Gladys Hansen and Valders, WI Quilters

38 Years and 30 Miles of Quilts

Gladys Hansen has been the quilting coordinator at Faith Lutheran Church in Valders, Wisconsin, since 1979. ­ Thirty-eight years and 23,865 quilts later, she and her group of nine other quilters are still creating hundreds of the covers annually, all for Lutheran World Relief to deliver to our brothers and sisters in need around the [...]Read More...

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Iraq School Kit Distribution

School Kits Reach Children in Iraq

Your generosity reached more than 13,650 students with School Kits in northern Iraq! The students, who range in age from elementary to high school, expressed what a tremendous difference the Kits made in their lives. Many of their families are unable to buy school supplies because they have only recently returned to their homes after [...]Read More...

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Cynthia Patterson, Charlie Bailey, Erin Myers

More Tips & Tricks from the Quilt & Kit Survey

The Quilt & Kit Survey has enabled us to get to know you, our quilters and kit-makers, better. One of our favorite things about the surveys has been reading through your clever ideas, stories, and tips related to your quilting and kit-making ministries. We want to share these ideas widely, so that everyone can learn about [...]Read More...

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Members and volunteers assembled 955 Baby Care Kits in two and a half hours at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church (Naperville, IL) in September, 2017.

Illinois church assembles 955 Baby Care Kits in a single weekend

For many congregations, the ELCA’s annual “God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday lasts one day. For Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois, it was a weekend of service that ended with 955 Baby Care Kits! Jennifer Schuler organized the event and helps to lead Baby Care, a ministry group at the church committed to “serving [...]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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LWR Update: Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

As of the writing of this blog post, it’s been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, bringing heavy rains and wind that have left millions without electricity, access to safe water, and other basic necessities. With the support of people like you, LWR is responding in the Adjuntas municipality of Puerto Rico by [...]Read More...

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Chocolate items at the salon du Chocolat

Sweet Success: LWR at the Salon du Chocolat

On any given day I think I have a pretty cool job — helping coffee and cacao farmers connect to opportunities to grow better crops, earn more income and improve their quality of life. But recently I got to do something really different. Along with several of my LWR colleagues, I attended the Salon du Chocolat [...]Read More...

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The Thrivent Action Team at Hope Lutheran Church in Powell, WY

Spread global holiday cheer with Thrivent Action Teams

Shirley Robish, of Strandburg, South Dakota, recently wrote to tell us about a new tradition her family has started for Christmas. “For the past three Christmas gatherings,” she says, “part of our gift giving involves LWR Kits.” Each member of her family contributes items for various types of kits as a part of their gifts to one [...]Read More...

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A woman with her daughter shows off her LWR Quilt at the Arunima Hospice.

Your Quilts Bring Comfort to Hospice Residents in India

A recent distribution of LWR Mission Quilts brought color, warmth and comfort to families in India. Here, an 11-year-old girl, who lives at the Arunima Hospice, hugs her quilt. The hospice gives shelter to children, including this whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS, which carries a powerful stigma in India.   A 1-month-old baby [...]Read More...

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