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FBC Orlando raises $5.6 million for homelesscomment (0)

April 7, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. — Responding to the needs of the region’s homeless, First Baptist Church, Orlando, raised $5.6 million in donations and pledges with an impromptu offering March 12–13.

The outpouring of love was a result of a March 6 story on the CBS news program “60 Minutes,” which Liz Butler, the church’s marketing and public relations manager, described as a “new” kind of homelessness in Central Florida in which families who lost their jobs are living in motels because they lost their homes to foreclosure.

The news report was seen by millions of viewers across the country — among them, Christian author and teacher Bruce Wilkinson, who was already scheduled to speak at First, Orlando, during the March 12–13 weekend. “He saw the story while he was working on his message,” Butler said. “When he saw the interview, he said, ‘Wow. We have to do something.’ He called Pastor (David) Uth and said, ‘Your people are going to bring in $1 million to help these needy families.’” Wilkinson, in his messages, laid out the dire need of the people of Central Florida and urged the congregation to contribute whatever they could. The results were individual contributions ranging from one dollar to thousands of dollars and one as a high as $1 million. “We’ve got to help Orlando and let them know there is help,” Uth said. “We have to say to them, ‘God placed us here for you.’ This church started in 1871 and we believe God started this church here for a reason. I believe He knew this day was coming and He positioned us so we could make a difference.”

First, Orlando, has had a long partnership with numerous Central Florida Christian organizations, just about all of which will receive funds from the weekend offering.

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