The Rev. Creflo Dollar on Sunday sought to pay all the bills for the family of the church employee shot and killed at his World Changers Church International on Wednesday. “In my book, he’s a hero,” Dollar said of Greg McDowell, who was gunned down while leading morning prayer service at the church. “If those bullets hadn’t been trained on him, there would’ve been more people that would’ve died,” Dollar told the congregation.
Police have charged former church employee Floyd Palmer in McDowell’s death. Investigators say Palmer, 52, calmly walked into morning prayer service Wednesday and fired six shots at McDowell, killing the 39-year-old husband and father.
Dollar challenged church members to give as they left the College Park church, to make online donations and to give to a special fund the church has set up at a bank. “The goal is $234,000,” Dollar said, telling the congregation he wanted to raise that amount by the end of the day Sunday. “We want to completely eradicate all debts in their lives … house, cars, everything. Let’s now show the world the power of a megachurch.”
Members told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution they expected Dollar’s response to the tragedy. “It didn’t surprise me at all,” Juliet Hilton said. “He did tell us on Wednesday (night) that he was going to take up an extra offering.” “He has a love for people,” Debbie Taylor said. Mike Howard said Dollar’s actions, and the acquiescence of the church members was just part of belonging to the church. “The McDowells are family,” Howard said. “We take care of each other here.” Marcia Danielson said the gesture reflects Bible scripture that directs each church to take care of its members when the need arises. “If it were me, I would’ve wanted that for my family,” she said. “That’s an incredible burden lifted. Indeed, Dollar highlighted such burdens when he asked the church to help McDowell’s family. “It’s enough to have somebody torn away from you,” he said. “And at the same time have to be worried about all of the debts.”
Blue barrels were stationed near each of the exits and church-goers dropped cash and envelopes filled with checks and money as they departed. It was unclear early Sunday afternoon, how much the church raised, but donations continue to be accepted. Contributions can be made through the World Changers online, under the Gregory McDowell Family Fund. An account has been established at Regions Bank for donations in the name of the McDowell Family, Dollar said.
Love in action in spite of the tragedy is what America needs and we as a people need to step up. It’s not just the Government responsibility to take care of its people; it is the responsibility of the whole body coming together and sharing in the love needed to get the job done in minimizing the struggle that goes with the pain. I applaud Pastor Dollar’s efforts and show of love. I appreciate that he reached out and appealed to the hearts of mankind as well as his congregation. God is real and besides him there is no other. This example should be taken note of by the whole world. It will dispel the selfishness that goes along with riches.
To God be the glory. The pain of losing a husband especially to murder with no closure as to what happen to them is a hard thing. This will ease the burdens that would have made his parting very hard. Although he is gone on to be with the Lord, his intent and purpose for living in the way of taking care of and putting God’s business first has opened the door for God to take care of his family business after he is gone away from them. This makes all the difference in the world to know that God still is in control. When we do things God’s way, He take good care of our business for God is a giver. God gave man his most valuable assets, His love, His Son and His Spirit. When we are His, the called, chosen, anointed and appointed we give that same love; a love in spite of not just because.
God Bless the family of Brother Greg McDowell both natural and spiritual. I will keep you all in my prayers. He died doing what he loved, praying and interceding in man’s behalf. He was in the presence of God. Pastor Dollar, I love you and keep keeping on for Christ and stay encouraged!