A 68-year-old American evangelist Jesse Duplantis, has shocked the public by asking his congregation to buy him a new private jet worth $54 million (Sh5.4 billion) despite owning three other aircraft.

Duplantis, who is based in New Orleans, Louisiana,  says he needs the new toy so badly because it can go anywhere in the world in one stop as opposed to the other three jets.

He is now calling upon his followers to donate the money for the acquisition of the new jet.

In a video posted on his ministry’s website, Duplantis says he wishes to have a Dassault Falcon 7X that can make a single trip without the need for multiple stops for refueling.

“You know I’ve owned three different jets in my life and used them and just burning them up for the Lord,” Duplantis says in the video.

Duplantis argues that he will be able to save money through the acquisition of a new Falcon7X and not pay ‘those exorbitant prices with jet fuel all over the world’.

He further argues that if Jesus was alive today, he wouldn’t be riding on a donkey but “He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”

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