Why I’m Thankful for Key Leaders

Although retail stores are trying to tell me it’s Christmas time, when I think of November, I still think of Thanksgiving. With “turkey day” just two days away, this is a good time to reflect on gratitude — for us especially, because gratitude is one of our organizational values. And for me there is no [...]Read More...

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Three Things About Lutherans that would Surprise Garrison Keillor

Raised in small-town Minnesota, and a somewhat introverted Lutheran of Norwegian descent, I tend to be a huge fan of Garrison Keillor’s homespun, witty and often satirical take on people like me. Just last night, my spouse and I drove to the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul to listen to Mr. Keillor read from [...]Read More...

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The Ties that Bind

I grew up in northern Michigan and, in typical Michigander fashion, each summer my father and I took a fishing trip to Canada. To my ten-year-old self, this was a place of mysterious wonder and uncharted territory. It was here that I learned a young fisherman’s rite of passage: tying the knot that connects the [...]Read More...

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Campers Can Quilt, Too

This summer, church basements and fellowship halls are not the only places where Lutherans are taking up LWR’s Quilt Campaign challenge. They’re also pitching in near lakes and on the hiking trail. Up to 48% of Lutheran youth say that they have attended a church summer camp, an important place for faith formation. This year [...]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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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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Introducing: LWR Sundays

“So long as we eat our bread together we shall have sufficient even with the least. Not until one person desires to keep his own bread for himself does hunger ensue.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together As a ministry of Lutherans in the U.S., Lutheran World Relief recognizes worship as one central place where our work [...]Read More...

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