School children in South Sudan

What is World Refugee Day?

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me. I assure you, as often as you did it for [...]Read More...

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Dottie Chidester displays one of her quilts

The Unstoppable Dottie Chidester

“Dottie has kept this group going,” says good friend Fran Dixon. “She’s the kind of person who doesn’t like to sit around, she likes to be doing things and especially things that help others.” [...]Read More...

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Members of Morning Star Lutheran Church in Matthews, NC, at a Kit Assembly

Ready, Set, Summer Service Projects!

If you or others at your congregation are looking for meaningful projects to tie in to your summer activities, there’s still time to coordinate to make Kits of Care! Here are some tips for preparing your service component: [...]Read More...

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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 and his granddaughter Maryering

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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José

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 and his granddaughter Maryering

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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Sevu Kanyasya and his daughter, Wuyua (6), plant seedlings in their garden in Makueni County, Kenya.

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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