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A Little Introduction

August 22, 2011
Coat of Arms of Switzerland.

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Since this is my first post, I should probably explain what this blog is for.

The Title, Swiss Journey, in many ways expresses what this blog is all about. Of course it leaves a lot to the imagination, and so requires a bit of explanation.

This blog is about an incredible journey that the Lord has been taking me on, a journey that may ultimately lead me to (you guessed it) Switzerland. This is the land of my heritage, a land that holds a special place in my heart.

Switzerland is not only the land of my ancestry, but also it is the land of my spiritual heritage. The Anabaptists began in this land, and nearly all of us today can trace our ancestry back to this small country in the middle of Europe. So much of our history comes from this land, a history that in Switzerland today is all but forgotten…

 

This all began with a little thought: what if Anabaptism would return home? What if there were a revival among the Swiss people? What if our faith could once again be established in its land of origin?

So many of us can trace our families back to a few small villages in this country, yet in those villages today no one knows who we are, or what we believe, or what our ancestors, who are often times their ancestors too, endured. To be fair, however, we so often times forget these things too.

It is not fair to say that all of the Anabaptists left Switzerland. There are today two groups in this country. The first are the Mennonites, which are a small body consisting of perhaps 2000 people. To us as conservative Anabaptists, however, they are followers of the world. The Mennonites of the Emmental have even gone so far as to officially join the State Church of the Canton of Bern.

Then there are the Neutäufer, or New Mennonites. This group split off from the others in the 1830’s, seeing a need for reformation and restoration. Today it would be accurate to call them conservative Anabaptists. However, this group is very small, and very closed. They simply have no interest in reaching out.

So the little question came to mind. How can these people know the truth of the Gospel, if they have no one to teach them, and to show them God’s ways?

And with this question, the journey began…

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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