New Beginnings Homestead
New Beginnings Homestead Campaign
Mission to Amish People is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
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Thanks to all the ones who gave toward New Beginnings Homestead, our ministry’s new apartment unit designed to give young former Amish girls a place to live as they get on their feet. You helped us reach our goal of $350,000 for which we are very grateful.
Originally, we thought our goal amount was going to cover all of the building expenses, but now that we have neared the end of our project, we realize that we still need to raise about $35,000 more. This additional funding will help cover the cost for laminate flooring, carpeting, trim, doors, cabinetry and lighting in the basement of each apartment unit. In addition, it will help us to cover costs associated with landscaping, excavating and finishing up the outside of the house.
If the Lord should lead you to get involved in helping us reach the rest of our needed funding, whether it be through monthly giving or a one-time gift, we would thoroughly appreciate it. We also appreciate your prayers as we begin to fill our apartments and ministering to those that leave the Amish in the near future.
Thank you to those that have given to help us reach our goal!
The call of God is always something that stands above the normal parts of our day; this is true for individuals and ministries as well.
For some Amish, the call to leave their community and follow Jesus is a great risk. They leave family, friends, and the only way of life they know. They enter the "English" world and are greeted by freedom and opportunity, but most times, they only bring with them a few dollars and the clothes on their back. In addition, young Amish women can face devastating vulnerability. Sometimes, they risk it all only to get trapped in relationships or desperate measures where they are easily victimized.
We have been called as a ministry to build and provide a Homestead for these young women. We want to give them a place they can land, feel safe, and get the training they need to succeed on their own in a short period of time. This home will also provide a small living center where a mentor family will provide counsel and will teach appropriate life skills to give those that leave the preparation needed to succeed.
The Good News:
Our launch team committed $191,000 to the project from the beginning, and people began donating right away. As of the beginning of 2018, we officially reached our goal and are putting the finishing touches on the apartment building. We will begin housing those that leave in the days and weeks to come.
Our purpose was to build this Homestead debt free, and we were able to do so by accepting gifts from businesses, individuals and churches. Every one of you is a vital link to the MAP family of supporters and prayer warriors. We thank God for you.
MAP has been in the hands of the Lord from its launch. We believe this project is an opportunity that came from Him.
2016 Former Amish Testimonies
Aaron Schwartzentruber: I left the Amish a few years ago, but then I fell on hard times. I lost my job, my apartment and had no money. I was homeless for several weeks. In early 2016, Joe and Esther took me in to their home. With a hand from MAP, I am now working a full-time job and living in my own apartment.
On September 4, I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and have been faithfully attending Bible studies and church ever since.
John Shetler: I left the Amish a few years ago, and moved in with Joe and Esther until I could get on my feet. They had also taken my two sisters in when they left the Amish. My older sister and MAP helped me get my US Citizenship, birth record, and other necessary identification records. Along the way, I made some choices that got me in trouble with the law. Today, I’m back in Joe and Esther’s home. Every week, I have a Bible study with Joe. I plan on getting baptized soon.
Katie Lee: My husband and I were dropped off at Joe and Esther’s place on Christmas Day, 2014. Except for the clothes on our back, we had nothing. We were homeless. We moved in with Joe and Esther while MAP helped us get birth records, social security numbers, a car and job. It took over a year to get a birth record made out in my name, but in 2016, that became a reality. Today, we have a little boy named Michael, jobs and a place to live. In January of 2015, my husband and I both cried out to Jesus and He saved us.
Eli and Caroline Schrock: Caroline was born in Canada. Like so many others, my family moved to the United States without changing citizenship. When Eli and Caroline left the Amish, they suddenly needed a birth certificate and driver’s license to get a job. It’s been two years, they’ve spent thousands of dollars, but still no US Citizenship. MAP is in the process of helping.
Mahlon Burkholder: I left in the middle of the night from Ulysses, PA. I got dropped off at Joe and Esther’s house and lived there for about six months. MAP helped me get my social security number, driver’s license, a job and open up a bank account in my name.
On July 10, I got saved after going through a Bible study with Joe. I have no doubt in my mind that I now belong to the Lord. Last month, I moved back to Ulysses, PA to be closer to my family.
Sam Miller: My family and I left the Amish together when dad went to prison. MAP helped us through most of the process. Earlier in 2016, I fell off a roof and was in a coma for several weeks.
When I got out of the hospital, Joe and Esther let me move into their home. They provided counseling and taxi service. In the picture, it shows me shopping for groceries.
Steven Yoder: I left my Amish home in Michigan and moved in with Joe and Esther for almost nine months. They not only provided a home for me, but helped me get a job, driver’s license and my first vehicle. While I was living with the Keims, I enjoyed the freedom of living in the English world; however, in the fall of 2016, I moved back with my family and re-joined the Amish.