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Dan Ruth is Lutheran World Relief’s Interactive Marketing Manager and an ordained pastor in the ELCA.

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We should seek our daily food, clothing & all we need ...as long as we do so without detracting from our love & duty toward our neighbor.

What Did Luther Say About Loving Our Neighbor?

Posted on 09. Apr, 2014 by .


“It is not forbidden but rather commanded that by the sweat of our brow we should seek our daily food, clothing, and all we need and avoid destruction whenever we can, as long as we do so without detracting from our love and duty toward our neighbor.” -Martin Luther In Martin Luther’s time, society’s affliction, […]

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From 2013 to 2014: Finding Hope in the News

Posted on 03. Jan, 2014 by .


2014 is already jumping off to a raucous start around the world. Between bitter winter weather around the U.S., armed conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria, and continuing controversy about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) it could be easy to begin January with a bout of depression. But we believe there […]

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A Thank You from the Field

Posted on 15. Dec, 2013 by .


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 […]

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From Relief to Recovery

Posted on 11. Dec, 2013 by .


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 […]

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A Prayer for Those Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Posted on 08. Nov, 2013 by .


[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 […]

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10 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes That Show You Care

Posted on 30. Oct, 2013 by .


Are your kids tired of trick-or-treating in a costumes that don’t reflect the passion they have for fighting global poverty? Are they constantly asking how they can show love to both the next-door neighbor and their neighbor overseas?  Have you searched high and low for that perfect outfit to wear to this year’s Halloween party that […]

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Three Things About Lutherans that would Surprise Garrison Keillor

Posted on 04. Oct, 2013 by .


Raised in small-town Minnesota, and a somewhat introverted Lutheran of Norwegian descent, I tend to be a huge fan of Garrison Keillor’s homespun, witty and often satirical take on people like me. Just last night, my spouse and I drove to the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul to listen to Mr. Keillor read from […]

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