The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund, Sweden, the LWF now has 142 member churches in 79 countries all over the world representing over 72 million Christians.

The LWF acts on behalf of its member churches in areas of common interest such as ecumenical and interfaith relations, theology, humanitarian assistance, international affairs and human rights, communication, and mission and development. It furthers worldwide among the member churches diaconic action, alleviation of human need, promotion of peace and human rights, social and economic justice, care for God’s creation and sharing of resources; Development activities undertaken by member churches are supported through the LWF Department for Mission and Development.

The LWF Department for World Service as the internationally recognized humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) provides humanitarian aid and assists in rehabilitation and development in 33 countries. World Service works with marginalized and disadvantaged communities in the areas of greatest vulnerability and endemic need.

World Service co-operates closely with churches and related agencies as an instrument of the ecumenical movement. With programs in Africa, Asia, Latin and Central America, and Europe, World Service has a distinguished record of linking compassionate and professional emergency response with competence in rehabilitation programs and effective long-term development efforts. World Service reaches out to marginalized and vulnerable poor people whose livelihoods are threatened by the effects of natural and human-made disaster, with special regard to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. Through its office for International Affairs and Human Rights, the LWF supports its member churches and development programs with global advocacy.

Latest from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

'A small paradise in the desert'

'A small paradise in the desert'

Nov 20, 2014

21 November 2014 - Faith Kagwiria talks about the ongoing situation in the Dadaab refugee camps, home to hundreds of thousands of mainly Somali refugees.

ACT Response to Floods in Colombia

ACT Response to Floods in Colombia

Nov 10, 2014

A video on the ACT response to floods in the Chocó region of Colombia.

Faith organisations unite to condemn Iraqi violence

Faith organisations unite to condemn Iraqi violence

Aug 22, 2014

22 August 2014 - PRESS RELEASE - ‘Dire, unacceptable and despicable’ is how top international faith-based humanitarian and development organisations describe violence in Iraq. They have united to condemn the violence in a joint statement

How did you know what I needed most?

How did you know what I needed most?

Aug 19, 2014

18 August, 2014 - A woman in the war-torn and forgotten eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo describes the joy of receiving aid, while the LWF country programme officer for the DRC talks about his pride in the work he carries out

“Massive Stories of Sorrow, Pain and Loss”

“Massive Stories of Sorrow, Pain and Loss”

Aug 06, 2014

6 August 2014 - “Every time I pass, the child is asleep but peeking (open) an eye on his dad to make sure that his dad is still next to him and alive. The child does not want to become an orphan and be left alone.” LWF medic reporting from a Gaza hospital

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At a glance

  • Formed in 1947
  • Based in Switzerland
  • Working in more than 80 countries
  • Budget of $101,986,000
  • 6000 members of staff

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