Our Mennonite Faith My family on my father’s side, as far back as we can trace, were English and Irish, and were faithful members of the Church of England. Once immigrated to this country, they became an active part of the Methodist Movement, as it was called. The men of each generation were Ministers. Very early in our American tradition, one of my Uncles was a priest and a circuit rider for the Church of England. It grew very difficult for the Church of England to continue here in the United States without support from England. The Church could not grow because they had no way to ordain new priests so the Methodist Movement, led by John and Charles Wesley and others, grew out of this. On down through history up to and including me and my brother, many generations of our family were Methodist Ministers. I was born and raised a Methodist and was active in the Methodist Church all of my life. I was called by God into the Ministry and was educated in Methodist and Baptist Seminaries. I served in the Methodist Ministry for seven years before moving to Missouri and becoming active in Community Missions in our Amish-Mennonite Community. David and I became fascinated with how this wonderful group of people actually lived their faith each minute of each day. And, as our faith deepened each day, we became convinced that God was leading us in a new direction---the journey into less is more. This new concept became our new way of life. Our beliefs are traditionally Christian. We believe in one God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word to man, the truth, authority, and guide for daily living. We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, is the one mediator between God and man and that He died to redeem us from sin and arose for our justification. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ, a free gift bestowed on all who repent and believe. We believe that those who repent and believe should be baptized with water as a symbol of baptism with the Holy Spirit, cleansing us from sin, and commitment to Christ. We believe that the “Church” is a fellowship of born-again Jesus followers who meet together for worship, praise, teaching, and preparation for witness. We believe that at death the unsaved and those refusing salvation to the end, enter into everlasting punishment and the saved into conscious bliss with Christ, who is coming again, and will raise the dead, sit in judgment and bring in God’s everlasting Kingdom. Amish Mennonites are evangelicals, growing out of the Free Church movement of the 16th century. There were two men who were leaders in that movement, Menno Simons and Joseph Amman. Joseph believed that the movement should stay as they were, and Menno believed that they should move forward with the times but retain their customs and values. While their differences could not be reconciled, a split occurred and Joseph Amman’s group stayed virtually the same and became known as the Amish while Joseph Menno’s group moved forward to a certain degree, accepting change very slowly and in much moderation. They, then became known as Mennonites. Both groups are Dutch and German Heritage and are Anabaptists. We are peace-loving, slower moving individuals who live by the concept of less is more. We have only what we need and the excess is shared or given to the community. We mostly make our own clothes, dress modestly, and strive to live our lives each moment of the day according to what Scripture tells us. The bonnet and the beard represents our commitment to Holy living and is an outward sign of our devotion to the Scripture. We worship in our chapel on the farm and welcome visitors to worship with us each Sunday and on special days of the Church year. Our worship is of a traditional non-denominational service, informal, lots of gospel music, prayer and Scripture. It is a time of praise and prayer. Weddings are traditional Christian non-denominational. We welcome all denominations or those without any denominational ties. Everyone is welcome to worship with us and we welcome all couples who wish to be married here on the farm or at the venue of their choice, regardless of their spiritual backgrounds. We welcome you to our farm and to our home and we hope that you will enjoy your stay with us as you relax in peace and share the joy of Promised Land Farms!