What is Fair Trade?

The words “Fair Trade” get tossed around quite frequently these days. Maybe you look for and buy Fair Trade products at the store. You may have even participated in Fair Trade events – like sales in your congregation or a Fair Trade Fair during the holiday season. But have you ever wondered…what exactly is Fair […]

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Christmas Matching Gift Challenge: Your Gift Will DOUBLE in value!

At this time of year, most of us are thinking about all we are thankful for — and I hope you have many blessings to count! Still, there are so many people who are feeling none of the warmth of this season — people who have almost nothing, either because of poverty, natural disaster or […]

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This Day in History, 1965: LWR meets with LBJ

Politico, the popular web magazine for all things political, takes us for a ride on the time machine today in a look back at Nov. 12, 1965, when a delegation of 12 aid agency representatives met with President Lyndon B. Johnson to discuss the refugee issue in the wake of the Vietnam War. Lutheran World […]

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Typhoon Haiyan Recovery: Two Years Later

Mr. Aldrin Lauding remembers the day he lost his home to Typhoon Haiyan like it was yesterday. The storm devastated his entire barangay (village) of Lao. Though he and his partner and two children were safe, everything they had was gone. As a broom maker earning only 250 pesos ($5.34 USD) a day – and […]

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Holiday Resources for Your Congregation

As the holiday season approaches, your congregation may be thinking of those living in poverty around the world. These four great resources provide information about the needs of our brothers and sisters overseas, and they can help inspire your community to improve lives. Download or order these free resources and share them with your congregation! […]

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70 Years and 7 Reasons to be Grateful

It’s been a busy year here at Lutheran World Relief. From last spring’s earthquake in Nepal, to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, to working with farmers to improve food security and strengthening the livelihoods of coffee and cocoa farmers, your support keeps our global staff working hard around the world to end poverty, […]

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6 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. Each day, the world consumes close to 2.25 billion cups of coffee. 1. The United States is not the largest importer […]

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The Blessing of Practical, Hands-On Training

41-year-old Miriam is a wife and mother of four. She is also a farmer trying to feed her children in a region where it’s terribly difficult to grow crops. Miriam lives in a place where drought, famine and disease epidemics kill many — and where government can offer little help. Families like hers are in a […]

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How Sustainable Development is Saving the Future of Chocolate

The future of the milk chocolate bar that we have loved forever may be at risk.  Industry experts predict that by 2020 the supply of cocoa will be struggling to meet the growing demand. That means that unless we do something to increase the world’s cocoa supply, your future chocolate bars may not contain very […]

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Expanding Coffee Livelihoods in Indonesia

This post is part of the ongoing blog series “My first LWR project visit,” in which LWR staff making first time field visits are invited to share their insights. We hope you enjoy their perspectives and that it gives you a new point of view of the work you support in Lutheran World Relief. I’ll […]

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