The Prayer Palace

March 19, 2007 18:43 ET

Prayer Palace offers clarification on $9443

Prayer Palace spokespersons respond to Toronto Star allegations

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - March 19, 2007) - A more detailed account of the $9,443 included in this morning's release by The Prayer Palace - Prayer Palace Says Star's Statistical Report on Spending was Misleading - has been requested.

Below is a breakdown of the expenditures comprising the line item. This benevolent giving was specifically for special needs situations (i.e. non-budgeted/unanticipated charitable giving). Offerings were raised for such things as tsunami and hurricane relief. They are recorded apart from regular missions and charitable giving.

Prayer Palace General Ledger 2005 (Jan-Dec):

[Name deleted for privacy] - Individual out of work, offering taken to cover rent $1,500.00
Red Cross - Offering taken for tsunami relief $2,142.85
[Name deleted for privacy] - Individual out of work, offering taken to assist $1,000.00
[Name deleted for privacy] - Spouse unemployed, offering taken to assist $ 500.00
[Name deleted for privacy] - Individual hospitalized, offering taken to assist $1,000.00
[Name deleted for privacy] - Offering taken to assist cancer patient $1,500.00
[Name deleted for privacy] - Individual facing eviction, offering taken to assist $ 500.00
Red Cross - Hurricane Relief $ 700.00
[Name deleted for privacy] - Spouse unemployed, offering taken to assist $ 600.00
Total: $9,442.85

The amount outlined above is part of a broader charitable giving of $1.5M, which was spent on missionary work, community outreach programs, drama productions, children and youth programs, subsidization of Prayer Palace's Cathedral Christian Academy school tuition fees and various church planting endeavours, and much more.

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Frank Fernandes and Dave Ramnath (members of The Prayer Palace board of directors) are available for interviews. To schedule an interview contact:

Peter Turkington
Direct Phone: 905.901.9218
Email: pturkington@stratcommsolutions.ca IN: RELIGION

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