Meet Maria Immonen - Director for Lutheran World Federation, World Service

Maria, the first woman to lead LWF World Service, leads a team of more than 8,000 staff, working in some of the toughest places in the world, came to visit Australia.

Maria told us: In this kind of work, faith is vital. 

I appreciate working for the Church, it is a conscious decision

 I made very early on in my career. The World Service motto of ‘Uphold the

rights of the poor and oppressed’ from Psalm 82 is close to my heart.” 

 LWF is the world’s largest faith-based partner of the UNHCR – the organisation the world has given responsibility for caring for refugees.

Today, when there are more than 62 million people displaced from their homes – the most since World War 2 - caring for refugees is a prime focus of both LWF and ALWS.

Working together as a worldwide Lutheran family, through World Service, we support people in need in 25 countries – including directly caring for 2.7 million refugees each year. 

You can hear more about what Maria shared about the role of LWF and the impact YOU make in people's lives by clicking here, or on Maria's photo. It will take you to a short video that will encourage and inspire you.


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