05/30/2018 11:07 EDT | Updated 05/30/2018 11:20 EDT

Jesse Duplantis, Louisiana Televangelist, Asks Followers For Money To Buy US$54-Million Private Jet

The Falcon 7X would be his ministry's fourth private plane.

DESTREHAN, La. — A prosperity gospel televangelist is asking disciples to "pray about becoming a partner'' to his mission of obtaining a US$54-million private jet.

The Louisiana-based ministry of Jesse Duplantis has already paid cash for three other private planes, but he says God told him "I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X.'' Times-Picayune reports that Duplantis made the pitch to his followers in the May 21 edition of his weekly video address.

Duplantis says the three-engine plane would allow the ministry to fly "anywhere in the world in one stop,'' reducing fuel costs while maintaining a global reach.

Duplantis says Jesus Christ "wouldn't be riding a donkey'' today — "he'd be in an airplane flying all over the world.''

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