POTTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. JOSEPH STALNAKER. DECEMBER 8, 2013.
Greetings in the Saviour’s Name from Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
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
|Gay Amish and Gelassenheit
Mar 7, 2012
|Gay Amish: Surviving the Shunning
Aug 6, 2012
Dec 29, 2012
Jul 6, 2012
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:
Additionally, it is interesting to note the referring websites and searches that have been used to connect to our blog:
|gay amish men||60|
|gender human relationships||36|
|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,