Regional radio previews Amish Awareness Conference, early registration ends Sunday

A regional radio network has previewed components of the upcoming Amish Awareness Conference in Friendship, with early registration savings ending tomorrow.

Family Life Network (FLN), with more than 60 stations in Western and Central New York and Northern Pennsylvania, including two in Allegany County, featured the primary Mission to Amish People (MAP) presenter, Samuel Girod, this week in the second of a two-part series on understanding more about the Amish and how to better understand and connect with them and other increasing cultures throughout the area.

The regional conference is being held Friday night and Saturday, April 19-20, at the Bible Baptist Church in Friendship, co-sponsored by the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches, Allegany Hope and FLN Radio.

Early individual registrations of only $20 each for limited seating, if made by this Sunday, April 7, 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 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.

Radio interviews
The radio network has roots in Friendship with WCOV, 89.1FM, one of the first three stations it added in 1989 to its single Bath station, also broadcasting on recently acquired WCOQ, 101.9FM, in Alfred.

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

Individuals, along with representatives of churches, other community services organizations and government, already have registered for the event.