By Andrew Bye
September 28, 2019
Growing up in an Old Order Amish community was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed being on the farm and spending time with all our animals. Life was simple, and I had two really wonderful parents, who I always had a good relationship with.
Eventually, I ran into some issues with the ministers, and they began to mistreat me. It was then that I realized the Amish life just wasn’t the right kind of life for me. Thankfully, when I made this decision to leave, my former Amish brothers were there to take me in and give me a place to stay; they also helped me to find a job.
Since I was only eighteen years old when I walked out, my emotions were very high, and I felt a lot of stress. Although my family wasn’t very appreciative of my decision to leave, thankfully, they have always kept an open mind toward me, and we still talk to this day.
After leaving my religion and culture behind, I was fortunate to meet a family, who introduced me to First Christian Church in Tennessee, and I began my relationship with the Lord. I recently got baptized and am now working on growing in my relationship with Christ.
I hope to find a place of my own one day soon and am praying that God opens the door for me to find a good wife, so I can start a God-fearing family. I can’t wait to see what great plans await me.
This letter has been published with permission from the owner.
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