Looks like evangelist Franklin Graham who previously made the news in the China Daily for “hoping to do more for China” is seriously putting his money where his mouth is. Speaking from Shanghai after a tour of Beijing, Hangzhou and Nanjing, the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (named after his dad) and international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse has just donated a whopping RMB2 million, or US$285,000. That’s a whole lot of money, ladies and gentlemen! To put things into perspective, even Singapore, which has one of the world’s highest GDP per capita, only managed a paltry US$200,000 or RMB1.4 million.
Apart from his promises to pray for the victims of the earthquake and their families, Graham also told China Daily how he was so greatly impressed with all the changes here, and how he’s going to go back home to the United States to tell his people what the churches are doing here.
Also interesting in the China Daily article is how much the other religious organisations in China have donated to the relief effort:
According to the website of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the Buddhist Association of China has donated 1.6 million yuan, the Taoism Association 300,000 yuan and the Islam Association 50,000 yuan… Various religious organizations in Shanghai have donated about 2.8 million yuan.
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