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 has 145 member churches in 98 countries all over the world representing over 72 million Christians.

The LWF strives to put faith into action working in areas of ecumenical and interfaith relations, theological reflection, humanitarian assistance, international affairs and human rights, and mission and development.

The Department for World Service is the LWF’s internationally recognized humanitarian and development arm. Rooted in Christian values of love, reconciliation and justice, World Service responds to human need throughout the world - irrespective of ethnicity, gender, religion, race, or political conviction.

LWF World Service’s 5000 staff run programs and projects in 22 countries.

Member News

A woman rests from stacking cement blocks in Sanogoan, Nepal, that they and their neighbors will use to build new homes. This Newar community was hard hit by the April 2015 earthquake that ravaged Nepal, losing almost all their housing, but they've been helped by the Lutheran World Federation, a member of the ACT Alliance, to rebuild their lives. The ACT Alliance has provided a variety of services here since the quake, including blankets, tents, and livelihood assistance, and is helping villagers form the tens of thousands of cement blocks they will need to construct permanent housing.
08 Apr 2016
“Brave the outside world” (LWI) – “The earthquake has united us and forced us to brave the outside world and find our strength.” In Nepal women are leading the rebuilding [...]
mauritania-brighten-the-village
24 Mar 2016
It is rather unusual to see women in Mauritania handle large technical equipment, but Bowba mint Brahim and Aichetou mint Khayling connect the large batteries and the solar panels with [...]
photoessay_wwd_tanzania_6320
(LWI) – Already exhausted, Hatungaimana Justina gave birth in the Mtendeli refugee camp in west Tanzania days after arriving there. Clean water critical in camps In refugee camps, a supply [...]
jordan-unseen-scars-of-war
17 Mar 2016
“I was very sad to leave my country, but we came here looking for safety,” 11-year-old Layla  says. “We thought going away was only for three months. We didn’t take [...]
womens-day-jerusalem
08 Mar 2016
In a cellphone shop along the main road in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Ghadeer Altawil is in the middle of her work day. Ghadeer graduated from ACT Alliance [...]