In the month of March, St Mark has been contributing to Lutheran World Relief. Read on for Lutheran World Relief's description of their exciting ministry.
More than half a century ago, World War II left an estimated one-fifth of the world’s Lutherans homeless. Here in the United States, Lutheran churches in at least 20 states mobilized to help in Europe through a new agency called Lutheran World Relief (LWR). The recipients of LWR’s aid have changed — as has much of our operations — but in thousands of parishes, in millions of offerings and in uncounted prayers, US Lutherans have supported LWR’s work ever since.
Around the world, LWR shares far more than relief supplies: With 100 local partners, LWR works to improve harvests, health and education in some 35 countries each year. LWR partners train local women and men to produce local foods, dig low-cost wells and protect and restore their local environments. Some partners are small village groups on the edge of the Sahara. Others are nationwide programs that may reach across the Andes.
In a survey on the eve of LWR’s 50th anniversary, a sample of U.S. Lutherans told LWR that they saw the agency as a reliable and efficient way to put their Christian faith into action. They said they trust LWR overseas to express their Christian love for neighbors and that its way of working through those neighbors instills confidence in the organization.
Financial Stewardship: "The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it" (Psalm 24:1): Lutheran World Relief's core value of Stewardship calls us to employ the highest standards of responsible planning and management of resources. To that end, LWR wisely and prudently invests our financial resources for growth, so that we may develop sustainable programs that make a lasting impact in the lives of more and more people experiencing poverty and marginalization around the world.
Mission: Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.
Vision: Empowered by God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ, we envision a world in which each person, every community and all generations live in justice, dignity and peace.
Want to know even more? Visit the Lutheran World Relief website at www.lwr.org.
Please keep Lutheran World Relief and their staff and partners in your prayers.