Bishop Van Moody’s multisite megachurch in Alabama donated nearly $500,000 to five mission-oriented organizations ahead of the new year.
Moody announced during a Dec. 23 service at the Worship Center Christian Church’s Derby campus that the nondenominational ministry was giving $95,000 to five mostly local nonprofits that serve women, children and the incarcerated.
“I pray that you also don’t miss the lesson that the real meaning of Christmas is that it is more blessed to give than to receive,” Moody told the churchgoers at the service.
Moody explained that the ministry began a process last March of setting aside 10 percent of tithes, donations and offerings given to the church. That money was put into a separate bank account.
“The tithe is holy unto the Lord,” Moody said. “God promises that if we put Him first and set aside that 10 percent, that He will take care of the rest.”
“So to all of these organizations, we are presenting a check to each one of you today for $95,000,” he said, adding that the organizations receiving the donations “embody much of what we believe as a ministry.”
Those organizations are The Children’s Village, a group home for siblings; the Lovelady Center, a prison reentry and drug rehabilitation program; Maranathan Academy, a private school working with at-risk youth; Einstein’s Playground, which provides early childhood education and a summer program for young children; and the United Negro College Fund.
The Worship Center Christian Church has partnered with each of the organizations for years in an effort to make an impact in the lives of those within the community.
“It is an honor to be able to give them such an unexpected gift during a time when much of the world is focused on receiving,” Moody said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
“It brings me great joy to know that The Worship Center Christian Church is blessing them with a combined financial gift of almost $500,000 to help them start or complete projects that will enhance the lives of those they serve.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith