Recently, I received an e-mail from a young woman, Kate, who is planning to convert to the Amish. Kate has offered to write a few guest posts for my blog to share her experience and answer your questions. For the next few Mondays and Tuesdays, you can read about Kate’s journey to the Amish. This is part two:Normally when someone finds out I’m joining the Amish, they wonder how? At least those are the emails I get from my blog readers or family members. Honestly there aren’t many official “steps” that I have to do. I’m sure it would be different coming from someone that hasn’t basically grown up in the this church (remember I’ve been part of this church for five years) but for me it has worked out perfectly. Another hint that this is God’s will? I think so!
When I officially decided that I indeed wanted to become Amish I spoke with the Amish parents where I had visited and stayed so often. We talked it over and I told them my reasons for wanting it and my belief that it was here the Lord had led me.
After that I waited a while and just recently took the next step. I had a meeting with the bishop of the church, who’s very nice and not like all those bishops in some stories. He talked to me and basically asked the same questions that the parents did before. He wanted to make sure I was joining for the faith and not just the lifestyle. He reminded me of a need for salvation in Jesus Christ and that they live that way because they have that salvation and that works are nothing without it.
We decided that the next step would be to move in with a church family willing to take me in. This has to wait for another month or so until my date comes closer. I’m always wondering just who it’ll be, though!
More to come so continue reading Suzanne’s blog! I have a few more ideas for more posts including the language, my spiritual journey and how my parents and family feel.
Thanks for reading; it means so much to me to be able to share my testimony with others and to be able to clear a lot of misconceptions of the Amish. I’m always willing to (try) to answer any questions about the Amish you may have or joining them either at my blog www.journeytoamish.blogspot or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I am sure Suzanne is happy to do the same. God bless you and have a wonderful day! ♥