Melbourne, AUS (January 10, 2020)
Devastated by the national emergency in Australia, Planetshakers Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Australia’s history, invited its members to assist victims of the bushfires with a donation. The congregation responded, offering $252,875.89 for relief efforts through Empower, the community service arm of Planetshakers Church. All of the money collected has been forwarded to the Australian Red Cross, Salvation Army, Country Fire Victoria and ACC Bushfire Assist Fund.
Inspired by the charge in Proverbs 3:27, and joining the call heard from celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Chris Hemsworth and others as they encourage donations, Planetshakers Church Senior Pastor Russell Evans says, “In the face of such a catastrophe, it’s inspiring to see so many individuals standing up and being generous. I’m thrilled with the love and financial support members of Planetshakers Church have contributed during this crisis.“
Planetshakers Church is further involved in numerous community and charitable causes around the world, including prison ministry, school programs, refugee outreach, disaster relief and welfare assistance. In recent years, it helped bring significant social and spiritual reformation to villages in the African nation of Malawi, where poverty was defeated after seven years into a 15-year plan. It also partners with World Vision to assist in urgent humanitarian crises around the world, and runs Planetshakers College in Melbourne, which equips local and international students to impact their world for Christ.