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Transformation church donates $3.5m to the needy

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     Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church in Bixby, Oklahoma, led his congregation in a $3.5 million one-day blessings spree Sunday in which they helped scores of human service organizations, churches and individuals, including one needy family that received a new car and $250,000 to purchase a home.
        Of the $3.5 million in gifts given away by the church less than two weeks before Christmas, $1.55 million went toward helping other churches, $1 million was given to various human services organizations and $200,000 went toward helping people pay off personal debts like student loans.
Todd told his congregation:
  “The whole mission of this message was to show you more than I could tell you. Transformation Church gains nothing from blessing these people and organizations personally but the reputation of the Kingdom of God is expanded because of what God did through us today,” “Our faith will be spoken of when we are dead and gone. They will write the book of your name. We will not just talk about the faith of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Sarah, we will talk about the faith of … John and of Charles and the faith of Hailey…,” The Christian Post reported earlier this month that less than two years after purchasing the building that formerly housed the SpiritBank Event Center in the city of Bixby for $10 million to house his growing congregation, Todd and his church bought the entire retail center around it for $20.5 million.
      Settling into the community, however, did not come without challenge. Earlier this year, Bixby officials threatened to shut down Todd’s multi-ethnic church after it received 32 noise violation citations based on complaints from neighbors for worshiping too loudly. Bixby is 84.2% white and just 1.6% black. Todd touched on the noise controversy during his sermon, titled “Go & Do The Same // FU – Forgiveness University (Part 12) Michael Todd,” noting that he and his congregation could have taken offense to the complaints but decided to bless the predominantly white city instead by giving $50,000 to the Bixby Outreach Center, which distributes food to needy people, as well as $50,000 to the Bixby School District.
Todd said:
       “We had the opportunity to be offended coming into this area. I mean people wrote articles. There’s Facebook groups about us and there’s all kinds of different stuff that’s in here. And when it came to who we gave to, I needed a series before we made this list. Because if I made this list on week one of the series, the City of Bixby would have got nothing! But then God said love those who persecute you. It ain’t everybody, but it was some people and He said, ’Michael, just bless them. Don’t defend yourself, just bless them,’” . He noted that while churches are known to frequently offer spiritual support to people in need but no help to alleviate their physical suffering, he wants to change that narrative.
       “Many times we try to meet their spiritual needs without meeting their physical needs,” Todd told the congregation during his emotional two and a half hour sermon, which left many gift recipients in tears as they learned that the church was removing their financial debt burden or doing something to improve their life.

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