Hinn crusade cash to foot bill

MORE than $100,000 was collected from the estimated 370,000 crowd which converged at the three-day Benny Hinn Miracle Crusade at the National Stadium at the weekend.

Crusade organising committee member Pastor Manasa Kolivuso said the money would be used to pay for the extra expenses.

“Just as we had said before the crusade, Mr Hinn didn’t take any money with him,” Mr Kolivuso said.

“The money was collected in the offerings during the crusade and it’s just like any other collection during any church service – there’s no big deal about it. The extra expenses we incurred but wasn’t budgeted for were the cost of the buses to provide transportation after the crusade and this came to a total of around $106,000.”

He said the provision of buses was essential because they wanted people to be part of the crusade.

On the last night, which was Sunday, 300 buses were hired to provide transport, he said.

He said the crusade was a success because of the crowd turnout and the number of people who had been healed and saved.

“Over the three days, we estimated that close to 370,000 turned up to the crusade, with the largest number of 160,000 turning up on the last night.”

Benny Hinn

Evangelist Benny Hinn is controversial for his frequently aberrant – and at times heretical – theology, his unorthodox practices, and his false claims. Nevertheless, large numbers of people who indentify themselves as Christians follow – and, often, appear to worship – this preacher.

“We didn’t just look at the crowd turnout and gauge success by it, but by the number of people who had found salvation in Jesus Christ,” he said.

“We can confirm that hundreds were healed although they didn’t all go to the stage to profess their healing but we can’t say people are lying because they themselves know what happened in their bodies.”

Mr Kolivuso confirmed Mr Hinn would be returning in June for a pastors’ conference.

“Mr Hinn has indicated he will be returning but plans haven’t been finalised yet.”

Mr Kolivuso said it was unfortunate that some quarters of the Christian community chose to attack Mr Hinn’s crusade.

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Fiji Times, Fiji
Jan. 25, 2006

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