Famed pastor Creflo Dollar is living up to his name these days. He apparently heard about all the great projects and dreams that have benefitted from crowd-funding sites like GoFundMe. So the televangelist decided to create his own for a very noble cause: to get his followers to fund a brand new $65 million airplane.
Creflo’s church, The World Changers Church International, owned a private aircraft that recently suffered engine failure mid-flight. Luckily, no one onboard was injured and the plane landed safely. However Dollar, whose estimated net worth is $27 million, insists that the only way he can reach God’s people is tucked pretty inside the cabin of a $65 million Gulfstream G650 airplane.
“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,” Dollar’s appeal noted.
The collection plate doesn’t stop there. Once enough funds are collected to buy the aircraft, Dollar and his ministry will continue to charge congregations he’s visiting a hefty fee for the plane’s fuel costs. Church representative Kayla Dollar said in an interview last year, “[Creflo] does not have a set honorarium now but he does just ask for half of his fuel to be paid while travelling and then anything else if you want to add just as a love offering, would be fine,” she explained. In the same interview, Dollar indicated that a flight to New York City from his base in College Park, Georgia would cost in the ballpark of $4,750.
Maybe one of Dollar’s noble servants should tap him on the shoulder and inform him that Harsfield-Jackson International airport is still open for business. This isn’t the first time GoFundMe has been exploited for superficial gain. Just recently, a young woman set up a GoFundMe account to sponsor her trip Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas.
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