ELSIE STROMBERG was just a child when she found herself living in a refugee camp in the throes of World War II. It was there that she received a school bag, which allowed her to continue her education. Now Elsie and her husband live in Minnesota and attend Cambridge Lutheran Church, where they sew school bags that get filled with the essential supplies in LWR School Kits.

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ELSIE STROMBERG was just a child when she found herself living in a refugee camp in the throes of World War II. It was there that she received a school bag, which allowed her to continue her education. Now Elsie and her husband live in Minnesota and attend Cambridge Lutheran Church, where they sew school [...]Read More...

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Leonida Carupo

Meet families thriving three years after Typhoon Haiyan

LEONIDA CARUPO and her family lost nearly everything when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Their house was destroyed and they lost their only means of livelihood. But what they didn’t lose was hope. Thanks to generous people like you, Leonida’s family has been able to rebuild their home; they’ve received a [...]Read More...

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The Wotea family sits in front of their house in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)

Visit the Wotea’s fruitful family coffee farm

GODFREY WOTEA farms on a small plot of land on Mt. Elgon in Uganda that was left to him by his father. His family has grown coffee for generations, but their farming methods and lack of resources meant they didn’t grow much, and what they did grow wasn’t high enough quality to earn a good [...]Read More...

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Thanksgiving Foods

Giving Thanks, In Spite Of It All

Poverty. Protests. Refugees. Earthquakes, typhoons and hurricanes. Terror. ISIS. Sometimes it can feel like too much. I recently gave a talk to a group of adults at my church. I talked about how Lutheran World Relief is providing support for refugees from Syria and South Sudan. And I talked about our work to get people [...]Read More...

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