Thank you for visiting our new website designed by Fuller Creative. In this past year the Lord has shown us further directions in which ALMI can follow Him, and we are excited about all of the changes. The upgraded look of the website beautifully complements both our new pursuits and our old commitments, and we hope it will be a manageable and pleasant way for you to keep abreast of the plans and activities ongoing as all of us seek to serve the Lord and spread the message of Christ in you, the hope of glory.
ALMI Staff & Partners
Michael Wells founded Abiding Life Ministries International in 1989 as a ministry of encouragement to believers in many countries. He believed this encouragement comes as we focus on the Jesus within us and as God gives the revelation of all we possess in Him, and Christian growth is not changing, but involves the revelation of the great exchange (His life for ours). In our weakness He becomes our strength in every situation. Jesus did not come only to deliver us from hell in the future, but also to deliver us from our daily hell through a key moment-by-moment relationship in Him, where we discover all we have looked for elsewhere in vain. These beliefs prompted Mike’s discipleship ministry and many travels to speak and share, several books he wrote, and many hours of teaching recorded on CD, DVD, and MP3. The many seeds the Holy Spirit planted through Mike’s tireless years of sharing continue to bear fruit today.
Betty Wells, Executive Director, worked with her husband, Michael Wells, as he founded and directed ALMI from 1989 until his passing October, 2011. She never aspired to co-pastor with Mike and enjoyed staying in the background, supporting him by running the office, organizing his trips, and helping communicate with ministry folks all around the world. However, as way leads on to way in The Way and as new chapters in life are entered, in his absence she now directs the ministry with a heart toward glorifying the Lord as He continues what He began at ALMI. Betty has edited all of Mike’s writings and continues in the ministry’s administration work, helping to spread Mike’s messages and materials in every way possible. Married in 1974, Michael and Betty have three grown children and three granddaughters.
TRAVELING DISCIPLESHIP MINISTER
Noah Wells comes to us because of a call of God to ministry on his life at the young age of seven. Now in his late thirties, married, and the father of two children, he is able to answer God’s call to share Christ’s Life and Love with hurting, discouraged, or questioning people. Lest you think his life was idyllic as a son of Mike Wells, he believes the hardships permitted into his life by God have served to enable him to understand defeat and compassionately share how Christ is always able to walk with us there.
Karla Blanton first had the pleasure of encountering Mike and Betty Wells in the mid 1980s at the church she and her family were attending. The rest is history, as they say. Karla assumed the role of office manager in mid-2012. She loves to hear your stories of God’s work in your lives and through your abiding, so don’t hesitate to communicate with her. She will also fill your orders for materials or accept donations and prayer requests. She and her husband, Wayne, have been married for over 38 years and have one adult son.
ALMI “With” Partners
There are many others in this WITH ministry. Once a branch is recognized as having a like call and passion, we encourage that personal ministry by offering training and the free use of the materials. It is not our goal to add staff in the conventional sense, but to recognize staff throughout the world and support them as co-laborers. Because it is our conviction that with the call comes the physical provision, we recognize that a branch’s provision comes from the Vine, not ALMI. This has been a very effective approach over the years, since there are now hundreds of Vine-connected branches who have started their own self-supported ministries or stayed in their place of ministry to share the abiding life. We call this a WITH approach to ministry. One branch is neither above nor under another, but they minister WITH one another on the Vine.
TRAINING & DISCIPLESHIP
First connecting with Mike and Betty Wells as a teen, Tim has walked “WITH” ALMI up to today. In the early years of sitting under Mike’s teaching and mentoring, Tim began to present principles of abiding in a unique format especially for students; he thus could speak to youth groups while Mike presented seminars to adults. Mike invited Tim to help train individuals who had a desire for advanced training. Tim shifted ministry to include seminars for adults with a special emphasis toward training individuals who have the desire to disciple one on one.
Tim has served in local church ministry in some capacity for over 35 years. Tim and Karen have been together for nearly 20 years, with Karen directly joining Tim in the ministry in the past decade.
The ALMI ministry center with Tim and Karen is on the east coast, not far from the nation’s capital in Hagerstown, MD. Please see Tim and Karen’s page for more information.
DIRECTOR, ALM CANADA
In 1999 the truth that Life is only found “in” Christ really took hold in Chad’s life. It has been a recurring theme throughout his life. Even as a small boy his mom had him singing a simple tune in so many different places, “For me to live is Christ.” When Chad entered Bible college, Jesus impressed upon his heart to, “Wait for your foundation before you build your house.” The message was emphasized again through a dear brother’s encouraging words: “Chad, God has been preparing you for this . . . well . . . since birth.” God’s leading and call has been so evident, and Chad’s desire is to share this simple yet profound message of abiding in Christ. He has been broken and so enjoys sharing the Love of God to the broken, hurting, defeated, and marginalized in hopes that they, too, discover how Christ fully meets us even in the most difficult places. Chad and his wife, Tracy, married in 1997 and have three children. They currently reside in Provost, Alberta, Canada.
ALMI SPANISH-LANGUAGE DIRECTOR
Raimundo Ericson, an ordained pastor and professional translator and interpreter, met Mike back in 1986 in Buenos Aires, when he was invited to be Mike’s interpreter in his first speaking trip outside the U.S. Raimundo and Hilda immediately felt that the message of abiding in Christ was what their soul and spirit longed for. After the conference they kept in contact and the Wells-Ericson relationship grew stronger as time went by. Raimundo translated first Sidetracked in the Wilderness, interpreted for Mike when he visited Argentina, and later on began arranging speaking contacts and serving as Mike’s interpreter in other Latin American countries. In 2008 Mike & Betty invited Raimundo to become gradually more involved in not only traveling and interpreting for Mike and Tim, and translating Mike’s books and ALMI materials, but also in being part of the ministry’s connection with the Spanish-speaking world and organizing Mike’s agenda for those countries.
Valuable ongoing contacts have been made or confirmed in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. In 2010 Raimundo organized a weekend seminar in Torrevieja, Spain, with the English-speaking community steeled along the Mediterranean coast in the province of Valencia. That year and the following were very active in travels with Mike throughout Latin America, with Mike’s first three books printed in Spanish in seven countries.
In July, 2012, Tim Lester and Raimundo taught seminars for leaders in Guatemala and Costa Rica, and a two-day addictions seminar in Colombia. In January, 2014, Raimundo organized a 5-day marriage seminar in Colombia, in which 41 leaders from several Latin American countries were trained by Tim Lester in ministering to couples. The 24 sessions and related teaching aids of this seminar are presently being downloaded by leaders and individuals in Spanish-speaking countries. As the teaching is in English with Spanish interpretation, English speakers can also profit from these materials.
Raimundo and Hilda make their home in San Miguel in the Greater Buenos Aires area. They have 3 married sons, 3 granddaughters, and a grandson.
Mount Alford Lodge Christian Conference Centre began in 2000 as a boutique conference facility (24 bed) for Dr. Michael Wells to use in international training for ALMI. Our company, ALMICC LTD (Abiding Life Ministries International Conference Centre) is a registered not-for-profit public company. The facilities are extensively used by churches, community groups, and other organizations.
The foundational platform is our ministry, Abiding Life Discoveries Australia. The inspiration, materials, and Christ-centered abiding ethos we have discovered from Mike, Betty, and ALMI has enabled us to share this incredible ministry in every opportunity given to us. This includes seminars and training at Mount Alford Lodge, making available such information to every group who comes to our Centre. This “abiding message” is taken to churches, conferences, home groups, and every door that opens for us. We want to equip others who want to share this ministry. CDs, DVDs, and books are distributed across the country. We have mass-produced an “introductory” CD (CD #2 of “Abiding Life in a Capsule”) to offer every person when visiting churches and other groups. Our hearts’ desire is for more and more doors to be open for this incredible ministry to expand.
The staff at Mount Alford Lodge includes Geoff and Beryl Hopson, Wendy and Phil Bell, and several others.