Humans of LWR: Living Out My Values

This post is part of our Humans of LWR series, which seeks to provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who take part in our mission of ending poverty, injustice and human suffering. Hello! My name is Lingrong Guo or 郭玲榕 in Chinese. I go by Ling. I am the 2016-2017 Lutheran Volunteer Corps Program […]

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Dzifa Binka, center, surrounded by family at her graduation.

Humans of LWR: Shaping My World View

This post is part of our Humans of LWR series, which seeks to provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who take part in our mission of ending poverty, injustice and human suffering. I come from a place where community means everything. Growing up in Accra, Ghana, I often heard the phrase “It takes a [...]Read More...

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Humans of LWR: Ahmed Oudou, Staff Driver in Niger

Drivers are some of my favorite co-workers. Drivers are often in the shadows but play a crucial role in LWR’s work. They keep us safe while dodging pot holes, avoiding cattle crossing the street, and (usually!) ensuring the vehicle doesn’t get stuck in the mud. Road conditions, laws, and driving norms in developing countries can [...]Read More...

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Myron Burkholder, LWR’s deputy regional director for Latin America, stands atop cacao fermentation boxes

The Unexpected Bumps in the Road on a Visit to Haiti

One of the things I’ve learned over the years in my many visits to coffee and cocoa farmers in Central America is that even with meticulous planning and preparation, your daily schedule will soon go out of whack. Sometimes it’s the weather. Or it could be a broken-down vehicle. In the case of my recent [...]Read More...

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Stephen Shumila

The Best Part of My Job: Seeing Lives Changed

My favorite part about my job as a program manager for Lutheran World Relief in Kenya is seeing how people’s lives are changed. I recently returned from a visit to two of our projects in Western Kenya: one is implemented by the Kimira Oluch Farmers Development Group (KOFDEG), and the other by APOKO, a consortium [...]Read More...

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LWR Staff Member Rick Peyser Stands With Coffee Farmers

We’re proud that our very own Rick Peyser was featured in USA Today on Sunday as the man “instrumental in creating the outreach programs for coffee farmers that would allow Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to emblazon its semi-trailers with the slogan, ‘We realized good coffee could be good for the world,’ and actually mean it.” Peyser [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Grateful for Dependence

by Daniel Lee, LWR’s Vice President for External Relations “What I fear most is despair for the world and us: forever less of beauty, silence, open air, gratitude, unbidden happiness, affection, unegotistical desire.” – Wendell Berry, Given: Poems, Sabbath 1998, IX Is “dependence” a dirty word? I’ve met quite a few people who seem to [...]Read More...

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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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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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