A prayer from CLWR for the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

clwr weekly prayer place fillerA prayer from CLWR for the week of the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

God of all that is seen and unseen, you know our hearts, you know our minds, you know our lives. And yet in the midst of our sinfulness, pride, and self-righteousness you choose to love and forgive us, welcoming us into your humble kingdom of grace and mercy, showing us the ways of compassion and right relationship. Be with us in our going out and coming in, that our lives be a testament of your amazing love. Amen.

Written by Pastor Nathan Fong of Grace Lutheran Church, Burnaby, BC

Responding to the needs of displaced people in northern Iraq

Your support is helping CLWR improve living conditions, provide psychosocial support and build social cohesion for internally displaced persons and their host communities

A message from Robert Granke, CLWR’s Executive Director

Mosul refugees

A refugee woman from Mosul carries donations she received in Dibaga camp, Makhmur, Iraq. Photo: LWF/Seivan M.Salim

In northern Iraq, a massive humanitarian crisis looms as the ongoing battle to liberate the city of Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is posed to escalate an already desperate situation. The United Nations and the humanitarian community are preparing for the possibility that up to one million girls, boys, women and men may flee Mosul for safer areas. This mass exodus would place an unprecedented demand on an already overburdened humanitarian network. Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq with a current population of approximately 1.5 million. About half a million people are estimated to have already fled the city.

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Small things make a big difference for Kenyan farmers

Canadian Lutheran World relief was pleased to support, in part, Rev. Daryl Solie’s trip with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to visit small holding farm programs in Kenya. While none of the programs were part of CLWR’s food security programming they were similar to the kinds of projects CLWR supports with CFGB and other partners in Ethiopia.

Harvesting sweet potatoes

Jane Wanjiku harvests sweet potatoes. Photo: Canadian Foodgrains Bank/E.Cain

We all know there are times when a seemingly small thing can make a significant difference in our lives. For example, small changes like putting wheels on suitcases or a bit of adhesive on sticky notes have improved the way we tote luggage or keep track of our to-do lists. Also, small gestures of kindness and compassion, given at the right time, can serve to encourage us, help us deal with a difficult situation or, at the very least, brighten our day.

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CLWR weekly prayer

clwr weekly prayer place fillerA prayer from CLWR for the week of Thanksgiving Sunday:

Mighty and merciful God, you are indeed a God worthy of our thanks and praise, for you have healed the brokenhearted and set the captives free. Remind us daily of all that you have done in our lives and in the lives around us, that we may always see your face in the good of the world, singing your praises through our words and deeds, through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Written by Pastor Nathan Fong of Grace Lutheran Church, Burnaby, BC.

Aid for agriculture

aid4agCLWR has joined with over 30 organizations to encourage Canada to make small-scale farming central to its development program. The Aid for Agriculture coalition recommends that Canada make a signature investment of $2.5 billion over five years to support sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation for small-scale farmers, especially women.

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South Sudan refugee crisis larger than Syria

Imagine welcoming 8,200 refugees in a day: those fleeing South Sudan need our help

Last year, Canadians were justly proud of the fact that our country decided to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees in just a few months. Last month, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that in just three weeks, it processed 37,491 refugees from South Sudan who were fleeing to neighbouring Uganda—8,200 arrived in a single day.

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The warmth of a quilt and the reassurance that others care


With the Thanksgiving season approaching, The Epiphany Lutheran Quilters in Winnipeg, MB, would like to share with you the many blessings we have experienced since our inception nearly a year ago. Our aim was to produce much-needed quilts for refugees across the world. To date, our small group of four to 10 ladies who meet two evenings a month, have produced 122 quilts.

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