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Dan Ruth is Lutheran World Relief’s Senior Manager, Interactive Marketing, and a Lutheran pastor.

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What do Jesus’ Death & Resurrection Mean for LWR’s work?

Posted on 23. Mar, 2016 by .

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“This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) At the Last Supper that we remember this week, Jesus could have simply said, “Your sins are forgiven. Remember me.” But instead he broke bread and passed it to his disciples. “This is my body,” he said. “Given […]

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A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Posted on 10. Feb, 2016 by .

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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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LWR Gifts vs LWR Gifs

Posted on 16. Dec, 2015 by .

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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 imgur.com Goats are well known for their balance, and even are known to climb […]

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Giving Thanks, In Spite Of It All

Posted on 23. Nov, 2015 by .

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Poverty. Protests. Refugees. Earthquakes, typhoons and hurricanes. Terror. ISIS. Sometimes it can feel like too much. Last Wednesday evening I gave a talk to a group of adults at my church. I talked about how Lutheran World Relief is providing support for refugees from Syria and South Sudan. And I talked about our work to […]

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9 Facts About Refugees

Posted on 03. Sep, 2015 by .

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What is the definition of a refugee? How many refugees are there around the world? What causes people to become refugees? Here are 9 facts about refugees: 1. Refugees have fled persecution or war In order to officially be considered a refugee, a person must have suffered persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political […]

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LWR Staff Member Rick Peyser Stands With Coffee Farmers

Posted on 22. Jun, 2015 by .

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We’re proud that our very own Rick Peyser was featured in USA Today on Sunday as the man “instrumental in creating the outreach programs for coffee farmers that would allow Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to emblazon its semi-trailers with the slogan, ‘We realized good coffee could be good for the world,’ and actually mean it.” Peyser […]

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Where does your chocolate come from? Meet Nevardo.

Where does your chocolate come from? Meet Nevardo.

Posted on 18. Jun, 2015 by .

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Almost 90 percent of the world’s cocoa originates from small-scale farmers (producers who farm less than five hectares, or about 12.4 acres, of land). These farmers face considerable challenges to maximize their yields, including changing weather patterns, disease, aging trees and limited access to improved varieties, inputs and technical assistance. On average, they earn less […]

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Second Earthquake Hits Nepal: Notes from LWR Staff

Posted on 12. May, 2015 by .

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A second, 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal this morning, less than three weeks after the first, 7.8 magnitude quake. Reuters reports that at least 37 people have been killed and panic is spreading. Lutheran World Relief staff are all safe and are continuing to assess the situation. Nicole Hark, LWR’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia & […]

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Nepal Earthquake: Why We Must Pay Attention to the Rural Poor

Posted on 29. Apr, 2015 by .

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It’s easy to focus on urban Kathmandu and prestigious Mt. Everest in the wake of the earthquake that hit Nepal last week. But what about those who live in less visible places? Two researchers at the University of British Columbia wrote a powerful piece in The Globe and Mail about the importance of reaching the […]

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Five Years Later: The Haiti Earthquake in Pictures

Posted on 12. Jan, 2015 by .

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Monday, January 12 marks the five-year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. It’s painful to recall. The poorest country in this hemisphere, Haiti was the country least able to handle such a shocking event. Even before the earthquake, the majority of Haitians faced decades of problems, most of which begin and end in […]

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Cooperative members, including Carolin Ochieng (in white), sort coffee on newly-acquired drying beds at Orinde Farmers' Cooperative Society in Rachuonyo South, Kenya

The 5 Best Videos of 2014

Posted on 18. Dec, 2014 by .

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2014 was a busy year! From the first phases of our response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to increasing work with coffee and cocoa farmers throughout the world, we’ve captured quite a bit of it on video. Here are a few of our favorites: Putting cash in the hands of typhoon victims Watching Leonida’s […]

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