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Lutheran World Relief

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Causes: International, International Agricultural Development, International Development, International Relief

Mission: Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.

Results: In 2014, Lutheran World Relief reached 4,763,599 people in 153 projects across 35 countries.

Target demographics: poverty, injustice and human suffering

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,763,599 people across 35 countries

Geographic areas served: countries around the world

Programs: responding to emergencies, and providing long-term solutions like training farmers in developing nations

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Chas

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My familiarity with Lutheran World Relief comes from their recent work in alleviating poverty outside the United States. It had become a default charity, and similar to domestic charities that I've worked with, one slowly becomes familiar with the nature of a chatities work through assimilation. However, an organization working outside the United States has so much more potential to have a profound impact through their work. As my former Pastor would always say in a sermon following a visit to his son who works for another world relief agancy, "we never know how much we are truly blessed".

This past summer, LWR staff was in Pittsburgh for an event, and they sought out my congregation to speak on a Sunday during services. The apparent selection process was the church's support of sending quilts to those in need outside the Unitied States. Their presentation of their mission was enthusiastic and well received. However, it was their willingnees to stay and discuss thei organization following the service that was impressive, as they had a five hour drive back to Baltimore ahead of them.

What most impressed me was the historical nature of LWR's work, which came to light in conversation with LWR staff with our current Pastor. LWR had helped his parent-in-law immigrate to the U.S. from Germany in 1946. The immigration process was described step-by-step, with LWR providing support services all along the way.

Becasue of their visit, I'm currently supporting LWR's misson with sales of fair trade chocolate.

1 Sue E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LWR "walks the talk" of accompaniment, working *with* global neighbors and partners to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LWR is known as one of the more effective disaster relief agencies. They have several core strengths: - professional staff and mission-focus - long-standing relationships in deployed communities and with other agencies - partnership with local churches and civic structures - commitment to work after the initial response In areas where they are not the "boots on the ground," they do a good job geting money and resources to effective local partners.