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Chandler Carriker | Author

Chandler Carriker is Lutheran World Relief's Congregational Resources Specialist, and an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA.

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New LWR Game Puts You in Charge of Fighting Poverty

Posted on 04. Aug, 2015 by .

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Last month, I and three of my LWR colleagues attended the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, Michigan. While the 30,000+ youth (and the adults who love them) were there to experience worship all together and serve the city of Detroit, we were there with one activity in mind…to play a video game! Central to our […]

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We’re at ELCA Youth Gathering. Are you?

Posted on 14. Jul, 2015 by .

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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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Supporting Nepal through Vacation Bible School

Posted on 02. Jun, 2015 by .

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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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Go Global this Lent! 5 Easy Tips.

Posted on 30. Jan, 2015 by .

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Lent is a time to focus our hearts and minds on Jesus’ journey to the cross and an opportunity to share that gift of grace through service to others. 2015 marks the fifth year Lutherans will come together to assemble LWR Personal Care Kits as a part of the Baskets of Promise Campaign. Whether you’ve […]

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Concordia College students are welcomed by a farmer in Nicaragua

Notes from Nicaragua: Experiencing the Hospitality of Farmers

Posted on 15. May, 2014 by .

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Driving through the mountains of Nicaragua and looking out over the valleys, I don’t feel all that far away from the pine-filled mountains and valleys of western North Carolina that I once called home. In Nicaragua, unfortunately, deforestation is affecting the beautiful pine trees and harming small-scale farmers. Fortunately, many of those small-scale farmers are […]

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The Women & Mothers of Kuapa Kokoo (part two)

Posted on 06. May, 2013 by .

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This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one. The Bible is filled with stories of mothers who make an incredible difference in the lives of those around them. From Sarah to Mary, mothers and strong women followed God’s call, protected those entrusted to them and spoke with prophetic vision for their communities. […]

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The Women & Mothers of Kuapa Kokoo

Posted on 30. Apr, 2013 by .

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The Bible is filled with stories of mothers who make an incredible difference in the lives of those around them. From Sarah to Mary, mothers and strong women followed God’s call, protected those entrusted to them and spoke with prophetic vision for their communities. Kuapa Kokoo is a democratically operated, Fair Trade certified cooperative of […]

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Campers Can Quilt, Too

Posted on 26. Feb, 2013 by .

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This summer, church basements and fellowship halls are not the only places where Lutherans are taking up LWR’s Quilt Campaign challenge. They’re also pitching in near lakes and on the hiking trail. Up to 48% of Lutheran youth say that they have attended a church summer camp, an important place for faith formation. This year […]

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Why I’m Grateful for Community

Posted on 14. Nov, 2012 by .

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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 […]

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Introducing: LWR Sundays

Posted on 06. Sep, 2012 by .

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“So long as we eat our bread together we shall have sufficient even with the least. Not until one person desires to keep his own bread for himself does hunger ensue.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together As a ministry of Lutherans in the U.S., Lutheran World Relief recognizes worship as one central place where our work […]

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LWR at the Lutherbowl

LWR at the Lutherbowl

Posted on 26. Oct, 2011 by .

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I have many fond memories from my time at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary: from challenging studies in the classroom to incredible worship led by inspiring leaders. But if I’m being honest, these pale in comparison to my time spent on the football field at the annual Lutherbowl held at Gettysburg Seminary. While we did not […]

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