adventist church in alabama gives away cars to single parents
Adventist Church in Alabama Gives Away Cars to Single Parents

Seventh-day Adventist church in the U.S. state of Alabama has presented two cars as gifts to single parents and expects to give away five more vehicles by year’s end. The car giveaway at the First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville may be the first initiative of its kind by an Adventist church to reach out to the community — and it has made two single mothers very happy.

Lori Murray, a single mother of two, threw up her hands in surprise and joy when First Church senior pastor Debleaire Snell called her onto the platform on a recent Sabbath to announce that she was the first recipient of a donated vehicle, a 2010 Toyota Prius.

“Amen to this great ministry and your church,” Murray later wrote on the church’s Facebook page. “The car is truly a blessing to me and my children. May God bless you with vehicles to continue to do His works.”

Snell came up with the car giveaway after puzzling for nearly a year about what First Church could do to influence Huntsville in “a more relevant and fresh way.” Huntsville has a population of about 180,000 and is home to Oakwood University, a historically black university owned by the Adventist Church.

In late 2015, Snell felt impressed to help address the challenges that single parents sometimes face with transportation. So he and other First Church leaders appealed to the congregation of nearly 2,000 members to consider donating cars that could benefit deserving single parents.

“Snell didn’t ask for just a car in any condition,” the church said in an e-mailed statement. “He asked for cars that were in respectable condition and ready to assist a family immediately with reliable transportation.”

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