a donor, who asked to remain anonymous, summoned the young pastor to his home
and informed him he’d like to donate a $3 million “Ba Da Bling” winning lottery
ticket to the church.
Community Church in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., is describing the gigantic
windfall of cash, which, according to ABC News, will splash his parish with
about $100,000 a year for the next 20 years.
wrote on his blog last Thursday, one day before an interview on ABC’s Good
Morning America. “I keep telling myself this will all be over soon. I'm
speechless and I can honestly say I have never been this nervous in my life.
Truthfully, I'd really like to just get back to work.”
and his congregation the importance of valuing the act of giving over receiving.
He said the money came at a perfect time, because True North needs to expand its
facilities to house an ever-growing congregation. But the pastor announced early
on that the first check was already allocated to a non-profit abolitionist
organization dedicated to ending child sex slavery, trafficking and
lottery ticket the story has received widespread, national, media attention.
states. “[But] the funds we are expecting have already been allocated, and we
are distributing the funds to charities and non-profit organizations.
every minute, and it's not our desire to be insensitive, but 100 percent of what
we are giving away has already been spoken for.”