2013 Annual Report for Other Sheep’s Missioner to the Pennsylvania German Conservative Christian Community

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POTTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.  JOSEPH STALNAKER. DECEMBER 8, 2013.

Greetings in the Saviour’s Name from Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

Over the past few years, we have endeavored to reach out to others through the Internet presence we have made in our blog entitled, ‘Der Reggeboge Freindschaft’ –The Rainbow Fellowship.

In the months since Der Reggeboge Freindschaft’s inception back in 2010, we have seen it grow in numbers of readership to over 14,000 pageviews.  Here is a sampling of articles and their respective number of views:

Being Gay and Amish

Feb 13, 2012, 1 comment

3345
Gay Amish and Gelassenheit

Mar 7, 2012

707
Gay Amish: Surviving the Shunning

Aug 6, 2012

514
Amish ‘Mafia?’

Dec 29, 2012

239
Living Love

Jul 6, 2012

162

 

Our overall audience has been predominately in the United States, but surprisingly, the page has caught on well with other countries across the globe. Here is a sample list of the countries with the largest percentage of viewings:

Entry

Pageviews

United States 10008
Germany 596
Canada 443
Russia 434
United Kingdom 382
Latvia 279
Australia 204
France 106
Ukraine 90
Switzerland 52

 

Additionally, it is interesting to note the referring websites and searches that have been used to connect to our blog:

Referring Sites

Entry

Pageviews

www.google.com 2207
xamishatheist.com 453
www.facebook.com 398
www.lgbtamish.com 361
r-e-f-e-r-e-r.com 221
search.yahoo.com 146
gaymennonite.wordpress.com 124
www.bing.com 101
www.google.de 99
www.google.com.au 82

Search Keywords

Entry

Pageviews

gay amish 707
amish gay 138
gay amish men 60
amish homosexuality 59
amish gays 44
gender human relationships 36
derreggebogefriendschaft.blogspot.com 31
amish and gay 27
are there any gay amish people 27
amish and homosexuality 22

 

The overriding interest seems to point specifically towards how being gay is experienced or dealt with amongst the Old Order Amish expression of Christianity.  My personal experience of having lived a member of an Old Order community, coupled with my knowledge of Church History, Biblical interpretation and theology are all ingredients used to compose pertinent articles of encouragement and inspiration posted on the blog’s pages.

I have also used poetry to inspire fellow Christians who are gay and living amongst conservative faith communities.

Some of the natural outgrowth of this blog has been an expansion to Facebook.  We have created a Facebook group and connected personally with many local gay guys through posting events there as well.

The work continues with direct contact with an Old Colony Mennonite young man in Mexico, and an Old Order Amishman in Ohio.  I have recently connected with a young, former Old Order River Brethren man, who is currently amongst some Conservative Mennonites.  Each of these people have varying levels of acceptance and peace regarding the whole ‘being gay’ issue, and most still struggle with the very harsh reality of shunning if they ever choose to ‘Come OUT’.

We certainly appreciate the moral and spiritual support that Other Sheep has been in enabling us to ‘get the Word’ out to those across the world who identify with many of the same characteristics shared through the Pennsylvania German subculture of Conservative Christian expression.

It is my hope and prayer that we all may continue to be blessed and be a blessing to those who are journeying in faith towards the acceptance and love of Christ, just for who God created them to be, loving whom they are gifted with attraction for, and cherishing those they love as the Heavenly Father hath loved us.

With Peace and love through Jesus Christ, 

Joseph Stalnaker
Der Reggeboge Freindschaft, 2013
Other Sheep’s Missioner to the Pennsylvania German Conservative Christian Community

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1 comment for “2013 Annual Report for Other Sheep’s Missioner to the Pennsylvania German Conservative Christian Community

  1. Donna F. Heffner
    October 20, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Did not know you folks existed! I’m 67, raised in Harrisburg, PA, grandfather & uncle were pastors (church then was Grace Mennonite Brethren in Christ, now Bible Fellowship). Am married to my partner of 19 years, Annie, and have been on a lifelong journey resolving my sexuality and spirituality. What’s the best way to connect with Other Sheep and the PA Dutch group in particular? I’m an artist who lives in the mountains of East Tennessee, by the way. Thank you so very much, look forward to hearing from you!

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