Joe Keim and his wife, Esther, live in Ashland OH. Joe was born and raised in an Old Order Amish community about fifteen minutes from where he and Esther now live. Soon after their wedding day, Joe and Esther came to the conclusion that they would have to leave their friends, family, and the Amish community in order to serve the Lord in freedom and grace. In 1987, they loaded up their belongings and moved into town where they started attending Bethel Baptist Church and using their God given abilities to serve wherever they could. In 1999, God called Joe into full time ministry to the Amish people. Today, he serves as executive director and founder of Mission to Amish People, a ministry that reaches tens of thousands of Amish people every year with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Samuel Girod, the oldest of 13 children, was born into a Swiss Amish culture. At the age of 30, he suddenly realized that he had everything an Amish man is allowed to have. In spite of having everything, Samuel was very unhappy and depressed. In September of 2012, he walked away from his two properties and half-ownership in a construction company. With a duffel bag in each hand, Samuel traveled from Indiana to Ohio where he met up with Joe Keim. For the next two days, the two of them discussed God's plan of salvation. Finally, on day two, the Lord opened Samuel's eyes and saved his soul. Since then, Samuel has gotten married and now has five lovely children. The Girod family joined the MAP team in 2015. They continue to joyfully serve their Savior in Indiana. For more on Samuel, click here.