I have had a long and strong friendship with the German Baptist church, so today is an exciting day for me as we roll out a new column by a member of this fascinating faith. Western Ohio, where I live, is home to the largest concentration of German Baptists in the world. The Amish and Mennonites get most of the media fascination and public interest. “German Baptist Mafia” probably wouldn’t bring in ratings. But the German Baptist brand of plainness has many of the same appeals as the Amish: an adherence to simplicity, a rich faith, strong families, and diversity within the faith. On one end are the Old Order German Baptist Brethren who still use horse and buggies and on the other are much more progressive German Baptists who use computers, cars, and the internet.
The German Baptists live in many states, with the largest concentrations being in Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, and California. Rosanna Bauman of Cedar Valley Farm in Garnett, Kansas is being kind enough to share a bit of her world with us. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll share a few of her columns. If you like them, I’ll continue to post them. If not, then just consider it a fun glimpse in another plain way of life.
Rosanna’s column is my attempt to offer a variety of Plain perspectives to visitors of this site. The Amish Cook column is strengthened by drawing as many people as possible here. I look forward to adding another Plain voice or two in the weeks ahead. We’re calling Rosanna’s column “Plain Kansas” because she’ll give us a taste of plain life from her state.