The true story of Ora Jay and Irene Eash and our young family moving to Montana after the tragedy of loosing our two daughters to an accident. Finding faith in God and leaving the Amish life style.
Thoughts on the book Plain Faith
Hello Ora Jay and Irene. Thank you for sharing your testimonies and life in “Plain Faith” which I just finished today. Your openess and honesty in regard to your journey in coming to know our Lord and Saviour was very touching, especially for what you lost in fellowship and relationship with family and community ….. so devastating. I have read a lot of books by Beverly Lewis, Berh Wiseman and Wanda Brunstetter as have had a fascination with Amish lifestyle (and quilting!😊)for many years. Your book answered some questions re works versus faith which came out of the stories I read. I had done a bit of research as a result as it seemed that being obedient to the Amish order was far more important than faith in Jesus Christ. My conclusion was what your journey detailed and gave me a greater understanding of, that the simple faith and gift of grace which is freely given by God through our Saviour has been replaced with a religion of works, tradition and ritual. Your comment towards the end of the book about still missing the Amish family lifestyle resonated with me though. I think what attracted me to the Amish lifestyle, is that wonderful sense of simple community sharing and belonging. Those of us in the Kingdom of God seem to have lost that, especially in Western culture. In the main, we live in our own little fortresses , venturing out a couple of times a week for meetings and fellowship. How I long for a real sense of belonging to a group within the family of God who enjoy doing life together, truly supporting each other and having a genuine interest in the lives of fellow citizens in God’s Kingdom here on earth!! My heartfelt thanks for your story. May God continue to richly bless your family and ministry to Him! Bless you.
Just finished reading In Faith and I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed it and your message. I have so much to be thankful for. The Lord Jesus Christ has blessed me in so many ways, one of which was getting the opportunity to read your story. Thank you.
Found your book in my local Library here in Australia and absolutely loved to hear your story. God is so good, patient and full of grace. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
Hi there Irene and Ora Jay,
Just finished your book “Plain Faith”. I enjoyed your journey to faith in Jesus, and watched as the truth became so plain, leading to your acceptance of Christ as your own personal Saviour.
Our church librarian handed your book to me this past Sunday, and told me she had just purchased it for our church library.
Bless you as you serve Jesus and as you continue to know Him better day by day.
Love in Christ Jesus’ matchless Name,
-Cherie “Mickey” Nott
I am currently reading Plain Faith and it is speaking to the deepest corners of my heart. I’m going through a dark time right now; spiritually, emotionally and physically and I’m thankful for the hope your book speaks of. I hope someday that finances allow a trip to Montana, I grew up with horses and through a difficult childhood, it was the connection I felt with my horses that the Lord used to show me grace. A time surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation and horses, would be healing. Thank you for sharing your difficult story of loss along with the beauty that God can bring from our ashes. I’m trying to believe that is true for me as well…I’m just not there yet.
Hello Ora Jay and Irene!
I just now finished reading your excellent and inspiring book on “Plain Faith”.
It truly touched my heart. I am a 73-year old born-again, Bible-believing Christian since I was 17 years old. We have some things in common such as a lot of boys and one girl! WE had ten in all and all are boys except for our one daughter–all married but one who is still at home and is now 27 yrs. old.
My birthday is August 27th hence a reminder of your loss when you two precious girls went to heaven. Wow, I will see them too someday!
I was Roman Catholic for some five years–even as a Christian–was led astray due to lack of knowledge of God’s Word. The Roman Church is full of tradition and good works also and you never have any assurance of heaven in their religious system. After I received my assurance of salvation via a Baptist preacher, I left Romanism, went off to Bible college and then Seminary eventually becoming a Pastor of a Baptist Church. My ministry always consisted of TEACHING THE WORD OF GOD TO THE MEMBERSHIP. (Eph. 4:12ff) In doing this I learned so much myself that I wish I could share with you. Did you know that you are in heaven right now? You are! Do you know that not only is the Lord in you, but you are IN Him? Do you realize what that means? When you and I were saved we were “baptized by the Spirit into one (His) body.” (I Cor. 12:13) WE are truly “in” Him–“bone of His bones”, etc. (Eph. 5:30) Do you know exactly what the “mystery” is in the New Testament? Read Eph. 3:1-6 and all passages that contain this word “mystery”. Do you know what I Cor. 2:9 means? Is it heaven someday? How about heaven right now! Really!
If you are interested I can send you a few of my own writings on this subject. I would be happy to send them to you at no cost. Just let me know and give me an address.
I could say “God bless you folks”, but we have already been “blessed in heavenly places IN Christ” (Eph. 1:3ff) WE just need to know that these blessings are all spiritual. We have no guarantees for the physical.
I have read many books on the Amish, mostly non-fiction. I have learned much about them and have had a burden for them ever since. Oh, that they could know the real truth! Even as your heart must yearn for the same. Anybody saved in your family back east yet? I would love to sit down and talk with you about so many things, but space won’t allow it here.
One more thing–this thing about modesty. We do have to be careful as to the attire one puts on for the public to observe. Women clad in tight blue jeans shows the shape of the body. Men will lust even after that. Tight pants and slacks do the same. In my humble opinion, a woman should wear a modest, loose-fitting dress that covers the body. It identifies her clearly as a woman and she has less chance of being a stumlingblock to men. The scriptures teach a distinction between the sexes, all throughout.
God is truly so good! Even when we are not!
Sincerely, in the bonds of Calvary,
-Ron Stonis, Loudon, New Hampshire
Ora Jay and Irene Eash. Just got done reading your book. Was also born Amish and still dress amish. God is taking me down a different path. Started a church and preaching salvation. Church is growing only because God is building the church. Bond age is a hard thing to get rid of. So glad for you you’ve found Jesus.
Hi Ora Jay and Irene. Recently I was fortunate to win your book Plain Faith in an Amish Wisdom random drawing. I received your signed copy and wanted to thank you both for this beautiful book. I’m now reading it and just finished chapter 7. I have found this book to be very educational as to how the Amish live. My heart goes out to you both for your loss of Suetta and Sarah Mae. You will all be together again someday because death can only temporarily seperate believers from their loved ones.
Thoroughly enjoying your book and appreciate the fact that this is a true story , not a work of fiction. When finished I will be happy to review it on Amazon.
Loved the videos of your horse ranch. Montana looks to be a very beautiful state. It would be a wonderful experience to go on a sleigh ride during the winter months.
Wishing you both and the family a very happy Easter.
Just finished reading your book “Plain Faith” a most inspiring book, you will led many people to Christ. God Bless you all.
With Christian love and many thanks.
-Bert Ager, High River AB.
Greetings Ora Jay and Irene Eash. I just finished reading your book, Plain Faith, and I was immensely blessed. It is just amazing how God works. Hearing your story has encouraged me to continue spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to my family and friends. May God continue to work through you both, your children and grandchildren. Continue to live your lives for Christ Jesus and Him alone. Your sister in Christ Jesus
Just finished readng your book. I found it very inspiring and praise you for your tenacity to keep learning God’s word. Especially since it was going against everyone you loved and everything you ever knew to be true. My husband started the book every time I put it down so he is anxious to finish. He says he is hoping your story will bring him closer to God. I know it will because it has been a good reminder to me to stay closer to our Lord and Savior everyday. May God continue to bless you and your family. It is a great testimony.
-Larry and Deb Belden
Ordered your book through Amazon online and am just starting it……very inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and your family.
Your book ended up on my lap through a Christmas gift from our daughter! Thank you for writing this wonderful, yet painful story of your life…..the loss of your daughters and finding the wonderful grace that only God gives us through his Son Jesus!! We live near the Mennonites and see them ride in their wagons, so your story of the accident is very poignant!! Your journey of drawing closer to Jesus is also poignant and it has inspired me to live more fully in His grace every day! Praying for you and all your friends and family in the Amish community who still do not live in the wonderful grace of Jesus Christ!! Blessings to all of you as you live out your calling in Montana. Would love to visit your farm one day!!
Both of us just finished reading Plain Faith. Our backgrounds include 2x2s and Adventism. We found your faith walk very inspiring. Your faith progression was much like ours, but you were enlightened much more rapidly. Thank you for your love and honesty in telling your story. We can also see the important values you brought out of the Amish way.
-Sharon and John Reynolds
Dear Eash Family,
Thank you for sharing your testimony in Plain Faith. Your book is such a blessing to me and my family. I shared lots of quotes as I read it and now everyone wants to read it. I would especially recommend it to those who have a heart for amish or mennonite people. Your booking is one of my favourite books and I plan on giving it as gifts. May God bless you. Praying for you and for your Amish family!
Just read your book and came here to look at your website. Loved the book. What a difficult and deep story to share. Bless you, this helps so many others. I am already thinking of a trip to Montana to take a wagon ride from such thoughtful people :).
I loved your book. I know it took great faith to step out of your comfort zone. So happy you and your family found The Lord Jesus Christ. So sorry for the loss of your daughters and your miscarriages. I can’t even begin to imagine your pain. You book is such a wonderful testimony. May The Lord continue to bless you both.
In the middle of your book plain faith… Thank you for sharing..
Carolyn picked up your book for me- it brought back many memories I remember I was proud to have friends in Montana but also sad because I really enjoyed Marion as a friend at hom- we had no true friends in the home church because we went to a different school -I remember the night of the auction and it spited me that you would not be comin back- being able to visit you last summer (finally 23 years later) seeing the closeness you enjoy as an expanded family made me realize you made the Best choice even if it hurt at the time- thanks again for welcoming these strangers to your home on such short notice
-Chris Troyer and family
I just finished your book. I couldn’t put it down a beautiful story of love, loss and the love of our Lord. So inspired to draw closer to the one and only.
I am reading your book, Plain Faith, and enjoying it very much. My son, Marc Moriva, lived in Kalispell with his wife, Marjory, for many years. He was a very talented musician, well known and loved there. He passed away suddenly in 2010 when he and Marjory were on the way to Death Valley to ride their mountain bikes in the desert. I have been to Kalispell three times to visit them. Such a beautiful place surrounded by the mountains of Glacier, Flathead Lake, etc. you are blessed to have such a wonderful family, to have chosen to live in the area you live in, and best of all to have left the Amish Faith, and to have become true Christians. I live in Michigan among lots of Amish and know their beliefs. They are good, good, people, but blinded by tradition and law. God’s Blessings to you and your family.
Enjoyed your book. It is so hard to lose a daughter or son. We lost our daughter in 1992. Now I am doing well. Do not get depressed like I did at one time.
The best to you and your family. Will be praying for you.
Love, Hugs, and Prayers
Just finished reading your book”Plain Faith” that I bought in Shipshewana. What a wonderful testimony of grace,forgiveness and peace that is found in a relationship with Jesus. May God continue to guide in your ministry in Montana.
I just read your book “Plain Faith.” What a testimony you have of God’s grace. Thank you for sharing your experience with the rest of us. You are touching many, many lives by doing so.
I just finished your book and so enjoyed it! You and your family are a true example of what God’s grace is and can do when you let Him lead your life! May God continue to bless you.
I just finished your book “Plain Faith” and only started it last evening. Thank you for telling your story.
Just finished your book Plain Faith and just wanted to say what a great job you all did. I really enjoyed it. God Bless all of you…