Remnants of Settling in Canada

In the year 2008 when my family and I visited a Hutterite colony and the minister took us to the community’s warehouse. It had antique irons, toys, and various other items. However there was something that was different than any other objects. It was a collapsible washstand that caught my attention. I was curious and asked the minister - “why is the washstand is the foldable?”. Story behind it turned out to be heart wrenching.

Hutterites are strictly against using swords for it is written in the Bible. To keep this word they were lead into peace movement. [ 2:4]

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

(Isaiah 2:4)

Hutterites once settled in Ukraine, but the land they earned through hardship was soon gone due to the war and fled to Russia. Then, in 1874 the Hutterites fled to North America due to and after the suffering and migrating in an unfamiliar land, the American government couldn't understand the peace movement and made a decision for the Hutterites to be deported. A young Hutterite man was against the government and vigorously protested , however he was taken away to and passed away there.

In the modern age it is not so dangerous to practice pacifism however during the time of the Hutterites it was an act that could take away everything - including your life.

Before it was Russia. Long before that, it was Transylvania, Hungary, Moravian, Tyrol, and Swiss. Just like every other period of strife, they left everything in the United States behind and settled in Canada.

The Hutterites first winter in Canada was a struggle for them. In a small house, 8 families lived together and as a result they didn’t have the space to put furnitures. Thus the foldover washstand was made. In the summer of 2009 we visited the colony again and I heard from a young man in the colony, ”until 1980, the colony was still in a financial struggle”, which was not too long ago.

When they look down unto their history it was touching but definitely somewhere in their hearts one could feel the bitterness of their tragic past.

The hardship the Hutterties chose was not for their own personal prosperity in the future. It was to protect their faith & lifestyle from the world. These people were the ones subject to hate by all forms of society [Isaiah 53:3]. Reflecting on their life as a man of Christ, the Hutterites suffering is a clear reflection of that of Jesus’ Church. [Colossians 1:24]

Experiencing self development cannot be called hardship. To live a life of truth, ones who voluntarily chose the life of  adversity. They are ones who know and suffered like Jesus. [ Isaiah 53:3 ] As Jesus said, it is not difficult to find their traces of suffering if one looks through their history. [ Colossians 1:24 ]

When someone is young, it is easier for an individual to sacrifice everything for a cause. But as we get older, once a man gets married and start a family he has to take care of them - have responsibility in providing for them. He cannot bring his family into a dangerous situations. Whether it's a social movement, or a missionary commitment, once someone gets married and earn the social status it becomes much more difficult for an individual to commit to a goal. How many people have gotten back to their own life after such  a stage in life?

The road of disciple, every road must be walked through and every completed road is expected to bear fruit. For nearly 500 years the Hutterites lived a life of of a Christian communist community, and the traces and presence of the road they have walked down reminds me of a certain Bible verse. [Luke 1428]

One must provide everything to walk the road of discipleship, and if one accomplish that demandment, there may be a fruit within that road. For nearly 500 years the Hutterite lived as a group of Christian communist  society, their traces and presence reminds me of a bible verse from the bible. [ Luke 14:28 ]

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Luke 14:28

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

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