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

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What is “food security”? And how does it differ from “hunger”?

Posted on 15. Oct, 2014 by .

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“Food security” is a term that used all the time by people who work in the world of relief and development. But what does the term mean? Is it simply the opposite of hunger? Officially, food security exists “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy […]

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Join the Health Kit Hoedown with this Illinois Church

Posted on 02. Oct, 2014 by .

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Last week we received a fun link in our inbox to this original song from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Northbrook, Illinois. Janet Fisher told us: Our high school youth group at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Northbrook Illinois wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the video used to promote/educate our congregation about the LWR Personal […]

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

This man experienced all-consuming hunger. Here’s how we’re ensuring he doesn’t have to again.

Posted on 05. Sep, 2014 by .

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“Hunger is like this: if you’re hungry, you can’t sleep at night. If you have hunger, you can’t plan ahead for your life. You can’t think about anything except the hunger that you have. Hunger. It creates conflict in the family, and can tear it apart. We used to be so hungry.” Just three years […]

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A healthworker helps clean off another worker in a hazardous materials suit in West Africa

Five ways Lutherans are fighting Ebola in West Africa

Posted on 06. Aug, 2014 by .

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As of August 1, 2014, there have been 1,603 reported cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa and 887 people have died. [source] This outbreak has gained international news coverage as it has spread. Many people are asking what can be done to help prevent this deadly disease from spreading any further, and what we […]

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Women in Peru sort cocoa beans. Photo by Olaf Hammelburg, for LWR

Cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the very first time (video)

Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by .

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The first time I visited Nicaragua — one of the major coffee-producing countries in Central America and a focus of Ground Up: The LWR Coffee and Cocoa Initiative — I was perplexed that the only coffee we had to drink was prepackaged instant coffee. Nowhere in sight were the beautifully bistre roasted beans of the […]

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Is it okay for people who have experienced a disaster to be “happy”?

Posted on 13. Jun, 2014 by .

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Lutheran pastor and writer Travis Scholl recently wrote a column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asking, “Is it okay for a Christian to be ‘happy’?” In it, he reflects on Pharrell William’s “irresistibly infectious song, ‘Happy’.” I sometimes end up being around folks who have a severe mistrust of “happiness.” …At the heart of their mistrust […]

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Good Friday is a Good Time for Lament

Posted on 18. Apr, 2014 by .

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O Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. -Psalm 88: 1-2 There are times in life when all one can do is to cry out. Those times when the broken reality of our world comes crashing in. […]

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