Story Magazine - Second Quarter, 2006

A Recovery Ministry

When Paul Brunsberg, '68, read the article about recovery ministry in the Spring issue of Story ["A Church Reaches Out to the Recovering Community"], he understood and appreciated the need for such efforts.

In 1987, Brunsberg started Lost and Found, a ministry in Moorhead, Minn., which provides counseling for those involved in addiction and offers assistance to family members as they get loved ones into treatment. A large, up-to-date addiction library also serves the community. Brunsberg also works with Crossroads, a congregation in Fargo for addicts and co-dependents. Since the congregation began worshipping in 2003, it has grown from about two dozen to close to 200 attending every Sunday. "We are running out of room," he said.

The program has gained attention in Fargo-Moorhead, even serving as the subject of a DVD, "Come As You Are: A story of amazing grace" made by Concordia College students.

Lost and Found is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead. Brunsberg serves as chaplain to both ministries.