Archive for 'Emergency Response'

Why Do We Bless, or Dedicate, Quilts?

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by .

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In the LWR Quilters Group on Facebook – a place of 750 (and counting) dedicated Quilters and Kit-makers from across the US gather online – we’ve been having an interesting discussion. What’s the difference between a quilt “blessing” and a quilt “dedication?” And why do congregations do them before sending Quilts and Kits to LWR? […]

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Growth in Impact: What’s ahead for Lutheran World Relief

Posted on 06. Oct, 2014 by .

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As of October 1, LWR embarked on its new fiscal year. Whether it’s a new job, a school year, a new fiscal year, or a new calendar year, new beginnings are times of both reflection and action, of asking questions and seeking answers. Since I joined LWR in July, I’ve been doing a lot of […]

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Why LWR School Kits Make a Difference

Posted on 30. Sep, 2014 by .

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) states that access to education is a basic human right. Every girl and boy in every country is entitled to [education]. Quality education is critical to development both of societies and of individuals, and it helps pave the way to a successful and productive future. When all children have […]

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These summer campers did more than just sing and swim

Posted on 09. Sep, 2014 by .

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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 .

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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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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 .

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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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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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