About Us

FWI was created in October 2004 to help impoverished communities help themselves through the establishment of sustainable development programs.  FWI empowers communities to be self- reliant, fight poverty and establish a sustainable socio-economic backbone.  The organization mission is build life-changing relationships between the church family and communities in Ethiopia that it adopts and to break the cycle of poverty by developing and nurturing the attitude and lifestyle of self-help in which the entire community, in tandem with the State, tackles the multifaceted problems facing the community.

FWI was created under the auspices of the Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church (ECFC).  The first Ethiopian Evangelical Church established in North America, ECFC was started by a handful of Ethiopian students and immigrants who left their country during the communist regime in the 1970’s to escape severe political and religious persecution.  Over the last few years, ECFC has experienced the dynamic transformation. Following a series of teachings by the church on Christian responsibility and intense discussions by the general membership on the role of the church in these trying times, both the leadership and the members of the church jointly decided to expand the scope of the vision of the church to include helping the needy, particularly in the impoverished land of Ethiopia. To this end, ECFC commissioned a committee to identify the most effective program that would facilitate the realization of the organization’s vision. After consulting with legal experts and experts in sustainable rural development programs, the committee presented its recommendations for the establishment of an independent nonprofit corporation to undertake ECFC’s development program.  The church’s Board of Elders presented the committee’s recommendation to the General Assembly on June 4, 2003, and received approval to create an entity that will make it possible for ECFC to fully participate in community development effort in Ethiopia.  As a result, Faithful Works International, Incorporated was established as a Nonprofit Religious Corporation in the county of Los Angeles on October 12, 2004.  The organization is governed by a Board of Directors that includes seven members. The Board has Chairperson (CEO), a Secretary and a Treasurer.  FWI’s primary objective is to provide the monetary, material and technical resources needed to reduce poverty and decrease vulnerability in the communities that it adopts.

Statement of Faith

The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God’s infallible written word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts.  It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.

We believe:

  1. In one GOD, the Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father Son, and Holy Spirit;
  2. That JESUS CHRIST is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary.
  3. That Jesus Christ died on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own.
  4. That Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and human beings.
  5. That the Shed BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and those who receive Jesus Christ are born of Holy Spirit, and thus become Children of God.
  6. In the personal and imminent COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST to establish His kingdom, he will raise the dead and judge all human being s, the wicked shall be separated from God’s presence, but the righteous shall live with Him forever and that this “BLESSES HOPE” has a vital bearing on the personal life and services of the believer;
  7. That the Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers with all His gifts and that the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, the convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, guide, instruct and empower the believer, for godly living and service;
  8. That MAN was created in the image of the God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost and only through regeneration of the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained;
  9. That TRUE CHURCH is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and reunited together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head;
  10. That WATER BAPTISM and the Lord’s SUPPER are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age but they are however no to be regarded as a means of salvations;
  11. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to the everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment;
  12. In the SCRIPTURES, both Old and New Testaments, to be inspired word of God, without error on the original writings, the complete revelation of this will for the salvation.
Mission & Goal

Our philosophy is to help the community that we adopt by helping them help themselves through the planting of “seeds” in the form of sustainable development programs. We believe in empowering communities we help to self-reliant, fight poverty and establish a sustainable socio-economic backbone. We also believe that the communities we help should own the project - nurture the “seed”- maintain and own the development programs.

Our objective is to provide the monetary, material and technical resources needed to achieve the following goals in the communities that we adopt:

Reduce poverty
Educate the community – open schools
Provide potable water for communities that we adopt
Provide basic health services
Decrease vulnerability of the populations
Mitigate the constant threat of drought
Ensure the sustainable use of natural resources
Reduce deforestation of soil erosion