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

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This month, we received a letter from an Amish man in response to our Amish Voice magazine. The letter was addressed to Joe Keim, director of Mission to Amish People and gave a warning to repent before it was too late.

Andy begged Joe to turn away from his worldly ways (such as owning and driving a car) and to return home in obedience to his mother and father's wishes.

To read Andy's letter in full, click on the link below:

http://www.mapministry.org/news/2018/06/26/repent-before-its-too-late
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Father’s Day is coming up in just a few short days. As you shop for the men in your family, would you consider registering your Amazon smiles account with mission to Amish People?

Amazon will donate 0.5% of your total purchase to Mission to Amish People if

1) you log into smile.amazon.com, and
2) choose Mission to Amish People as your charity?

It doesn't cost you anything, but helps us reach more people.

To start this giving process, please click on the link below:
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-3643915

Thank you for your support!
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Miller family!
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An elderly woman in Missouri was ticketed by state troopers after rear-ending an Amish horse-drawn buggy on her way to a Sunday evening church service.

It was the second car accident for 83-year-old Clarissa Smith, who less than a year ago rear-ended another Amish horse and buggy on the same rural road near a settlement of Amish farms. The pregnant driver in that incident died three days later from injuries sustained in the accident, a local official confirmed.

To read more about this accident, please click on the link below:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/elderly-driver-strikes-2nd-amish-buggy-year-didnt/story?id=55661730
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Growing up as a young Amish girl, Katie felt like any other child. She was taught about Jesus from the moment she could remember; she was told that in order to be a child of God, she had to obey all of his rules, which were taught by her parents and the church.

Only when she became a teenager did she begin to question the rules that were being enforced. She would ask her parents a lot of questions but would never really receive a satisfying answer.

Katie tried to go to her Bible for answers, but nothing made sense. It wasn't until she left the Amish and moved in with a Christian couple did she find what she was searching for!

To read more about Katie's life changing story, click on the link below:

http://www.mapministry.org/news/2018/06/01/katie-gingerich
Katie Gingerich
Katie Gingerich
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Below is the introduction of a letter that was written and signed by a group of former Amish and then sent into 10,000 Amish homes located in the Lancaster, PA area:

It is with great joy and great concern that this letter is written. Great joy knowing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, so we can have eternal life and live with Him. And great concern with the deception that is accepted and embraced in our community right now.

Our forefathers, who wrote the articles of faith while they were on fire for Jesus Christ, went out boldly sharing the word of God to the people in their generation. They wrote the articles of faith around the time when many villages and towns were being turned right side up for God. Now we see people getting excommunicated from the Old Order Amish Church for doing these same things that our forefathers were doing (the ones we call the Oldie). Holy Spirit filled men and women are being shunned for prison ministry, going to prayer meetings, attending bible studies, and doing the works of God. How can we expect to be a light of Jesus Christ as we do these things to each other?

To continue reading the letter in full, please click on the link below:

http://www.mapministry.org/articles/2018/03/28/former-amish-letter-sent-to-10000-amish-homes
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Below is a letter our ministry received for an Old Order Mennonite young man:

I am currently in an Old Order Mennonite church where rules are religion. I am getting sick of people relying on the preacher to be their god. They believe if you question any of their rules, you are being nothing shy of rebellious.

My community have four page letters of rules that they do not let anyone have a copy of because, they say, "it causes unnecessary questions an contention." For example, we can have a cab on any piece of farm equipment except the tractor, because it might get misused. And, like the Amish, no cars are allowed; the horse and buggy is a sign of righteousness. Man-made rules take precedence over more important spiritual matters such as hate, anger, malice strife and such. What does it mean to strain gnats an swallow camels?

How is a good way to leave such a church in a Christian manner without the ill feelings? My older brother left, and my dad told the family very strictly not to have any interaction with him at all. I said to him: "I am going to because they didn't do anything wrong or sinful. They just left a cult for true Christian religion." My, what a heated discussion that led to.

Needing help and prayers.

Vernon

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Have you ever wondered some of the same things that Vernon asked in his letter? Perhaps you've dealt with someone in a similar bondage situation.

To read Joe's scripture-based response to Vernon, please click on the link below:

http://www.mapministry.org/news/2017/01/17/vernon-martin
Vernon Martin
Vernon Martin
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Mission to Amish People's newsletter update goes out every other month. Our goal is to keep people up-to-date on all the things that are happening at MAP.

The May 2018 edition of our newsletter is now posted and ready to viewed online. To see all that is going on in our ministry recently, please click on the link or picture below:
http://www.mapministry.org/news-and-stories/our-newsletter
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This is what some local Amish have observed with regard to non-Amish churches in this area: Why, they exclaim, with no fences the sheep will all disappear!

In the same way that Amish look at rules today, with the old system of governing by laws and rules, the penalty is like a fence or wall that prevents straying. You can look at all the green pastures out there and wish you could get into those lush pastures, but fences can not be moved to allow that. If some sheep get outside the fence, the farmer will make sure that the sheep are returned and repairs are made to prevent that from happening again. Laws always need to be tinkered with, since loopholes are found. Farm fences always had to be repaired when I was young, and most likely still do. As do rules.

However, according to Romans 10: 4, "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." If you believe and obey Jesus, the law is fulfilled. "My yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Eli Stutzman took time to explore this topic of rules as it applies to the Amish church. To read his article in full, click on the link below:

http://www.mapministry.org/articles/2018/05/01/your-church-has-no-rules
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