Maryland church offers chance to win salvation — and a car

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Please God, give me salvation — and a car.

That prayer may have been uttered by more than a few people at a Maryland church on Sunday. That’s because Destiny Church in Columbia handed out five used cars to demonstrate God’s goodness and to attract new members.

<a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/03/04/one-way-to-get-people-to-church-on-sunday-give-away-free-cars/?utm%E2%80%94term=.d5160bcea74c”>The Washington Post reported</a> that the church gave away the cars to increase attendance at its new location. It was the first Sunday at a building in a strip mall for the 7-year-old nondenominational church.

Pastor Stephen Chandler said the predominantly African-American church normally draws up to 1,100 people. This week, the church gave away 2,250 tickets in advance of three services.

The church added a fourth service, which meant it had to buy another car to give away. The fifth car was given to a family in need.

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Information from: The Washington Post, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com”>http://www.washingtonpost.com</a>

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