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Church Raises $100K Through Month-Long Fast So They Can Pay Off Student Debt for 34 Grads

•, By McKinley Corbley

For the last few years, the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria has asked their congregation to participate in a fast for the duration of January by giving up certain luxuries, such as social media, junk food, or alcohol.

They also asked the church-goers to abstain from spending money on any non-essential items so they could donate the money instead to an important cause.

The financial fasting ended up raising over $100,000 – and the church used the money to pay off the outstanding debt of graduating college students at Howard University in Washington D.C.

"This year, as our fasting ended, we asked members to make a sacrificial offering that we promised would go out the door of our church," said church pastor Dr. Howard-John Wesley. "We decided to come to Howard University to find some students who are about to change the world but have some financial concerns, and let them know we're going to take care of it for them."