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"Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has been responding to emergencies and disasters since its founding in 1945. Working through partners and global relief networks, LWR works in 50 countries to provide not only relief but to combat the causes of poverty. After the devastating earthquake and tsunamis in Southern Asia, LWR launched WAVE OF GIVING™ to fund its rebuilding efforts in the affected countries. In its first week, WAVE OF GIVING has generated more than $4.7 million dollars. Thrivent Financial member donations to LWR will be matched dollar-for-dollar through April 15, 2005, up to $2 million.