Long Island Church Receives $3M Gift

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Just weeks after explaining to congregants the need
for more space, the pastor of a New York City-area church was handed a $3 million winning lottery ticket by an anonymous
Long Island Church Receives $3M 
[09.02.08] The leader of a youthful Long Island-based church was recently stunned when
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.
“This crazy donation” is how Bert Crabbe, senior pastor of True North
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.
“The weirdness has reached what I sincerely hope is it's climax,” Crabbe
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.”
In the interview, Crabbe indicated the fortuitous donation was teaching him
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
True North’s homepage is stating that since Crabbe received the winning
lottery ticket the story has received widespread, national, media attention.
“We are getting bombarded with requests and solicitations,” the Web site
states. “[But] the funds we are expecting have already been allocated, and we
are distributing the funds to charities and non-profit organizations.
“We are being made aware of the needs of hundreds of people, more and more
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.”
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