Michael Wells founded ALMI in 1989 as a ministry of encouragement to believers around the world

What is Abiding Life Ministries all about?

In describing Abiding Life Ministries International, there is an inherent problem: If ALMI were introducing you to a teaching, doctrine, method, or program, its ministry would be very easy to describe. However, we want to introduce you to a Person very much alive and living in you, and that can only be done by a revelation from Him.

ALMI is a worldwide (150 countries so far) missions organization dedicated to the simple message that there is nothing the nearness of Christ cannot overcome. This message we call the abiding life (John 15) is best explained by the following illustration: Holding both hands out in front of you, imagine Christ on your right hand and your problems on your left hand. As you move the hand with problems toward you, the problems get your attention and become all-consuming. However, if you move the hand with Christ on it toward you, He gets your attention, and though the problems have not disappeared, they are not overwhelming. What gets your attention gets you.

The goal of Abiding Life Ministries is singular: We are missionaries to Christians and desire to see them focused on Christ and understanding all He has already done for them. ALMI does not present a one-time fix; it is our conviction that Christ desires a moment-by-moment relationship with Himself, and in the moment of an abiding relationship, we share in all of Christ’s victory, all of His power, and all of His work. The Bible proclaims that power comes through weakness, so as Christians we should pray to be weak, for we only fail where we think we are strong. The man who did everything did nothing, and all that He ever did, He never did. It was the Father doing it through Him.

In John 17 is a promise that we can be one with Him as He was with the Father. We never pray, “Help me be strong. Help me have love. Help me have kindness, etc.” We pray this: “Jesus, in this moment You come to be my love, my kindness, and my peace, for without You I can do nothing.” We believe in a purpose for suffering, and there are things learned in suffering that cannot be learned in comfort. To that end, we believe God permits what He could prevent. We also believe in being offended until we can no longer be offended, and that in every relationship God is working something spectacular in our lives. Understood by the name “Abiding Life Ministries International” is the fact that we take the message of abiding in Christ internationally.

Statement of Faith

We believe that Jesus is whom He says he is, exactly God. We believe we are branches on the Vine. We believe that exactly Jesus lives through us as His life is expressed by His Holy Spirit. We believe that apart from Him we can do nothing. We believe that the Beatitudes are not reflective of a standard, but detail the salient characteristics of the person of Christ. We believe we are not to work for what we already possess, and we have been given everything pertaining to life and godliness. We believe that a Christian does not have a behavior problem when caught up in failure but a belief problem. We believe God is true though every man be the liar. We believe we cannot have fellowship around what we believe, but only around the One in whom we trust. We believe power is perfected in weakness. We believe God permits what He could prevent. We believe there are things learned in suffering that cannot be learned in comfort. We believe that to share in the power of the resurrection, there must be the fellowship of suffering. We believe that Jesus is the Word of God. We believe that doctrine has no power, and perfect doctrine will not produce a perfect life; we believe that Jesus is the perfect life. We believe Jesus is the Way and every other way is not the Way. We believe Jesus is the glue holding all things together, and therefore His commands are not imposed upon man but written into the very nature of man. We believe truth is not preached but demonstrated. We believe grace is free but truth is purchased, and if one does not believe the things of God, they will have to be proven in him. We believe the normal Christian’s growth involves being offended until he cannot be offended. We believe the coming of Jesus was never the Father’s Plan B, but He was the Slain Lamb from the foundations of the world. We believe this fallen body and this fallen world are the perfect place for the child of God to be birthed, and the purpose of life on earth is for the believer to be made safe for heaven. We believe that God is not fighting Satan but using him. We believe the greatness of faith is not determined by how much one receives, but by how long one can go and receive nothing. We believe God does not cause all things but will cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him. We believe God is for us, so who can be against us? We believe victory is a moment-by- moment gift that comes from abiding in Christ. We believe God has permitted the perfect circumstances for every believer to have the best opportunity for coming into a deeper revelation of Christ within him. We believe no Christian has spiritual privilege over another, for God shows no partiality. We believe the child of God is born again from above and not from within through the efforts of man. We believe we can be one with Jesus as He was one with the Father. We believe that God loves us.

Disclaimer: None of above mentioned will happen if Jesus Christ does not show up. As one missionary said, “If you want to continue to grow in Christ, continue to put yourself in situations wherein if He does not show up, you are helpless.” We have done exactly that; we show up in the full faith and assurance that He will show up. In our humility (emptiness) we are trusting that He will teach us the living TRUTH. To that end, pray with us.

Since 1989, Abiding Life has ministered to people in 150 countries worldwide.


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