Popular televangelist and founder of World Changers Church International, Creflo Dollar, is now hoping to get 200,000 people to donate $300 each so he can buy a brand new luxurious $65 million Gulfstream G650 airplane for his ministry, which last year had billionaires reportedly waiting in line to get one.
An appeal on his website to fund the purchase of the multimillion dollar airplane noted that the appeal was triggered by a recent engine failure on his current carrier that could have resulted in a tragedy had it not been for his skillful pilot.
“The ministry’s current airplane, was built in 1984, purchased by the ministry in 1999 and has since logged four million miles. Recently on an overseas trip to a global conference, one of the engines failed. By the grace of God, the expert pilot, who’s flown with Creflo for almost 20 years, landed the plane safely without injury or harm to any passengers,.
“Due to this recent incident coupled with the 31 years the airplane has been in service, we believe it is time to replace this aircraft so that our Pastors and staff can continue to safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide. Believe it or not, there are still millions of people on this planet who have never heard of Jesus Christ and know nothing of His greatness. Our hearts desire to see precious lives changed and snatched out of darkness and thrust into His marvelous light! We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ,” the appeal continued before asking supporters of the ministry to sow a $300 seed into the airplane fund, billed Project G650.
“The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace. We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality — and allow us to retire the aircraft that served us well for many years,”
Watch the video in the link.
To put this in perspective, here are a few items that would cost his congregation much less than $65 million and could probably put a better use to their funds:
- The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System 2014 Budget: $25 million
- Tuition, room and board for 150 Morehouse students (2014/15): $6.3 million
- Detroit’s Strathmore Apartments Project (129 apartments): $27 million
- City of New Orleans Contribution to the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative: $7 million
- Upgrades to the most rundown schools in LA Unified School District: $43 million
You do the math.
Update 3/14/15 :Creflo Dollar Ministries has pulled a Web page soliciting money for a new $65,000,000 Gulfstream G650 jet following a big social media backlash, reports Atlanta’s WXIA-TV. But while the fundraising page for “Project G650” has disappeared, supporters can still contribute through the ministry’s donation page, the report notes. However, the news outlet notes, it can still be accessed through a cached version of the page from this week showing a five-minute video that talks about the ministry’s works, and discusses the need to replace at 30-year-old Gulfstream jet that is no longer operable after an accident in London when it slid off the runway during an aborted takeoff. The recording says the use of an airplane is necessary to help the ministry fly to all parts of the world, the report notes.
Read more at WXIA.
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