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Having Faith in the System: Part Two

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 By David Law/Steve Powers, Contact
October 29, 2008

Sioux Falls, SD – Often the first place a family will cut expenses when they're short on money is their charitable giving, and for South Dakota churches that's a major worry. Gene Miller, executive director of the Association of Christian Churches of South Dakota, is hopeful that all of the newly-elected political leaders at the state and national level will work together to improve the financial well-being of families. He says a sound economy helps families help their churches who, in turn, help the needy.

"As we progress down this economic road, we hope that people will continue to give to their local churches, as these organizations provide help to those in need. That's what we've done in the past and will continue to do into the future."

Miller says the church was in the charity business long before the government got involved and, for the poor and needy, religious institutions are still the first line of defense.

"Churches have participated in state penitentiary assistance, aid benefiting food pantries across the state, and more recently, support with drought relief. We're everywhere but often-times we're there silently."

Miller says it's important to look for political leaders who will work for economic justice and who will seek to reduce the growing disparity between the rich and poor. He's hopeful South Dakotans will let their faith be their guide when they go to vote next week.

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