The Churches Helping Churches Challenge today announced that its May 15 benefit simulcast, hosted by Pulse, drew 258,000 viewers and raised $153,187 from 716 donors.
The initiative also announced today that it will transition, at the end of the month, from a national campaign to empowering local ministries to support at-risk churches as the ramifications of COVID-19 will be felt for months to come.
The May 15 benefit simulcast was also sponsored by RightNow Media and included musical artists Lauren Daigle, Lecrae, For King and Country, Kirk Franklin and TobyMac, among others. The simulcast also featured sports stars like Super Bowl champion Benjamin Watson, MLB World Series champion Adam Wainwright, NFL players Sam Acho, Lorenzo Alexander and sports analyst Chris Broussard, as well as Christian leaders Christine Caine, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Jim Daly and filmmaker Andy Erwin.
The Churches Helping Churches Challenge was launched by the AND Campaign and other Christian organizations on April 3 to urge larger, more stable churches to assist at-risk churches in their own community. The effort also created the COVID-19 Church Relief Fund to award $3,000 grants to assist congregations in need.
To date, the Relief Fund has raised a total of $649,620.42 from 1,371 individuals and ministries, with 100% of all funds donated going directly to churches. The Relief Fund has already given $3,000 grants to 121 churches. Because of the money raised in May, an additional 95 churches will receive grants. Throughout this month, the Relief Fund will distribute the remainder of its funds to churches, and the work will continue through ministries like Movement Day, City Gospel Movements, American Bible Society and others in cities across America.
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SOURCE: Charisma News