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Compassion

BY DANIEL LEE A mother and her child display the Quilt they received from our local partner, Caritas, and the Mother of Mercy Women’s House, an organization that also helps teach skills and trades so families can earn a livelihood. Have you ever wondered where Jesus and his disciples got their money? How this itinerant [...]Read More...

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Hope

BY JOHN NUNES A man breaks down bricks in earthquake shattered Nepal. LWR and partners are working with communities there to reduce their vulnerability to disasters and help them recover quickly. Lutherans have a plainspoken way of just calling things what they are. As the late Luther Seminary professor, Gerhard Forde, once put it: “It [...]Read More...

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Abundance

BY DAN RUTH A child drinks from a bowl in the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya. In 2011, hundreds of thousands of people fled to Dadaab — mostly from Somalia — to escape famine and drought. LWR and partner Lutheran World Federation worked in the camps to connect vulnerable refugees to vital services. He said [...]Read More...

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Gratitude

BY CHANDLER CARRIKER Dipali Pramanick lost her husband to tuberculosis. She keeps the LWR Quilt he received when he was a patient at Santi Tuberculosis Hopsital in Pailan, India as special reminder of him. Though her husband has now passed away, Dipali traveled back to the hospital to thank LWR. Like so many of us, [...]Read More...

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Promise

BY DAN RUTH Dionisa Choque looks at her family’s garden, where she now grows onions, carrots and lettuce. LWR and our partner Fundación Arado taught families in Tinguipaya, Bolivia about sprinkler systems to better irrigate their crops. Dionisa is able to sell the crops and her family now earns more than ever before. In biblical [...]Read More...

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What Did Luther Say About Loving Our Neighbor?

“It is not forbidden but rather commanded that by the sweat of our brow we should seek our daily food, clothing, and all we need and avoid destruction whenever we can, as long as we do so without detracting from our love and duty toward our neighbor.” -Martin Luther In Martin Luther’s time, society’s affliction, [...]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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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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Drawing Water Without a Bucket

As long as our vision remains unachieved, we are restless. We seek relentlessly to learn, adapt, and grow. Our goals are so compelling and human suffering so pervasive that we are unsatisfied with the status quo. With entrepreneurial eyes, we are careful to make the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:15-16). With creativity, we build [...]Read More...

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