8 responses to A weekend with the Martins
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    Comment on A weekend with the Martins (March 10th, 2008 at 06:33)

    I am curious how they were admitted to Poland in the first place. Surely getting a work permit is very difficult. How do they support themselves?

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    Comment on A weekend with the Martins (March 10th, 2008 at 08:17)

    I hope I didn’t over look this in the other articles, do you know why the Martin family left the USA and why they chose Poland to immigrate to?

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    Comment on Beachy Amish in Poland (March 10th, 2008 at 13:41)

    Beachy Amish in Poland

    I am actually not totally sure why they chose Poland–they first came over as part of a small group which included parents and at least one other family, and it was done as a mission through the Beachy church I believe. There are Beachy communities in Romania and Ukraine among other places so perhaps it was just the next country they thought they’d go to. But I actually didn’t get into the question too deeply this time so I have to say I’m not 100% sure.

    Missy, Jacob has had a permanent residence card for I think close to five years. He does odd jobs, makes furniture, and they sell dairy products. They are not loaded but live well.

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    Comment on A weekend with the Martins (March 12th, 2008 at 19:19)

    i just wanted to comment for once and say that i LOVE your site. i read it all the time. i’m completely intrigued with the amish and you’re living my dream by, well, living with them!

    keep it up, i look forward to all your posts 🙂

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    Comment on A weekend with the Martins (March 13th, 2008 at 04:45)

    Kenzi I just want to say that makes me very happy to hear, thank you. I feel I’ve been blessed and if I can share a little of what I’ve experienced in a respectful way I do so gladly.

    I really enjoy writing this blog so I’m glad you enjoy reading it and please feel free to share any other thoughts or comments in future, I love hearing them.

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    Comment on A weekend with the Martins (March 14th, 2008 at 07:19)


    The Beachy Amish connection explains a lot. I’m assuming that the Beachy congregation in Southern Indiana is the one in Davies County?

    What I’m most curious about, however, is how they ended up aligning themselves with a Pentecostal congregation, instead of being “separate”, a hallmark of anabaptist groups.


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    Comment on A weekend with the Martins (March 16th, 2008 at 05:07)

    Hi Matthew, you are right about the location.

    I talked with Jacob about this–it’s a bit complicated but one thing is that he says he is more interested in a congregation where the influence of the leader is ‘de-emphasized’, in contrast to say, certain Amish or Catholic congregations, and he feels he found something close to that in this particular Pentecostal group.

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    Comment on A weekend with the Martins (March 17th, 2008 at 12:37)


    Jacob’s response is interesting. Perhaps the Pentecostal churches in Poland have less emphasized leadership roles than here in the United States, because, in general (and I do realize I’m painting with a broad brush), Pentecostal Churches here have been actually defined by the charisma of the bishop, pastor, etc. The one exception that I can initially think of would be the snake handling churches in the foothills of the Appalacian mountains.


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