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The two annual reports are available for download as resources on the LWF website. Montage: LWF/ S. Gallay
3 Jun
Annual Reports highlight humanitarian, development, and advocacy work
Annual Report/Report, World Service, rights-based approach, Diakonia, Women, Advocacy, Refugees, internally displaced people, IDP, Human Rights, UPR, Children's rights, child rights, humanitarian
3 Jun
The LWF has issued two annual reports highlighting its humanitarian, development and advocacy work in 2019. They complement the global LWF Annual Report 2019, which was issued in early May.
IERP’s Hora de Obrar field project coordinator Laura Gómez (left), and health program coordinator Dr Javier Allara, get ready to package food purchased in a supermarket in Ruiz de Montoya, Misiones, Argentina. Photo: Julián Dilkin
20 May
COVID-19: Collective action for Argentina’s indigenous communities
emergency response, COVID19, Diakonia, coronavirus
20 May
IERP distributes hot lunches, food and sanitation items to indigenous communities
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique with the Union of Protestant Churches in Alsace and Lorraine writes her daily reflection on 9 May. Photo: Wolff-Bonsirven
19 May
COVID-19: leading the church in post-crisis world
Theology, Ecumenical, Lutheran theology, Public theology, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Youth, Women, death, Deepening Faith, coronavirus, COVID19
19 May
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, is an ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique’ or leader of the church in Alsace-Lorraine in eastern France. In mid-March she became sick with the COVID-19 virus, just as the death...
Christian communities worldwide should be models for an economy of life in their own contexts urge the global Christian organizations. The photo shows LWF livelihoods projects in Nepal. LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
COVID-19: Adopt an Economy of Life, urge global Christian organizations
Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, coronavirus, COVID19, Christianity, WS / COVID19
15 May
In a joint message, the LWF, WCC, WCRC, and Council of World Mission have urged governments to bolster support for healthcare and social protection. They further called for debt cancellation and the...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
Working together for justice, peace and reconciliation
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, Member Churches
15 May
The LWF Annual Report for the work carried out in 2019 is now available. The report highlights the Communion Office collaboration with churches as they witness in their local and global contexts, and...
LWF is working in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Chin and Kayin States to support awareness raising on COVID-19 prevention. Here, posters are distributed in local languages with information on hygiene and other measures to stop the spread of infection. Photo: LWF Myanmar
8 May
COVID-19: RRF is “tangible expression of solidarity”
Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, coronavirus, COVID19
8 May
More than 50 member churches in countries around the world have applied for financial support through the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund of the Lutheran World Federation.
Residents of the Groot Aub community during the distribution of food aid. Photos: ELCIN-GELC
6 May
COVID-19: Containing the impact of the Corona crisis in Namibia
COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Diakonia, humanitarian aid, ecumenical relations, Communion Building
6 May
30 tons of maize meal and 2,5 tons of dry beans are helping the community of Groot Aub, about 40 kilometers south of Namibia's capital Windhoek, to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus...
Participants in a sewing workshop for mothers and other community members at the IELV-run "House of Friendship." Everything here is made by hand, and the facilitator gives instructions the same way, as a sewing machine is unaffordable. All photos: IELV/Judith Bracho Villegas
23 Apr
Venezuela: Keeping hope alive when entire communities are people in need
coronavirus, Diakonia, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, Capacity development, Women
23 Apr
The LWF has been supporting the project since 2018 in Venezuela. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Venezuela offers workshops for women, the goal is to offer alternative solutions to communities...
Churches have structures in place and contact to communities that are a great asset in containing the spread of COVID-19. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Apr
COVID-19: LWF launches Rapid Response Fund for member churches
coronavirus, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Communion Office, emergency response
17 Apr
The LWF has launched a Rapid Response Fund to help member churches struggling with unprecedented challenges posed by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Volunteers at the Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Hong Kong prepare supplies to distribute to local people in need. All Photos: ELCHK
7 Apr
COVID-19: Church brings hope amid hardship in Hong Kong
Communion Building, Communion, LWF member churches, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus
7 Apr
While largely confined to their homes and limited to online worship, volunteers at a Lutheran church in Hong Kong have also been providing a practical and spiritual lifeline to people suffering from...
LWF staff in Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon. More than 90 percent of the 8,000 LWF field staff are from the countries they work in, and often part of the communities they serve. Photo: LWF/ A. Hillert
6 Apr
COVID-19: Difficult realities “becoming even more challenging”
coronavirus, COVID19, Diakonia, emergency operation, Protection, refugees protection, country programs, WS / COVID19
6 Apr
LWF WS director Maria Immonen has sent a letter to the staff in humanitarian and development operations, encouraging them during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Rev Kersten Storch is a spiritual counselor with the Protestant Church in the Netherlands who works in a home with people living with dementia. Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash
3 Apr
COVID-19: Routine helps people with dementia during coronavirus isolation
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Communion Building
3 Apr
In this Voices from the Communion spiritual counselor, Rev Kersten Storch of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, discusses how dementia disease may make it difficult for people to understand...
Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Mar
COVID-19: LWF calls for donations to support member churches’ response
COVID19, coronavirus, LWF member churches, Diakonia, diaconia, donate
26 Mar
The LWF is calling for donations to support its member churches in their response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
A nurse at the Villa Betania Evangelical Hospital wearing full protective gear to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Photo: Brandmaker
20 Mar
COVID-19: Saving lives at Protestant Hospital in Naples, Italy
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, COVID19, coronavirus
20 Mar
Italy remains on lockdown following the highest number of infections and deaths from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak outside of China, where it began.
At the river nearby the Burka Dare site for Internally Displaced People in Oromia, Ethiopia. The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
18 Mar
COVID-19: LWF World Service calls for donations
COVID19, coronavirus, humanitarian support, Diakonia, Refugees, emergency, World Service, WASH, Protection, WS / COVID19
18 Mar
In light of the worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the LWF humanitarian arm World Service is calling for donations to mitigate the effects in the communities it serves, and to protect...
Journalists interview LWF General Secretary Martin Junge following a meeting with government officials in Harare. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
5 Mar
Churches called to combat exclusion, discrimination
LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Governance, Communion, ecumenical relations, Public Space, Communion Building, Advocacy, Diakonia, LWF member churches, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Zimbabwe
5 Mar
Churches around the world today are called to combat “exclusionary, discriminatory narratives and policies”, modelling instead “inclusion as Jesus taught it.” That message was at the heart of a...
 Participants at a workshop in Nepal in December 2019 develop ideas on how to pilot the “Churches and Emergencies” program in the two target communities. Photo: LWF/NELC
19 Feb
Nepal: Ready to respond to those in need
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, disaster preparedness, natural disaster, emergency response
19 Feb
The Nepal Evangelical Lutheran Church has learnt much with the help of the LWF World Service Nepal program, the church has increased its capacity to prepare for and respond to such tragedies. When...
Rev. Toshiki Toma (right) and Rev. Kristín Þórunn Tómasdóttir (third from left) with the congregation at Laugarnes-church in Reykjavik. Photo: Rev. Hjalti Jón Sverrisson
14 Feb
Iceland’s pastor for immigrants and asylum seekers
Interfaith, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, Voices from the Communion
14 Feb
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Toshiki Toma, pastor in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, talks about his work providing advice and counselling to other immigrants in...
Girls in primary school in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF is working to protect their right to education and a childhood without violence. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
12 Feb
A network to stop early marriage
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Refugees, refugee camp, girls, women and girls, Child Protection, gender-based violence, sgbv, Education
12 Feb
Zawadi was a hard-working student in primary grade 7 when her family tried to arrange a wedding against her will. Not an uncommon occurrence, says Kapis Okeya, LWF protection officer in Kakuma. “LWF...
Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim became one of the first two women ordained in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand in 2018. Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
31 Jan
Building up the church in Thailand
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women's Ordination, Voices from the Communion, Diakonia
31 Jan
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Jongkolnee Sampachanyanon Sim who became one of the first two women ordained in The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thailand, talks about the...