July 15, 2021
What was your life like before you left the Amish?
Before I left the Amish, I was so depressed that most days, all I did was get out of bed and go to work, come home, and go to sleep. I had no desire to socialize with anyone and did not want to cause conflict between my parents, so I spent most of my time in my room sleeping and reading. I found myself working more and more until I became sick from stress and some other things that were happening. I spent close to a year trying to regain my health and search for answers. In the process, I meat a lot of interesting people and found someone that had researched the Bible in depth and was not scared to call me out on some of the stuff I believed. He always did it in a nice way. By nevertheless, it started to get the wheels rolling in my head and got me to do research on my own instead of blindly following traditions and what I had been taught as a young child.
Why did you leave the Amish?
In May of 2020, things started to get heated in my family. My mother was talking about leaving my father because he would choose to talk to me instead of her. It did not seem to matter how many times I asked him to go to my mom to tell her things instead of coming to me. This continued until the day that my mom blamed me for creating her and my father’s marriage problems. Unbeknownst to my mother, my father had sexually abused my when I was nine and ten years old.
While growing up, what was your view of God?
He seemed very big and scary.
What (or who) brought me to the point of seeing my need for salvation?
I saw my need for salvation through Bible studies and through watching my parents live without it.
Was there a particular Bibel verse(s) that spoke to you, either before or after salvation?
Through all the times of changes and trials of trying to figure out how to live in (the English world) on my own, this verse continuously popped up, and I believe it has been my saving grace:
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
What made me decide to follow the Lord in baptism today?
The Bible says it is necessary, and God has placed a longing in my heart to commit to and follow him in every way.
What are my goals while living for the Lord?
To be a shining light for God.
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