Christian media mogul Tyler Perry is known for the hilarious roles he plays, but he just might have a shot as a real-life preacher.
On Sunday, September 1, the known philanthropist, who consistently gives generously to good causes and everyday people, preached The Potter's House in Dallas, TX happy in just a few minutes, prayed for the Bishop, and unloaded a cool million, which will go toward building a youth center to add on to the ministry's expansive campus.
"This caught me a little off guard Bishop," said Perry calmly after being summoned to the platform to share his testimony of how he felt inspired to donate such a large sum of money to the MegaFest founder.
Although he had previously written a check for $113,000 at Jakes' popular "Woman Thou Art Loosed" service, there was more to come. "You see, I love to give. I've been a giver all my life," Perry explained. "And when people have given to you and sown into you, and God has touched them and given you favor [you give back]."
He also added, "You see, they don't understand it where I come from. They don't understand it in Hollywood, but I'm gonna tell you something about the blood of Jesus."
The wealthy CEO continued, "All of my life, my mother, she didn't have much to give me. She didn't have millions of dollars. She didn't have some legacy, but she had Jesus, and she taught me about that God."
It was God, according to Perry, that touched his heart to plant a mega seed into the mega ministry, even before discovering Jakes' desire to raise capital for a state-of-the-art youth facility.
"I didn't even know he was trying to build this youth center," said Perry, who topped Forbes' 2011 list of highest paid men in entertainment. Clearly, he has no shortage of money to spread around, but was unclear, according to him, about why He felt led to give so much. That is, until the Sunday morning offering facilitator, Dr. Jasmine Sculark, requested that exact amount from attendees who could sow that kind of faith seed, serving as a sort of confirmation for the urging Perry sensed.
He turned to Sculark, affectionately known as Dr. Jazz and said, "So when you got up here and said a million dollars, I said 'God, I don't know what you're doing, but I know I heard your voice!'"
After that, the man known for making people laugh out loud, put on a serious face, began speaking in tongues and preaching a mini charismatic sermon.
"I'ma tell you right now, when you hear the voice of God, you move. Don't worry about what nobody says to you. Don't worry about what it looks like. Don't worry about your enemy. Don't worry about your hater. He will bless you. He will lift you!"
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine