Do you know anyone who had to leave everything to follow Christ- their family, their home, their culture, their people?
Christians in other countries around the world may come to mind when we think of this kind of sacrifice for faith. Believers in America would not usually be our first thought.
Yet, “My People, The Amish” chronicles such a story, right here in the heartland of the United States.
This memoir is gripping- I read it cover to cover in one night!
Joe Keim details his life as a young Amish boy, his tumultuous relationship with his strict Amish father, his rebellious teenage years, and the desperation that led him to a personal relationship with Christ.
His decision to follow after Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior brought him into conflict with his ultra-conservative Amish church, his family, and his people.
As… I traveled along the country roads towards my parents’ place, my heart was once again overflowing with emotions. I agonized with my thoughts. Today I’m dressed in Amish clothes, driving a horse and cart, living in a slower-paced culture. I have free and easy access to my family, childhood friends, and community. Tomorrow, it will all change. Esther and I will lose it all in one day.
If you want a deeper look inside Amish life, you will find a treasure trove of anecdotes in this book.
But even more, “My People, The Amish” is a story of faith under fire and the difficult decisions facing an Amish born-again believer.
God didn’t leave Joe and his wife Esther alone, though. The Lord not only brought them out of the Amish, but He took them full circle.
Years after leaving, God laid a burden on Joe’s heart. A burden for his people, who did not understand the gospel of grace. Taught a gospel of works, they toil to follow their church’s rules. Try their whole life to be good enough to earn God’s favor and forgiveness after death.
Then I turned to Romans 9:3. ‘For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.’ Tears stung my eyes. ‘If possible I would be accursed,’ I said. I tapped the page with my index finger. ‘That’s me. I can’t get away from it. All I can think about day and night is my people.’
A ministry was born out of this great love for the Amish people that Joe and Esther had left behind: Mission to Amish People (MAP) Ministry.
My own husband, Mose, was brought to saving faith in Jesus through Mission to Amish People, and specifically, by Joe himself. This story has immense personal meaning to Mose and I. We also have a love for the Amish and desire to see our own Amish family come to understand salvation by grace alone.
To learn more, and to be stirred by an amazing account of pain, redemption, sacrifice and love, read this moving book, “My People, The Amish.” (Amazon link here)
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