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Evangelizing and Desipling Amish and Former Amish People
Evangelizing and Desipling Amish and Former Amish People

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Several years ago, a young ex-Amish man named William wrote a letter to his Amish mom on Mother's Day. In the letter, William thanked his mother for all that she did for him in life and told her that he genuinely felt she was the best mom on earth.

As he continued in his letter, though, he mentioned to his mom that there was only one thing that she still needed to do for him and that was give him over to God.

At one point in his letter, William writes:

"Mom, I wish you would give me over to God like Hannah did in 1st Samuel 12. She wanted a child so bad that she said to God, "if you give me a child, I will give the child back to you God when he is born." So God blessed her with a child, and she named the child Samuel. As soon as the baby was able to drink milk, Hannah took the baby over to the priest.

She did what she told the Lord she would do if the Lord would give her a child. I wish you would read this story, and do the same thing to me, and give me over to the Lord and be happy. "

To read his heartfelt letter in full, please click on the link or silhouette below:

http://www.mapministry.org/news/2003/06/21/son-to-mother-give-me-over-to-god

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Ray Miller was born and raised in a strict, Old Order Amish community. As he became an adult and got married, he had the opportunity to move to a more lenient Amish community. He tried making the switch but was still very unhappy, so he tried moving yet again to an even more lenient Amish community. Again, he felt like something was missing.

Finally, one day, Ray and his family made the difficult choice to leave the Amish. The Holy Spirit continued to work in Ray's heart, and today he is a child of the King and very eager to spend the rest of his life being used by him.

To read Ray's story in full, please click on the link or photo below:
http://www.mapministry.org/news/2016/01/07/ray-miller

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While everyone is different, in general, there are a variety of things that make an Amish woman stand out and appear differently than the typical American, non-Amish woman.

First, Amish women have little to no career focus but rather see their families and raising their children as their main responsibility. On that same note, Amish women still mother in ways that most would expect to see done in much earlier centuries. For instance, large family sizes are very common among the Amish; rarely do you find average family sizes of two to three children like you might in the typical non-Amish home.

Also, Amish women do not focus much on outward beauty or appearance. Instead Amish women spend their time taking part in "Home arts" such as quilting, gardening, baking, canning and other more traditional practices. Non-Amish women usually do not take the time to pursue such arts anymore.

As you can see, there are many differences between Amish and non-Amish women. The culture that Amish girls grow up in definitely helps mold and develop them into the unique and special people that they are!
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Amish church services, like many other areas of Amish life, differ greatly from the typical, "English" style and tradition. In fact, there are four different qualities that really set an Amish church service apart from others.

First, a majority of Amish churches meet in homes rather than church buildings. Most times, a large wagon filled with collapsible wooden benches will be brought to the home that is hosting church for that week, and they will be set up in either the living room, kitchen, basement, or a barn. Church services rotate throughout the community, so it is held at a new home each week!

A second thing that distinguishes Amish churches from most other churches today is that they have unpaid ministers that generally do not choose to be in a ministerial position; Amish men become ministers both by the congregation's choice and by chance. First, several potential ministers are voted in by the members. Then, each nominated man selects a hymnbook from a stack, and one of the books contains a slip of paper, indicating the new minister.

In addition, Amish sing their songs without any accompaniment of music or instruments. Most of their songs are sung acapella in an unusual style with long, drawn-out notes.

And finally, Amish churches are one of the few that enforce a type of social shunning. If a young man or woman leaves the Amish and then returns, they are "excommunicated." Business dealings as well as altered eating arrangement and many other forms of social "punishment" are enforced until the shunning is lifted. 
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Tiffany Raber grew up in a typical English home and only had a small amount of contact with the Amish in passing at the grocery store or her town's local flea market. Like most people, Tiffany just assumed that the Amish believed in salvation and were on their way to Heaven. It wasn't until she met her now husband, Monroe, that she began to understand and get to know the culture on a deeper level; it was then that she began to understand the culture's lost state.

Tiffany shares her experience with being an outsider getting an insider glimpse into the Amish culture through her dating years with Monroe. She also shares how she and Monroe came into contact with Mission to Amish People and what an impact that has had on their lives.

To read about her testimony and experiences in full, please click on the link or her picture below:

http://www.mapministry.org/news/2010/08/29/tiffany-raber



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There are several reasons why Amish churches receive so much commitment and loyalty from their members. First and foremost, many young people who are considering to leave the Amish will choose not to do so because they fear the Bann and being excommunicated from their friends and loved ones for leaving.

In addition, many young people do not want to disobey or let down their parents, so they remain tied to their Amish roots instead of exploring outside options. Along those same lines, Amish believe that obedience to parents is a key element in getting into Heaven, so a fear of an eternity spent in Hell is another key factor that keeps Amish from leaving their religion behind.

Finally, many Amish have pride in their heritage and in the way that they were raised. Naturally, they want to stay true to their roots and pass on their heritage and beliefs to future generations in their family line.
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Our newsletter update goes out every other month. Our goal is to keep people up-to-date on all the things that are happening at Mission to Amish People.

Since 2000, we have posted every issue on this web site. Recently, our January/February 2017 edition posted and is ready to be viewed online!

To view our most recent edition of the newsletter, please click on the link below:

http://www.mapministry.org/news-and-stories/our-newsletter

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Suppose you saw Jesus sitting down and talking with someone. Curious, you sneak up and eavesdrop, and you are surprised to hear them talking about you!

If this would happen, what do you think Jesus would be saying about you? Would He be praising you for your good works and faithfulness? Would He be speaking of your need to repent and turn from sin or from dead works?

Moses Schrock recently wrote the article, "What Does it Take for God to Forgive Me?" In the article, Moses talks about the different things that people do to try to please the Lord and gain his forgiveness. What about you? What do you think it takes to get God to forgive you?

To read Moses' article and find out more, click on the link below:

http://www.mapministry.org/articles/2017/01/01/what-does-it-take-for-god-to-forgive-you

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Many times, when a person leaves the Amish, they are no longer welcome to come home for visits. This is the case with Polly Girod, who left the Amish several years ago and recently received a letter from her sister.

In the letter, Polly's sister asked that she don't come to visit them at their house until the day she decides to return back to the Amish. It was made clear that even in the case of a funeral or tragedy, it would be preferred that Polly stay away.

To read the letter in full and leave an encouraging note for Polly, please click on the link below:

http://www.mapministry.org/news/2017/01/24/from-a-sister-who-wishes-things-would-be-different

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Several years ago, our ministry crossed paths with a young man named Uriah Shetler. Uriah was born and raised in the Amish culture. When he took a job of milking cows for his neighbor as a young teenager, he began to listed to his neighbor's Christian radio station in the background and heard the gospel for the first time.

Upon hearing the truth about Salvation, Uriah at first didn't want anything to do with it because he knew that accepting it meant being shunned and cut off from his family. God continued to work on his heart, though, and used the daily radio station's messages to eventually speak further to Uriah and cause him to want to accept the Lord's free gift of eternal life.

Uriah's life was never the same after accepting God's gift of salvation! To read his story in full, please click on the link or his picture below:
http://www.mapministry.org/news/2010/11/17/uriah-shetler
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