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The Yoder Outsiders

Ted Yoder, an "outsider" in the Mennonite community where his grandfather was once a minister asks: "Can I ever find a church? What does it take for me to find my roots and my heritage?"

From Amish to Mennonite to Methodist to Mennonite in three generations.

They were outsiders in an orthodox and closed Mennonite community in Missouri.

How does a family who left the Anabaptist faith regain it? What obstacles do they meet?

The Yoder outsiders set out for a Mennonite revival meeting, only to discover they had come too late. Division of the sexes, seating rituals, speech, clothing, and hairstyles -- all were hurdles to be overcome in the 1940s and 1950s. In fear and trembling, they met the sacred and the holy, the hush of the assembled worshipers in the country church, and that magnificent singing.

Ted Yoder is a direct descendant of Jacob Yoder, who died at sea on the journey from Switzerland to Pennsylvania in 1742, leaving his Amish widow, Barbara, and their nine children to settle the new land alone.

Ted's grandparents, Daniel and Fannie Yoder of Iowa, find happiness in their move to Cass County, Missouri, but also sadness. Daniel Yoder and his ten children leave the Mennonite church.

During the great depression, Ted with his father and mother, Aaron and Opel, and his brother, Alden, move from Arkansas to the very center of a Mennonite community in Missouri, It is the same area where Daniel Yoder once served as a Mennonite minister.

Here is the pilgrimage of Ted Yoder's family; when they were a people, when they were not a people, and when the bridge of faith brought them again to peoplehood in the holy order of the Mennonite community.


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The Yoder Outsiders

ISBN Number: 0-87303-133-4 (softcover)

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