Amish Stories of Grace: Finding Jesus in Lancaster County

The Amish way of life has captured the imaginations of TV viewers and novel readers for decades. The romantic ideal of simple living within one’s own community is attractive, but the one thing that’s often missing is grace.

In 2014, Charles Morris traveled to Lancaster County to host an event featuring current and former Amish people who discovered grace in a world too often dictated by stringent rule-following and legalism. There are many wonderful tenants of Amish life, but today’s episode focuses on a core aspect of faith that too often cultivates a sense that believers must earn their place in Heaven.

Ephraim and Amanda Stoltzfus, who were also featured in the BBC documentary “Leaving Amish Paradise,” discuss how they became excommunicated from their church and shunned by family and friends after joining a local Bible study and getting baptized outside of their community. Jacob Dienner and Manny Zook are current members of the Amish church and talk about how they came to an understanding of grace within their congregation.

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  • Alice Noe says:

    Dear Haven Today,
    I saw that program on TV.
    Do you know of Missions To the Amish People 575 US 250 Greenwich, OH. 44837.
    I get their new letter . Very well written. I have quite a collection of them. God is at work everywhere.

  • Everett says:

    I completely agree with what you have written. I hope this post could reach more people as this was truly an interesting post.

  • Tiffany says:

    Hello, Do you know if Ephraim and Amanda’s Daughter Marie is ok? she had leukemia and I always wondered if she is ok.

    • Corum says:

      The last time we spoke with Ephraim, Amanda was doing well. She and her siblings were in the room (behind the camera) when we shot this video.

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