The 15,000-member Inspiring Body of Christ Church in Dallas, Texas, became a big blessing for some 100 senior citizens on Thanksgiving Day when leaders surprised them all with rental assistance by committing $100,000 to ensure that they are not evicted from their homes.
“Our ‘Home For Thanksgiving’ Praise Service was a tremendous blessing. Our special guest singers, Jessica Reedy and Tiffany Andrews were powerful, and one of the most inspiring moments of the service was IBOC’s surprise to 100 senior citizens. #IBOC Church and Pastor Rickie Rush are thankful that God positioned us to provide rental assistance to 100 senior citizens! Glory to God! IBOC has committed $100,000 to ensure these seniors are not evicted from their homes,” the church announced on Instagram.
Founded by evangelist Rickie G. Rush, IBOC is one of the largest nondenominational megachurches in the Dallas Metroplex.
Betty Young, who was among the lucky recipients of rental assistance from the church, told CBS News affiliate KHOU 11 that she had been having a tough time making ends meet during the pandemic and was relieved she didn’t have to worry about how she would pay her rent for a while.
“God is an awesome God, and He works in mysterious ways. I was praying the other night, I didn’t know how my rent was going to be paid,” Young said. “I was totally surprised.”
The church works with Dallas County Precinct 1 Judge Valencia Nash, Judge Thomas G. Jones, and Constable Tracey Gulley to find seniors who need help as their team often has to execute eviction orders, the network said.
”At a time like this, especially with the pandemic, it’s saying that we need to keep seniors in their home and do all that we can do,” Jones said of the program which helps residents who are disabled or 65 and older.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair