Tag Archives: Typhoon

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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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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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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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Think a relief operation isn’t a good time to train aid workers on quality and accountability? Think again.

Posted on 21. Feb, 2014 by .

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Originally posted at The Sphere Project. Used with permission. It’s hot. You’re standing in the sweltering sun and have been waiting in line for more than an hour for a relief packet, and you’re not even sure what it contains. No one knows when staff from the aid agency managing the distribution are arriving. Patience […]

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Finding Hope Amidst the Debris of Typhoon Haiyan

Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by .

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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

Posted on 03. Jan, 2014 by .

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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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