April 17, 2013
To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Steven Wedel. I first became acquainted with Tony and Susan Alamo through the Tony and Susan Alamo Christian Foundation in California, in 197l. This was forty-two years ago. I was a druggie at that time, and would probably be dead and in Hell now if it had not been for the dedication of Pastors Tony and Susan Alamo. The faithfulness they showed for Christians by teaching the converts they had won to Christ the Word of God, and instructing them to be witnesses for Christ by preaching the gospel to others, is the only reason I heard the gospel then and am a Christian today. I had no intentions of becoming a Christian until I met the Christians from this church on the streets of Hollywood, California, preaching the gospel. It was through them that I accepted Christ as my Savior and was saved.
When I started working with the Tony & Susan Alamo Christian Foundation in 1971, we had no money. We all pitched in together, and I worked as well as going out on to the streets of Los Angeles and Hollywood to pass out gospel tracts and spread the gospel. We pooled all the monies that we made into purchasing properties in the area, and fixing them up to use for housing, not only for us, but for the new converts that wanted to move in to the ministry and learn the gospel also. We all understood that we shared the ownership as we all worked for the properties, worked to keep them up, paid for them, and used them. We lived from hand to mouth. Everybody worked together for the good of all.
Everybody shared then and still shares the same vision today of working together as hard as possible to get the gospel message out to as many people in this country and the rest of the world before the second coming of Christ, which will be very soon.
Tony and Susan Alamo never considered any of the properties purchased in the past to be their personal assets, nor does Tony consider that any of the properties that we own today are his; they all are for the good of the people in the church.
When I moved out to the Arkansas church in 1977, there was a lot of building going on. We had purchased a plot of land on the top of Georgia Ridge, where the brothers and sisters all worked together to build dormitories, houses, and apartments for the families; a school building, swimming pool for our recreation; a barn for horses for the children; and a kitchen and cafeteria for everyone to eat in, as well as many other things. We did almost all the work ourselves to save money, and the result was a beautiful community that we all were proud of. Tony and Sue didn't live in all of these houses and apartments; we did.
I drove dump trucks and cement mixer trucks back then, helping in the construction when all of this building was in progress. It saw the properties that God had blessed us with transformed from just pastures and woodlands into beautiful housing developments that were the envy of many. I saw the construction of the beautiful church built in Dyer, Arkansas, and the building and fixing-up of the businesses we had in Alma and the surrounding areas. Everybody worked together to the best of their abilities to establish these things so that we could be able to afford to put as much money as we could into the ministry and the spreading of the gospel. We do the same to this day, working to purchase needed properties, sharing ownership in them all for the benefit of all the members.
Again, I have been active in this ministry for forty-two years now. I have never seen Tony or Susan Alamo claim to own these properties. The properties used by church members and associates are for the good of all of us, our families, our children, and the ministry.
Very sincerely yours,