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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
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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”
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
A group of students at Ricks Institute play football in the schoolyard. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Jan
Liberia: Education ‘secret to post-war reconciliation’
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24 Jan
Communities in Liberia, torn apart over recent years by civil war, are finding healing today through education programs that promote reconciliation alongside traditional teaching and agricultural...
Pogue Community, Bojayá (Chocó). Photo: LWF/ G. Moreno
22 Jan
Concern over situation in Bojayá
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22 Jan
The LWF in Colombia has expressed concern over the confinement, threats and occupation which indigenous communities are suffering in the Chocó department of Colombia.
Rev. Leonardo Schindler, Pastor President of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Jan
Modelling God’s love, inclusion and mercy
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17 Jan
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Leonardo Schindler, pastor president of the Evangelical Church of the River Plate, talks about the challenges facing his church today and the...
Bishop Deborah Hutterer of the Grand Canyon Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In this Voices from the Communion interview, she talks about the church’s ministry of serving migrants, changing populist rhetoric, and being open to change. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermülle
20 Dec
God’s gifts to care for our neighbor
Youth, Diakonia, Advocacy, Migrants, Refugees, refugees protection, Member Churches, Communion Building, Voices from the Communion, #withrefugees
20 Dec
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Deborah Hutterer, Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod in the United States, talks about this ministry, changing populist rhetoric, and being open...
Refugees at Nadapal transit centre close to the South Sudanese border. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
18 Dec
Refugees living in Kenya speak up at UN
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18 Dec
Let refugees speak for themselves on the policy level – with this message an LWF delegation of refugees and civil society attended the pre-session of the UPR for human rights in Kenya.
 Rev. Dr Sivin Kit, LWF Program Executive for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations speaking at a Global Refugee Forum side event on scaling up a culture of encounter with people seeking refuge, held in Geneva. Photo:: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Dec
Faith-based action for people on the move
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17 Dec
Together with many partners, the LWF is bringing the voice of faith-based organizations to the Global Refugee Forum, organized by UNHCR from 16-18 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
LWF participants at COP25 – among them, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America – join ecumenical partners in illustrating the lack of balance in finance of the global climate response, where most of the finance is put into mitigation, some into adaptation, but very little into the so-called loss and damage, even though 'that's where the people are'. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Dec
“We must hear the cry of the Earth”
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13 Dec
As COP25 in Madrid is set to draw to a close, representatives of LWF member churches in Latin America summarize their experiences of what has been a challenging two weeks of climate negotiations and...
A woman works in the fields of Ouaddai Province in Eastern Chad. Photo: LWF/Allahramadji Gueldjim
10 Dec
16 Days: Working for women’s economic justice
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10 Dec
Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps in the world of work are key to achieving Gender Equality. The LWF works hard to overcome the power dynamics, cultural norms, legal frameworks...
A group of refugees work in a tree nursery in the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Nov
Cameroon: Caring for the climate, #WithRefugees
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27 Nov
Serving the neighbour is not just about short-term emergency intervention, but also about long-term commitment, to people as well as environment.
Men and women take part in discussions on gender justice at the Ohn Taw Gyi South camp for displaced Rohingyas near Sittwe, Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Phyo Aung Hein
25 Nov
16 Days: End violence against women & children
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25 Nov
In Asia, LWF Myanmar is using the 16 days to reinforce its long-standing commitment to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence in the workplace and in wider society.
Augusta Victoria Hospital aerial view. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
14 Nov
Agreement reached concerning AVH cash-flow crisis
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14 Nov
Encouraging news for patients at AVH in East Jerusalem: After the recent cash flow crisis, an agreement was reached with the Palestinian Authority, guaranteeing regular monthly payments of NIS 18...
Refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean often do so in small boats exposing them to a high risk of running into distress at sea. Photo: IOCC/Apostoli/ACT
4 Nov
Misery has no nationality
Diakonia, LWF member churches, IDP, Migrants, Migration, UNHCR, Advocacy, #withrefugees
4 Nov
EKD is planning to send a ship to save refugees crossing the Mediterranean.
Prof. Ansu Sonii, Liberian Minister of Education launched the study. All photos: LWF/ Albin Hillert
1 Nov
LWF launches SDGs’ mapping for Liberia
Waking the Giant, SDGs, United Nations, Education, peace building, Diakonia
1 Nov
The LWF has launched a process to help faith-based actors in Liberia track their contribution to implementation of three UN SDGs.