One Year Later: Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

November 8 marks the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The storm was one of the strongest to make landfall in recorded history. 16 million people were affected, 4 million people were displaced and 6,300 people died because of the storm. In response, Lutheran World Relief raised $9.7 million to meet the immediate […]

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Is it okay for people who have experienced a disaster to be “happy”?

Lutheran pastor and writer Travis Scholl recently wrote a column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asking, “Is it okay for a Christian to be ‘happy’?” In it, he reflects on Pharrell William’s “irresistibly infectious song, ‘Happy’.” I sometimes end up being around folks who have a severe mistrust of “happiness.” …At the heart of their mistrust [...]Read More...

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Why the ELCA and LWR Are Proud to Work Together in the Philippines

Guest post by the Rev. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, executive director of Global Mission for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America At the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we are grateful for our long, historical relationship with Lutheran World Relief and for our mutual commitment to companionship in mission. The strength of this relationship, and the [...]Read More...

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Good Friday is a Good Time for Lament

O Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. -Psalm 88: 1-2 There are times in life when all one can do is to cry out. Those times when the broken reality of our world comes crashing in. [...]Read More...

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Think a relief operation isn’t a good time to train aid workers on quality and accountability? Think again.

Originally posted at The Sphere Project. Used with permission. It’s hot. You’re standing in the sweltering sun and have been waiting in line for more than an hour for a relief packet, and you’re not even sure what it contains. No one knows when staff from the aid agency managing the distribution are arriving. Patience [...]Read More...

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A Thank You from the Field

Over the past two weeks, I have been traveling around the Philippines with LWR’s staff based there. It’s been an amazing opportunity to see the immense expertise of our field staff, the way they approach their work with both compassion and professionalism. Please view the video below to see a little of what I have [...]Read More...

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From Relief to Recovery

A lot of positive work has been done. There’s a long way to go. Over the past week I have tagged along with LWR staff in the Philippines to continue our work helping people recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which hit this island nation just over a month ago. This week I traveled around three of [...]Read More...

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A Mother’s Prayer for Survival and Recovery

On November 8, Leonora Compuesta, a 38-year old mother of five, heard that Typhoon Haiyan was approaching the Philippines and that the storm might hit Cebu Province where she and her family live. As the storm approached and Leonora realized how unusually strong it was, she instructed her children to take refuge in a neighbor’s [...]Read More...

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A Prayer for Those Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

[UPDATED] On Friday, November 8 Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with sustained winds of nearly 150 miles per hour. It is the strongest typhoon in the world this year, and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land. Local officials estimate loss of life could reach 10,000 people, and it is estimated that up to [...]Read More...

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A First-Person Account of Living Through Typhoon Bopha

Juliet Sevilla is a 17-year-old mother living in Anda Barangay of New Bataan municipality in Compostela Valley Province, which was hit by Typhoon Bopha in December 2012. After the storm, Juliet received an LWR Mission Quilt, Baby Care Kit, Personal Care Kit and toothpaste from Lutheran World Relief. She told the following story to our [...]Read More...

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Photo Friday – His New Ruler

Last week Lutheran World Relief staff distributed School Kits to children in the Philippines. The island of Mindanao was hit hard by Typhoon Bopha in December, causing flooding and landslides in many areas that had been damaged one year before in Typhoon Washi. These simple things — notebooks, pencils, scissors — can make a huge [...]Read More...

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Photo Friday – Nanette Enriques

Nanette Enriques is a 3rd Grade teacher in Davao Oriental, a region of Mindanao Island in the Philippines. When Typhoon Bopha hit on December 4, fifty families took shelter in her school. During the storm the roof collapsed, injuring many inside and killing several. Enriques helped the wounded and described the terrifying night of the [...]Read More...

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