The Miraculous ‘Reappearance’ Of AF44

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The Miraculous ‘Reappearance’ of AF44

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Advocates of our KennethCopelandBlog.com redemptive project will be thrilled to read this latest update regarding the “Angel Flight 44 ministry” fiasco (AF44):

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Poof! Kenneth Reappears!:

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About two days after our online analysis of Kenneth Copeland’s lack of public appearance and the missing use of the term “Angel Flight 44″ within Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ (KCM) sudden Haitian humanitarian publicity efforts, KCM suddenly announced a TBN “Praise the Lord” taping at TBN’s Irving, TX studios. It seems that Copeland decided that it was not good if he looked like he was hiding from the public limelight.

So Kenneth and his (third) wife, Gloria, hosted the program, which featured primarily their own family as guests, including:

  • Their daughter, Kellie Copeland Swisher, along with her (third) husband, Stephen.
  • Kenneth’s grandson, Jeremy Pearsons, who is the son of George and Terri Copeland Pearsons (and Terri is Kenneth’s eldest daughter by his first wife) along with Jeremy’s (second) wife, Sarah.

(By the way: If you are confused by all these notes about their family and marriage issues, then simply read Kenneth and Gloria Copeland: The Untold Story for additional information.)

ApostasyWatch.com’s own Steve Lumbley attended the live taping, and published his own report about KCM’s public relations countermeasures in his article, Kenneth Copeland Thinks You’re Stupid.

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The Once Forbidden “Name”:

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Moreover, now KCM has taken the extra step of openly using the name “Angel Flight 44″ and its abbreviation “AF44″ once again in its public relations efforts. On this update page about their recent Haitian flight, we see these two names pasted under nearly every photograph in their gallery, and elsewhere. Moreover, viewers to that web page are warmly greeted by Kenneth Copeland himself when that page is opened, right next to his latest commitment for humanitarian aid.

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Points to Remember:

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We here at KennethCopelandBlog.com are very happy about these developments. Nevertheless, we encourage our viewers to keep in mind several things as you review all of these issues yourself:

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  • KCM made absolutely no mention of flights to Haiti, until AFTER our press releases drew attention to their broken promises concerning Angel Flight 44 and its probable impact in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake disaster. In fact, numerous natural disasters occurred over the years since Kenneth Copeland’s promises were made, and there were NO further post-Hurricane Rita AF44 humanitarian flights EVER until our two press releases brought the issue into the public eye.
  • KCM’s first Haitian flight was about a month after the disaster. However, it would have likely been within 24-96 hours after the quake hit, had they maintained their disaster preparedness as promised. (Note: The main airport in Haiti was severely damaged, but they were receiving humanitarian flights so long as they had the capability of leaving again without requiring fuel. The Douglas Super-DC3 is a transoceanic aircraft, and would have qualified.)
  • If KCM had added the new capabilities that Kenneth Copeland had pledged, they would have also been able to service the population from beaches through the promised amphibious aircraft.
  • KCM has not fully accounted for the probable millions of dollars taken into their general fund as a result of their AF44 promises.
  • KCM has not accounted for “which” aircraft their former AF44-designated funds went to repair.
  • NONE of KCM’s financial claims above are independently verifiable, because they are not certified by any independent accountability group (such as the Evangelical Counsel for Financial Accountability) and they have a transparency grade of “F” at MinistryWatch.com.
  • Neither Kenneth Copeland nor KCM has EVER fully come forward with an honest explanation why they previously failed in their AF44 promise performance, NOR why they ignored Rich Vermillion (the writer of the book, Angel Flight 44) for nearly three years before his two press releases suddenly “motivated” them to help disaster victims as they had pledged. In short, they have NEVER apologized for their obvious failures.

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Nevertheless, we here at KennethCopelandBlog.com, along with our growing multitude of advocates, are thrilled that KCM finally found “compassion” somewhere within their hearts and decided to at least provide a good “window dressing” for public consumption. We are pleased that we have their attention; we are especially pleased that some needy Haitians are at least getting a little aid from them (although it comes about a month late and falls way short of Copeland’s original promises).

Of course, we are not in the least bit fooled by their sudden acts of “humanitarian aid” because it is nothing more than a public relations countermeasure...and not signs of true biblical repentance.One could even say that their current efforts are actually a sign of cowardice, given their continued deceptive practices and obvious self-serving motives.

So in short, though he claims to be a “billionaire” himself, it would seem that Kenneth Copeland is still “a day late, and a dollar short” in fulfilling his promises to help disaster victims.

Consequently, we and our advocates are still calling on Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his ministry, to simply repent.

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Always in Christ,

-Rich Vermillion

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