New book answers questions about God, supports LWR work to fight poverty

 “Questions Kids Ask About God,” is a book inspired by the questions the kids at Peace Lutheran Church in New Lenox, Illinois, are asking.It is now a hardback children’s book, with a portion of sales proceeds donated to Lutheran World Relief. To learn more about this book and its companion resources, visit the QKA Publishing […]

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We’re at ELCA Youth Gathering. Are you?

We are live and coming to you from the COBO Center where we have a space set up to welcome youth groups and leaders for Proclaim Community Day. We’re so excited! Aside from the thought of thousands upon thousands of young people descending on Detroit all raring to share Christ’s love with their neighbors, we’re […]

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People gather in Syntagma Square in Athens on July 3

Greek Debt Crisis: LWR President Speaks Out

After Sunday’s oxi (read: no) vote on a referendum to accept additional austerity measures, Greece’s leaders are in tough negotiations with creditors. Lutheran World Relief’s president and C.E.O., Daniel Speckhard, served as U.S. Ambassador to Greece from 2007 to 2010. Ambassador Speckhard has taken to the press this week to talk about what’s going on, and […]

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people carrying large bags of rice on their backs

Emerging Lessons from Nepal: Thinking About Resilience

LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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Rick Peyser in Sidamo, Ethiopia

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 […]

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Where does your chocolate come from? Meet Nevardo.

Where does your chocolate come from? Meet Nevardo.

Almost 90 percent of the world’s cocoa originates from small-scale farmers (producers who farm less than five hectares, or about 12.4 acres, of land). These farmers face considerable challenges to maximize their yields, including changing weather patterns, disease, aging trees and limited access to improved varieties, inputs and technical assistance. On average, they earn less […]

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Dionisa Choque looks at her family's garden, where she now grows onions, carrots and lettuce.

Limited-Time Offer: Double Your Gift

You can transform an entire community by simply giving them the gift of water. Right now, a group of generous friends will double the value of your gift — dollar-for-dollar — between now and July 31, up to $100,000. This means that your gift today of $50 will be matched with another gift of $50 […]

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Nepal Earthquake: LWR’s Long-Term Response

It’s been more than a month now since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, claiming lives, destroying homes and leaving thousands of people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. With your support, our staff and partners on the ground have been carrying out immediate emergency response – providing food, shelter items, water filters, quilts and […]

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Supporting Nepal through Vacation Bible School

From June 15-19, Sheridan Lutheran Church, in Lincoln, Nebraska, will transform into Camp Everest for its vacation bible school.  This Group VBS curriculum teaches youth to “conquer challenges with God’s mighty power” against the backdrop of Nepal’s most famous attraction. And with this curriculum comes a unique opportunity to connect VBS lessons to real world issues […]

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Photo Friday: LWR Quilt Distribution in Nepal

Just today we received these pictures from Omar Rahaman, LWR’s Senior Director for Asia and the Middle East. He is working in Nepal to coordinate our response to the April 25 earthquake. One part of our immediate response was to ship 9,240 Quilts, 1,000 Personal Care Kits and 100 water filtration units to Nepal to distribute […]

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