A CLWR prayer for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Oh God of love, strengthen our hearts and our wills to love those who seem unlovable. Remind us that we too are not worthy of your love, and make us ever more grateful for the love of Christ. Teach us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Show us the way to loving our enemies. Guide our hearts in the midst of a world full of fear and anger. Make us instruments of your peace, and ministers of your agape love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

With thanks to Pastor Dyanna Couture of Nazareth Lutheran Church, Standard, AB.

A CLWR prayer for the fourth Sunday of Easter

 

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Prayer from CLWR for the week of the Fourth Sunday of Easter…

Oh God our shepherd, we seek your voice when we are lost and ailing. We listen intently to hear a word from you, so that we may spread that word to those who need to hear it too. As a shepherd gathers his sheep, gather us together as the body of Christ throughout the Earth, ever mindful of those who are lost amidst the wolves of this world. Arm us with a thirst for justice and peace. Send us out together to do the ministry that you would have us do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

With thanks to Pastor Dyanna Couture of Nazareth Lutheran Church, Standard, AB.

Iraq crisis: donate to support families displaced by violence

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We’re thankful that many Canadian Lutherans have worked with us to respond to the urgent needs of families displaced by violence in Iraq. We hope that you will continue partner with us in the effort!

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We’ve started a new, one-year project to make clean water more available to displaced people and host community members alike.

This support is crucial. Many communities are struggling to support the people who’ve moved into their areas because of the violence. In particular, water resources that weren’t meeting residents’ needs to begin with have become even more overworked. The upgrades we’ll make to public water systems will make a difference. For example, homes will have better access to the main water lines.

The project will also provide mental health services to people affected by violence.

“The trauma of violence and displacement puts terrible stress on families, and the communities who host them struggle to meet everyone’s needs,” says Robert Granke, CLWR’s executive director. “We will support workshops that will promote healthy ways to cope with trauma, addressing the conflict within families and communities that can happen when large numbers of people are forced from their homes.”

We are grateful for up to $1.3 million in support from the Canadian government for this work, but we still need your support. We’ve committed to raising another $100,000 to reach as many vulnerable people as possible.

Please choose to support the health needs of displaced families today.

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Donations to support emergency relief in the Iraq crisis may be made in the following ways:

  1. Online at clwr.org/donate or by clicking here.
  1. By making a designated offering donation through any Lutheran congregation.
  1. By calling CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.
  1. By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to the “Iraq emergency.”

Canadian Lutheran World Relief receives $1.3 million to support Iraqis displaced by violence

Funding is part of the Government of Canada’s new $100 million contribution to humanitarian relief in Syria and neighbouring countries, announced today

Winnipeg, MB – Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) will receive up to $1.3 million from the Government of Canada to support people who have been affected by violence in Iraq.

This afternoon, Canada’s International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced a $100 million contribution to humanitarian projects in Syria and neighbouring conflict-affected countries. CLWR’s Executive Director Robert Granke attended the announcement in Ottawa.

Of the $100 million total, $31.8 million went to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund, which matches the donations Canadians made to registered Canadian charities between September 12, 2015, and February 29, 2016, in response to the Syrian crisis.

The additional $68.2 million will support several humanitarian projects in Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, including CLWR’s “Emergency and Resilience-Building Assistance” project in Iraq.

This one-year project will upgrade overworked public water systems in communities hosting large numbers of displaced people in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and in areas newly liberated from Islamic State forces. The work will make clean water and sanitation readily available to displaced people and local community members alike.

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Children from a village in Iraq where CLWR improved public water services last year. Home like this one received repairs or upgrades to the pipes that connect them to the main water lines. This new funding will continue this work. CLWR/H. Patterson

The project will also provide mental health services to people affected by sectarian violence.

“The trauma of violence and displacement puts terrible stress on families, and the communities who host them struggle to meet everyone’s needs,” says Granke. “We will support workshops that will promote healthy ways to cope with trauma, which will address domestic violence and conflict within communities.”

In 2015, CLWR received a $1.8 million grant from the Canadian government to provide shelter, water, and household items to displaced people in the Dohuk area of northern Iraq. This new project will build on this experience and further meet urgent humanitarian needs.

Canadian Lutherans gave $707,797 to Syrian refugee relief during the matching period for the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

The donations support a number of CLWR projects in Jordan, including work to repair school infrastructure used by Jordanian and Syrian refugee students, mental health programs for youth in the Za’atari refugee camp, and food assistance and cash distribution programs for families struggling to meet food, rent and medical needs.

A CLWR prayer for the third Sunday after Easter

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Oh Lord of all, we look to you for our daily bread and for the water of life that nourishes. Remind us daily that each blessing comes from you. Provide fish and bread to those who hunger. Guide those who seek to do your will amongst the world’s impoverished and oppressed. Show us a new way, help us to cast our nets in new directions, so that we may better serve you and each other. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thanks to Rev. Dyanna Noble-Couture from Nazareth Lutheran Church, Standard, Alberta, for contributing CLWR’s prayer for the third Sunday of Easter.

A CLWR prayer for the Second Sunday of Easter

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Oh God most holy, we praise you in thanksgiving for the faith that you freely give those who call on your name. Remind us always to look past our doubt and see you in all aspects of our lives. Reinforce our call to serve those who haven’t heard your voice, to care for those whom you give us to love and protect. Provide guidance and peace to those working for equality and justice in your world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Thanks to Rev. Dyanna Noble-Couture from Nazareth Lutheran Church, Standard, AB, for contributing CLWR’s prayer for the Second Sunday of Easter.

A CLWR prayer for Easter Sunday

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Ever-living God, you come among us and breathe peace into our lives. Even as chaos may seem to reign—with busy schedules, with conflict in different parts of the world, with too much to think about—you are the reality of new life and new peace. May we be awakened to the new life you offer all. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Thanks to Rev. Tyler Gingrich for CLWR’s prayer for Easter Sunday. Tyler is a Community Relations Program Officer at Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) – Youth and the Assistant to the Bishop for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at the MNO Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.