Why a Ministry to the Amish?
Amish people seem peaceful and separated from a world of murder and divorce; to a large extent this is true. Crime among the Amish culture is often minimal.
From a physical stand point, the Amish culture looks great. Outsiders admire them for their hard work, craftsmanship, family and community values. They are also known for their innocence, honesty , separation from the world and desire to live plain and simple lives.
From a spiritual stand point, a smaller percentage of the population understands the new birth as described in John chapter 3. Most Amish people focus on outward appearance, traditions, and church rules for salvation. Their belief in Jesus Christ is often head knowledge and part of a long list of do's and don'ts. The mindset is: if I want to be right with God, I have to do what I can and God will fill in the rest.
Salvation is by grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone.
As the population multiplies, more and more young adults and families are leaving the culture. When that happens, individuals go through the difficult process of finding new identity and purpose in life. Tension runs high between family members and church leaders; many are excommunicated and shunned by their own families.
For these reasons, Mission to Amish People seeks to evangelize and disciple Amish and former Amish people.
The following scenario is not uncommon:
Dear MAP Ministry, our church sits in the midst of an Amish community. Through God orchestrated events we became personally involved with several Amish families. Several months ago, one who had left Amish, now attends church with us and has become very dear to us. He is struggling, his parents are struggling, WE are struggling. Having recently found your organization, we feel is a much needed answer to prayer. We are planning a trip to your facility, and our young ex-Amish friend will be coming too. We would like an opportunity to meet you, talk with you, tour your facilities and attend Sunday church service. We are traveling 8 hours.