After pondering about how we can show support to our Amish friends, I think I've got the perfect suggestion (thanks to your ideas). First, let me explain. As you know, I stayed with my friend, Barabara Fischer (an old-order Amish woman) for several days. Her husband was tragically killed a little over a year ago and she showed me the hundreds of sympathy cards she received from members of the community. The ones she loved the most were the handmade cards. She asked me to help her organize them into a scrapbook so she can keep them forever.
So--here's how you can help. Let's send handmade cards to this Amish Community to show our love and also let them know we are mourning with and praying for them. Be sure to write a heartfelt message in the card and also indicate where you are from. We want them to know there are people all over the world thinking about them. Also, if you want to send some generic, already-made cards for these Amish families to use (thank yous, thinking of you, etc.), that would be great. On October 30th and then again in January, I'll personally deliver these cards to the community. I'll also figure out between now and then how to put a large amount of cards in a scrapbook and give one of these scrapbooks full of cards to several of the families. We're then hoping this will kinda be like a circle journal--passed from house to house in this community.
Missy Hurst (she's the gal to the left in the photo), a friend I've become acquainted with through scrapbooking, lives in this community. She has generously set up a post office box where we can send these cards.
Here's the address:
Nickel Mine Tragedy
P.O. Box 537
Intercouse, PA 17534
(Missy owns the Old Candle Barn Gift Shop on Old Philadelphia Pike in Intercourse. If you ever make it to Amish Country, you must stop by this amazing shop.)
My other friend in the photo, Jeannine, also lives in the community. Her husband, George, is a detective/police officer and he was the first person on the scene. I'm thankful for people like George, who risk their lives everyday in our behalf.
I'm so excited about this service project. Please spread the word about this amazing opportunity.
Thanks for being the great bunch of people you are. I truly feel blessed to read your messages and mingle with you.