Mystery donor gives Hampshire church £200,000 donation

Rev Dominic Furness

Rev Dominic Furness

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A hard-up Hampshire church has had its prayers answered after a mystery donor came forward with a £200,000 gift to help solve its financial troubles.

Prayers were held with small groups of parishioners during which the money worries at All Saints' Church in Milford on Sea, were mentioned.

To the vicar's surprise, an anonymous benefactor then donated £3,000, and later another Good Samaritan came forward to hand over £200,000.

In a sheet handed to the congregation explaining the gift, the main donor wrote: ''Before this matter of financial need was raised I know God prompted me to 'put my hand in my pocket'.

''So it is with great joy that I have given this gift of £200,000 for the continuing work among our young people.

''We have seen some of the tremendous work which is being done, and this gift is a public expression of my appreciation.''

The Rev Dominic Furness, 59, said it was a ''wonderful gift'' which had moved some of the 250-strong congregation to tears at the Grade I-listed Norman church.

Mr Furness, the father of two grown-up sons, said today: ''We had gently, and not with the whole congregation, held small prayer groups where we mentioned our financial need.

''It was out of that that we first had an anonymous donor come forward who gave us £3,000, and subsequently another donation come in for £200,000.

''Both people who made the donations had approached our treasurer. I have no idea who they are.

''After all this happened, we gave a little sheet to everyone on the Sunday explaining what had happened and included a passage from the main donor.

''The feeling here is of great joy. It's a wonderful gift. One has seen God provide in other ways before but not to this scale. We feel a sense now of anticipation because God has given us something special.''

He said the windfall would be used to continue the church's work with young people and families in the New Forest community it serves.

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4:17pm Sat 26 Jan 13

stay local says...

So why not pray for something useful to society? All cancer cured by Monday sound feasible for the sky fairy.
So why not pray for something useful to society? All cancer cured by Monday sound feasible for the sky fairy. stay local
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5:21pm Sat 26 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

"One has seen God provide in other ways before but not to this scale."

Evidence that it was God who provided please, I'd imagine it was just some sad lonely person with too much cash in the bank.
"One has seen God provide in other ways before but not to this scale." Evidence that it was God who provided please, I'd imagine it was just some sad lonely person with too much cash in the bank. IronLady2010
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9:18pm Sat 26 Jan 13

andysaints007 says...

Both of the comments above are probably the 2 most pathetic posts I have ever seen on this site!!
Both of the comments above are probably the 2 most pathetic posts I have ever seen on this site!! andysaints007
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9:45pm Sat 26 Jan 13

andysaints007 says...

Both of the comments above are probably the 2 most pathetic posts I have ever seen on this site!!
Both of the comments above are probably the 2 most pathetic posts I have ever seen on this site!! andysaints007
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10:27pm Sat 26 Jan 13

stay local says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Both of the comments above are probably the 2 most pathetic posts I have ever seen on this site!!
So asking for evidence that prayer works and that it is directed to a useful cause and not to provide a service to local people where they have to buy into the church idea before they can receive help. You have a very strange view of the world!
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: Both of the comments above are probably the 2 most pathetic posts I have ever seen on this site!![/p][/quote]So asking for evidence that prayer works and that it is directed to a useful cause and not to provide a service to local people where they have to buy into the church idea before they can receive help. You have a very strange view of the world! stay local
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12:13am Sun 27 Jan 13

andysaints007 says...

stay local wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
Both of the comments above are probably the 2 most pathetic posts I have ever seen on this site!!
So asking for evidence that prayer works and that it is directed to a useful cause and not to provide a service to local people where they have to buy into the church idea before they can receive help. You have a very strange view of the world!
What are you on about you pratt? Someone has donated money that's it - no need to try and assume what their backgrounds are - who cares !
[quote][p][bold]stay local[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: Both of the comments above are probably the 2 most pathetic posts I have ever seen on this site!![/p][/quote]So asking for evidence that prayer works and that it is directed to a useful cause and not to provide a service to local people where they have to buy into the church idea before they can receive help. You have a very strange view of the world![/p][/quote]What are you on about you pratt? Someone has donated money that's it - no need to try and assume what their backgrounds are - who cares ! andysaints007
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