Global Encounter: one year later

03.24.2017 Global Encounter Review 2_lr

Photo provided by Isabel Hilgendag

From where I lay in my tent, I heard the chirps of the vibrantly blue-coloured birds, signaling that it was time to get up if I wanted to watch the sunrise. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined I would be lucky enough to see the sunrise and sunset in Ethiopia and to have had a wealth of new experiences between those two spectacular moments each day.


It has been a year since I travelled to Ethiopia for two weeks as a youth delegate on Canadian Lutheran World Relief‘s Global Encounter. We visited a variety of places learning about how organizations such as Support for Sustainable Development, Lutheran World Federation and Canadian Lutheran World Relief work with communities to help improve their circumstances.

Continue reading

CLWR launches new project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

New project to provide treatment for malnourished children of internally displaced people

To help meet the nutritional needs of internally displaced people in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is launching a two-year project in April 2017.

The project aims to provide treatment for approximately 3000 children under five who are experiencing malnutrition, provide support for 12,000 family members of malnourished children, and train health care professionals in the treatment of malnutrition.

CLWR will receive $1,057,722 in funding from Canadian Foodgrains Bank for the project, which will be implemented by Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Democratic Republic of Congo.

Continue reading

A prayer from CLWR for the week of the Fifth Sunday in Lent

CLWR weekly prayerGod of life, even in times of despair, even when death surrounds us, you are with us. You call us out of the tomb, you unbind us, you set us free. Help us to free others, that all may experience your life abundant. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Written by Pastor Tyler Gingrich, Assistant to the Bishop of MNO Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in Winnipeg, MB

Working together for a common cause

The River Plains Growing Project has been supporting CLWR through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for the past eight years. Photo provided by Glen Erlandson

A desire to support their global neighbours was the inspiration for Glen and Michele Erlandson to help start the River Plains Growing Project. For the past eight years, a group from Outlook, Saskatchewan has worked together to grow, tend and market a crop to raise funds to help end hunger around the world.

“The biggest inspiration is helping out your neighbour,” says Glen. “At the outset, [the inspiration] was this wealth we have in the ag sector in Canada and being able to share a part of that.”

Continue reading