March 2013 MAP Update
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In This Issue
|Building Update --by Joe Keim|
To all who prayed, gave, and volunteered for the building project—thank you! On February 26, the last of $33,906 came through the doors. Our plan is to start building as soon as the weather breaks. We are now in the process of organizing volunteers who are willing and able to help us with the various stages of construction and finishing the addition. If you have interest in helping, let us know! Thank you again so much!
Watch our web site for pictures and updates—MapMinistry.org.
|Sowing Seeds for Eternity --Paul Miller|
Kentucky Fried Chicken: It’s finger lickin’ good. Bounty paper towels: the quicker picker-upper. Maxwell House: Good to the last drop. Mission to Amish People: ???????
It seemed like a good idea to come up with a tagline for Mission to Amish People in order to summarize what we are all about. The idea was introduced at the volunteer appreciation dinner at the end of last year. We sought the advice and suggestions of our volunteers and some others. The suggestions were put into a list and voted upon. Naomi Stutzman generously offered to provide a copy of her book, A Basketful of Broken Dishes, to the person who came up with the winning tagline.
We have a winner! Congratulations to Ellen Fronek of Creston, Ohio (seen in the picture holding the book). Ellen is a faithful volunteer who now has a new copy of Naomi’s enjoyable and moving biographical story.
Ellen’s winning suggestion was: Sowing Seeds for Eternity. What do you think? Mission to Amish People: Sowing Seeds for Eternity. We pray that every day we can make an eternal difference in the lives of others. We must continue working while we still can. We must continue taking the Gospel of Jesus to the Amish and former Amish, loving and helping them in any way that we can.
We are glad that you are partners with us as we work together and do what we can do, praying all the time that the Lord of the harvest will bless the work of our hands, changing others as He has changed us. Not every seed that we plant will germinate, grow, and bear fruit, but our job is to continue sowing seeds, seeking God’s blessing on the harvest. We are grateful that God has blessed us with so many faithful and dedicated co-workers like Ellen, serving our Master and Savior. Thank you, Ellen, and thanks to all of you. You are an essential part of this ministry. Mission to Amish People: Sowing Seeds for Eternity.
|Bible Club Update --by Lori Stackhouse |
As I reflect back on the past year, a lot comes to my mind. I thought especially about the time when our Bible lessons were dropping in number. The volunteers at the Bible Club could not believe what was going on.
What can we do? What are we not doing? There has to be something we can do!
Alas, someone mentioned prayer. Well, we had prayer once a week, but that decidedly was not enough. Joe and Tina decided we could have prayer every day at 9:30 am. We had prayer request from a lot of different people and we specifically prayed for the Bible Club lessons to increase. We also prayed that the Holy Spirit would touch the hearts of all the people who handled these lessons.
All of a sudden, the lessons started to come in much faster. But, we still needed something else. A promotion was indeed the answer.
We sent a newsletter with each lesson we sent out. In this newsletter was a sheet with spaces for one to twenty names and addresses. This seemed to be the answer.
We started this the first mailing in November of 2012. As of right now we have sent out 5,824 new names, 1,082 re-enrollees (previous students who have dropped out but now are doing lessons again) and 255 new adults.
To top off the promotion, each student who sends in names gets a pack of gum, or for 10 or more names, they get a pack of gum and a journal or hanky. We have the Lord to thank for all these new students whom we can witness to by sending them lessons. Prayer does work!
|Amish Voice Conference Line --by Joe Keim|
Since 2007, MAP has printed a 12-page publication, called the Amish Voice. This publication goes out to 7,500 Amish people every other month. While some Amish ask to be removed, others call and request that we add them to the active list.
About a year ago, we started talking about opening up a 1,000 person conference line for readers to call in and discuss various articles and Doctrines of the Faith that are so dear to us. Well I am overjoyed to tell you, the conference line is in place and you are welcome to join us too, if you want.
To start out, we are scheduling two conference call sessions on the following dates and times:
To read, download or sign up to receive notifications when the Amish Voice is put online, please go to: MapMinistry.org/Ministries/The-Amish-Voice