Family Life Radio joins Amish Awareness Conference, only one week left for early registration savings

Family Life Network (FLN) regional radio has joined the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches and Allegany Hope in co-sponsoring this month’s Amish Awareness Conference, with only a week remaining to capture a 20 percent early registration savings.

The event will be held Friday night-Saturday, April 19-20, at the Friendship Bible Baptist Church, 43 West Main Street, with pre-registrations required for limited seating.

Early individual registrations are only $20 each, if made by next Sunday, April 7, and include light dinner, breakfast, and lunch on Friday night and Saturday, and all breaks, along with a copy of the Mission to Amish People (MAP) book, Amish: Our Friends, But Are They Believers? The cost increases to $25 per person after Sunday.

Individuals may register by email at, providing each attendee’s name, community and state, email address and telephone number, including area code, or by calling (585) 664-9989.

Conference topics
Sessions, presented by MAP of Greenwich, Ohio, and including testimonies from former Amish in Western New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, will provide information on Understanding the Anabaptist Movement, Amish Culture and Values, Amish Beliefs, Legalism and Leaving the Amish Culture, Outreach and Evangelism to the Amish and Other Cultures, special music by children of former Amish, and an overview of the MAP ministry.

A special luncheon presentation also will be provided by representatives of Houghton Academy and Houghton University in regard to low-cost Christian education opportunities which became available this school year to area students from middle school to college.

The gathering is expected to draw individuals from throughout the region to learn more about the growing Amish and multicultural unreached people groups.

There will be limited seating for the event, designed to learn more about the Amish and how to reach out to their members, along with increasing numbers of other cultures in the region.

Prizes being awarded
There will be drawings for Family Life door prizes at several points during the sessions.

Jeff Harmon, FLN chief operating officer said that “Family Life is blessed to partner with the churches of Friendship, NY, as well as the para-church ministry Allegany Hope in bringing in this special educational opportunity – The Amish Awareness Conference. “

The Amish are “our neighbors and have been for years, but society has always had an imaginary wall built between us,” he noted.  “As has happened down through history, we must learn more about them to best know how to minister to them and share love, as Christ would have us share.

“This is a very special opportunity to discover ways that God might use all of us in this special bridge-building effort.  Family Life is honored to be a part of it,” Harmon added. 

Friendship radio history
Friendship has a significant part in the Family Life history, becoming one of three stations in 1989 which started the Christian radio expansion to what is now more than 60 broadcast units in Central and Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania.

The first radio station was birthed in 1983 in Bath, Steuben County, growing out a youth ministry which had been underway for many years.

As people on the outskirts of WCIK, the flagship station, became more familiar with the radio ministry, requests to increase the station’s power became more frequent, according to Harmon.

As a result of these invitations, three more New York FM radio stations – WCIH in Elmira; WCID, now WCOV 89.1FM in Friendship; and WCII in Spencer – were constructed in 1989, starting a network.

A majority of the station call signs reflect a characteristic of Christ, with WCOV standing for Where Christ Offers Victory and WCOQ, 101.9FM, in Alfred, a second Allegany County station added recently, representing Where Christ Offers Quietness.

A map of the network stations, including call sign acronyms, is available at