Jesus “…saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:15-18).
Bethel Abundant Life Ministries (BALM) is the continuation of the church Jesus promised to build for the saving of lost humanity. He declared “Upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt.6:18). BALM is planted on this foundation!
Our history dates back to this church which started in Jerusalem in A.D. 33 as recorded in the book of Acts 2. During the phenomenal event that took place in Jerusalem, on the Day of Pentecost, 120 disciples of Jesus experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit in fulfillment of the prophecies of Joel (2:28): “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh…” and Isaiah (28:11): “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people”. This was the beginning of the first church.
On August 20, 2008, based on a leading from the Lord, Pastor Valvern Wittock and his wife Missionary Vivienne Wittock registered Bethel Abundant Life Ministries in the State of Florida. The vision of the tri-fold ministry then and now is to seek God’s empowerment with the aim of “Reaching Others for Christ” to share with them the good news that Jesus saves and gives eternal life to all who repent and turn to Him from their sins.
The Lord is adding believers to the church according to His will and purpose. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and with the assistance of a faithful team of officers comprising a Pastoral Council, Pastor Wittock continues to provide leadership and direction to this growing and vibrant ministry as it moves forward, purposefully to impact the lives of people mainly in the inner city communities, to the glory of God.