Dirt Road in Barmasia, Bihar, India

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Precious Lord, Our world is a wilderness of dust and ash. The flames of poverty consume. Deserts engulf forests and grasslands. Drought, famine and food shortages blow through an ever more hopeless world. Yet amid the ashes and dust, we know that you are [...]Read More...

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Use Thrivent Choice Dollars® to Reach the World’s Poorest Communities

Around the world, millions of our fellow brothers and sisters live in extreme poverty, beyond the reach of life-sustaining resources. Hunger is pervasive, and they are cut off from health care, education and other basic services. If you’re a Thrivent Financial member, you may be eligible to participate in Thrivent Choice® and recommend where some of Thrivent [...]Read More...

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Here’s Where Your Quilts & Kits Went in 2016

In 2016, thanks to the generosity of Lutherans all across the United States, Lutheran World Relief shipped 534,144 Quilts & Kits to 16 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. That’s amazing! We give thanks to all the quilters and kit-makers who gather throughout the year to assemble these gifts of love for our [...]Read More...

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Lindor Wisly

Take the LWR Hunger Challenge

If you’ve eaten three meals a day this week, then you are truly blessed. And you are more fortunate than many families in Haiti. Families like Lindor Wisly’s. That’s why we’re issuing a challenge to raise $200,000 by March 15 to fight hunger! I met Lindor Wisly in his village of Dondon, Haiti, where he grows [...]Read More...

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Nurturing Women Leaders in Honduras

According to the World Food Program, Honduras is the third poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 1.5 million of its 8.5 million people facing food insecurity. Although women make up a major part of agricultural labor force, they receive lower incomes and experience greater food insecurity than men because they have less [...]Read More...

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Keeping Coffee Farming in the Family

Across the developing world, coffee farmers face a dilemma: they’re growing older – the average age of the coffee farmer is over 60 years old – but their children have no interest in taking their place. The younger generation tends to migrate to cities, where they’ll have a better chance at making a living. For [...]Read More...

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Haiti: a Partnership of Recovery and Progress

January 12 marks the seventh anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti that caused so much death and suffering for people who were already living in extreme poverty. Lutheran World Relief had already been working in Haiti, but we increased our presence in the aftermath of the disaster. Each year since the earthquake, we’ve [...]Read More...

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Five Things That Mattered to You in 2016

No matter how you look at it, 2016 was an eventful year. There were challenges (such as Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis), but there was also tremendous progress, made possible by our faithful network of supporters, staff and partners! For example, thanks to the support of Lutherans around the US, LWR is [...]Read More...

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Help fight childhood malnutrition in the Philippines

Lydia Guerero is a widow, a farmer and a mother of six children. She lives on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Children in her village often struggle with malnutrition. They traditionally survive on just grains and dried fish. After her husband died, it was especially hard for Lydia to provide her family with [...]Read More...

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Humans of LWR: Eduardo Contreras

Eduardo Contreras is LWR’s country director for Peru. His reflection, and photos, are part of our Humans of LWR series, which seeks to provide a glimpse into the lives of the various people who take part in our mission of ending poverty, injustice and human suffering. “My children should not be laborers like me.” That’s something my father [...]Read More...

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