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Just a letterJune 21, 2009
Thanks for your communication. The list of your interests includes
many which are common to us and many others who are being led into
productive, caring lives.
Though we are now in a more urban setting, there were years when we
grew produce, fowl and goats also. Mary often felt good about serving
a meal to guests where almost everything on the table had been produced
by us on site.
I'm sure the friend who helped me set up the simple web site I have
would be happy to help and advise you as well. The format and program
are "user friendly", for those of us who didn't grow up with computers
as our toys of pleasure.l
You are correct in noting that one must be careful about jumping into
groups or ideas simply because they are "alternative". Being aware
that the consensus model is not the way to go is the easy part of the
discernment. Even those who willingly endorse the system realize that
many things are wrong and need changing. Sadly many want to adopt the
same approach for changing the system which was used to set it up.
Fighting fire with fire, or, "if you can't beat them, join them".
I have known Gregory, and Paul Revere from the Embassy of Heaven, for
close to twenty years. I am under the impression that Paul spends much
of his energy now servicing internet connections for people and
continuing the document programs--automobile registrations, licenses,
Gregory has so many good contributions to make, which I appreciate and
admire. I have not felt led to participate in the organizational
structure which he is promoting so I may not appear to be very active
in some of his networks. My participation in HHC has been primarily
through the yahoo interaction group. There is a section in the
"sitemap" of stewardofjesus.org which reprints many of my contributions
over the years.
In this area we have interacted with many Amish and Amish-Mennonite
people, as well as those who simply identify themselves as
"Mennonite". They all come under the same umbrella as followers of
Menno Simons, and usually are people who choose to be consistently
non-violent. The Amish are much more tightly committed to the
practices stipulated by the local congregation, including such things
as hair styles, dress patterns, transportation methods, and the use or
non-use of many of the "conveniences" of the general culture. We
ourselves now participate in a more informal home church fellowship
which seeks to simply live as followers of Jesus, embracing all those
with the same goal as our brothers and sisters in Him, while not not
limiting ourselves with any one of the hundreds of labels for groups of
Christians over the centuries, useful as those labels may be.
My relatives and friends in your area are interested in my views but do
not share many of them which are not accepted by general American
We look forward to being blessed through further interaction with you.