Final registrations underway for regional Amish Awareness Conference starting Friday at Friendship

Less than a handful of days remain for required registration for a dwindling number of available seats for a regional Amish Awareness Conference being held Friday night and Saturday in Friendship.

The April 19-20 event, co-sponsored by the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches, Allegany Hope, and Family Life Network Radio, and being held at the Bible Baptist Church, is designed to acquaint area residents with often unknown aspects of the Amish culture and how to connect with its members and other increasing diverse population groups in the Allegany County region.

A $25 per person includes light dinner, breakfast, and lunch on Friday night and Saturday, and all breaks, along with a copy of the MAP book, Amish: Our Friends, But Are They Believers? The radio network also will be providing prizes at drawings during the event.

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

Conference topics
Sessions, presented by the nonprofit Mission to Amish People (MAP) of Greenwich, 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, along with testimonies from former Amish in Western New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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.

Radio interviews
The radio network, having roots in Friendship with its WCOV, 89.1FM frequency, has provided interviews with the primary conference speaker in recent days.

The interviews, which explain some of the misunderstood foundations of the Amish culture and the purpose of the Conference sessions, are available through the network’s news reports at, at approximately 24:45 minutes, with a second segment at at approximately 25:20 minutes.

Representatives of churches, other community services organizations, some government entities, and members of the general public from Allegany and adjoining counties already have registered for the event.

Further information is available at