A congregation in Chicago, Illinois that was facing an auction on their building has been saved by a last-minute $2 million donation from an unnamed group.
Holy Trinity Hellenic Orthodox Church was scheduled to go on auction last Friday due to several issues including being $8 million in debt after a bank foreclosed on the property.
However, around midnight last Thursday, the church received a phone call from a group offering $2 million to help the congregation buy their property from the bank.
Parish Council President Stanley Andreakis, told the Associated Press in comments published Sunday that the donation was a “Christmas miracle.”
“We feel like kids. You wake up at Christmas and you have a present,” explained Andreakis. “You are like, ‘I get to keep my church.’”
The Rev. Nicholas Jonas, presiding priest for Holy Trinity, took to social media on Sunday to warn that while the $2 million helps, the church “has not been saved yet” and supporters “must continue to stay vigilant.”
“Most importantly, EVERYTHING STILL DEPENDS ON THE BANK 100%! An offer was made but it depends on the bank to be realistic and empathetic in their response,” posted Jonas to Facebook.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski