Jesse Duplantis, a televangelist based in St. Charles Parish, Louisana, is asking his followers to donate money for a new $54 million private jet, “so we can go anywhere in the world in one stop,” according to The Times-Picayune.
Duplantis, 68, makes the appeal in a “The Week with Jesse” video posted on the ministry’s website last week.
He promoted his video on Twitter asking users to “Watch This Week with Jesse as Jesse shows the importance of using aviation as an amazing tool for evangelizing the world!”
Watch “this Week with Jesse” as Jesse shows the importance of using aviation as an amazing tool for evangelizing the world! Tune in each Monday at https://t.co/hnG6BhPAvH or on our JDM App. Click to watch https://t.co/PLfSYt2A3U pic.twitter.com/sAvKskmokO
— Jesse Duplantis (@jesse_duplantis) May 21, 2018
Duplantis explains his 40-year-old ministry has owned three private jets in the past.
“You know I’ve owned three different jets in my life and used them and used them and just burning them up for the Lord,” he says in the video.
Now the preacher is targeting the necessary funds for a Dassault Falcon 7X, with a $54 million price tag.
Duplantis explains his reasoning for wanting to purchase the new jet.
He says he could fly cheaper because he has his own fuel farm and he can avoid refueling stops. By flying in the new plane, Duplantis says it will save money and not pay for “those exorbitant prices with jet fuel all over the world.”
“I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey,” Duplantis says in the video, “He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”