In 1999, the Lord called Joe and Esther Keim, who are formerly Amish, to reach out to the Amish and former Amish locally in Ashland County as well as widespread to communities across the country. The Keims created a ministry called Mission to the Amish People, or “MAP” for short. MAP helps former Amish adults get their birth records, social security numbers and driver’s license. The ministry also provides GED classes, mentoring and discipleship sessions, and counseling; it has a goal of meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who come for help.
In 2016, MAP took a bold step of faith and began raising funds to build a 6,000 sq. ft. bulk food store to serve the community as well as aid single Amish women who are leaving their culture and need help getting established in the English society. While single adult women are staying at New Beginnings Homestead, a MAP apartment building located behind Beyond Measure Market, they will train at the store, learn the retail business, make an income, and help pay for their own living expenses.
On March 8, 2018, Beyond Measure Market opened its doors and began serving the public. Today, the Market carries a full line of deli meats and cheeses, bulk foods, ice cream cones, subs and sandwiches, salads, fresh produce, freezer items and gifts. We enjoy serving the members of our community and look forward to growing as the Lord leads in the years to come.
Photo of New Beginnings Homestead located behind Beyond Measure Market
How You Can Be Part of the Mission:
We would like to invite you to come alongside and help us and the women who come to New Beginnings. You can do so by giving a one time gift or a monthly reoccurring gift.
Below are some common and immediate needs a person has when they first come to New Beginnings Homestead:
- Utilities (water, propane and electric)
- Cell Phone
- Car/Transportation and Gas
If you would like to support the girls in our New Beginning’s Homestead, please click on the link below to be redirected to our online giving form: