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When I was a young girl, my father left the Amish and took me with him.He felt that the Amish culture was too staunch and that the tradition and doctrine of men was not of God. We joined a Mennonite church, which I didn’t care for.When I was twenty years old, I married my wife, Leah. As an Amish man, I was very zealous about my religion and tried my best to live according to the rules and what I understood of God's Word.I was involved in enforcing the excommunication of several people in my community because they claimed they could be sure that if they would die, they would go to Heaven.For some time now, I have wanted to share my history and the testimony of how I found Jesus.I grew up in an Old Order home, which is one of the more strict and legalistic Amish groups.I felt that this church was too strict and too focused on the outward whereas God cared about and looked at the heart. Growing up, I don't ever remember desiring not to be Amish.I sincerely thought that being a part of the Amish was the only way I would have a chance to go to heaven one day.
My name is Rhoda Brubaker, and I was born and raised in an Old Order Mennonite community; most might know my community best as the Black Bumper Mennonites.
It seemed that isolating ourselves would hush those others who taught things that threatened our "Amishness." I was born in 1938 and raised in Holmes County, Ohio.