1.5 million blessings

1.5 million blessings: At a Georgia church, a donor’s $1.5 million gift is shared by the congregation and spent in the Lord’s name. Page 1 lead.

Let God write the story.

Pulpit minister Don McLaughlin made that request of the 1,400-member North Atlanta Church of Christ last fall as he revealed astonishing news.

A donor who asked to remain anonymous had given $1.5 million to be divided among all present that Sunday — from first-graders up — and spent on good works in the Lord’s name.

“The most amazing thing to me was that if you were at the service that day, even if you were a visitor, you could get a voucher because the elders felt like God had placed that person there for a reason,” said longtime member Cari Thornton, who has taught children’s Sunday school classes for more than 30 years.

But please, McLaughlin asked, no Facebook posts, no Twitter messages, no mass e-mails about the news.

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Author: Bobby Ross Jr.

Bobby Ross Jr. is an award-winning journalist who has reported from all 50 states and 13 countries in his 28-year professional career.

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