onnie Hill is an evangelist who is intent on "trying to reach the masses any way we can."
"I want to dream bigger for God. I don't want to put Him in a box."
Such convictions helped inspire Hill to develop a website -- www.threeminutestory.com
-- where people visiting the site can watch a three-minute Gospel presentation and then enter a contest for a chance to win a new vehicle.
Imagine Hill's surprise, then, when he won a car himself, a 2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe worth $50,000. All he had to do to enter the contest was to take a test drive at a car show he attended. "I got in the car and prayed, 'Lord, Your Word says we have not because we ask not. So, Lord, if You want me to win this car, great. But if You don't, I am cool with that. Whatever brings You the most glory, Lord,'" said Hill, a member of HighRidge Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
When Hill got the call that he'd won, he couldn't believe it. He told the person notifying him, "I give away a car every year, and I'm the one on the other end of the line trying to convince the person that they won a car. On top of that, I'm a preacher. I cannot afford a brand-new $50,000 Infiniti ... but I can win one."
Hill said he'll give the car to his wife Jennifer because she deserves it. "She's never owned a new car, and we just started having issues with the car she drives now," he said.
The Hills expect delivery of the car when Infiniti releases the new model by year's end. "But how about my God? He blesses the guy who gives away cars by giving him one," said Hill, a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
To date, Hill's evangelistic ministry has given away two vehicles through the threeminutestory.com website. With their names drawn at random, a Christian woman in Georgia won the first, a car, and a woman in Missouri won the next, a truck, but apparently didn't want it. When Hill called her, she seemed incensed about the matter and hung up.
That's when Hill called the alternate winner, Danny Stevens of Mabank, Texas, who attended a block party hosted by First Baptist Church in Malakoff. The church used Hill's website as an evangelistic tool. Stevens watched Hill's testimony and subsequently committed his life to Christ.