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Why I’m Grateful for My Vocation

by Oumou Dicko, LWR’s former President’s Office Assistant “The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner I always have been the kind of person who is unusually disturbed by the suffering of the others. I, myself, have passed through much physical and emotional [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Grateful for God’s Guidance in my Work

by Roderick Valones, LWR’s Program Manager in the Philippines “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in [...]Read More...

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Quilters at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, WI.

Why I’m Grateful for the Community of Faith

If you’re anything like me, there are times when you look up and realize you haven’t thanked God in a while (usually when things seem to be going either really well, or really poorly, in my case). That’s one reason I love the LWR value of gratitude — what a great reminder! In the face [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Grateful for a Great Team

I remember as a kid, overhearing my dad, a small business owner, quoting the oft-repeated maxim that the key to management was to “hire smart people, then get out of their way.” At the time, I didn’t really understand what that meant, but by the time years later when I reached a point in my [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Grateful for Community

I had the joy of attending my brother’s wedding just a few weeks back. Surrounded by family, old friends and communities that have all played an important part in my life and my faith journey reminded me of the importance of gratitude as a practice of Christian discipleship. Gratitude for the ways that God has [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Grateful for Those who Support our Work

by Heather McGinness, LWR’s former Associate Director for Philanthropic Engagement The words “thank you” often seem woefully inadequate to express the powerful — even overwhelming — feeling of gratitude. I have the blessing of being part of Lutheran World Relief’s Philanthropic Engagement team. I am humbled and inspired on a daily basis, both by the [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Grateful for our Field Staff

by Loretta Ishida, LWR’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa Whenever I am asked to talk about my work, I think people expect me to tell stories about people in a distant country and how their lives are being changed by Lutheran World Relief’s work. But I don’t interact with community members very often in [...]Read More...

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Election Day: Let’s Bring Civic Participation to Every Community

My Facebook feed is currently going crazy with friends’ hopes, fears and dreams for today’s local and national elections. Hundreds of declarative “I Voted” and imperative “Vote XX!” images and status updates show the passion that this day brings every four years. And tonight, I’m certain many of us will be glued to our (multiple) [...]Read More...

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Third grade students in the Philippines hold up the school kits they received from LWR.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making School Kit Backpacks

For many students around the world, like those in the Philippines, there are many barriers to getting a good education. Simply purchasing simple school supplies like pencils and paper can be too great a cost for many families. That’s why it’s so important that Lutherans in the United States put together School Kits that are [...]Read More...

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Celebrating Safer Lives & Schools

Students at Hiligambukha Elementary School in Indonesia celebrate a new, safe school building that LWR helped put in place after the old building was destroyed in a 2005 earthquake. They used to have to ask students to go home when it rained, simply because, “they could not study at school due to leaking roofs, and [...]Read More...

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Cocoa Farmers Come Together to Learn & Share

“Cocoa is my passion.” These were among the first words that cocoa farmer Leonor Gomez shared during the two-day National Cocoa Forum that LWR co-hosted in Nicaragua last week. The cocoa forum was a dream that LWR maintained as we expanded our work in cocoa in Nicaragua and other parts of Latin America. Not only [...]Read More...

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What do Farmers Need?

What do Farmers Need? In Uganda, I was told pangas and seeds.  In Colombia it was land titles and roads. In Kenya? Irrigation. In Honduras it was guaranteed buyers and fair prices and in India, access to credit. This is what makes LWR’s work interesting and — frankly — hard. What farmers need in the [...]Read More...

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