$1.9 M Raised for Burned Louisiana Churches after Notre Dame Fire

ChurchLeaders | 4/18/2019 | Staff
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Days after the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France, some good has come out of that disaster. As people donated millions of dollars toward the rebuilding of the historic landmark, social media influencers on Twitter encouraged their followers to remember the three black churches in Louisiana that were recently targeted by an arsonist. The result is the Louisiana churches have surpassed their fundraising goal of $1.8 million by more than a million dollars as of this writing.

“It’s a blessing. It’s going to help our community. What the devil meant for bad, God’s going to turn it into something good,” Rev. Gerald Toussaint told CNN. Toussaint is the pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, which was targeted on April 4th. The other churches that were burned were St. Mary Baptist Church on March 26th and Greater Union Baptist Church on April 2nd.

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The GoFundMe campaign started on April 10th. Its original goal was $600,000, but was later revised to $1.8 million. However, the campaign had only raised just under $93,000 by the morning of Tuesday, April 16th, according to a screenshot taken by this Twitter user.

When the Notre Dame fire happened, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to launch a fundraising campaign in order to rebuild the cathedral. As millions of dollars started pouring in, Twitter influencers called for donations to the Louisiana churches. Journalist Yashar Ali in particular actively promoted the churches’ GoFundMe campaign. One of his tweets to that effect...
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