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Standing in front of UN building

Why We Continue the Complicated, Messy, Slow Work in Gender

Posted on 14. Mar, 2014 by .


Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak about LWR in front of an audience of other non-governmental organization (NGO) workers at the United Nations. It was part of an event at the fifty-eighth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. I was invited to talk about LWR’s Learning for Gender […]

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We’re Passionate about Our Partners

Posted on 14. Oct, 2013 by .


If you know Lutheran World Relief, you already know we are passionate about partners. Local institutions and organizations in the countries we work form some of our most important partnerships. LWR’s value of accompaniment states it clearly: “we support, encourage and learn together within long-term relationships of trust and reciprocity.” But LWR doesn’t only work […]

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Garrison Keillor with a microphone

Three Things About Lutherans that would Surprise Garrison Keillor

Posted on 04. Oct, 2013 by .


Raised in small-town Minnesota, and a somewhat introverted Lutheran of Norwegian descent, I tend to be a huge fan of Garrison Keillor’s homespun, witty and often satirical take on people like me. Just last night, my spouse and I drove to the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul to listen to Mr. Keillor read from […]

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woman walking in desert

Nine Facts About Refugees

Posted on 25. Sep, 2013 by .


The ongoing conflict in Syria has been on the front page of news for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the huge number of Syrian refugees who have fled their homes to find solace in Jordan, Turkey, and other neighboring countries. But what is the definition of a refugee? How many refugees […]

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lightening over mountains at night

In Niger, I’m Reminded to Give Thanks

Posted on 19. Sep, 2013 by .


Some people (my husband among them) think God speaks to us in the thunder and lightening of storms. I pooh-poohed the notion until a recent night in Niger, when I heard the loudest, most majestic storm ever. I didn’t time it, but it seemed to go on for nearly an hour (my colleagues the next […]

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How We’re Learning from… Ourselves

Posted on 12. Jul, 2013 by .


As far as international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) go, Lutheran World Relief is pretty tiny. With our 160 staff members worldwide, we’re dwarfed by organizations like Catholic Relief Services (5,211 employees), or WorldVision (44,500 employees). Yet among nonprofits generally, we’re giants. We have offices in 16 countries that serve relief and development projects in 35. Our […]

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Mankia sitting on a bed, holding a Quilt

Mankia’s Mission Quilt

Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by .


Ndenaghafumwa Umburi is featured in our video, “Two Women. Two Lives. Touched by an LWR Quilt.” Here is a little more about her. Ndenaghafumwa Umburi (her name means “let us glorify God”) is a busy woman to say the least. Ndenaghafumwa, who goes by Mankia for short, lives on a shamba (farm) on the slopes […]

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