More...

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Could Chocolate Get Any Better?

Apparently yes! And LWR is helping make that possible with our partners in Nicaragua. Last week the country´s first ever international chocolate-tasting competition took place in Managua, Nicaragua. There, seven cooperatives representing hundreds of cocoa producers competed to win the best chocolate award.  Cocoa beans are used to make chocolate, and LWR´s heart is in [...]Read More...

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LWR has a secret admirer

“You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” ~Medgar W. Evers We will probably never know the name of the kind soul in Alabama who nominated Lutheran World Relief for the Medgar W. Evers Award for contributions to Religion and Education. The award recipient is chosen by the Walker County Honorary Committee [...]Read More...

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Photo of the Day: The Joy of Dancing

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; [...]Read More...

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Somos Tierra Memory Gallery

Artistic expression provides us with a language [that] touches the fibers of our emotions and consciousness. It is a mix of feelings with materials… we have, here, objects of daily life that force us to mediate, contemplate and to transform. –Camilo Gonzalez Pozo, Director of the Center for Memory, Peace and Reconciliation. Colombians dream big. [...]Read More...

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Christ is Risen!

For those who lack clean water and daily bread… Christ is Risen For those who cannot access adequate healthcare or medication… Christ is Risen For those who struggle daily for their voices to be heard… Christ is Risen For those who wake up and face life-altering disasters in their communities… Christ is Risen And for [...]Read More...

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Reflections on a Love Feast

Several years ago, I went to visit my grandmother in rural Virginia. The timing of the trip happened to coincide with the annual Love Feast held at her Church of the Brethren congregation. A Love Feast is a celebration and remembrance of Jesus washing the disciples feet and the Lord’s Supper. She was so excited [...]Read More...

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Reaping Where You Did Not Sow

For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and [...]Read More...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

On March 8, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the theme of empowering rural women to end poverty and hunger. Rural women in developing countries face many challenges to building better lives. Lutheran World Relief is proud to work side-by-side with women to address the root causes of their communities’ poverty and work toward lasting promise. [...]Read More...

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On God and Weather

This was originally posted on [place holder], the work of Jeni Falkman-Grangaard. Cross-posted here by permission. Once again our prayers rise up for people caught in the eye of the storm. Missouri. Illinois. Indiana. Kentucky. Lord, have mercy. Once again preachers are blaming the people and naming the weather pattern “judgment.” Christ, have mercy. Get [...]Read More...

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