I Will Always Miss You Dad And Mom
November 19, 2012
Samuel Girod was Amish for 30 years. He was in a business partnership with his dad and owned two properties. He had everything an Amish man could ever want; however, deep down he felt a void -- a void that would finally drive him to leave his family, community and all that he owned.
Just before midnight on September 22, 2012, Samuel walked away with two duffel bags and moved from Indiana to Ohio. More than a month went by before he gained enough courage to let his family know of his exact whereabouts.
On September 24, just two days after Samuel left the Amish, he was shown from Scriptures how he could be saved from all his sins and receive everlasting life. It was on that very same day that he reached out to Jesus Christ --- the Lord Jesus reached out to Samuel and washed his sins away and welcomed him into His eternal family. What a joyful day that was. We will never forget!
Here is Samuel's first letter to his parents
Dear Dad & Mom,
Greetings of Love in Christ and our Lord above. I’m not going ask how you all are because I can only imagine you all are crying for me and hurting. I know because I am too. But I had to do this because I always wondered if there is a way to get to Heaven other than being Amish. Well there is, and that is keeping the Word of God; nothing else will get you to Heaven, for we are all sinners.
I’m staying with some very Christian people. I have been blessed with all the friends and people I’ve met. They have all supported me in every way possible.
I’ve got 30 years of Amish man-made rules put into me and it works on me every day. But what is most important of all, is the word of God. And I know I was taught right about the Word of God; there is no doubt in my mind at all. I praise our Lord that my Dad taught me all of that, and I have a lot more to learn because we are not perfect. God does not care about materialistic things at all. All God cares about is our love, and the rules of the Word of God. Dad and Mom, I love you with all my heart, and the whole family, but most important of all is our Lord.
I never thought I’d leave, and most of you didn’t think so either. It was in the last 6 months that I really thought about it. It crossed my mind a lot of times before but I always pushed it aside. But I know God was speaking to me; there is no doubt in my mind. The Amish teaching was handed down generation after generation in the Amish culture and most of it was all about outward appearances. We have had walls built up around our hearts all of our life, and that is blocking everything out from the outside. Now that I’m out of the box it is so clear to me. The more I write, I fear, it’ll make you think of me worst. But I know in my heart you know how much I love my family, and always will, and also miss them.
I know growing up I always heard about the people that left the Amish, there’s no hope for them, and I believe that for the most part because they don’t have Christ in them. All they want to do is party and do stuff against God’s commandments. Well, I never had that desire and you know that Dad. I value that in my heart. The only thing that is going to keep me from having fellowship with my family is only because of all the man-made rules and outward appearances. It is not what we have or do to get to Heaven, it’s what is in our hearts and we will all bow before God someday.
I did not do this to make anyone look bad at all, if anyone thinks so then I think they have a problem that will have to be taken care of with God. And I know Dad that you are blaming yourself about all this, but do not, it was all my choice that I made. I know that the Amish look’s at all the worldly things about all this but what is most important of all Dad is what you taught me, the word of God. So Pray for me, not to come home, but so Christ is in me.
My heart goes out to my family so much and I wish you could understand. But, as long as you don’t want to you will always put that wall up so much higher.
After I left, reality hit me that what is most important in life is Christ. I could quote scripture and everything, but nobody knows it better than you Dad. Believe the truth Dad, please do. You would make my day if you would just realize it. I pray every day that I could be the foundation of my family someday, and maybe I am but God only knows. I don’t have anything else to say but pray to God to lead me on.
It was really, really hard for me to ignore your calls, but the only reason I did it was for my sake, not anyone else. Everyone can believe and say what they want, but I know in my heart God knows what is best for me, and I trust that 100%.
All I needed was sometime to clear my head and be open minded to the gospel. But, Dad be careful what you think and say about anyone or me, because I know, I was in that stage also. So please do that for me Dad and Mom. I love you so much and I will miss you all so, so, so much. My family means so much to me and always will.
Your loving son,
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