The economy has ELCA social ministry organizations experiencing funding problems and high demand for services.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, for example, says the demand for financial counseling services has doubled since 2005.
In 2008 it served a record 23,000 households with debt management, bankruptcy, budgeting and mortgage counseling.
Minnesota forecasted a $5 billion deficit, a third of which could be corrected at the expense of human services, said Jackie Nelson, LSSM communications manager.
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