"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing."

John 15:5


Abiding in the Vine Family Life Ministries, Inc. serves to equip and empower people with knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to promote healing, restoration and wholeness to enable them to fulfill purpose and destiny in God.

"Rebuilding the Walls of Purpose in Lives"

Josie Gurganus

In Loving and Fond Memories of our Beloved Josie.

Posted Dec 31, 2020 – Josie was one of the original charter members of Abiding in the Vine Family Life Ministries, Inc.

She attended the first retreat in 1997 which became one of the hallmarks of the Ministry for the past 20 years.

Josie was an anchor for the ministry and was always willing to share her wisdom, commitment, encouragement, creativity, love, and devotion not only to ABIV but every life she touched along her journey. Josie; friend, sister, Servant of God you will always remain with us.

Barbara A. Ward, Founder, President And Abiding in the Vine Team

Ministry Update

Hello Everyone,

I am sending this message to update you on the status of ABIV Ministry. We submit our heartfelt prayers for those whose life have been impacted by the Coronavirus. We want to assure you that the Vision and Mission of our Ministry remains the same. However, due to the COVID-19 and CDC Guidelines, we are making temporary changes to the format of ABIV Ministry.

We are excited to have this opportunity to expand our Ministry using ABIV Website (Abivfamilylife.com) and our newly activated Facebook Account, Podcast, messages, and other means of communication.  Some of our new offerings will include the following:

  • Regular inspirational and encouraging words from God from the ABIV Team Members.
  • Articles and helpful tools to promote healthier lifestyles, spiritual growth, and well-being from Professional Therapist, Counselors, and Ministry Leaders.
  • Podcast addressing special issues relative to the current issues of the times.

I believe that God is calling us “For Such a Time as This.” There is a place for each of us to fulfill our purpose to expand and build His Kingdom.  One of my favorite Scriptures remains:

“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God?” – Micah 6:8 (NASB)

Looking forward to returning back to sponsoring “Healing the Orphan’s Heart Conferences, Retreats, Spiritual Formation Conference, Coaching, Targeted Topical Groups.

Blessings and Grace,

Barbara A. Ward, LCSW, M.Div.
President, Abiding in the Vine Family Life Ministries, Inc.