A Virginia church donates over $1 million from its tithes to churches and organizations to help those affected by COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Alfred Street Baptist Church is a predominantly Black church in Alexandria, Virginia headed by Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley. Recently, the church did an incredible move to aid in COVID-19 relief of the community. As the community struggled due to the coronavirus, Rev. Wesley heard the calling of God to help those in need during this time.
“Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) has donated $1,079,287 under their Tithe-the-Tithe Initiative to 69 community-based and national organizations to support COVID-19 relief and other needs,” a press release from the church stated.
Alfred Street Baptist Church
The initiative started on Easter Sunday, April 12. The head pastor announced to his congregants that 10% of all tithes given to the church will be donated to organizations and churches that help the community.
“One of the things that we’re going to do is, take some of that 10 percent and identify a church and/or an organization every week and just give a donation to them,” Rev. Wesley said. “And this is because we are not competitors, we are brothers and sisters in the same work and we want to support everyone with no strings attached.”
Churches & Organizations
On the press release, the church named some non-profit organizations that were named as beneficiaries of this movement. Included in the list are Children’s National Hospital, Unity Health Care, and D.C. Rape Crisis Center.
“I believe that the Black church has the opportunity and the obligation to reach into segments of our community that is always overlooked by government,” Alfred Street Baptist Church head pastor said.
As state lockdowns happened in the past eight months, more people are being affected by it and the pandemic. People are needing help not just financially, but also emotionally. Thus, initiatives like this are a great help for the community and the country.