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|Personal Greeting - Joe Keim||Family Vacation|
|Financial Update||Donation Center (update)|
|Printing Equiptment||Former Amish Reunion 2004|
|Special Day||Graduation Celebration|
|Leaving the Amish||Church in Mt. Gilead (update)|
|Church Plant Celebration Day||More Baptisms|
|Adopt-a-Person Ministry||Prayer Meetings|
|PO Box 128/575 State Route 250 N, Savannah OH 44874 Office: (419) 962-1515|
|Personal Greeting - Joe Keim|
It is our prayer that this ministry update finds you serving God with all of your heart. There is just nothing that feels better and brings greater joy then to know that we are serving the living God. David tells us in Psalms 42:2, MY SOUL THIRSTETH FOR GOD, FOR THE LIVING GOD: WHEN SHALL I COME AND APPEAR BEFORE GOD? Well we know that David got his turn and so will we. I like what 1st John 3:2 tells us. BELOVED, NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD, AND IT DOTH NOT YET APPEAR WHAT WE SHALL BE: BUT WE KNOW THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS. I don’t know about you but I get more and more excited as my turn approaches. Wouldn’t it be a terrible thing if God made a surprise visit to us today and we were caught off guard? 1 John 2:28 says, AND NOW, LITTLE CHILDREN, ABIDE IN HIM; THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE MAY HAVE CONFIDENCE, AND NOT BE ASHAMED BEFORE HIM AT HIS COMING.
Our family took some time out in August and went on a much needed vacation. We took our tent along and set it up at a campground near Niagara Falls and for seven days did nothing but stay out late, sleep in, eat, and have fun. We spent time at the falls each day, done a lot of the tourist activities around the area and then ended our vacation at the Cleveland Zoo.
In July of this year, Sam Gray who was the MAP treasurer for over 3 years moved to Georgia, so we had to find some one else to do the treasurers job. In the July board meeting Judy Williams was voted in as the MAP treasurer. If you should see the need to contact her you can do so by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have some other exciting news for you. God really burdened some of His family members to help the ministry financially. One check was in the amount of $6,000. When I called the people who gave it I was almost brought to tears to hear how God had worked through them. Another person sent the ministry a check and in a letter he shared how he had tried to sell a personal item in hopes that he could give the ministry $500. He said, Satan intervened and he got very little out of the sale so he said, I stepped out on my own and decided to double the amount and send the ministry $1,000 instead. The letter went on to say that we are praying for the salvation of a soul for every dollar that was given. Let’s join him in prayer!
At this time we would like to thank you personally for your financial help and times you spend in prayer for the MAP Ministry. For the first time in a long time the ministry is all caught up on expenses and once again we have a financial cushion under us. Lord, help us to be wise in spending your money. It is a real blessing to work along side of you.
|Donation Center (update)|
You may recall from previous newsletters that the ministry was awarded $8,100 in grants by the local Ford Foundation. It was given so that we could fix up the old elementary school where we have our donations stored for the ones who leave the Amish. Well, after some discussion with the home church and the Ford Foundation it was decided to use the grant money towards a new building which sets directly behind the home church. This building is being made up into 3 sections. It includes a bus garage, a pavilion for church use and then 2,000 sq. ft. for the Donation Center which will be our part. We appreciate all the volunteer workers.
Several month ago we were notified through email that a Christian man from Indianapolis had some printing equipment that he was wanting to give away to a ministry for a tax receipt. Immediately my mind began to turn in all directions because I had always thought that we might get into some of our own printing if it ever worked out that way. We sent some emails and made some phone calls and would you believe it, by the end of the week we were in direct contact with Richard the owner. Richard explained to us that a number of ministries had already contacted him about the equipment but he would give it some thought and get back with us. Several days later we were informed by Richard that he felt God was leading him to give all the printing equipment to the MAP Ministry. We took all the information to our wise board members and they agreed to go ahead and get it. Once again we felt blessed beyond words.
|Former Amish Reunion 2004|
The Former Amish Reunion in July was once again a time of strength and spiritual renewal for so many of us. One person after the other went forward and shared how God saved them and changed their life. The story for so many was the same—I followed my Savior and lost my family, friends and everything I was used to in life. The man on the right along with some others had come all the way from Montana. He shared how some of them had come to the truth of salvation and later traveled all the way to Switzerland where the Amish got their start in the late 1600’s. They had gone over there to pray and ask for forgiveness with some of the local people in Switzerland in hopes that the spirit of bondage would be broken amongst the Amish people. They have a professional video tape recording which shows a lot of the things that went on while they were in Switzerland.
July 24th was an extra special day for many of us. My brother Johnny got married to Miriam Gingerich. What really made this wedding so special—it was the first of 9 weddings in my family that I was invited to. None of our Amish family accepted their invitation to Johnny’s wedding. Esther and I had taken Johnny and Miriam through 6 weeks of premarital counseling and then I had the privilege of marrying them. Esther’s nephew and his fiancée just finished their 6 weeks of premarital counseling as well and they will be getting married in October.
It has never been our intent to ridicule the Amish people for their behavior but we would like to say this, one of the leverages that the Amish church has used from the beginning is to keep their people under control by not allowing them to further their education past the 8th grade. When they leave we try to encourage them to get their GED and further their education skills. As you can see in these photo’s we had a time of celebration at our house for Ruth and Rosie after they received their GED. You may recognize Ruth from the show, ‘Amish in the City’. These celebrations always seem to have an effect on the ones who are considering a higher education.
|Leaving the Amish|
Eli came through Ohio for a week before heading on out to Texas where three of his brothers live. While in Ohio God gave us the opportunity to lead him to Christ. His brothers in Texas had been praying for him.
Ivan comes from southern Ohio. He called us on one of my days off but after I heard that he had walked most of the night in our direction and had no food, no money and no place to sleep I went after him. He shared with us how God had been dealing with him for a long time about coming to our church. He said that people were telling him how dangerous we are but he said deep inside I just knew that God wanted me to come to you. Several days went by and one day he was just not able to work because he knew he had to get saved.
Esther was prayed for on a daily basis by a bunch of us. There were many times in the prayer meeting when her brother Vernon cried as he prayed for her salvation. Several months ago the Lord granted Vernon’s prayer request when He allowed Vernon to lead her to salvation. Esther left the Amish and as you will see later, she followed in baptism.
Mary is from Northern Ohio and had called us many times to see about a place to live. Since she was only 17 we really shied away from helping her but the day came when she could not possibly hang in there anymore. Please pray with us. She has not yet been open to the gospel.
|Church in Mt. Gilead (update)|
In the July Newsletter we shared some of the exciting things that were happening in Mt Gilead, OH. It has been over 4 months now that our family has been going to the Schwartz’s home for Wednesday and Sunday services. Donnie, Levi and Sam are considered the church elders; Sarah is the church secretary; Levi and Emma serve as treasurer; Sam is our song leader; Joyce is our fiddle player; Esther (my wife) is our Jr. church teacher. Levi and I do the preaching. The church has been averaging about 30 people on Sunday mornings. I should add that we consider this church to be somewhat of an extension of the MAP Ministry. During the week our family is still very involved in the other ministries of Mission to Amish People. Our desire is to help this church become organized and established in the Faith and then maybe start another church. We will just have to wait and see what God has for us. So far we have kept all of our church appointments and will continue to do so but at a lesser pace.
|Church Plant Celebration Day|
July 25th was a big day for many of us in our home church as well as the church in Mt Gilead. Because of limited space I will not be able to go into all the details but it is a day that we will not soon forget. For many years I dreamed of being part of a church service where Amish and English believers could fellowship in the Lord together as one. The Bible does tell us in Galatians 3:28 THERE IS NEITHER JEW NOR GREEK, THERE IS NEITHER BOND NOR FREE, THERE IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE: FOR YE ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. Eph 4:13 goes on to say, TILL WE ALL COME IN THE UNITY OF THE FAITH, AND OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, UNTO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST: On Sunday July 25th both churches met together at our home church for the morning service and then later, everyone went to the Schwartz home where we had put up a tent for the evening service. The services kind of went in the following order.
AM Service: (1) Mt Gilead Church sang songs and shared testimonies of their salvation (2) Both churches prayed over each other (3) Pastor John baptized Levi, Susie, Mary, and Rachel (4) Pastor John gave a message on the early church in Acts. (5) Both churches had a special meal together
The services were recorded on DVD. For a donation of $7 we will send you a copy. Here are some photo’s of the day.
We have said this before but I would just like to say it again, hardly ever is it easy for an Amish person to get baptized but when they do get baptized it is clear that they have decided to follow God no matter the cost. When Ivan Mast got saved he said, Joe, I need to be baptized this Sunday. Rueben Schwartz got saved at his bed side one night and he wanted to be baptized as well. Please notice the last three photos. It was not so long ago that Levi and Sam were baptized and now they are the ones baptizing the new converts. Isn’t that exactly what Jesus commanded us to do in Matthew 28 when he said, GO YE THEREFORE, AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST: TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU… Joyce Mink has a Catholic background, Sarah Kuhns is from Pennsylvania, and Esther Schlabach comes from our home area.
Every now and then we like to put a testimony in here from families who adopt a person. In this case the Hollen family from Wellington, OH adopted Susie Schwartz. By the way, here lately we have been getting lots of requests for adoption. Wow! What a blessing!
Mark Writes: My wife and I have recently been lead to help the M.A.P ministry. We heard about the sometimes powerful results of the “Adopt-a-Person” program. Joe told me of a (former) Amish girl named Susie (who is close to the same age as my daughter), who wanted to be adopted. It was very clear to me at that point that we needed to become involved in this. I wanted to make certain that this was of God, so I went home and my family and I prayed about it. We all had fears and reservations, but agreed that this was definitely what the Lord wanted us to do.
Susie Writes: The first time I met Marks I was very nervous and excited. I soon learned to love them and we spent an exciting day at Geauga Lake. A week later I went to church with them and then in the afternoon we had a birthday party for Izabella (their daughter). Mark is a pastor to that church which made it very interesting. Just last week Izabella came and stayed with me. We worked and played and rode horses together. It was adventures for her and also me. The most fun that we had was while riding the horses. It is an amazing feeling to have these people in my life. God blessed me and may He bless you too. Susie Schwartz
|Two years ago 5 or 6 of us really had a burden to get together and pray on a weekly basis. Since then we have grown to two prayer meetings. One on Tues. and one on Wed. night. In this photo we had over 40 people in the Tuesday night prayer meeting at our house. There is no doubt in our minds that we were able to fill this newsletter up with God’s glory because of the prayer ministry.|