"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go, I will guide thee with mine eye."
Trust and obey, for there's no other way" ... Elder and Sister Alfonso Way vowed their trust and obedience to God as they knelt in prayer early in the morning of November 2, 1970. It was at this time when God began to unfold a new plan for their lives.
On January 17, 1971, Elder and Sister Way left Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ under Bishop S. E. Williams, the church where they had faithfully served for seventeen years. They waited on the direction of the Lord for their next steps. God touched the heart of Pastor John Sligh, who opened the doors of Exodus Missionary Baptist Church to Elder Way.
On Thursday, January 28, 1971 four adults and seven children gathered on the front pews of the Exodus Church. As Elder Way slowly proceeded to the pulpit Sister Way began singing "I Will Trust in the Lord", and Faith Assembly of Christ was born.
Every Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon found a small band of spirit-filled believers worshipping together, being taught to walk by faith in God. Elder Way diligently admonished them to love God, believe His Word, and live Holy lives for Jesus.
Faith Assembly of Christ was incorporated on September 12, 1971 and God began to perform miracles as we learned that faith can surely move mountains. Within one year God had given us our own church building.
On Sunday, February 13, 1972, the members of Faith Assembly of Christ assembled with great joy and thanksgiving at 4821 Georgia Avenue in Northwest Washington.
The Sunday Church School was organized on June 11, 1972 and has grown steadily, engulfing men, women, and children throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The Young People's Choir and the Adult Choir alternately rendered praises to the Lord during the Sunday morning worship services. The dedicated youth of Faith Assembly fervently told the story of salvation to whomever would listen.
God has made Faith Assembly of Christ a filling station for many who have thirsted for the Holy Spirit. Souls from different races, nationalities, and creeds have found Faith Assembly to be a place where the love of God dwells, and Christ only is the center of all praise and glory!
"If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me", is our Saviour's proclamation for building up the Body of Christ. Into the filling station of Faith Assembly souls began to overflow until our edifice could no longer house them. Chairs lined the aisles and many worshippers had to occupy rooms on the upper floor, viewing the services by way of closed circuit television.
Once again our Lord was to lead us into a faith-building experience as He instructed Elder Way to tear down the old and watch Him build up a new edifice that would glorify the "Name of Jesus".
God and allowed us to worship in his beautiful new sanctuary. In March, 1984 Faith Assembly resumed services on Sunday afternoons and Thursday nights. We worshipped within the walls of Exodus Missionary Baptist Church just as we had done thirteen years before. While at Exodus, Faith Assembly's membership grew steadily as Christ remained continually lifted up. Two new choirs, namely the Mass Choir and the Children's Choir were organized during our second stay at Exodus. We also are thankful to God for the Witnessing Crusade, which continued faithfully recruiting many new saints.
As the months went by, our new church emerged, brick upon brick. As God began building His house Elder Way labored side by side with the workers - month after month, while still officiating in all of his pastoral duties. Power from God, alone, supplied the man of God with sufficient strength to endure such a schedule!
We praise God for the architect (Jeffrey I. Way) who designed our House of Worship, the construction crew and
(Mitchell A. Way who left his bussiness to work side by side with his farther till the building was complete), and every person He used to erect this building. Our God continues to supply all our needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. Truly, He had done great things in our midst!
We thank God for the many saints and friends who remember us in prayer and encourage our hearts as we remain "Steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as we do know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord"!