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 140 member churches in 79 countries all over the world representing over 70 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 almost 40 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)
Dec 17, 2013
17 December 2013 - Heavy rains in Angola have sparked fears a cholera epidemic in southern provinces of the country will worsen, resulting in significant loss of life.
Dec 11, 2013
11 December 2013 - A twenty minute film about work in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, made by the Church of Sweden, focusing on the work of LWF.
Aug 28, 2013
28 August 2013 - As drought worsens in Namibia, ACT member the Lutheran World Federation brings relief to families struggling to put food on the table.
Aug 19, 2013
19 August 2013 - Local aid workers can face unacceptable risks as they carry out their jobs. ACT calls on greater protection for local partners.
Jul 26, 2013
A massive influx of refugees over just two days puts pressure on a new refugee camp. ACT member the Lutheran World Federation is on the ground supplying life-saving care.