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Janice Wendorf presents a quilt from her home congregation to the Volunteers of Salvation (VOSA), an orphanage and school in Tanzania.

Lenten Devotion – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

This post is one in a series of devotionals written by Lutherans in the U.S. and LWR staff around the world reflecting on their faith, which calls them to proclaim hope for those in need. Check out the other devotionals in the series. As we walk through the season of Lent together, announce to the world that [...]Read More...

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A young child waits for a nutritional assessment in South Sudan.

Lenten Devotion: Isaiah 58:1-12

This post is the first in a series of devotionals written by Lutherans in the U.S. and LWR staff around the world reflecting on their faith, which calls them to proclaim hope for those in need. Check out the other devotionals in the series. As we walk through the season of Lent together, announce to the world [...]Read More...

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Carmelia at a Guatamalan Eco-Palm farm

Think Outside the Branch: Ideas for Eco-Palms

I love Palm Sunday! It marks the beginning of the most holy and profound faith-week of each year. After 5.5 weeks of Lenten disciplines, somber music, winter doldrums, and no alleluias, joy bursts into the worship service again. Joyful hosannas fill the air outside where we’ve gathered for the blessing of the palms and inside, [...]Read More...

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LWR Expands Philippines Typhoon Response Thanks to ELCA Gift

Lutheran World Relief’s work with families in the Philippines to recover from last month’s powerful typhoon is scaling up, thanks to a $50,000 gift from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The gift will allow LWR to significantly expand our emergency response on the island of Mindanao, reaching an additional 1,500 families, in addition to [...]Read More...

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Heading off starvation in South Sudan

A recent New York Times article estimates that much of South Sudan could face severe hunger as early as May, with an official declaration of famine not far behind. This blog post, first published in January 2018, highlights how your support is reaching pregnant mothers and young children in South Sudan with life-saving nutrition. Please continue [...]Read More...

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Piece Corps Members (Lena, IL)

The Piece Corps: Four Decades of Service

The nation was two years from its 200th birthday when the women’s group chair at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lena, Ill., called Joyce Tessendorf and asked if she would take on a sewing project. Lutheran World Relief needed quilts. Forty-three years later the Piece Corps is still at it, producing about 14 a week. [...]Read More...

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Incoming students make Fleece Tie Blankets for LWR [Photo: Annie Goodroad]

LWR Fleece Blankets Tie Students Together in Service

It’s pretty standard for colleges to include a new student orientation at the start of each academic year. It’s less common for that orientation to include a service project! But for many years, incoming students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, have found a service project on their orientation calendar. In August 2017, Luther College [...]Read More...

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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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