Albany pastor's sky-high fundraiser: '168 hours up in the air'

Albany pastor's sky-high fundraiser: '168 hours up in the air' »Play Video
John Miller makes his first step on solid ground in a week after spending 168 hours on a scissor-lift for charity.

EUGENE, Ore. -- Albany Pastor John Miller set up camp about 40 feet in the air on the platform of a scissor-lift. His goal was to spend a week suspended in the air as a fundraiser for three different charities.

Sunday afternoon his feet touched solid ground after seven days of nearly every type of summer weather Oregon had to offer.

"Cold, wet, rainy, I actually had a leak a little bit so I had to get my sleeping bag and stuff dried out. Wednesday was rough,” Miller said. "168 hours up in the air - you process life, you think about things."

In spite of the heat and rain, he accomplished his goal in the name of raising thousands of dollars for well-deserving non-profits.

“Our goal was $40,000. We ended up around $30,000 so we're still short, but some more money will be coming in so hopefully we can make up that difference,” said Miller.

The funds will go to three projects – offering support to those who struggle with addictions, preventing child sex-slavery overseas and, and building a church in San Diego.

This is the fourth time Miller has done the week-long stunt, however it’s the first since his two kids were born.

“We are very excited to have him come back home today. And I'm sure he's just going to want to rest and relax, but it will be great for all of us to be together,” said John’s wife, Jula.