Nothing is more frustrating in ministry than people who say they are going to do something, or give something, and then never come through. It would be far better for everyone if they had never made empty promises. In this story, the disappointment was greater than usual.
On March 1st, I ran a story on this blog about Abilities Church, a unique church project that happens Sunday evenings in Toronto, Canada for people who are physically or developmentally challenged. This church is being used as a model for similar projects throughout North America.
Needless to say, ministry to certain people groups is more financially challenging, so when Abilities Church was contacted by Larry Gaiters with an offer to provide $5,000 monthly in funding, the volunteer staff and members were ecstatic.
But at an event scheduled for the purpose of meeting Gaiters and receiving his donation, he never showed. Twice. And then he asked them for money.
The story is contained in this story online at Christian Week, Canada’s Christian news source.
Gaiters seems to be targeting churches and organizations in the Toronto area, including First Baptist Church.
As sad as this story is, my take on it, having attended a joint service at Abilities mentioned in the March blog post, is that if it somehow brings more awareness of the unique ministry Abilities Church is providing in Toronto, that’s not a bad thing. God can take this story and redeem it.
In the meantime, if you’re in ministry, and a mysterious donor seems to good to be true, do some research.