duminică, 30 august 2015

I was born and raised Mennonite...left @ 16, traveled and did my soul-searching....happy now.


To all who don't know, Mennonites are very similar to Amish with a few main differences: Mennonites can have black vehicles and basic electricity, while Amish have buggies and no electricity. (They always asked us for rides everywhere, though...haha) I was so nervous in this photo because a man took it. I remember it well. My whole family (mom, dad, 7 kids) all left the church. We weren't okay with the way that repeated sexual abuse was handled, the fact that they kept members who were pedophiles even after they repeated their actions, yet the ministry would crack down on young girls for being "provocative" by pushing our dress sleeves above our elbows in the summertime. The list goes on...the hypocrisy and the splitting of hairs on rules was growing ridiculous. There were many cases of physical abuse that were taken way too far as well. Keep in mind that not every Mennonite family experiences the same thing; however, far too many do. I know many who have left and share similar stories. It reminds me of what can happen "when men become gods"....it's like the books "Lord of the Flies" or "Animal Farm"...corruption can find its way and it's important to keep an open and informed mind.

vineri, 21 august 2015


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