Health, Poverty, Hunger — and Lutheran World Relief

Date posted: Wednesday 03 April 2019

Those of us who have worked for a long time to alleviate hunger both locally, in our own country and around the world know that hunger, health and poverty go hand in hand. None of these issues is discrete nor can the solution come without working on them together. This is why the recent news from Lutheran World Relief brings joy.


The ELCA and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod have worked together in Lutheran World Relief since its beginnings right after World War II. LWR has recently announced that to “increase our impact and promote healthier families and communities around the world” they are joining forces with IMA World Health, a Christian humanitarian organization that provides solutions to health-related problems in the developing world".


The united organization will be called Lutheran World Relief-IMA, continuing to work “to create healthy communities, build sustainable livelihoods, reduce hunger and suffering - - and end extreme poverty.” Combining the two organizations will increase the impact of Lutheran generosity and compassion around the world. Let’s join in rejoicing at this new venture.


Vernita Kennen
Incarnation Lutheran, Shoreview