Archive for 'Asia'

Women in Peru sort cocoa beans. Photo by Olaf Hammelburg, for LWR

Cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the very first time (video)

Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by .

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The first time I visited Nicaragua — one of the major coffee-producing countries in Central America and a focus of Ground Up: The LWR Coffee and Cocoa Initiative — I was perplexed that the only coffee we had to drink was prepackaged instant coffee. Nowhere in sight were the beautifully bistre roasted beans of the […]

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I don’t like coffee, but I do like this…

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by .

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I have a secret – I’m not a coffee drinker. Despite months of working on LWR’s coffee programming in Asia—including Temu Kupi, an international coffee forum LWR hosted with Green Mountain Coffee and Fair Trade USA—I got away without drinking any coffee.  It’s not that I don’t support the farmers who participate in our programs […]

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four children laughing

Is it okay for people who have experienced a disaster to be “happy”?

Posted on 13. Jun, 2014 by .

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Lutheran pastor and writer Travis Scholl recently wrote a column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asking, “Is it okay for a Christian to be ‘happy’?” In it, he reflects on Pharrell William’s “irresistibly infectious song, ‘Happy’.” I sometimes end up being around folks who have a severe mistrust of “happiness.” …At the heart of their mistrust […]

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Allen Rodrigo, his wife, and five of his nine children

Why the ELCA and LWR Are Proud to Work Together in the Philippines

Posted on 10. Jun, 2014 by .

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Guest post by the Rev. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, executive director of Global Mission for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America At the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we are grateful for our long, historical relationship with Lutheran World Relief and for our mutual commitment to companionship in mission. The strength of this relationship, and the […]

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Good Friday is a Good Time for Lament

Posted on 18. Apr, 2014 by .

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O Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. -Psalm 88: 1-2 There are times in life when all one can do is to cry out. Those times when the broken reality of our world comes crashing in. […]

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Melanie interviewing a staff member

It’s Hard to Answer the Question “How was Your Trip?”

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by .

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I returned from the Philippines almost two weeks ago. Just about every day I’ve heard some variation on the same question from friends, colleagues, family members, and people at church: how was your trip? I’m not quite sure how to answer. Sometimes I think people expect me to say “it was great!” (Perhaps that’s my […]

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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 .

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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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