Sharon and Phyllis sit with the backpacks they made for LWR School Kits

A Colorful Story of Repurposing

At First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, Ill., three women spent their summer sewing 140 backpacks, while many members of the congregation set about collecting back-to-school items. At the end of the summer, the sewing team finished their work, the congregation youth filled the backpacks, and Sharon and her friends were finally able to relax! Or so they thought. [...]Read More...

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Gustavo

Introducing LWR Farmers Market Coffee

Through your generous gifts to Lutheran World Relief, you support coffee farmers around the world by helping them improve their coffee crops, business skills, and quality of life. And now there’s another way to directly connect with coffee farmers through Lutheran World Relief. We’re excited to launch LWR Farmers Market Coffee — a line of coffee [...]Read More...

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Abelino

LWR Farmers Market: Meet Abelino

Before Abelino got up to speak to us about his coffee, he made the sign of the cross on himself. What he was about to share was sacred to him. "Coffee is a noble crop," he told our staff. "Because it is in high demand and it is difficult to raise." Indeed, growing coffee has not been easy for Abelino, or any of the other farmers in his cooperative, SOPPEXCCA, in Nicaragua. But that's been changing, thanks to people like you [...]Read More...

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LWR Farmers Market: Meet José

In the 1970s, war in Nicaragua forced his family to leave their hometown and move to San Isabel.  He and his wife have 10 children -- five sons and five daughters. By the 1980s, José had begun growing a small amount of coffee as a part of a cooperative that he compares to the army, because he was told what to do on his farm and wasn't allowed to manage himself. In 1986, through land reforms, José received a parcel of land of about 7 hectares (about 17 acres), and immediately gave a small piece of land to each of his children and they, too, began to grow coffee. [...]Read More...

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Gustavo

LWR Farmers Market Coffee: Meet Gustavo

LWR Farmers Market Coffee is a new line of coffee sourced directly from farmers participating in Lutheran World Relief projects. Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. Farmers are given a stable, predictable, and higher price upfront for their beans. With LWR Farmers Market Coffee, [...]Read More...

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Celebrate Father’s Day with LWR Gifts!

Father’s Day is June 18. What better way to honor the dads in your life than with an LWR Gift? Behind each gift there are real people — real dads — whose lives are improved by your generosity. To get you inspired, here are a few dads you reach with your support. Godfrey, from Uganda [...]Read More...

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LWR Baby Care Kit Thrifting Tips & Tricks

Have we mentioned lately how much we love our quilters and kit-makers? If not, we’ll say it again: we love our quilters and kit-makers! Not only do they spend countless hours assembling gifts of love for people in need around the world, they also never miss an opportunity to help someone else become a part of this [...]Read More...

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On May 21, pray with us to end famine

Global food security has long been a focus for Lutheran World Relief. We work with poor rural farmers around the world, who face unstable harvests and unpredictable weather patterns, creating a life of deprivation for themselves and their children. With your support, LWR projects work to provide the tools and training they need to grow crops, [...]Read More...

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Double your gifts & fight hunger!

Exciting news – thanks to some generous friends, your gifts to Lutheran World Relief Summer Matching Gift Challenge will be doubled – dollar-for-dollar, up to $187,287! Double your gift today! When you take part in this special opportunity, you reach out to even more farmers like Sheela, whose family has struggled under the weight of poverty and [...]Read More...

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3 Easy (and quick!) meaningful Mother’s Day gift ideas

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. What better way to show appreciation to the mothers in your life than to help create a better life for people around the world living in poverty? And there’s good news. Changing someone’s life in honor of Mother’s Day is both meaningful and easy with LWR Gifts. Here are [...]Read More...

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