Going on Faith

Winter 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ winter 2017 ] FINDING FAITH IN AMISH COUNTRY Swiss religious influences. On any given day in Holmes County, you may spy a family traveling down a busy commuter highway, normally reserved for motorized traffic, in a horse-drawn carriage. Out in a field, an Amish farmer may be clearing his land with a horse and plow. The dress for men, women, girls and boys is straight out of the 19th century. As many as 4 million tourists travel to Holmes County each year. They enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and peace of this unusual place. They All photos courtesy Holmes Co. COCTB The Amish people of Holmes County are famous for their baked goods. I n 2017, there are few places left in the United States where time seems to stand still and you catch a glimpse of what farm life might have been like 150 to 200 years ago. But in the Amish country of Holmes County, Ohio, located 90 miles northeast of Columbus, visitors can see the traditions of the past alive and well in the present. About 40 percent of the 44,000 residents of Holmes County are Amish and members of a very traditional Christian sect with Dutch, German and seem to crave the simple Amish and country-life experience, the gorgeous scenery, the furniture, the quilts, the locally harvested food and the craftwork. Many people come here on spiritual retreats. The key to that, say locals, is to get tranquil and embrace the quiet, simple life as exemplified by the Amish. Among the tourists are various church groups and organizations from around the world. For example, the next Going On Faith Conference, the professional gathering for religious travel planners, will take CONFERENCE P R E V I E W GOING ON FAITH BY DA N D I C K S O N

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