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Dumped LWR clothing spotlights church split

Lutheran church in Croatia threatened by possible corruption

When 50 unopened sacks of tightly packed, chemically cleaned clothing marked "Lutheran World Relief" were found in a garbage dump near Zagreb, Croatia, in February, the discovery fueled a split that threatens the future of the Lutheran church there.LWR officials believe the clothing may have been part of a huge material aid program sent to then-Yugoslavia in the 1950s and 1960s through the Yugoslavian Red Cross, says LWR's Jonathan Frerichs, adding, "Our warehouse has not used the '519' code or burlap bags for at least 20 years."


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