17 responses to Do Amish do mission work?
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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 10th, 2011 at 09:20)

    Greetings Erik!!

    Very good post. Filled with many thoughts and questions I have been thinking about for years. I have attended to churches that pushed mission work abroad like their lives depended on it and I have attended churches that believe charity work begins at home so to speak. Each seems to have their own set of problems to deal with.

    I do like the idea of the “noiseless light” the Amish have. As a Christian I have found over the years that with a lot of people, the more you cram something down their throats the more they rebel. I have seen where that holds true a lot with people talking to a non-Christian about Christianity. But setting a gentle example or shining a “noiseless light” will do more good. There is a fine line kind of balance I believe. And I believe for the most part the Amish have found it.

    So many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, admire the Amish for various reasons, but mostly because they have a belief system in place and they stick to it. They do not cave in to peer pressure so to speak. And I think everyone, whether they agree with what the Amish believe or not, admire them for their strength and fortitude to stick to their beliefs no matter what.

    Just my thoughts for the day. Now I am wiped out and need to go back to bed,,,, taxed my pee brain too much, LOL.

    Blessings, Alice

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    Theresa H.
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 10th, 2011 at 09:48)

    We are currently stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi where the need for rebuilding is very stong. You would think in some places that Hurricane Katrina came through only last week and not 5+ years ago. Every winter Jan.-March they have numerous volunteers to include, Amish and Mennonites who come down with MCC, CAM and few other organizations to help with rebuilding. The volunteers are all ages and are both boys and girls.

    While they are visiting, numerous ones attend the church we are currently attending and it is always fun to find out the different areas they are from. (mostly Pennsylvania and Ohio) We are definately going to miss having them join us in church each Sunday.

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    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 10th, 2011 at 09:56)

    We all have out slot in life.

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    Bob Rosier
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 10th, 2011 at 11:24)

    I like the way you put it Alice “they have a belief system in place and they stick to it.” That may be the key to success.

    All religions are supposed to be based on love and forgiveness which the Amish follow, yet the newer form of fundamentalist often seem critical of anyone with a different view and often associated with too much negativity. I have always believed that what matters are not so much what you believe, but how you behave.

    The test of true religion is simple. If people’s beliefs, secular or religious, make them belligerent, intolerant, and unkind about other people’s faith or beliefs, they fail the test. If their convictions impel them to act compassionately and to honor others views, they are good, helpful and sound.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 10th, 2011 at 11:42)

    Hi Bob,

    It is a combination of beliefs and behavior. As you state in your third paragraph by stating, “If peoople’s beliefs”. Our beliefs tend to dictate how we behave.

    Blessings, Alice

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    Forest
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 10th, 2011 at 11:52)

    Hi Folks

    Regarding what Bob shared:
    “I have always believed that what matters are not so much what you believe, but how you behave”; we would generally agree and say that how you behave reflects exactly what you believe, no matter what you may say. We wear, for example, modest dress because it (hopefully) is an outward sign of our inner modesty and humility.

    The statement “Preach the gospel daily, use words if you have to” is one that frequently comes up in our services, and is a re-statement of the old saying, actions speak louder than words.

    Just some random thoughts.

    Forest

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    Bob Rosier
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 10th, 2011 at 12:45)

    Thanks Alice and Forest….good comments and good thoughts

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    Mona
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 10th, 2011 at 15:07)

    Good article Erik, I did not know that the Amish did this…..that’s great….we need more people like them….
    I did get to see the program last nite on the Amish and found it very interesting…..I thought Mose was doing a wonderful job helping the Amish kids find a job, etc. wish they had more programs like this on tv…..I am so sick of the prison ones and the stupid reality shows….just a waste of time…..just sayin……………..

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    Richard
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 10th, 2011 at 16:48)

    Another good post Eric, and im sure alot of folks didnt know the Amish were involved with some of these missions. The Mennonites are mostly known for this. We are on a flood warning here in south central Penn, between all the melting snow and above adverage rain fall the last few days.As i type this im hearing the sound of wind and rain hit my sliding glass window in the down stairs room.I hope everyone else is dryer than we are here in Pennsylvania. Richard. From the Amish area of Lebanon,pa

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    Christine
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 11th, 2011 at 09:41)

    You mention a list of mission organisations that the Amish are involved in. I had heard that they are also somewhat involved with MCC. However, I can’t find that mentioned explicitly on the MCC website, I don’t suppose you know either way?

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    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 11th, 2011 at 11:02)

    They are active in MCC as well Christine. There is a good discussion of Amish participation in MCC vs. CAM in the Amish Paradox book.

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    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 12th, 2011 at 16:37)

    Hi Erik…I am enjoying reading all these posts…and I wish I could record all your radio talk shows….and you have great music as well…God’s blessings on you…

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    Mona
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 13th, 2011 at 16:55)

    Hey Erik, what radio shows are you doing? First I’ve heard of it….what, when where and the time please…..so we can listen too….
    Hey Alice if you have any info….email me….thanks

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 13th, 2011 at 17:26)

    Sorry Mona, its news to me too. OK Erik, fill us in please!!!

    Blessings, Alice

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    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 14th, 2011 at 06:46)

    You know what, I’m a little stumped too!

    I did some radio interviews when my Amish business book came out, but that’s been a few months. And, don’t recall that I’ve ever played any music, or sung anything, over the airwaves. You wouldn’t want to hear my singing, trust me…Brenda, maybe you have mistaken me for someone else here? Either way, thanks for your kind complement on the posts, I will take at least a smidgen of credit there 😉

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    Lindsay
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 14th, 2011 at 06:52)

    Hey Alice – I’m probably in a small minority of regular readers of the blog who are non-believers. I think a lot of my respect for Amish/Mennonites come from the fact that they aren’t in your face about their beliefs (well, I’ll be honest the food is pretty high up there too)! I also tend to think as Americans we have made our lives overly complicated with technology and we should look to other groups to simplify. Finally, some of the home arts that have died out in the past few generations (canning, sewing etc) are skills that have been kept alive in the Amish community. I respect good people, and it doesn’t matter if they are Christian or not…but I think Americans could learn a lot from the Amish in many areas of their lives.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Do Amish do mission work? (March 14th, 2011 at 07:29)

    Greetings Lindsay,

    I couldn’t agree more with the statements about the “home arts”. I am one of very few non-Amish in my area that still gardens and cans etc. I taught myself to sew a few years ago too and I garden. Much of this I was encourage to keep doing because of watching the Amish. I have learned a lot from their life style.

    And as I had said in my previous post. Believers and non-believers a like admire the Amish.

    Blessings, Alice

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