January 2015 MAP Update
| P.O. Box 128 | 575 US Highway 250 | Savannah OH 44874 | Office: (419) 962-1515|
In This Issue
|Jonas Yoder, 2015 Goals|
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. If you would like to have me present MAP Ministry at your church, please contact me:
Jonas@mapministry.org or (270) 625-6093
|Melvin Schrock, 2015 Goals|
Greetings in the name of our dear Saviour. The Lord has richly blessed us spiritually & physically, and we thank you for your prayers and financial support.
At the beginning of the year, our goal was to present the ministry at 24 churches in 2014, but we only were able to speak at 17 different churches.
I had only a part-time job when I set my goal, but later in the year I saw the need of getting a full-time job to provide for my family. So having that in mind going into 2015, we will set a goal of presenting the ministry in 15 churches. God has been burdening me to spend more time making some connections with Amish and former Amish with hopes of sharing the Gospel.
So if anybody wants us to come and present the ministry, please contact me:
Mel@mapministry.org or (715) 558-2883
|MAP Staff Goals|
Our goal for 2015 for the Bible Club is to have more volunteers come in on a regular basis to help grade, match, and otherwise help with the Bible lessons. If you are retired or have some spare time that you want to devote to reaching the lost, give us a call. We need you!
We have a promotion coming up to encourage the students to send in new names of students. They can earn prizes depending on the number of names that they send in. This, of course, is more work for us, but lots of fun for the students. May 2015 be a blessed year for you!
I began working at MAP over the summer as an intern, and was able to help four young ladies get their birth certificates, Social Security cards, and find jobs.
My goals for 2015 are to:
We are thankful for the three computers that were donated to MAP, and the $2,500 gift to pay for GED software.
We began the Plowman’s Academy (Bible correspondence courses for older teens and adults) a little over a year ago; this year we hope to add a couple new courses and increase the enrollment, while maintaining the current active students.
Our monthly conference calls (averaging 25-40 callers) continue to go well, and we hope to keep having more former Amish and others host the calls in areas of specific interest and expertise to them.
I plan to continue doing the layout and editing work for the Amish Voice and Ministry Update.
|Butterflies and Sparks|
We were all gathered around, watching the fireworks on the 4th of July, when Henry appears out of nowhere, and said, “Joe, I want you to marry me and Pam on March 29, 2015.” The picture shows us doing part two of five premarital counseling sessions. Henry is former Amish. Pam, on the other hand, was never Amish.
This past November, I did a mini-conference in Farmersville, NY where about 30 churches were represented. Before leaving, I took a picture of their church sign. Pastor Mack said while he was putting the letters up, an Amish lady drove by. The majority of those living in the Amish culture would have read the sign and thought . . . I already have Jesus, because:
A good Amish person would then conclude with: and since that is better than most people in the world, I must have Jesus!
|Volunteers at MAP: Dick and Lois|
I, Lois, am a 70-year old retired factory worker. I began volunteering at MAP with my friend, Carol, around April of 2013. I help grade the children’s lessons. I find the work we do to be very enlightening. Not only do we get to help the precious children grow nearer to Jesus, but we learn from them, too.
I, Dick, am 87 years old and am also a retired factory worker. I began volunteering here around September of 2013, doing whatever needed to be done. I am thankful that I’m able to help out at MAP, serving God wherever I am needed.
We both find our time here at Mission to Amish People to be very enjoyable. We love being around fellow Christians and doing the Lord’s work. We love reading the little notes and prayer requests that the children sometimes send back with their lessons. It is a privilege to be used by God in the lives of so many wonderful children.
We at MAP appreciate the faithful and loyal service by the Ewings, who volunteer their time every week to help us send out Bible lessons.
|Voice Your Support|
The Amish Voice ministry could easily be compared to Christian radio, TV, and internet broadcasting. It is also safe to say, at least in most cases, that it is by far the most profitable way of presenting an Amish family with the Gospel, on a one-on-one basis. When an Amish family receives The Amish Voice, they are able to read it on their own free time, without pressure from another member of the community.
At this point, we have over 35,000 names and addresses in our database who have not yet been adopted.
The Amish Voice, a bi-monthly publication full of Bible teaching and other articles, has fast become one of the most popular tools in spreading the gospel among the Amish and former Amish communities. Would you consider helping us reach all 35,000 households by sponsoring 100 families at $25.00 a month? This is the amount it takes to cover the cost of printing and postage.
Consider that Sunday school groups, churches, individuals, businesses, and families can sponsor the Amish Voice.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Amish Voice, contact us at: (419) 962-1515, through our website: MapMinistry.org/get-involved/more-information-amish-voice, or by mail:
|New amd Exciting Amish Awareness Conference!|
Whether or not you attended last year’s conference, we invite each of you to our 2015 Amish Awareness Conference. This year, while some of the content is the same, we have added different sessions and speakers, and we hope you will join us in learning and helping encourage each other to reach the Amish with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What to Expect:
Plan to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, and end around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Come and be educated and entertained, and enjoy the time of fellowship. Be prepared for:
Registration and Cost:
Register online at: AmishAwareness.com
mail contact details and check to:
Mission to Amish People
Please provide names and email addresses of all who register for the conference.
Exhibit tables are also available this year (must be approved in advance). The cost for a display is $125 (which includes one conference registration).
Former Amish struggling to fit in?
Dealing with pain from the past?
English wanting to share the Gospel with your Amish neighbors?
Desiring to better understand their values, beliefs, and traditions?
Come to the conference!