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March 2024

The History of Abide

Thank you for your interest in Abide Ministries; there is a lot to enjoy with us!

Let’s recount a bit of the history of Abide and what has gotten us to this incredible new part of the journey.

Back in 1996, Abide Ministries began out of the recognition that the family is one of God’s greatest ideas. The need for families to be strong is critical to the spiritual formation and well being of individuals and communities. My wife, Robyn, and I set out to spend time with families, helping them hear from God and respond well to God’s encouragement and ways. With encouragement and guidance from us, our hope was for them to develop discernment and trust in God.

It seemed a little presumptuous that the name for the ministry would include the plural “Ministries” as it was just our family embarking on a great adventure with close friends. Yet, God confirmed the name, revealing to us that we would help other people start ministries making the pathway for others to heed God’s call a little less cumbersome. Like we could have benefited from while starting Abide.

One by one, we began to see God bring people into the community of Abide Ministries, each having heard from God to begin a good work. We were delighted to be able to provide encouragement and a structure for people to complete the ministry that God gave them!

Now, a few decades later, God has been faithful in developing the team of Abide, allowing us to watch multiple individuals and families hear from God and respond well. People (Branches of Abide) are helping meet the needs of others by completing the good works that God has for them to be and do.

These are good works of justice and peacemaking! – described here in Matthew in what is referred to as Jesus’ sermon on the mount:

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set up on a mountain is not able to be hidden.

And they don’t light a candle and place it under a basket.

Rather, upon a candle stand, and it will shine on everyone in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before people so that they can see your good works and they can give honor to your Father who is in the skies.”

Matthew 5:14-16 BPT

I invite you to peruse through the presentation of the branches on Abide’s website (abide.community) and see if there is a Branch that resonates with you.

Also consider what good work might God be calling you to. We are here to help you come and try, blossom and bear fruit. It’ll be a great journey together!

Mike

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