To whom it may concern:
Freely we have received, freely we give.
My name is Charles Brooks. For a little over 40 years I have been a Christian in this Ministry. Thank God I can tell the truth and come to the defense of this benevolent Christian organization. It’s an honor to stand up for what’s right.
Where do I begin to tell the true story of all the good that has been done in the name of Christ in operation at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries that now reaches around the world. We are not the Shady Maple Baptist Church. God is a giver, not a taker. The vision our Lord and Savior has given us is wider and deeper in scope, and far more effective than all the other churches combined. We have given our all for God, for one another, our friends and family, strangers, and enemies. We have given our lives; we have risked our lives for the sake of the call. The commitment is there; the dedication is real.
Every hungry mouth is ours to feed; every naked body is ours to clothe; all the sick and in prison are ours to visit; and all the lost are ours to rescue from sin. Our mission is to poor suffering humanity. Our Mission Statement is Christ the living word dwelling inside us, Christ only always living in me.
As in scripture, so also in the profession and practice of our faith; it is truly more blessed to give than to receive. All our churches hold 8 services a week and we offer a free meal after each to 1 or 100. I know, I’ve cooked for over 4 years in the Ministry, and have served and seen many enjoy the wholesome and healthy food night after night, not only to our congregation, but to anyone who is hungry. All the Bible courses and teaching is free, as well as all Bibles, materials, literature, and audio messages. We are a seminary for the Gospel field.
I have worked many, many jobs down through the years in the Ministry and outside to help generate finances to further our charitable outreach. Never in the 40 plus years I have been in and at God’s service have I ever thought what I am going to gain monetarily. God is good; He provides. You can’t out-give God! All of the time I have spent at the church could never be summed up in a profit/loss statement (the bottom line). Most of the years I have been in the church have been ministry related. I along with the rest of our congregation are volunteers. We are active in evangelism, conducting church services, street ministry, writing prisoners locked up behind bars, holding Bible reading groups, teaching young Christians to pray and seek for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, going to prisons, hospitals, mental health centers, and nursing homes. Right now we have a very exciting nursing home ministry in New Jersey where I live. We visit and hold church services once a month at 10 different nursing homes. We share the Gospel with these grandpas and grandmas, and those who, even though are they young, can’t take care of themselves. We care deeply about the handicapped. But by the grace (power) of God, there go I. In too many cases these dear ones are forgotten and forsaken by their own families and friends. Such a shame, and so sad. We always bring them gifts, fruit, candy, and God’s free gift of love.
Our congregation is the world; the hopeless, the helpless, the blind, halt, and withered. We are the Good Samaritan. Through the joint efforts of our beloved Pastor Tony, and the faithful brothers and sisters in the church, the Gospel has gone throughout the earth, not with government funds, but by unrelenting loyalty and devotion to our God in Heaven who gives the increase and His richest blessings. The good news has gone all over the globe in the form of Bibles, Gospel literature, audio tapes, and CDs, our international TV and radio programs, our website, missionaries, food, clothing, hygiene, medical supplies, water wells in Africa, airlifting Jews from Russia to Israel, and bringing into the church people from everywhere that are likeminded (Christ minded) who want to serve the Lord with all their hearts as the Holy Bible commands.
We are a New Testament book of Acts of the Holy Spirit church who have all things common so that no one that asks in or out of the church community is hurting or lacking. To us, everyone is Christ, and Jesus said whatever you have done to the least of Mine, you have done it unto Me.
All I want is what God graciously gives me. That’s more than enough. All that has been done by the TACM has been done from the heart in a concentrated, concerted, and continual effort from day one to the present. We want to do more. None of what we have done is to line Pastor Tony’s pockets.
Ours is a school for saints, taught and trained to be ministers of the Gospel for the good and benefit of others. Pastor Tony doesn’t own everything; in fact, he owns nothing other than the immense satisfaction and God-given joy and peace in that he has fulfilled the whole duty of man, which is to fear God and keep His commandments; to pick up his cross and follow Jesus.
If we are not a charity, no one is. No one. We are not the Catholic church, but we have done our best. It’s been a labor of love, and we will continue. Charity beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things; charity never faileth. Thank you for your time.