Not long ago, I began following the videos of Eli Yoder, who shares his testimony, experiences, and reasons for leaving his Amish community. He does a sterling job at keeping his videos lighthearted while maintaining a serious side.
He refers to the Amish as a cult. Although his vids most often include comical anecdotes from his childhood, growing up Amish, there are also some that are very clear about the darker aspects of his former community.
Since leaving the Amish, Eli has dedicated himself to Biblical studies and follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. He uses his knowledge when counseling others who want to leave, or have left, the Amish, who are struggling with the Amish culture and beliefs, in ways they understand to contradict the Gospel.
Although he is no longer an accepted part of the Amish community, he expresses gratitude for still being permitted to visit his Amish mother, in her home, as long as he abides by her rules. He mustn’t park his “worldly” vehicle on her property, and wear Amish-style clothing when he visits.
I’ve learned much about the Amish since viewing his videos, including being introduced to a not-for-profit organization established to provide protection and support for Amish victims of abuse. It’s called The Amish Rescue Mission, and the reason it exists is heartbreaking.
Amish victim provisions
The Amish Rescue Mission provides help for a sizeable array of crimes committed against victims that include...
What help is currently available to Amish victims includes...
Their site info ensures victims they assist may remain Amish or Plain. When their life becomes safe and stable, they will be returned to their home, if desired.
Here's a link to a vid featuring Rachel Hershbeger-Hawley, co-founder of The Amish Rescue Mission, why it was founded and their goals. This is the first time I've not been able to include a linked YouTube video into the post content, due to it being listed as private yet the link still being available via public access.
And so, if you'd like to view it via YouTube, click here.
Vigilance in being aware and pro-active
Despicable acts are a global threat and certainly not a threat limited to individuals within the Amish. However, for those raised within Gospel-associated communities to step forward, alert, acknowledge, renounce and provide help for victims within these communities, I have to applaud them for not being a part of the coverups that so often happen to prevent backlash and the fallout that often comes along when these types of malicious acts become public knowledge.
I also appreciate their focus being specifically on Amish victims. Having this common ground gives them insight into the inner workings of the community, including how the victims view and process the abuse they’ve suffered.
⁸Open your mouth for the mute,
Thank you for your visit today. I pray your heart has been stirred to be in prayer for successful rescue endeavors of The Amish Rescue Mission and healing, physically, mentally and spiritually to the victims needing their care.
Until next time, remain vigilant. YOU really can make a difference for the good!
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