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A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Precious Lord, Our world is a wilderness of dust and ash. The flames of poverty consume. Deserts engulf forests and grasslands. Drought, famine and food shortages blow through an ever more hopeless world. Yet amid the ashes and dust, we know that you are […]

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Give Hope. Join LWR’s 2016 Hunger Challenge!

You can do it. You can help families escape hunger and poverty! Take the LWR 2016 Hunger Challenge and give the gift of long-lasting, sustainable solutions to hunger for families around the world – like Daisy’s.   Take the Challenge!   Daisy and her family live high in the Andes mountains in Peru.  There was a […]

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Why LWR School Kits Make a Difference

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) states that access to education is a basic human right. Every girl and boy in every country is entitled to [education]. Quality education is critical to development both of societies and of individuals, and it helps pave the way to a successful and productive future. When all children have […]

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Why Coffee and Cocoa Farmers Face Similar Predicament – and Promise

This article was originally published in the December 2015 issue of CoffeeTalk magazine. Just over a year ago, I left Keurig Green Mountain after almost 27 years, and weeks later accepted a new role with Lutheran World Relief where, in my role as Senior Relationship Manager, Coffee & Cocoa, I continue to work with coffee farmers […]

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New Fair Trade Leader Guide Makes Planning Easy

Does your church have a resident “FTP” (Fair Trade Person)? My church does! His name is Al – and he knows just about everything there is to know about managing a Fair Trade sale within our congregation. And while Al isn’t planning to go anywhere anytime soon, I just know there is a wellspring of Fair […]

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Christmas Changes Everything: A Devotion from Lutheran World Relief

“While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”  – Luke 2:6-7 (NRSV) The Christ child arrived and everything changed. On […]

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Mr. Sevu Kanyasya and his six-year-old daughter, Wuyua, plant seedlings in their garden in Makueni County, Kenya.

Filled With Good Things: A Devotion from LWR

“…he has filled the hungry with good things…” For the fourth week of advent I heard my pastor read this from Mary’s song in Luke 1. Right away I thought of the far-too-many good things that had filled my belly at a Christmas party the night before. And then I thought of the Krispy Kreme […]

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Five Ways to Enhance your Thrivent Action Team with Fair Trade

Did you know that with Thrivent Action Teams, you can reach out to people in your own backyard and around the world – by sharing the joy of delicious chocolate and coffee? Here’s how. If you are a Thrivent member, you have the opportunity to lead a Thrivent Action Team to volunteer in a one-time […]

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The Ability to Transform

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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LWR Gifts vs LWR Gifs

You have probably heard how you can unwrap a better life through LWR Gifts, but have you heard of LWR Gifs? Here are a few reasons why we think giving good is giving better! The Power of Goats View post on Goats are well known for their balance, and even are known to climb […]

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