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Nikki Massie is Lutheran World Relief's Staff Writer

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A few degrees make a big difference for Nepal citrus farmers

Posted on 14. Oct, 2014 by .


We’ve probably all had this experience. You make a purchase of beautiful, fresh produce with every intention to use it at the peak of its glory. Then, some weeks later, after life has happened, you stumble upon your neglected piece of fruit or vegetable and realize that it’s been called home. Indeed, preserving fresh food is a […]

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These summer campers did more than just sing and swim

Posted on 09. Sep, 2014 by .


Over the summer Lutheran camps across the country opened their doors to youth for fun, activity and learning about God’s creation. As a part of many summer camp programs, children and youth get to take part in a service opportunity. This summer, Lutheran World Relief offered small grants to 12 camps to help make LWR […]

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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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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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