- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - An Atlantic City pastor no longer has to worry about nearby crime after a retired Jewish businessman gave his church a piece of land for free.

James Horowitz donated vacant land in Egg Harbor Township to the City of Hope Worship Outreach Center. The Cherry Hill man was looking to sell the half-acre property, valued between $75,000 and $125,000.

Pastor Kenneth Applewhite told The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1ON9wwN ) he decided the church should relocate after a young man was shot to death steps away from the church about a year ago. He shared the church’s plight with Horowitz after seeing an ad.

Horowitz agreed, asking only in return that he receive a first-row seat at the new church’s first service.

Applewhite called the gift a miracle as the church couldn’t afford to move.

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