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The Amish tend to believe their lifestyle and their community is the key to their salvation, Burkholder said, noting that they are depending on a “works-based” theology that is contradicted by Scripture, “[N]ot of works lest any man should boast,” found in Ephesians 2:9.
After the Burkholders left the Amish, they established the ministry Rays of Hope based in Kirksville where they live. Rays of Hope is a speaking and teaching ministry to support the Burkholders as they minister to the Amish, especially those curious about the Gospel but conflicted because of their Amish heritage. He welcomes calls and letters so he may dialogue.
The website is www.raysofhopeonline.org. Contact Burkholder by mail at 811 Benton Way, Kirksville, MO 63501 or by phone at 660-341-3321. He receives calls from Amish seekers on a regular basis and he often drives to their communities to visit and have Bible study.
While witnessing to the Amish can be difficult, Burkholder said it is not impossible.
“Many are searching for the truth and unfortunately they are not finding answers in their church and communities,” he said.
Richard Nations is a contributing writer for The Pathway (mbcpathway.com), newsjournal of the Missouri Baptist Convention, where this article first appeared.
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