‘What I’ve learned is when you open up your hands to God, God can bless you.’
The historic Alfred Street Baptist Church, in Alexandria, Virginia, has donated over $1 million in surplus tithes to the community amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The generosity is part of an initiative called Tithe-the-Tithe, which aids the most vulnerable during thepandemic,Christian Post reports.
“A few years ago we were blessed to be able to donate $1 Million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. That’s why I’m so grateful to God that Alfred Street Baptist Church can continue to be a blessing to so many people in the community throughout our nation during this pandemic,” senior pastor Rev. Howard-John Wesley said in a statement.
Alfred Street Baptist Church’s initial beginnings date back to 1803 in Alexandria, Virginia, United States and located in the city’s oldest African-American neighborhood, the Bottoms Alexandria, Virginia.
In 1806, the colored members of the church Alexandria Baptist Society established the Colored Baptist Society which would eventually become First African Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia. The church welcomed its first black pastor when Reverend Sampson White was called to lead the recently independent congregation. White had previously served as the founding pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. and Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City. He would be followed by Reverend Samuel Madden in 1863.
Architectural improvements were implemented in the 1880s and in 1994, when a new sanctuary was built. The exterior of the building was preserved, but the interior was greatly improved. Alfred Street Baptist Church is located at 301 South Alfred Street in Alexandria, Virginia.
Source – Alfred Street Baptist Church (Updated: 04 August 2020) Wikipedia. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Street_Baptist_Church, (Accessed: 24 October 2020)