Going on Faith

Summer 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ summer 2017 ] 8 GOING ON FAITH CONFERENCE HEADS FOR HOLMES COUNTY people who appear to be straight out of the 19th century but who live surrounded by modern society and technology. Delegates to the 2017 Going On Faith Conference, the national gathering of religious travel planners, will get to experience a little of Amish culture August 22-24. The local tourism office encourages any travel planners still on the fence about going to sign up and be part of it. "They should go especially if they have never been to Amish country," said Laurie Judson of the Holmes Photos courtesy Holmes Co. Tourism Bureau Going On Faith Conference attendees will enjoy the heritage of Holmes County, Ohio's Amish culture. C ommonly known as Amish country, Holmes County is nestled in rural north- east Ohio between Columbus and Cleveland. But to many visitors, it seems a world away from big-city life. The area is unlike any other part of the United States. Here visitors sample what country life in America might have been like 150 to 200 years ago. All this is courtesy of a remarkable religious sect, the Amish, about 17,000 gentle, peaceful, hard-working County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Unlike other Going On Faith Conferences that have been held in large convention centers in good-size cities, this meeting of religious travel planners and travel industry representatives will take place inside Grace Mennonite Church in the small rural city of Berlin, Ohio. The Mennonites are closely related to the Amish in their faith and beliefs. When they arrive in the area, delegates will see some unusual sights. It is not uncommon to see an 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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