17 responses to Jim Cates: Ministering To Those In Need
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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Ministering (August 13th, 2015 at 07:30)


    Thanks, Jim for the work you do and for the stories you relate to us. My heart goes out to this man – I am sure many of his own people have condemned and harshly judged him for his mistakes and weaknesses but who among mankind doesn’t fail? In a similar situation a comment was made “nothing he can say will ever mean anything to me again!” The person making the comment or judging harshly is surely just as wrong, at least according to Jesus who said “Let his that is without sin among you cast the first stone at her!”

    With his experiences in life, this bishop is surely one of the best equipped people to help others deal with their own struggles. That heart of compassion is without price in his work. It has been said that discipline is the highest form of love we can show to another. Discipline with love is discipling or continuing the work of Jesus while discipline without love or compassion or empathy is nothing but punishment and cannot be expected to have the same outcome.

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    Andrea Woodard
    Comment on Amish and Jail time (August 13th, 2015 at 08:59)

    Amish and Jail time

    I would never have thought that an Amish Bishop would serve time in jail. Your story opened my eyes. I would have thought if a Bishop was put in jail that his being place in a bann would be for a longer period of time.
    Thank you for sharing this story.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Jim Cates: Ministering To Those In Need (August 13th, 2015 at 10:13)

    We never know where circumstances (and our “path”) will lead us. Thankfully for this bishop and those he came in contact with in prison, the outcome will have been positive when all is “said and done”. I’ve no doubt that even the “haters” will be forced at some point (by their own conscience?) to reconsider the circumstances surrounding the bishop’s imprisonment and the ultimate “good” that came of it.

    Thank you for this interesting post.

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Jim Cates Ministering To Those In Neeed (August 13th, 2015 at 11:37)

    Jim Cates Ministering To Those In Neeed

    This is a beautiful story. Who are we to know what path our Lord puts us on. The bishop took accountability and had much courage. He continued to serve the Lord while he was in prison.He then went back to his church and community and served again with simple pure dignity. This is a story of forgiveness and love. Well saidn.

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    Amish Girl-Rebecca
    Comment on Jim Cates: Ministering To Those In Need (August 13th, 2015 at 14:45)

    Say what ?

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      Comment on no idea (August 13th, 2015 at 16:45)

      no idea

      I have no idea what is being said there in that reply. They sneak in every once in a while, I guess when no one is looking…

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        Comment on Jim Cates: Ministering To Those In Need (August 14th, 2015 at 01:01)

        Sorry about that guys. For those who didn’t see it, there was a nonsensical spam comment which is what Rebecca and Shom are talking about (just deleted it). Sometimes a spam comment gets through though the filter blocks dozens of them every day.

        I’ve actually been tweaking the spam filter lately to make sure it doesn’t stop comments from real people, so that may be why you see this thing occasionally.

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          Mark – Holmes Co.
          Comment on Spam Again (August 14th, 2015 at 11:09)

          Spam Again

          It makes me wonder how this stuff is typed up. Is it a computer doing it? Just curious…

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          Joan Sheldon
          Comment on remove this spam, too (August 15th, 2015 at 11:42)

          remove this spam, too

          Erik- This needs to go, too.

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            Comment on Jim Cates: Ministering To Those In Need (August 17th, 2015 at 09:20)

            Yikes, yeah, that was computer generated spam. Just deleted it. I have been keeping an eye on the comments but missed that one. A ton of it gets blocked but sometimes one gets through, and we’ve seen a couple lately. We had a couple of readers who emailed me about their legitimate comments not going through so I had been tweaking the spam settings to try to get it right. Will take another look.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Wow (August 13th, 2015 at 14:53)


    My title is really what I can say about this post. I believe so many Christians conveniently forget how Saul of Tarsus started out and became our beloved St Paul the Apostle. God bless you for sharing and your clients too.

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    Jim Cates
    Comment on Ministering... (August 13th, 2015 at 21:17)


    I am humbled by those who appreciate my work. I have said before, but perhaps not loudly enough – I am one of many. My experience has been that the truly gifted professionals who succeed in partnering with Amish clients and/or settlements are those who are able to stay in the background. That said, I love writing, and Erik has graciously given me a platform to do so. Unlike the majority that places me more in the forefront. As a result, I’m afraid the interventions described can look like a one-person effort instead of the team approach they really are. Please know – with every story I tell, every incident that turns out well – there are fellow professionals I respect and trust implicitly with whom I talk, share, and whose guidance is essential. Truly, truly, the Lord works in mysterious ways. And of course – the Amish described are really where the spotlight belongs. They are the unsung heroes.

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      Amish girl – Rebecca
      Comment on Jim Cates: Ministering To Those In Need (August 14th, 2015 at 09:32)

      Jim, There’s a sticky situation in my uncle’s family right now. It’s nothing I’d want to share on a public blog (because of privacy issues), but would like your input as a professional. Could I contact you personally ?

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        Jim Cates
        Comment on Amish Girl - Rebecca Response (August 14th, 2015 at 15:57)

        Amish Girl - Rebecca Response


        Feel free to email me backchannel. You can reach me through either http://servingtheamisn.net or http://catesandassociates.us. Either email connection works.


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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Ministering (August 14th, 2015 at 09:16)


    Jim, it is only when those ministering or those being ministered to speak up that the rest of us learn of what is being done and what can be done. By relating the bishop’s story the way you did others may be encouraged to keep on or to seek help.

    The first time I heard your name, you were in the background (literally) while Christopher Weber held the floor. That was my first exposure to the work being done in northern Indiana and I was greatly impressed by the methods used, the people involved and gave me hope that this effort can be replicated in other areas as well. It is such a shame when those of us professing to be a people of God have to admit the problems among us.

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      Amish girl – Rebecca
      Comment on Jim Cates: Ministering To Those In Need (August 14th, 2015 at 09:29)

      Osiah, Sometimes I wonder if it’s not more of a shame when our people don’t want to admit we have problems and need help. If we can only humble ourselves God can work through us and like this bishop, he was then able to help someone else. I am glad to say though that on certain levels it is more common or acceptable to ask for help from professionals than maybe in our Grandparents’ days. It’s sad to see people who need help and can’t accept it. You can only help those who need it.

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      Jim Cates
      Comment on In the Background (August 14th, 2015 at 15:59)

      In the Background


      I’m pleased that you’ve heard Chris speak. He is a dear friend. I admire and respect his abilities as a fellow professional as well. We have spent many an hour sorting through how to approach and handle problems, issues, and our own struggles in responding to the Amish.

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