If you can find it in your heart — and your wallet — then televangelist Creflo Dollar needs you to add a little extra when the gold plate passes by. But it’s for a good cause, he says.
His ministry needs a new, $65 million private jet so that Dollar can safely spread the word of Jesus around the world. And Dollar’s World Changers Church International, based in College Park, isn’t shy about asking for help.
A website devoted to the fundraiser says Dollar’s current plane, built in 1984 and purchased in 1999, has logged 4 million miles. One of the engines failed on a recent trip, but the experienced pilot was able to land safely and no one was injured.
“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,” the website states. “We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ.”
There is no mention of plans to fly commercial, or even booking a charter bus. Instead, Dollar wants a new Gulfstream G650, a twin-engine jet that will comfortably seat 18, according to the aircraft’s manufacturer. Eighteen seats that would allow Dollar, his wife Taffi, and 16 others to safely share the love of Jesus, the ministry says.
In a 2014 interview with The Christian Post, ministry representative Kayla Dollar said the fuel cost for traveling to New York City in the jet be around $9,500. Half of that cost must be covered by the church Pastor Dollar is visiting, she said.
The campaign is asking 200,000 people to contribute $200 each but if you’re skeptical, maybe a little unsure of how much you can give, there’s no need to worry. According to the man named Dollar, your “love gift” of any amount will be appreciated.
A message left at the church Friday morning was not immediately returned.