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November 10, 2015

Philly Jesus launches $70M campaign to fund new global ministry

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Carroll - Philly Jesus at LOVE Park Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Philly Jesus in Love Park, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

Philadelphia's Michael Grant, better known for his portrayal of Philly Jesus, has launched a fundraising campaign to kickstart his latest endeavor: a global ministry team.

Grant has set a goal of $70 million to help fund his ministry's efforts to travel across the nation to share his "testimony how JESUS saved me from the dark hole of addiction and despair..AND TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRiST TO EVERY CREATURE iN EXiSTENCE," he wrote on a GoFundMe page he created Monday.

He begins the campaign by explaining his troubled past, claiming he was "completely ran over by a mini-van by a ex-girlfriend in 2005," before becoming "addicted to shooting up heroin and smoking crack/cocaine living a dark evil selfish lifestyle of the devil for years."

Through a court-ordered program, he was able to be "born again and saved" by Jesus, he writes.

On the page, Grant provides a breakdown of how the $70 million will be spent. His shopping list includes every day business supplies – like business cards, printed materials and computers – as well as high-end expenses – including aircraft, tour buses and the construction of a stadium for the "Philly Jesus Ministry."

My Ministry PHiLLY JESUS MiNiSTRiES is a partnership between The LORD..YOU..and ME..that i am Launching(starting) see without YOU..i cannot start 2 further My Ministry to spread The Kingdom Of Heaven(Truth).. through the Gospel Of ChristJesus of Nazareth(Yeshua) by My Testimony and through my Talents Jesus has bestowed on me.

Grant says he will update the page and invites people to "have a discussion" with him on his Facebook page.

As of Tuesday morning, Grant had received $57 toward his $70 million goal.