Now that we live close to Amish neighborhoods. I saw a newspaper article advertising "Steve and Jake Lapp", Amish brothers sharing how they were excommunicated by leaders of the Old Order Amish. That's what happened to my parents, so of course I was interested. They continue to dress like the Amish, live in RV's and travel across the United States, speaking and giving Seminars.
After the service closed they wanted to pray for the sick "by laying on hands". Wonderful! The leader said he broke his pelvis after falling out of a barn, he was miraculously healed by the power of God and became a born-again Christian.
My family became born-again Christians after I was prayed for. I fell at school and injured my leg, it was black and blue, swollen and painful. Mrs. Clark was visiting our home at the time and felt that God wanted her to pray for me. The first time she prayed for me, nothing happened, the second time she visited, she felt led by God to lead me in the "sinner's prayer". I repeated the prayer she ask me to pray. The next morning I was pain free! I didn't understand being born-again.
God started working in my life and my parents. After a year of prayer and God speaking to my parents they decided to be water baptized by immersion. My mom experienced healing, my dad was smoker and Mrs. Clark asked him to seek God, God came to my dad in a dream and he quit smoking and became born again. My family started attending a spirit filled church and were excommunicated and shunned! I realize now that this must have been a hard time in my parents lives, but to experience God's peace and forgiveness of sin is wonderful. Knowing that Jesus died on the cross to set us free from sin in the best Christmas message ever!
Looking back on this time of our lives I am so blessed that the Holy Spirit through the Word of God started speaking to us! According to God's Word I have eternal life! To have the peace of God is so wonderful! During the Christmas season this is a time to reflection and blessed that God sent his son Jesus to be born of a virgin Mary. This is only the beginning! God is always speaking and working in our lives. We need to take the time to listen to hear the voice of God!
We have New Order Amish living in our neighborhood. They have electricity, farm with tractors. When driving past their homes it looks like any home. They dress plain and use horse and buggy to go to church. They have a church building to use for their services. They preach the salvation message!