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Finding Hope Amidst the Debris of Typhoon Haiyan

Originally published at the Huffington Post… Two months ago, Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people, damaging or destroying more than one million houses and displacing more than four million people. With heavy rains and winds gusting nearly 200 mph, the storm left a path of death and destruction, affecting an […]

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From 2013 to 2014: Finding Hope in the News

2014 is already jumping off to a raucous start around the world. Between bitter winter weather around the U.S., armed conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria, and continuing controversy about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) it could be easy to begin January with a bout of depression. But we believe there […]

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A Thank You from the Field

Over the past two weeks, I have been traveling around the Philippines with LWR’s staff based there. It’s been an amazing opportunity to see the immense expertise of our field staff, the way they approach their work with both compassion and professionalism. Please view the video below to see a little of what I have […]

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From Relief to Recovery

A lot of positive work has been done. There’s a long way to go. Over the past week I have tagged along with LWR staff in the Philippines to continue our work helping people recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which hit this island nation just over a month ago. This week I traveled around three of […]

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The Thanksgiving Table

This past week, I had the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s family.  All of my in-laws from across the country came together to celebrate family and give thanks for all that we have been given. As we gathered around the table for our Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, I was happy to be surrounded […]

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Why I’m Thankful for Office Plants

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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Why I’m Thankful for Key Leaders

Although retail stores are trying to tell me it’s Christmas time, when I think of November, I still think of Thanksgiving. With “turkey day” just two days away, this is a good time to reflect on gratitude — for us especially, because gratitude is one of our organizational values. And for me there is no […]

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