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Nikki Massie is Lutheran World Relief's Staff Writer

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Crisis in Gaza, Photo by REUTERS/Mohammed Salem, courtesy of Trust.org

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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The Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees

What We’re Doing to Help Syrian Refugees

Posted on 05. Sep, 2013 by .


By now, we’ve all heard about the crisis in Syria. It’s been dominating the news. In the past few days we’ve heard a lot about the political implications of interventions into the civil war that is now in its third year. But beneath the debates, beneath the possible scenarios and their possible consequences, there are […]

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The Laying of Hands – the Growth of a Quilting Group

Posted on 25. Jan, 2013 by .


In the latest edition of LWR eNews, we wrote about a quilting day at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH. It’s a great story about how the quilting group from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (OSLC) brought a group of college students together for service. To rally a campus community around making quilts is inspiring enough. But […]

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