Thinking Out Loud

August 17, 2010

Abilities Church Mystery Donor Disappears

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.


  1. Better yet, if someone talks about giving money, tell them to put it in the offering plate/bag/box/whatever.

    I’ve been in at least one situation where a pastor became beholden to the promise of money for the church. It’s ugly, and it holds congregations hostage.

    Comment by David Paul Regier — August 17, 2010 @ 10:28 am

  2. Dear Mr. Wilkinson:

    It is a real shame that you have written nothing but “LIES” about Bishop Larry Gaiters. Bishop Gaiters told the Pastor of the Abilities Church that he had to leave for the U.S. because of a very serious illness that was in his family – and the Abilities Church knows this very very well Mr. Paul!
    Bishop did NOT lie to the Abilities Church – and Bishop had explained to the Pastor Jamie E. Castro that God had a very powerful Word for the church – but Pastor Castro would always say ‘We have a guest speaker already – or I’ll be out of town – this non-sense from Pastor Castro went on for three weeks – so the staff of Abilities Churches was not even thinking about The Word From God through The Bishop – they had there minds set on “MONEY”.

    So Mr. Paul – GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT – and tell Pastor Castro or whoveer is putting lies on facebook about Bishop Gaiters MUST STOP – or a class-action defemation of character law suit will occur againts the church.

    Lastly – Bishop only said to the staff of Abilities Church that ‘A Man’s Labour Is Worthy of His Hire” and the financial director (Ann Germain) that he wanted ($20 Dollars) – THAT’s It! Just twnty dollars for his gas and time in coming to the church – but this was too much to ask!

    Bishop Larry Gaiters has NEVER targeted churches for money – NEVER!!! And when darkness is exposed in Canada through Bishop Gaiters – this is the reaction that comes from people like you Mr. Paul and from the staff at Abilities Church.

    Comment by Dr. Malik Shabazz — September 14, 2010 @ 1:34 am

    • I’ve given you this space to present your perspective.

      Nothing presented here originated with Facebook.

      This story originated with Christian Week in Winnipeg whose reporting we trust. As of this morning the story is still there.

      If there is a retraction published by them, we will reiterate it here and/or remove the story. But at the moment I’m not seeing that.

      Again, this is a blog, not a news website. We’re simply reflecting what is already out there. Take it up with them, and if necessary have the editor of CW contact us.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 14, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    • If you are giving a check of 5,000 why you cannot afford 20.000 for gas?

      Dr. Malik is Dr Gaiters the person does not exsist, Like i said to you 5 years ago Dr. Gaiters, when are you going to turn your life over to Jesus? these schemes and hurting churches all over the place donot you think God will one day stop you.

      You have tried this with Pastor Brereton, Bishop Lemon in the Usa, Bishop Rankin in Nigeria. Isn’t it time you just repent. I know you will be abusive I work with you, But if it takes that to save your soul so be it.

      Comment by Dave Warner — October 21, 2010 @ 11:05 am

  3. No Mr. Wilkinson – you take it up with them – because it’s through you that this crazy non-sense is spewed over this so-called christian blog! Your the ones writing this crap.

    Dr. Malik Shabazz

    Comment by Dr. Malik Shabazz — September 29, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    • As it turns out, Christian Week ran this as the front-page story of their September print edition. You should pick up a copy. We respect their journalism.

      I am simply repeating what others are reporting. It’s not up to me to tell them anything when, after six weeks, you’re the only one who is challenging their story. That’s not how it’s done. Got issues? Deal with the story at its source.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 29, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  4. The victims of this man continues to pile up from the USA TO CANADA.

    I worked with this man I search google every month to see who is the latest person to be con by him.

    Comment by Dave Warner — October 21, 2010 @ 10:51 am

  5. Would the person who started this blog please email me? I have info that Gaithers (or Malik?) is [rest of sentence edited by blog host].
    He called me directly about the Abilities Church he tried to scam. I put him off because when challenged he was a no-show saying his grandmother in Florida had passed away (not serious illness!). First he wanted a $1,000. BEFORE he would give us $5,000. Then he tried for a large “love offering”. I said “show us the money first”. I told him the most he would get before giving the gift was $40.00 for travel and he said “praise God”! He said he would receive $5,000. cabled from India but he could not use it directly and would get it to us and wanted $1,000. for himself. There’s the scheme!
    The next day he was a no show for the second time.
    There was no mention of a “word” and there was no venue arranged “just for him”, though he was to be received as a special guest.
    Having said all that, it does not not exonerate Pastor Castro from a serious lack of discernment. That is a whole other story!

    Comment by Anna — January 3, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    • I’m prepared to post the comment for the time being; but again, I want to distance myself from following this story any further. I’ve been quite clear here several times that the story originated with Christian Week, Canada’s national Christian newspaper, and you should contact them if you have further information on this story.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 3, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  6. Larry Gaiters rented a room from me here in Oshawa. He left without paying rent and left me with a phone bill in the hundreds of dollars.I have got several promises to pay but no money. His churches in toronto have had there phones disconnected. He has been working churches in this area. He is a very smooth liar and conman, nothing else.

    Comment by dean thaxter — February 18, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  7. I believe that there was a conspiracy to destroy Bishop Gaiters, because he was exposing the Illuminati Structure within the Ecclesiastical System of our Nation here in Toronto and across Canada.
    Bishop Gaiters is a dear friend of mine, as well as a True Man of God.
    I know the leadership of Abilities Church, and they are exploiting people with disabilities so they themselves can profit financially. Bishop Gaiters exposed this, and that’s why they (Abilities Church) are trying to hurt Bishop by there slanderous lies.
    Bishop only asked for $20 for gas money, and this so-called Church did not even want to give Bishop that!
    So Abilities Church, you guys are the FRAUD!!!

    Comment by Rev. Emanuel Adeniji — May 4, 2013 @ 11:22 am

  8. May 2013: This is coming up to the three-year mark, and I think it’s time we close comments on this. This was a story about a story, and while I don’t wish to pursue this, perhaps there are more recent things online about both parties to which you can add your comments.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — May 4, 2013 @ 11:28 am

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