Registration open for regional Amish Awareness Conference next month in Friendship

Early registrations are underway at Friendship for a regional Amish Awareness Conference next month which is designed to acquaint area residents with aspects of the Amish lifestyle and how to reach out to them and other increasing cultures throughout the area.

Anita Baird of Allegany Hope provided a preview of the Amish Awareness Conference agenda during this month’s luncheon meeting of the Friendship missions ministry, hosted by the United Church of Friendship at The Carter House Ministry Center in Friendship.

The Friday night-Saturday workshop, provided by Mission to Amish People (MAP) of Greenwich, Ohio, will be held April 19-20 at the Bible Baptist Church, 43 West Main Street, with registration being required for limited seating.

The event is being co-sponsored by the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches, Allegany Hope and Family Life Network.

Sessions, presented by 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.

A 20 percent savings will be available for those pre-registering by Sunday, April 7, after which the cost will increase from a nominal $20 to $25 per person.

A 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?, are included in the registration fee.

Scholarships are available for those with need, including students.

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

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