A Texas Bishop of a mega-church sent letters to his members, who mostly live in low-income areas, asking each one to donate $52 to fix his helicopter.
In the letter sent to New Light Church members, Bishop Ira V. Hilliard said “a small voice of the Holy Spirit” told him that God would “release favor” for anyone who helped upgrade the blades on the church’s helicopter.
“We have an urgent transportation need that the Lord said can be an opportunity for you to see His favor and His wisdom released to help you,” the Bishop wrote to his congregation. “Scripture teaches when you give to a Kingdom need God will raise up someone to use their power, their ability and their influence to help you.”
He then promised his flock that God would give “a new car in 52 days or 52 weeks” to anyone making a contribution.
“I believe with all my heart this message is for you and your doing something today is the key to releasing this favor on your transportation situation!”
“Send me the transportation need or your dream you have by completing the online petition when you sow a $52.00 transportation favor seed believing in 52 days or 52 weeks you will experience a breakthrough favor!
Bishop Hilliard did not say where he was going to get the money to purchase the cars for each member of his six churches, all in Texas. According to his website, New Light has “over 28,000 members and is increasing at a rate of 400-500 monthly.”
In addition to owning a helicopter, which is said to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million, the Bishop, through his church, also owns a Hawker jet valued around $2 million and an aviation hangar valued at $3 million.