The Way The Truth and The Life
Sigmund

Buffalo Grove, IL

#231 Jun 30, 2013
Then you are familiar with Brother Jim Alexander's green 76 Ford F250, maybe the first vehicle on the property, that would climb that mountain behind the General store/post office. Never stayed in the hotel (kept my piano there) but lived above the restaurant with the salt and pepper big Jims. Worked at the furniture with Penny. Got in trouble while gathering donations in Miami with Penny. I was real tired and said I am being led to stop(not that I was tired)...and she immediately told Ben and it became a sermon.:) They were good times

In Florida I lived in the Gus Ayalla complex with Mark Isham, the band boys, was in the last donation drive to move to Marion and sang at the Jacky Gleason Theatre for that Rapture event.

Have any pictures ot the printed literature (I still use some of it) or any of the music? Regards, Steve
David Mullinix

Seneca, SC

#232 Jun 30, 2013
Praise the Lord! "was a member", what a word of encouragement to myself, and anyone who had a connection to the Way, and sincerely is looking for answers and relevancy to that period of their lives. I lived in Charlie's apartments for about 1 1/2 years, worked in the print ship with him and others some, and know, that the Way the Truth and the Life was used in my life in a very demonstrable way. Though, I really don't believe I was saved while there, God used it to bring me to a "Damascus Road" salvation, Feb 14, 1981, while stationed in italy. Father is a sovereign God, indeed! I hope and pray that in these days that we live in, that the Father will draw many more back to this site, to, once again, make a connection, and share what God has been doing in their lives as well.

Blessings,

David Mullinix
jacknchina

Charlotte, NC

#233 Jul 1, 2013
Yes, I lived in that complex also with Bob and Adam. For all it's shortcomings, WTL was a foundation for my faith. I have had to overcome a lot of original misconceptions but my basic belief in God's way being the only way regardless of what the "world" says remains foundational.
Sigmund wrote:
Then you are familiar with Brother Jim Alexander's green 76 Ford F250, maybe the first vehicle on the property, that would climb that mountain behind the General store/post office. Never stayed in the hotel (kept my piano there) but lived above the restaurant with the salt and pepper big Jims. Worked at the furniture with Penny. Got in trouble while gathering donations in Miami with Penny. I was real tired and said I am being led to stop(not that I was tired)...and she immediately told Ben and it became a sermon.:) They were good times
In Florida I lived in the Gus Ayalla complex with Mark Isham, the band boys, was in the last donation drive to move to Marion and sang at the Jacky Gleason Theatre for that Rapture event.
Have any pictures ot the printed literature (I still use some of it) or any of the music? Regards, Steve
Sigmund

Buffalo Grove, IL

#234 Jul 1, 2013
The one thing all learned there was the need and duty to share the word, not necessarily doctrine. I can hear Micky telling us to do just that now and to immediately, intensely, start studying to show ourselves approved, workmen that need not be ashamed. Well there are three of the group here, maybe more will find us and remind us of something good from the motel in Old Ashford, NC.

Do you remember Bob's last name
Dave Bellerose

Parkville, MD

#235 Jul 5, 2013
Great to see people are keeping this post going. I lived with Micky and Adrianne 2 years, first in Franklinville then Ashford. It was an awesome privilege. I hope someday Micky will write something here.
sigmund

Rolling Meadows, IL

#236 Jul 8, 2013
It would make me smile also.
Deputy Duffy

Lexington, SC

#237 Jul 21, 2013
The one way place wrote:
I was in Florida with them in one of their houses then onto NC. Some fine folks in Marion. After being with them for over a year and building most of their 'compound' in Ashford,NC, I left. They were a bit legalistic, but I never say the atrocities they were continuously accused of. They were however talking about things like the Mayan 2012 'party gone wrong' scenario long before it was cool and TV worthy.
I moved from Florida to Ashford, N.C. but left after a couple of months. As part of an investigation, I can say there were no illegal activities going on while I was involved.

Since: Jul 13

Lexington, SC

#238 Jul 21, 2013
The one way place wrote:
I would like to find any documented truth, pictures, articles and any news on that 1970-80s Bible group in Ashford by the train overpass. I have been looking for years. I also would like to find the location of Sappio. Any help?
I too was wondering what happened to Ben Sappio. That's why I ended up on this forum today.
I've heard he was in Coral Gables but haven't pursued that yet.

Since: Jul 13

Lexington, SC

#239 Jul 21, 2013
One Way wrote:
<quoted text> As that part of your life is over I will only add...Hey... you are not nuts, it was there...I helped build it. Were you there when our friendly neighborhood citizens (that go to proper churches that are perfect, burned a cross on the property? Amidst the insane ramblings of folks that never were there, the truth is the only thing I saw was folks who wanted to do good for Christ, not caging and eating the babies. Mickey and Ben appeared to want you to do good for them, and it appeared it was constraint. It turned into more of a police state. However, for me, the high level of Biblical education without dreary music and preachers who read sermons out of a manual was needed and it was a fruitful time. I left, freely, due to my desire to listen to Christ not Ben. He did a lot of good, was different, made mistakes, but I think he became overwhelmed and erred. He would say I wanted to leave to sin. I still would love a copy of the tunes they wrote. Before the Mayans, the WTL informed folks that society and the events in the earth would go as it has. Was the rest right?
I used to have a copy of the "songbook". I don't know if it's still around or not but I'll look for it.

Since: Jul 13

Lexington, SC

#240 Jul 21, 2013
Judith Witmer wrote:
Ben Sapio Died in 2000 or 2001...and you Sbelle have been busted for lying about his whereabouts and his actual life. Why should we believe anything you say from here-on-out?
Ben was a Sophist in the truest sense of the word. He died from an auto accident while living in Texas....at least that's what his then wife Lanelle said in an email to me many years ago.
If you want to verify this...do a REAL search (this time) and see for yourself. I know that all those who are reading and were involved with that group will do the same.
I don't know what you are up to by publishing false information...but it doesn't surprise me one bit. Many people who were rescued by so called "Christians" were done so with the chief aim of picking up brownie points from God. And what i mean by that is Christians who sought favor with God....would go out and try and save the world...and think that God would look favorably on them. A noble effort (in their minds) that they actually could improve the world by bringing someone to accept Christ---when in actuality they were being sacrificed in the name of Logic and Reason to the God of Emotions and Feelings.
Never mind that they really couldn't help their subjects...they were building up down line.(Kinda like an Amway sales persons recruits people to sell under him). A brilliant way to confuse "Minions"...and keep them occupied while the realist get to control the world.
I've tried to find this information on Sappio.
Can you point me in the right direction?

Since: Jul 13

Lexington, SC

#241 Jul 21, 2013
dbellerose wrote:
continued..........
I have no regrets about my time with WTL. I grew spiritually a great deal. Ben Sapio had very little influence on me. I hope that Mik is still preaching the
Word. It would b a travesty if he isn't.
Seems I faintly remember Mikey.
Forgive me, please....I've developed a severe case of CRS. &#9786;

Since: Jul 13

Lexington, SC

#242 Jul 21, 2013
Sigmund wrote:
There are newspaper articles but as you may have read here, they were incorrect. Tough to find now as we were written about mostly in a paper in Marion, NC....if you want to try. McDowell News???
I was with WTL in Miami (71) thru NC (74) and left as those satellites were starting. It was a similar 'satellite' situation in Florida to 'confront' a wider area of 'people on the street, or wherever', but all was not as edgy as it became there (NC). For me the last 6 months in Miami were spent happily getting the money for and planning the move to the Ashford, NC location. Building that was a great time. The last 6 month in NC was spent knowing it changed and wanting to leave.
I wonder if the original poster got his answer
What was the name of the guy in Miami that was killed? Do you remember?

Since: Jul 13

Lexington, SC

#243 Jul 21, 2013
Sigmund wrote:
He's upset I interogated his wife 'Sugarpiemom'. Sorry boy....ah, Roy. No offence intended.
LMBO!!!! Thank you!

Since: Jul 13

Lexington, SC

#244 Jul 21, 2013
was a member wrote:
searching the Way the Truth and the Life out of curiosity I came across these blogs.
It was sad to read as most of what is written is absolutely not true.
I was with the first group of members that came up from Miami moving the ministry to NC. My wife and I were the last people to leave after the property was sold to another 'Christian ministry'.
Ben Sapio was the Pastor. He was kicked out by the congregation due to immorality. I was one of the deacons to kick him out. The group was not forced to close by anyone or any organization. There were some things that were not right and I would in no way defend or condone any of them. Unfortunately most members were young and in many cases na´ve like myself. However there were many lives saved and changed to this day because of that ministry.
There was an article in the McDowell News but it was a total lie. No one was murdered, that's insane. I was there when the reporters came and took pictures and scurried off only to see in the next addition this picture of what was stackable cribs (now at churches and nurseries everywhere),on the front page with bold front line print title BABIES KEPT IN CAGES. RIDICULOUS AND UNBELIEVABLE! After legal intervention they were forced to retract it all in the paper.
Don't know if this forum is still up and running but if anyone wants to know the truth just respond with your question and I will tell you.
For the record I have worked for a well know company for 33 years. My wife is an underwriter for major Life insurance company. We are Christians and members of the Southern Baptist convention.
be careful what you read and believe.
God Bless,
Thanks for the comment.
I traveled to N.C. in whatever year that was...(I suffer from severe CRS) in a tiny cramped car trusting in the Lord to guide Brother Whateverhisnamewas's hands to get us there in one piece.
I came looking today to see what happened to Mr. Sapio for no other reason than I'd been exploring Goggle Maps.
What a facinating day this has turned out to be.
I shall read on with interest. Thanks.
one way

Rolling Meadows, IL

#245 Jul 27, 2013
Deputy Duffy wrote:
<quoted text>
What was the name of the guy in Miami that was killed? Do you remember?


Regarding , he was about 5'4, a little chunky and one of the 4-5 'elders'.
one way

Rolling Meadows, IL

#246 Jul 27, 2013
jacknchina wrote:
Yes, I lived in that complex also with Bob and Adam. For all it's shortcomings, WTL was a foundation for my faith. I have had to overcome a lot of original misconceptions but my basic belief in God's way being the only way regardless of what the "world" says remains foundational.
<quoted text>
5I always have remembered Bob coming home with all that tar on him :)

Do you remember Gus' pal from Chicago, who worked in films and music, showed up at that motel complex in Miami and who stayed til Ashford community was up and running?

PS: Deputy: I was talking about Mickeys description.
one way

Rolling Meadows, IL

#247 Jul 27, 2013
Dave Bellerose wrote:
Great to see people are keeping this post going. I lived with Micky and Adrianne 2 years, first in Franklinville then Ashford. It was an awesome privilege. I hope someday Micky will write something here.
Two years with Mickey.....phew, you have to know the Scriptures real good. Were you skinny with glasses? You I remember. You still owe me 10 bucks.........:
one way

Rolling Meadows, IL

#248 Jul 27, 2013
:)

Since: Jul 13

Lexington, SC

#249 Jul 27, 2013
Seems I remember someone named Mitch..
DARN IT, I wish my memory was better.
I was sent to work with a fella who owned a survey company until we figured out he was looking for someone he could send to school and eventually take over his business.
I went to the mill after that and swept floors.
Ok....Y'all jog my memory some more. &#9786;
Crystal

United States

#250 Jul 28, 2013
I have read this entire post n am amazed! I know Boonie n it is certain he is strange, whatever the reason. I was.born in 77 n have always heard terrible stories about this group. I am glad to know some of the real truth. As for murders...I never heard this about the group. I have heard Danny Parton from North Cover killed his gf from, charlotte for having an abortion. They say her friend came looking for her so he killed her too. They were said to have been buried side by side. He was caught n sent to prison (u can search this out by googling "nc offender data" n searching his name). Ten or so yrs ago they were transporting him in marion n he escaped. My mom was tanning at tropical tan on the back side of the bowling alley n when she came out the police escorted her to her car because Danny Parton was trying to steal a car. I also heard (unsure how true) he was a relative of Dolly Parton. Anyway he died a few yrs back in the NC Department of Corrections. I wish all of the former WTL members peace, prayers, n love from a native Marionite. Good luck to each of u.

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