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Nikki Massie is Lutheran World Relief's Staff Writer

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A Better BOGO

Posted on 27. Aug, 2014 by .


If you are like me, you’ve spent the better part of the month of August preparing kids to go back to school. There’s no shortage of things to do. There are school supplies to buy, new schedules to learn, lunches to pack, carpools to work out and — for my two daughters at least — […]

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5 things you may not know about cocoa

Posted on 19. Aug, 2014 by .


Chocolate. It’s almost a food group unto itself. Whether you are personally a fan or not, you probably know someone who absolutely loves a rich, delicious piece of chocolate from time to time. That love of chocolate helps spur the global demand for cocoa — a $110 billion per year industry. Think you know all […]

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The crisis in Gaza: how LWR is responding

Posted on 07. Aug, 2014 by .


There have been many times over the past six years that I have given thanks that I get to be part of the work of Lutheran World Relief. Most recently, I felt that way because of what is going on in Gaza. Like me, you’ve probably seen it play out on the news. Rising tensions between […]

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Will You Help Us Improve Our Communication?

Posted on 22. Jan, 2014 by .


Growing up, my brother and I were always cognizant of one very important rule in communicating with our mother. I’d even go so far as to say it was a survival strategy. Never, ever, ever argue with each other before mom has had her coffee! As a child I didn’t understand that, but as an […]

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Why I’m Thankful for Office Plants

Posted on 27. Nov, 2013 by .


It may not look like it, but this little plant is a good lesson about stewardship. My colleague, Christie Getman, gave it to me. We’d had a conversation quite some time ago about how I seem to kill anything green that comes under my custody. She remembered the conversation and saved me a clipping from […]

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Finding #LutheranWorldRelief

Posted on 05. Nov, 2013 by .


I have a confession to make. I’m a bit overwhelmed by social media. I have a Facebook account, a Twitter handle. I belong to LinkedIn, Klout and Pinterest. And keeping up with those accounts (even with their connectivity features) is quite taxing. But even still, I love Instagram. I originally joined to check out the […]

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The Devil is in the Details

Posted on 21. Oct, 2013 by .


I’ve been the staff writer here at LWR for five and a half years. But it didn’t take me that long to see that my colleagues really do live out a lot of the organizational values and culture. Take our commitment to monitoring and evaluation, for example. At one point, one of LWR’s coffee machines […]

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