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Moving West

Moving West

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 13th Dec 2018

When the Amish and Mennonites move and start another settlement in the modern world, it often is because we have “filled” the previous settlement and there is no more land available for young famil … read more
The Anabaptist World of 1800

The Anabaptist World of 1800

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 21st Aug 2018

Sometimes in the study of history, it becomes necessary to step back and look at the bigger picture. Our view is often very narrow, and we lose sight of the forest because we are looking at a few tr … read more
Lost Privileges

Lost Privileges

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 5th Jul 2018

Recently we have looked at the Russian Mennonites and their settlements in Russia.Also we looked at how a small group (Kleine Gemeinde) broke away from the main group over concerns about morality, i … read more
Colonies of Wealth

Colonies of Wealth

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 11th Jun 2018

We began the journey east into Russia as Dutch and German Mennonites settled in the Ukraine under the invitation of the Russian government.Here they were granted large parcels of land, and colonies … read more
To the East

To the East

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 2nd Apr 2018

 We have been writing about how and when the Amish and Mennonites came to America and the unique challenges they faced. At the same time that these Anabaptists were coming to America, others w … read more
Captive

Captive

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 28th Mar 2018

The Hochstetler family who was attacked by Indians while living on the frontier in Berks County, Pennsylvania.This happened early on the morning of September 20 or 21, 1757.The Indians killed Mrs. … read more
Death on the Frontier

Death on the Frontier

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 22nd Mar 2018

As a small boy growing up in our community, I often heard stories about the past.One of the most frequently told stories was about an incident that happened in 1757.As a boy, I supposed that the sto … read more
Settling New Lands

Settling New Lands

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 7th Mar 2018

Here in America, the Amish and Mennonites settled on lands they could finally own themselves.Here they could raise their families and their crops and finally find some peace from the oppression tha … read more
A New Land, A New Life

A New Land, A New Life

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 20th Feb 2018

In the last article, we met William Penn, the Quaker leader, whose influence and faith led him to found a colony where religious freedom was instrumental in the Mennonites and Amish coming to Ameri … read more
A New Continent | Hope for a future

A New Continent | Hope for a future

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 20th Feb 2018

Last month we introduced the Charming Nancy, the ship that brought a group of eleven Amish families to America.Hans Jacob Kaufman, who historians believe was an Amish Bishop, kept a small cal … read more
The Big Book: Martyr’s Mirror, A look into the Past

The Big Book: Martyr’s Mirror, A look into the Past

Posted by Marcus Yoder on 22nd Jan 2018

Persecution is often viewed as a hindrance to the growth and development of the church. Not one of us desires to be persecuted, but when it does happen, God has faithfully supplied the grace and co … read more