The 2017 LWR Christmas Matching Gift Challenge!

Great news! There’s still time to DOUBLE your Christmas gift to families in need during the LWR Christmas Matching Gift challenge because we’ve received an additional $178,700! That means that when you give a gift before December 31, a group of Lutheran World Relief supporters will match that gift – up to $357,200! Double your gift today! [...]Read More...

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Members of Morning Star Lutheran Church at a Kit Assembly at Morning Star Church in Matthews, NC 2016

Putting the “Luther” in “Lutheran World Relief”

What does it mean to be “Lutheran?” If you asked 100 Lutherans that question, you’d probably get 100 different answers. In the United States, we often joke that being Lutheran means drinking lots of coffee after church and having a casserole for Sunday dinner. But, at its simplest, being Lutheran means being a child of [...]Read More...

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Youth leadership is a win-win for Nicaraguan coffee communities

Several times a week, Maryeli Lopez, 22, hops on her motorcycle and drives down the hill from her family’s mountainside coffee farm in the northern Nicaragua region of Jinotega to visit her neighbors. She’s not paying a social call. Rather, she travels to neighboring coffee farms to pass along information about growing techniques, plant diseases [...]Read More...

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View from left rear corner of church with quilts on every other chair

Blessing of the Quilts, 2017

Quilts have played a major part of Lutheran World Relief’s mission since our founding in 1945. That means, for over 70 years, quilters across the country have lovingly stitched thousands upon thousands of quilts for distribution as part of LWR’s many projects. Their quilts have traveled all over the world, from Peru to India to [...]Read More...

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An aid worker surveys a destroyed building in war-torn Iraq.

In a world of crisis, here’s how you can do a world of good

Crisis. Disasters. Conflict. It seems there isn’t a corner of the world that doesn’t have overwhelming humanitarian need right now. The refugee crisis, fueled by conflict in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan, has reached the highest level in recorded history, surpassing the totals last seen in World War II. In Africa, at least four nations [...]Read More...

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Connor Fleming, Deborah Crabtree, Emily Myers

Tips & Tricks from the Quilt & Kit Survey

The Quilt & Kit Survey over the past several months 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, [...]Read More...

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When Women Gather

When Women Gather, Great Things Happen!

Ahh, summer. Full of sunshine, travel, friends, family, and, for LWR staff and many of you — events!  This past summer, we had the privilege of attending two of our favorites — the national gatherings for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) and the Women of the ELCA. These events are always full of faithful [...]Read More...

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Maryering Talavera stands next to grandfather and coffee farmer Gustavo Talavera

Introducing LWR Farmers Market Coffee

LWR farmers market coffee is a new line of coffee sourced directly from farmers participating in LWR projects. Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. Farmers get a strong upfront price for their coffee beans and a portion of the profit. With LWR Farmers Market [...]Read More...

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5 Things You May Not Know About Coffee

  An estimated 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee on a daily basis. We are so passionate about it we’ve even fashioned a whole dialect around ordering it from coffeehouses. 1. The United States is not the largest importer of coffee While coffee is the largest food import in the [...]Read More...

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A freshly opened cocoa pod from Liborio's farm

New cocoa standards mean better taste and better lives

If you love coffee or chocolate, I bet you know exactly what you look for in these products. Maybe you drink dark roast coffee because of its full body and strong caffeine jolt, or maybe you prefer 60% cacao chocolate because of its slight bitterness. Throughout my life, career, and especially in my time as Lutheran [...]Read More...

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