23 responses to When a son joins the Amish: Hard times
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    Comment on Grace Abounds! (February 6th, 2013 at 08:46)

    Grace Abounds!

    What an amazing young man and young lady they are!! I am in awe of his commitment to his new culture, family and faith!! Many would have quit! He is a testimony to what he is allowing God to do in and through him and what he knows God has called him to! He seems to be in a place where he fully understands what the grace of God is and I pray that he continues to walk in the unforced rhythms of that grace. Prayers will be lifted up for he and his family for continued, grace, peace, strength and increase!! God is willing and able to meet us at our need as we remain faithful in the valley!! God bless them all! Peace and strength to his mother who remains faithful in prayer and confidence for her beloved son! God’s arm will not be shortened!

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      Rich Stevick
      Comment on Felicia (February 6th, 2013 at 08:56)


      Lovely faith-warming thoughts and prayers. I was blessed reading your post this morning. Rich S

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    Anne, the mom!
    Comment on thank you! (February 6th, 2013 at 09:49)

    thank you!

    To know his efforts are inspiring to you is an encouragement. And one reason I sent this to Erik was in hopes of gathering much needed prayer for them. You have no idea how much it is appreciated…

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      Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (February 6th, 2013 at 10:11)

      Anne I appreciate you sharing this too. I think all of us who read Ed’s story beginning last year have been glad for the updates you’ve been sharing. Realistically the vast majority of people drawn to the Amish are not going to do what Ed has done, and that is fine. But his conviction is admirable and I wish he and Ruth and baby (and you) the best.

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      Comment on Proud and Supportive (April 7th, 2013 at 02:01)

      Proud and Supportive

      Will be praying for Ed and Ruth. Mrs. Ann I was wondering what part of minesotta Ed is in as I am praying about joining the Amish when I move to minesotta in Auguest. would love to hear back.

      praying for you guys your friend in Christ Chase Hollenbeck

      thanks for your time

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    Betty Hamilton
    Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (February 6th, 2013 at 10:39)

    Thank you so much for sharing. I do not usually comment, however, I love to read the postings. I will be adding to the other prayers. May God Bless you and your family, Betty

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    Comment on Sending prayers. (February 6th, 2013 at 11:33)

    Sending prayers.

    I so enjoyed reading your post. They sound like such a strong couple, who are stronger thru God and with each other. I’ll be praying for the pain to subside for your daughter-in-law and for their horse to be healed.

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    Patty Tolliver
    Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard Times (February 6th, 2013 at 11:36)

    When a son joins the Amish: Hard Times


    Your son and his family will be in my prayers. My family is far away as well and live in states that have snow. My brother is okay but my sister hasn’t had it as well as he. You do worry about family when it is cold like this and feel a little on the helpless side becuase you are far away. I will keep Ed and Ruth and their son in my prayers and hope that they see some relief in sight soon.


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    Naomi Wilson
    Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (February 6th, 2013 at 11:42)

    Anne, I think of your son and his family all the time! They are in my prayers, with or without the hard times. Re the sore gums, we had a strange flu go around the family last month that involved severely inflamed gums, along with the usual fever, aches, etc that goes with the flu. I recall having a bad “gum infection” back when I was 12, and I was the only family member who did not get sick at all from this strange flu! I hope that perhaps this is all that your family is experiencing. It was not fun, and my five year old son did not eat for five days, but nobody needed a doctor.

    Our family also feels very much “on the edge,” lately. We lost our running water and have been pumping by hand since November. It’s not as bad as we expected! We find washing our hair to be the biggest challenge/frustration.

    We just learned that our insurance company is dropping our coverage next month. We are not sure that we can qualify for anything but the most expensive fire insurance, now. The worst case scenario would be losing our mortgage. We could use some prayers, also.

    We are not part of a plain Christian community, although we wish we were. Over the last few years, we have become convinced that through our choices, we either build up God’s Kingdom, or satan’s kingdom. There is no in-between. This helps us experience all our challenges as blessings. Please continue to share updates on your son’s family. We don’t personally know any other family who is experiencing similar hardships to us, although we know there are many out there. It is reassuring to hear from others!

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    Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (February 6th, 2013 at 12:41)

    As you may know, my ffamily converted to Beachy Amish-Mennonite. It has been a blessing but with many challanges. The greatest is the language and cultural differences. I could not imagine going to Old Order! I have many Old Order friends but the life is hard. We have cars. The Old order around us live very well. They have indoor plumbing, gas lights and stove ect. 2e own an Old order home! The car gets me! Our Church does not carry insurance either so that would not be a factor. God bless your son and his family! I pray things get better. The learing curve IS there. I just would hope if things get worse (such as aa lame horse that will not recover) that the church will step in and help.

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      Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (December 19th, 2014 at 14:59)

      Hello, I thought that the Beachy Amish spoke English for Church and things of that nature. I know many of them were Amish at one time, but wasn’t aware of the need to learn Pennsylvania Dutch.

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    Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (February 6th, 2013 at 12:58)

    Anne, thank you for sharing this. It seems like they are getting more than their share of tough times right now. I’m thankful that they have each other to lean on, and God’s protection. As a mother, isn’t it difficult to not go right out there and “rescue” them? I sure Ed wouldn’t hear of it. It’s even more heartbreaking as he seems like he might be an “underdog” in some ways (the learning curve/the “can he make it as Amish” hanging over his head). It might not be that way at all, I’m only speculating.

    Yes, I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I had the means to help them out. In James 2:16 it says, “And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be warmed and filled; yet you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what does it profit?” I wish I were close enough to take them some soup and to drive Ruth to the dentist.

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    Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (February 6th, 2013 at 13:29)

    Oh Anne. This just breaks my heart! I wish I lived closer to Ed & Ruth (I’m about four hours away). It sounds as if Ruth needs to see a dentist. My mother-in-law had a lot of gum pain and it was periodontitis which required deep cleanings every three months. I know that warm salt water rinses and a very soft toothbrush helped my mother-in-law. After doing a quick google search on it, it seems to be most common during and after pregnancy.

    I hope someone in their community can take a look at their horse. Is it common for families to own just one horse? Is there a community member that could lend them a horse for a while? 1/2 mile walk in this weather can be very dangerous especially for infants.

    Does this district have a community fund in which Ed and Ruth could get financial assistance should they need to get care for their horse and/or purchase another one? Are they willing to accept outside funds from the English?

    I’m sorry I have so many questions for you Anne. I really admire your son and his faith and commitment. Felicia couldn’t have said it better! Please know I think of Ed and Ruth often and wish them the best.

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    Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (February 6th, 2013 at 14:54)

    I am truly grateful for your prayers everyone. Thanks for the kind thoughts and understanding. One issue Erin touched on, about the community having resources to help those in need, IS an issue. With a fairly new community, the families tend to be poorer than more established communities. As you can imagine, they don’t yet have established businesses, and most of these are young families. So there is not much help for those in extreme need. In fact, if Ed knew we were even having this discussion he’d probably laugh and tell us about another family there in greater need than his. And most families have more than one horse, but only if they can afford it; Ed can’t right now, and wouldn’t want another because of the need for hay and water. His pond dried up due to the drought last summer so now he has to pump water for the horse (and cow and goats) too. Must get old!

    I’m so glad to know that this gum/tooth problem might actually be a bug of some kind. I hope that’s all it is and she is over it by now. I mailed them phone numbers for a couple of dentists that often visit Fertile. Not that it will do much good without a phone! But if anyone comes to visit who has a phone, they might let Ed borrow it to make a call. There are many ways the Lord can answer our prayers. It has been a couple of weeks since we got the letter outlining their distress, and we’ve written several notes but heard nothing. If I hear from them I will let you all know.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (February 6th, 2013 at 20:13)

    Hi Anne & Erik, Thanks for sharing the update on Ed & family.
    Sorry to hear they’re going through so much but they will be able to look back in a few decades and smile, recalling their early years.

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    Comment on When a son joins the Amish: Hard times (February 6th, 2013 at 21:15)

    I will be praying for your family Anne. Please keep us updated. The long hard winter they are experiencing, brought me to an image from my favorite books/show Little House on the Prairie….that was one unbearable winter. Well the groundhog here predicted an early spring….much prays that this occurs in your son’s neck of the woods!!!!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Sending good thoughts & prayers (February 6th, 2013 at 21:21)

    Sending good thoughts & prayers

    Anne, your son and daughter-in-law have been blessed, alright, with a positive attitude. I feel in my bones (& I can’t say why) that they will soon see better times. I’ve thought of them at times when an “everyday” annoyance rears its head…and I feel a jolt of humility, recalling your posts about their trials.

    The three of them (and you & “Grandpa”) are in my prayers and I hope you can feel the hug I’m sending you…especially that little grandbaby!

    God bless you!

    Alice Mary

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on a question (February 7th, 2013 at 13:33)

    a question

    Hi Anne,
    Just wondering. Did you receive my e-mail about getting your son’s address so Mark could write to him? It would have been from a Jiggie. That’s part of my e-mail address.

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    Elizabeth R. Snoke
    Comment on Hard times help (February 7th, 2013 at 21:54)

    Hard times help

    Is there a way I could get your son’s name and mail address. I would like to send a bit to help. Have been supporting an Amish family since 2008 (Old Order woman’s husband deserted her & their 5 children, later divorced her to remarry English woman he’d worked with. 2 years ago one of her daughters was killed by car that passed slow car by driving on right side (dirt side) of road and striking girl as she was collecting mail.) I send a bit each month and have a “family” of my own since I have no one else.

    ANYWAY–I would like to send a bit. ?? Can I post my e-mail here so you could contact me. Or is there a way you can write me privately thru this site if you prefer privacy??

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    Comment on Only a few miles away (February 8th, 2013 at 10:20)

    Only a few miles away

    We would love to send Ed and Ruth a note of encouragement. Thanks for the update on how they are doing. We live only a few miles (50-60) from them so we would love to be in touch a little. We do have acquaintances in that area and would love to meet them too.
    Would you send us their address? I think you can have access to my e-mail. We are praying for them too. God never forgets His own. Blessings to you and your family from another Grandma and Grandpa.

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    Anne, the mom!
    Comment on responding (February 8th, 2013 at 12:34)


    Hello All, thanks again for your great concern and reaching out to our Amish kids; it’s much appreciated! For the few of you who asked for more info, I’ll let Erik connect us. You will hear from me soon!
    Blessings in Christ to you all,

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    Stefano Bacc.
    Comment on A greeting (August 16th, 2015 at 11:19)

    A greeting

    I hope you and your son’s family well.

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