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Lutherans Participate in Food Aid to North Korea

Date Fri, 30 Apr 2004 10:27:46 -0500


April 30, 2004

Lutherans Participate in Food Aid to North Korea

     CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America (ELCA) have contributed $60,000 for food aid in North
Korea.	Since 1995 North Korea has experienced natural disasters,
crop failures and economic decline.  The government has not been
able to provide assistance for people, especially children, in
North Korea.
     "While tensions between North Korea and the United States
remain, millions of people in North Korea rely on donated food to
stay alive," said the Rev. Y. Franklin Ishida, director for
leadership development, ELCA Division for Global Mission.
     Through its International Disaster Response, the ELCA sent
funds to Church World Service (CWS), which has extended
humanitarian assistance for the past eight years in North Korea.
     Coordinated by the ELCA Division for Global Mission,
International Disaster Response often channels its funds through
international church organizations and relief agencies.  CWS is a
global humanitarian agency of Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican
communions.  The ELCA contributes funds and participates in the
work of CWS.
     "Church World Service is one of the very few humanitarian
organizations in the United States that has permission from the
U.S. government to work in North Korea," said Belletech Deressa,
director for international development and disaster response,
ELCA Division for Global Mission.
_ _ _
Editors: When listing organizations receiving funds for aid to
survivors of major disasters outside the United States, Puerto
Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, please include:
ELCA International Disaster Response
PO Box 71764 Chicago, IL 60694-1764,
1-800-638-3522, or at
on the Internet.

For information contact:
John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or

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