LWR does much more than distribute food, water, tools, medicine, tarps, quilts, blankets, kits and soap in response to emergency needs. Long range help to feed a hungry world comes in the form of training in new farming methods, irrigation, and food preservation, along with supplying seeds, trees, safe water and food-producing animals. Many of our synod congregations contribute to the LWR General Fund that helps make these life saving development programs possible.
Fair Trade sales programs of LWR assure that farmers receive a just wage for their products, thus enabling them to have the means to buy food and provide education for their families. A growing number of our synod congregations use and sell fairly traded coffee, tea, candy, olive oil, and snacks,often hosting seasonal “Fair Trade Fairs.” Some congregations purchase Fair Trade Eco Palms for Palm Sunday services.