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Congratulations to Gayle Smith, Administrator of USAID

On behalf of Lutheran World Relief, I would like to congratulate Gayle Smith on her confirmation as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and we look forward to working with her to as we together pursue lasting solutions to global poverty. USAID is a key partner of LWR in several of our […]

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How to Give Better This Christmas With LWR Gifts

Have you ever struggled to find a gift with just the right meaning? A gift that says to your spouse or significant other, “I’m so thankful you’re in my life”? Or one that tells your parents “Thanks for putting up with me all these years and teaching me to be a good person”? Or how about […]

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What We’re Watching and Where We See Hope in 2016

If we have learned anything from living in our increasingly globalized world, it is that no community or no nation stands in isolation. For better or worse, we are all connected. This makes our existence on this planet simultaneously more creative, more dynamic, more complex and more dangerous. Inevitably, what goes on “over there” will […]

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Giving Thanks, In Spite Of It All

Poverty. Protests. Refugees. Earthquakes, typhoons and hurricanes. Terror. ISIS. Sometimes it can feel like too much. Last Wednesday evening I gave a talk to a group of adults at my church. I talked about how Lutheran World Relief is providing support for refugees from Syria and South Sudan. And I talked about our work to […]

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What is Fair Trade?

The words “Fair Trade” get tossed around quite frequently these days. Maybe you look for and buy Fair Trade products at the store. You may have even participated in Fair Trade events – like sales in your congregation or a Fair Trade Fair during the holiday season. But have you ever wondered…what exactly is Fair […]

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Christmas Matching Gift Challenge: Your Gift Will DOUBLE in value!

At this time of year, most of us are thinking about all we are thankful for — and I hope you have many blessings to count! Still, there are so many people who are feeling none of the warmth of this season — people who have almost nothing, either because of poverty, natural disaster or […]

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This Day in History, 1965: LWR meets with LBJ

Politico, the popular web magazine for all things political, takes us for a ride on the time machine today in a look back at Nov. 12, 1965, when a delegation of 12 aid agency representatives met with President Lyndon B. Johnson to discuss the refugee issue in the wake of the Vietnam War. Lutheran World […]

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Typhoon Haiyan Recovery: Two Years Later

Mr. Aldrin Lauding remembers the day he lost his home to Typhoon Haiyan like it was yesterday. The storm devastated his entire barangay (village) of Lao. Though he and his partner and two children were safe, everything they had was gone. As a broom maker earning only 250 pesos ($5.34 USD) a day – and […]

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Holiday Resources for Your Congregation

As the holiday season approaches, your congregation may be thinking of those living in poverty around the world. These four great resources provide information about the needs of our brothers and sisters overseas, and they can help inspire your community to improve lives. Download or order these free resources and share them with your congregation! […]

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70 Years and 7 Reasons to be Grateful

It’s been a busy year here at Lutheran World Relief. From last spring’s earthquake in Nepal, to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, to working with farmers to improve food security and strengthening the livelihoods of coffee and cocoa farmers, your support keeps our global staff working hard around the world to end poverty, […]

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6 Things You May Not Know About Coffee

An estimated 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee on a daily basis. We are so passionate about it we’ve even fashioned a whole dialect around ordering it from coffeehouses. Each day, the world consumes close to 2.25 billion cups of coffee. 1. The United States is not the largest importer […]

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