The link to the most up to date information on LWR’s response in Nepal is: lwr.org/nepalearthquake. The site is being updated regularly. The link to the congregational resources (including bulletin inserts, a litany, a children’s sermon, etc) is: lwr.org/nepalearthquake/resources
A few LWR programmatic highlights in this response:
LWR has an office in Kathmandu, Nepal. We have had programming in Nepal since 2009. Our staff were able to immediately do a needs assessment and are in daily coordination meetings with the Government of Nepal, other International NGOs, and local NGOs.
LWR staff, partners, and families are all confirmed to be safe.
The Lamjung area, where LWR projects are, was the epicenter of the earthquake and about 75% of the houses there have been destroyed.
LWR has a warehouse in Dubai and a shipment of 9,240 Quilts, 1,000 Personal Care Kits, and 100 water filtration units will be arriving shortly.
LWR is committing an initial response of $500,000 which will focus on shelter, cash transfers and possible Non Food Item (NFI) distributions in the Lamjung area
Make Quilts and Kits – LWR’s Quilt and Kit ministry is unique and is a special way to show care and concern for people who are suffering at times like this.
Prayers continue to be needed
Know that your prayers and donations are making a difference.
Hunger Grant Application Process NOW OPEN!
The upcoming 2016 (World Hunger funded) Domestic Hunger Grants application process IS NOW OPEN. It will close on July 10, 2015. Applicants can access criteria and the application form at www.elca.org/domestichungergrants.
Commemorating 500 Years of the Reformation
Bishop Martin Wells standing next to our synod's Common Medlar tree. While attending the recent Conference of Bishops Annual Meeting, the Bishop took part in the dedication ceremony at the Luthergarden.
"Even if I knew that the world were to collapse tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree today"(attributed to Martin Luther).
In 2017, Lutheran churches around the world will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation that had its beginnings in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. To commemorate this event, "Luthergarden" has been created in Wittenberg on the grounds of the former town fortifications. In connection with this project, 500 trees will be planted at different places in the city region, giving a concrete sign of the optimism so clearly expressed in Luther's apple tree quote. Congregations and synods from around the globe and from all confessions are asked to sponsor one of the 500 trees to be planted in Wittenberg. We are also asking them to plant a corresponding tree in a place that is significant in their own space.
Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod Lutheran Magazine Insert April 2015
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