Faith Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe

Building Relationships with Amish to Keep Everyone Safe 

By Jeanette Harder

As I was eagerly anticipating my return trip to New York, my friends asked if I would be visiting different Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities this time. They seemed puzzled by my response, “No, I want to keep building relationships with the families I got to know last summer.”

Relationships. They’re important in easing isolation, getting work done, building community, solidifying identity. When working with Plain communities, relationships are even more important. As a “high context culture,” they most want to know who I am and that I care and that they can trust me. They don’t care about my title or education or accomplishments.

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Dove's Nest's mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children" (Luke 18:16 NLT).