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Virginia Church Receives $52,000 Check in Christmas Card from Anonymous Donor

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Dec 23
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A Church in Virginia recently received a Christmas donation that was enough to pay off the building’s mortgage; the giver of the donation is unknown. 


Christian Today reports that a church staffer of Africa Lighthouse Baptist Temple found the anonymous $52,000 check inside a Christmas card. 


Africa Lighthouse, a church in Albemarle County, Virginia, was founded by and for African refugees that immigrated to America. 


Pastor Peter Chege moved the church to its current property last year “with nothing but faith and $5,000” which was used for the land’s down payment. Church members had been raising money to buy the property since then. 


The check covered the remaining cost of the land so Africa Lighthouse now owns its property and can move onto other ministry. 


Chege said the church reaches out to African immigrants in Virginia and owning the land will help them in that ministry. 


 "We help them with their first cellphone, we help them even get cars, learn to drive, learn English lessons, apply for a job. Now we have a home, we have [a] base from where we can operate and grow and launch more into the community,” he said. 



Publication date: December 23, 2014