Asher Witmer

rediscovering Jesus

We Wish You a Blessed Christmas!!!

From our house to yours–Merry Christmas!

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We are enjoying our time with my family in Los Angeles. Good talks, fun times with the nephews and festive activities for young and old.

One of the things I don’t like about blogging and writing online is that many people can read my writing without me getting to know them. So I thought this Christmas Day would be a great time to play some get-to-know you. 😉 If you read this, introduce yourself by leaving the comment “Merry Christmas from (your city,state,country).” Let’s see how many people we meet.

I went. Now it’s your turn. You ready?



Leave your comment here.

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About Asher Witmer

I am a son of God, husband, father, and difference maker. I love helping people sort through hard questions they face and rediscover Jesus. I have written three eBooks dealing with church frustrations, and send out daily posts addressing faith, church and relationships.

  • Feliz (belated) Navidad! ☺ – Jenni, Chihuahua México

  • Dannielle Horst

    Merry Christmas and congratulations from West Michigan. Blessings in the New Year ~ Carleton and Dannielle Horst

  • Wow, thank you all for saying “Hi”! We had a great Christmas with my side of the family. I hope you all did as well. We have another week here LA before heading East for a few weeks. Looking forward to visiting my brother in PA before heading to Ohio for my brother-in-law’s wedding.

    Have a happy New Years, everyone! God bless you, and live intentionally for God’s purposes this year.

  • Matt Stoltzfus

    I’m Matt from Maryland. I hope you had a very merry Christmas!! II really enjoy reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

  • Diane Rhodes

    Merry Christmas from Chesapeake, Virginia! Blessings as you continue to impact lives in this way! ~Diane Rhodes

  • Lynn Helmuth

    Merry Christmas, Asher you have blessed me with your posts, insights and ability to express yourself with words. I am widower from Kalona, Iowa. A small Church in Kalona, Gospel Light fellowship, I know your inlaws. Harold Dean, Loren, Glen. Continue to blog as God leads you and God Bless

  • Nica

    Happy new year from Mifflentown PA!

  • Jason Croutch

    Merry Christmas! I’m from Lewisburg, PA, USA. When is the child coming?

  • Carlos and Ruth Garcete

    Merry Christmas from the Carlos Garcete Family,I enjoy reading your blogs,very good writings,our son Randy just came back from IGO in Thailand and he said he was with your brother at Igo,blessings from Sugarcreek,OH.

    • Yes, Chris really enjoyed getting to know Randy, as did we the times we had together. Great guy!

  • Lori

    Merry Christmas from sugarcreek, Ohio. I enjoy your blog and your excellent writing skills and viewpoints have any times given me perspective and wisdom in our mennonit-ism vs modern world. Thanks!

  • Ashley Miller

    Merry Christmas! !! Ashley Miller macon, MS 🙂

  • Janien

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all from Janien Colvin Southern IL

  • Steven

    Merry Christmas from Steven Braun, Spanish Lookout, Belize.

  • Joshua Merle Yoder

    Merry Christmas from the Dominican Republic! Merle and Mary Yoder

  • Anthony Stutzman

    A Belated Merry Christmas and congratulations from Holmes County Ohio.

  • joanna n.

    hello, & a belated “Merry Christmas” to you & your family! i am joanna nissley from manheim, pa where i live w/ my dear husband, kirby. your writing is such a gift; thank you for using this God-given talent to challenge, encourage & inspire! blessings as you anticipate the miracle of “a child is coming!” congratulations!

  • LaVern Oberholzer

    Merry Christmas from LaVern Oberholzer , Chambersburg PA USA. I enjoy reading your blog and it encourages me that the future generations are willing to search and find the difficult questions in life, God be with you.

  • Happiest belated Christmas! i so appreciate all the honesty to our generation. we need it so badly. -From Michigan currently, but the Lord has me on a bit of a nomadic journey ..

  • I didn’t have time to decipher your message earlier, when I left my comment. Just did so, and want to say congratulations! What happy news!

  • Dan Strite

    Merry Christmas and congratulations from Dan and Wanita Strite from Darbun Mississippi. Thanks for all the effort in your posts. And God’s blessing on the addition to your household!

  • Theresa

    Merry Christmas from Drayton ontario!

  • Miranda

    Merry Christmas from Miranda Nell from East Berlin, Pennsylvania. I am so thankful for your posts, they are an encouragement and challenge to me, God has given you a wonderful gift of writing and communicating messages of truth to others!

  • Michelle Letkeman

    Merry Christmas and congratulations!
    From Rudy & Michelle, Elliot n Darren, Spanish Lookout, Belize.

  • Glenda

    A day late, so happy boxing day from Red Lake. And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too. My name is Glenda and I live in….Oh wait, I work with you and you know all that. So congrats! I’ve been waiting for such an announcement! So when do we get to meet the new one?

    • Yes, we remember you! From the good ole’ days. 😉 (Looking forward to having you back!)

      Baby’s due July 16. 🙂

  • James Horst

    Blessings and a Merry Christmas from James/Carol Horst at Paradise, PA USA. We’re just east of Lancaster. I (James) enjoy reading your posts and have been blessed by the insight and ability to communicate clearly, that God has given you. Keep writing for Him. God Bless you and your family!

  • Austin Weaver

    I really enjoy reading your blog posts. God bless you for pursuing this ministry. Austin Weaver – St. George’s, Grenada.

  • Mattie Troyer

    A child is coming! Congratulations! Merry Christmas from NC. We were privileged to have lunch with your father Ernest in L.A. in November. What a joy to get to know one of your family. We only recently discovered your blog and I am still trying to know your family. Abe and Mattie Troyer

  • James

    Merry Christmas! Good memories of Marcel and you staying at our home for a month while we lived in Brooklyn,NY.Enjoy reading your blog.
    James King Christiana,PA

    • Yes, remember those days as well! 🙂

  • Maria Wolf

    Merry Christmas from Wellesley, Ontario, Canada!!!!

  • Jeremy Cable

    Congratulations on the new member of the family! 🙂
    Jeremy Cable here, from Dayton, OH.
    I am 20 years old, still living at home, and the oldest of 10 children.
    Thanks for the encouraging and honest blog posts, and blessings to your family
    Have a wonderful Christmas together with your family.

  • Ferman


  • Merry Christmas from Burgettstown, Pennsylvania! and Congratulations! 🙂

  • John Troyer Jr

    Sorry, I forgot. Winchester OH.

  • John Troyer Jr

    Merry Christmas to you. I enjoy your out of the box articles and thoughts.

  • Arlin & Linda Horst

    Feliz Navidad! We are a young couple expecting our second child, and we enjoy your blog and all the responses your hot-button posts garner. We live in an inner city, predominantly Spanish neighborhood in Reading, PA.

    • Y Feliz Navidad para ti! What church are you with in Reading?

  • Joy

    Merry Christmas from Joy Miller from Shamokin, PA. I know your in laws. I really enjoy reading your blog on practical topics. Keep up the good work.

  • Melanie Phillips

    Merry Christmas from Melanie (Martin) Phillips in North Liberty, Indiana! I enjoy reading your blog and thought-provoking articles since I met you back at SMBI in 2010. I am married to Daniel and we have an 8 month old son. Blessings to your family!

    • Great to hear from you, Melanie!

  • Wow! Congratulations! Merry Christmas!
    From Lori in Chiang Mai, originally from Kansas.

  • Merry Christmas from David and Treva (Bear) Eicher from Elida, Ohio! We have one child, an almost two year old boy. My parents, Stanley and Virginia Bear, know your dad. 🙂

  • Connie Stoll

    Merry Christmas to your family from Conrath, WI!

  • Starla

    Merry Christmas and Congratulations! Checking in here from Bethel, PA (an hour north of Lancaster) we are Cliff and Starla Kreider, raising 4 boys ages 17 -10!

  • Dana Shaum

    Merry Christmas from the Dana Shaum family. From milford Indiana.

  • Rich

    Merry Christmas from leon, Nicaragua. I have recently begun following your blog and enjoy it. I am a father of three as well. Cheers to growing families!

  • Ben & Susie Schrock

    Merry Christmas from Ben & Susie Schrock, Cumberland, VA. Many years ago I (Susie) lived with your wife’s family in Westcliffe, CO, while I served as a nanny for New Horizons. Ben has also met your father at BMA functions from time to time. We have 6 children, ages 17, 15, 13, 11, 5 and 2. We both enjoy reading your blog.

  • Hi from Ben and Ann Detweiler. Congratulations on the newest family member!! We are a young family too and enjoy reading your blog. A lot of the posts strike a chord with us, especially in relation to church, modesty, and relationships.
    We are living in Burgettstown, PA and go to Cornerstone Mennonite Church. We love this community even though we grew up elsewhere and moved here after we got married. God has blessed us with two beautiful children-Ian (18 months) and Alayna (6wks).
    Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season.

  • Grace Reed

    Hi! I’m Grace Reed. Married to Mike. I was a Gingerich from Farmington NM and remember your Grandpa Normans living there. I believe your dad and Ervin still lived at home at that time. So I go way back and know a lot of your Witmer relatives! I have really enjoyed reading your blogs and the biblical stand you take on issues that many are tossing aside these days. God bless you and your family!

  • Karen Layman

    Merry Christmas from the Icebox of the Nation although so far this winter we are not living up to the name…which is quite alright with me! We are at a balmy 20* right now as we near the end of Christmas day…practically shirt sleeve weather. 🙂 I sent your Christmas card to LA. Hugs to you and your precious family.

    • Wow, that is a warm winter! 🙂 Looking forward to the Christmas card. We have Christmas letters to send out, but they’re in a tote that got lost in the travel over here–still trying to track it down. :-/

  • Lisa

    Merry Christmas!
    -Lisa Dyck Plum Coulee MB Canada
    (Currently living in Jagueyes CH Mexico)

  • Lorraine

    Such exciting news! This is Aunt Lorraine in Maryland. I am enjoying having your in-laws here this week. Wishing I could be hanging out with y’all too.

    • Yes, we missed hanging out with you all! Hope to see you in a few weeks, though!

  • JamesG

    Merry Christmas from Guys Mills, PA! from James & Nora Gingerich with our family, four boys and two girls, ages 22 to 8. Grateful you can visit family back home!

  • Naomi

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Your coded message deserves a hearty “Congratulations”! May you and your family enjoy many special moments during the next few weeks while in the presence of family and friends, and also be refreshed in body and spirit. Your writings bless me, for they are written from a nontraditional viewpoint, and tackle a variety of subjects most people shy away from. I am a grandmother from Bristol, Indiana, USA, whose husband wasn’t raised Anabaptist, and it sounds like our children’s teen years might have been similar to yours. We have several other connections: one of our children is currently in Asia, and I was at RBI with your mother, in mission work with your Aunt Miriam in Canada, and have been asked if they might be my sisters. May you experience the blessing of God on your life as you serve Him with your gifts.

  • Dwane n Colleen Weaver

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! We are Dwane n Colleen Weaver. We attend Gap with Marcel n Krista. We also have enjoyed spending time with your dad and love him and his testimony. Keep serving God where He has placed you !

  • Kenneth

    Merry Christmas from Madison, Virginia and congratulations on the hidden message!. It looks like I’m the 3rd Virginian to respond.

  • David Hostetler

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. My lovely wife Joy and I live near Jeromesville, Ohio which, in typical Ohio fashion, is in Ashland county which is northwest of Holmes county. Our oldest son is married and in May they will be giving us our first grandchild…a girl. Our second son is still at home and our daughter is serving a term of service at Faith Mission Home in Virginia. Congrats on the baby news, we did decipher the code.
    Tell your dad hi for me and a blessed new year to your whole family.

    • Thanks, David. I’ll be sure to pass along the greeting!

  • jaronbender

    Merry Christmas from Dryden Ontario. Thanks for hard work and honest writing.
    …and Congratulations.

  • twila

    Merry Christmas from the Smuckers in Idaho. I met your family probably 8 to 10 years ago when you came through Marysville WA on a PR trip. We were together at Ron Bontragers for supper, I think. I knew your Dad from the time I was a youngster as our family knew his. Your Uncle Harvey is also my uncle. I was a student of your wife’s father at SMBI and his Counseling class was the best! Delores was a student that term I think and they were not dating yet. You possibly met our daughter Ramona at IGO last fall. We enjoy your blog!

    • Yes, we remember Ramona! Interesting to make the connection. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • By the way, CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Merry Christmas from Dickerson, MD (about an hour northwest of Washington, DC)! I’ve enjoyed your blog over the past couple weeks since I found it. Congratulations on your bit of news!

    Our family recorded some Christmas carols for our family, friends and customers, and I’d like to carol for you, too! 🙂

    Blessings for 2016!

    Joel Horst

    • Thank you for the carols, Joel!

  • Dorothy

    I enjoy reading your blog. I’m from Hayward, WI . Was in the youth group with your Dad. Blessings as you continue writing.

  • Merry Christmas from Leon, Iowa, USA. And congratulations on your great expectations! 🙂

  • A blossom

    Merry Christmas! Ayana Otto [currently] from Elnora, Indiana, USA.

  • Merry Christmas! Sadie Stoltzfoos from Lancaster PA (married to Mark Stoltzfoos)

  • Bradlyn Wadel

    Celebrate Emanuel! God came to be with us and to reign with peace on earth.
    Waynesboro, Georgia
    Bradlyn Wadel

  • I remembered that you said you had something to tell us on Christmas! 🙂 Congratulations on the little one! And Merry Christmas to your family from Medicine Lodge, KS! I posted a family picture of us on my blog today, too. 🙂

    God bless you all!
    Will & Rosina

  • Randy Dueck

    Merry Christmas from the Duecks in Arborg, Manitoba.

    Thank you for your honest posts. Wish you God’s Blessings in the coming year.

    Randy, Kelly, Jr. Brycen, and Logan

  • Kevin Weaver

    Merry Christmas. This is Kevin Weaver from Stevens, Pa. My wife Alicia and I have 3 children. Dawson is 17, Heather is 14 and Kya is 10. I am 47 years old and I robbed the cradle with a wife 5 years 4 months younger than me. 🙂 I got to know your dad in law Loren very well, and we enjoy sitting down for breakfast when he comes in the area. I enjoy your writings with topics that are very relevant to life. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future. 🙂

    • Yes, looking forward to meeting with you as well, Kevin!

  • Wilma R Rohrer

    A blessed Christmas to you all! I am Wilma Rohrer, living currently in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. I went to Maranatha Bible School with your dad back in the day. Somewhere thru the years got to know your mother when she came to visit Becky when she was employed at CLP. I think Rachel worked there a short time too. Also the winter your Dad and Mark Yoder taught at SMBI, I was there as secretary. Marcel might’ve been a part of the family by then, but not sure if you were. 🙂 Anyway, I have good memories of those good times. May the peace and joy from our Lord Jesus be with you thru 2016.

  • Kyle

    I have enjoyed your writing Asher; God bless your family this Christmas! Kyle & Annie. Giana and Benson in Florida

  • Luronda Hege

    Merry Christmas!
    still a bit disoriented from my excursion to SMBI for the last 7 weeks. It doesn’t feel like Christmas here (it’s 65*), but it is beautiful! 🙂

    Luronda Hege
    Chambersburg, PA

  • A child is coming.
    Praise be to God that it didn’t stop with a child but He lived an example for us and took the place none of us could. Thank you Jesus for the perfect sacrifice!!!

    I’m Reuben Hege and my Lois, my wife. We’re in our lower 40’s. We have 4 children. Our daughter being the oldest at 18 and 3 sons between 11 and 15. We call Chambersburg, PA our home and worship with the brethren at Cornerstone Chapel in Amberson, PA.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, your family and all that read your blog!

  • J. Mark

    Merry Christmas from the J. Mark Horst family, Harrisonville, PA (neighbors to SMBI). Special blessings to you and your family Asher. Keep on writing for the Lord!

  • B&V Smoker

    Sweet! Congratulations on the family expansion news!!! And Merry Christmas from our little family to yours!!! Thanks for blogging real, Brandon & Vera Smoker, Sarah and Johannes Ephrata PA .

  • Naomi

    I’m a missionary (in transition) mom of six and really enjoy your writings, your worldview, and especially your willingness to tackle the tough questions! Merry Christmas from North Carolina/Honduras!

  • Congratulations! We enjoy reading your postings, blessings this Christmas! From the Denny Martin family PA

  • Steve & Joan Yoder

    Merry Christmas. Steve and Joan Yoder, Floyd, Va. We have 7 children. Two are married and we have 5 grandchildren. We find it interesting to meet my older siblings youth group friends children ( your wifes dad was in my oldest sisters bridal party, they were at calvary bible school in arkansas together back in the 70s). Your Aunt Becky Hershberger and 2 cousins live in our area & attend our church. Also your Aunt Ruthanna in Costa Rica is married to Steves cousin Mark Yoder. We appreciate your thought provoking blog. God bless you and your family as you serve in Gods vineyard.