Daniel RuthPastor Dan Ruth is ’s executive director and an ordained minister in . His mission is to bring stories of LPGM’s work with communities around the world back to U.S. Lutherans.

Dan is a graduate of in Northfield, Minnesota, where he has a degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies. He holds a M.Div. from in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2008, Dan was awarded the A.E. Hansen Prize for Homiletics by the Luther Seminary faculty.

Dan’s particular interest lies in how Lutherans in the U.S. are connected to people halfway around the world, and how the missio Dei (mission of God) calls the church to reach outside its own boundaries and walls.


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The following is a prayer I wrote for Ash Wednesday. Cross-posted from LWR’s Blog…

Precious Lord,

Our world is a wilderness of dust and ash. The flames of poverty consume. Deserts engulf forests and grasslands. Drought, famine and food shortages blow through an ever more hopeless world.

Yet amid the ashes and dust, we know that you are there. Your rod and staff comfort us in death’s valley. For forty days you fasted in the wilderness. As you faced death, you, too, felt the pain of thirst.

It is out of death that you conquered death. Out of hopelessness, you bring eternal hope. Out of dust, you breathe new life.

On this day, Lord, drown us in the waters of your compassion. Fill us with the daily bread of your promise. Give us eyes to see our dusty neighbors and remind us of the dust from where we came, and the grace-filled dust where we will one day return. You are one who was, who is and who is to come, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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