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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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lightening over mountains at night

In Niger, I’m Reminded to Give Thanks

Posted on 19. Sep, 2013 by .

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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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Sarah Lamar on a mountain in Oregon

Why I Chose to work as a Volunteer for an Entire Year

Posted on 13. Sep, 2013 by .

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I live in a world of abundance, where more is more and less is…why would you want less? Yet, I knew I could do more with less (fewer possessions and things in return). Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know […]

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Reflections on a Strategy Meeting

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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People tend to drag their feet, or roll their eyes, when it comes to business meetings. Especially when it comes to multi-day meetings focused on strategy. But in the three years I’ve been working at Lutheran World Relief, our organization has somehow been able to transcend the stereotype of strategy meetings. Sure, by the end […]

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Finishing Our Work in Sri Lanka

Posted on 11. Jan, 2013 by .

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On Sunday, December 26, 2004, an earthquake struck beneath the Indian Ocean. This earthquake caused a disastrous and infamous tsunami, with waves nearly 100 feet high. The disaster killed over 230,000 people in fourteen countries. The island nation of Sri Lanka was one of the hardest hit by the tsunami; over 35,000 people died and […]

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Thank You! [Video]

Posted on 18. Dec, 2012 by .

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Updated to include YouTube video For providing long-lasting solutions to growing food, we thank you. For providing access to water, we thank you. For putting your faith into action, we thank you. For responding to emergencies and fighting malaria, we thank you. For helping women, children and families become more resilient, we thank you. THANK […]

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Why I’m Grateful for Dependence

Posted on 21. Nov, 2012 by .

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by Daniel Lee, LWR’s Vice President for External Relations “What I fear most is despair for the world and us: forever less of beauty, silence, open air, gratitude, unbidden happiness, affection, unegotistical desire.” – Wendell Berry, Given: Poems, Sabbath 1998, IX Is “dependence” a dirty word? I’ve met quite a few people who seem to […]

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