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Lutherans care for the poor

Leaders from 38 Lutheran churches in Europe said in May that "increasing indebtedness, rising unemployment rates especially among the young, and diminished communal resources have caused an increased demand in social and diaconal services."

They said Europe's Lutherans must rely more on volunteers, but carry out rich diaconal work in such places as Amsterdam, Netherlands, where a congregation opens its doors to neighbors for community and friendship; Baden-Baden, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary, where church artisans sell their works to raise money for food and medicine for the poor; and Riga, Latvia, where those in need receive 2,000 meals a week.


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