History of Our Church

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Anointed Word Bible Way Church: Our History

 

In August 2010 the Lord pressed upon the heart of mother Margaret Boatwright to begin a Home Bible Study with her children; who were babes in Christ. After 2 weeks, Pastor Tommy Milo dropped by to share with the family that the Lord instructed him to connect with them and start a Bible Study. Knowing that Pastor Milo was unaware that she had already started a Bible Study; Mother Boatwright accepted this as confirmation. That night Pastor Milo taught his first Bible Study. The Presence of God was there and at every service thereafter. Weekly Tuesday night Bible Study became Weekly Saturday Morning Prayer Breakfasts. We met every Saturday Morning and every time God met us there.

Through word-of-mouth testimonies and invitation more people began to come and more souls received Salvation. There were times the living room was filled, chairs lined the hall, and it was standing room only as more people having the ear to hear and the hearts to be healed, saved, delivered and set free. One thing we always talked about and truly believed that God wanted through this Bible Study and Ministry are clean hands and pure hearts. The love of God and unity was always present.

Due to the influx of people the need for more space became a necessity. We moved the services from the home of Mother Boatwright to one of the top floors of Country Hearth & Suites Hotel. One of Mother Boatwright’s daughters referred to it as the “Upper Room Experience”. During this time a second service, Sunday evenings, was added and the church attendance continued to grow. It was during this time that we were blessed to meet the late Sister Sheila S. Kennedy. Sister Kennedy came in with her abundant love for the Lord and bubbly personality and showed us what it meant to be committed to the Lord’s work. Sister Kennedy, before departing this earthly life, made an unforgettable impact on this growing body of believers.

In the latter part of 2011, Pastor Milo was instructed by God to attend Temple of Faith Bible Way Church (Gadsden, SC) to be mentored by Bishop Theodore Myers. Through this mentorship, the Anointed Word family became spiritually stronger and the decision to join the International Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ, Inc. More people continued to come and again we needed more space. It was our hope to find our own facility, but it was not God’s timing so we moved to another hotel, Wingate Inn, and waited on the Lord. During this time not only did our membership grow, but we formed relationships with other churches. It was through our fellowship and association with the late Bishop Burton Ross (New Life Assemblies of God; Florence, SC) and the Assemblies of God organization that the Lord showed us favor and blessed us with our present day facilities.

We are continuing our spiritual and physical growth as well as establishing community outreach programs. In August 2013, Anointed Word conducted its first Back to School Book Bag Event. In connection with United Way of Florence, local businesses and private donations we gave out 300 book bags; along with school supplies to students at Brockington Elementary School (Timmonsville, SC).

It is our desire to live out the declaration of Luke 4:18-19. We are excited about the future that the Lord has planned for us and we are moving forward in forgiveness and love to accomplish all that God has need of us to do.

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