23 responses to Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature (Video)
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    Comment on Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature (Video) (December 8th, 2014 at 07:35)

    So beautiful! And every word was understandable ! Great teaching evident.

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    Comment on Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature (Video) (December 8th, 2014 at 07:59)

    “The singing is beautiful, and of course the context is interesting. While Amish and politicians make uncommon bedfellows, Amish know that maintaining good relations with the powers of the state can pay dividends when push comes to shove on matters of importance to them”

    Of course too, given their history of being oppressed by various governments over the centuries, the Amish (of many stripes), and like religions, have learned to engratiate themselves in the favor of the ruling officials instead of being pushed out or worse.

    I’m not trying to be critical though.

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      Comment on Behind-the-scenes Amish politicking (December 8th, 2014 at 20:38)

      Behind-the-scenes Amish politicking

      I think there is a big difference between kow-towing to someone in power and simply finding mutual middle ground and ways to work together. Of course some Amish are not going to be so comfortable in these political orbits. Fortunate for them, there are Amish who are (e.g., Amish Steering Committee), and since despite differences there is a lot of mutual ground across Amish affiliations, benefits gained are usually appreciated by most if not all Amish people. For instance, draft exemptions or child labor permissions.

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature (December 8th, 2014 at 08:45)

    Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature

    Thanks you for sharing Erik! What a beautiful way to start the week!!

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    Comment on Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature (December 8th, 2014 at 09:04)

    Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature

    Their singing was beautiful. Maybe only God knows what their singing did before the legislature. It may have done great things.

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    Comment on Minor correction (December 8th, 2014 at 09:25)

    Minor correction

    That was Marvin Wengerd. However, he is not with Carlisle Printing, but Carlisle Publishing. His brother Marcus is Carlisle Printing. They work somewhat together, but it is two different companies, and literally next door to each other. Carlisle Publishing publishes the women’s magazine “Keepers at Home” among other books (like the Ohio Amish Directory).

    • Thanks PC, just noted that above. I also see in various places reference to a Carlisle Press, in Sugarcreek. Not sure if that’s an old name/location or a related or even unrelated company.

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        Comment on Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature (Video) (December 8th, 2014 at 20:42)

        Not sure on the Carlisle Press thing. The brothers used to work together, perhaps a previous business name before they separated the businesses??? Don’t know.

        • I’ve gotten some more info on that–my contact who knows Marvin thinks the two were together at one time as Carlisle Press, but Marcus, as a current member of a plain car driving group took over the printing part because of tech issues which would complicate having it as a New Order person. That’s what he thinks at least.

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    Comment on Love the Post, Loved the Song (December 8th, 2014 at 10:27)

    Love the Post, Loved the Song

    I loved the post and I loved the song.


    Thanks Erik for the post.

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature (Video) (December 8th, 2014 at 11:07)

    Loved this post. Thanks for sharing…

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    Forest Risch
    Comment on God bless America's New Order Amish! (December 8th, 2014 at 12:25)

    God bless America's New Order Amish!

    This was very encouraging and I forwarded it to all my friends.
    Lets all forward this moving video & message to everyone we know!
    Note the Christian deamoner of the House Chairman!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA… Thanks Erik for this Good News!

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Ohio Directory (December 8th, 2014 at 14:31)

    Ohio Directory

    I asked my son, Mark, if he is in this directory. He said that this is the Holmes County Amish Directory. New Order and Old Order. Mark said that he is in the separate New Order Amish Directory which includes all of the New Order Amish communities that are not located in Holmes County such as Belle Center, Ohio.

    • Since we have some new readers who might not know the back story, I’ll go ahead and share my post on one of my visits to Mark (and you Don) at Belle Center.


      I know they were at 3 districts but I think are up to 4 now, is that right Don? Also Belle Center I believe is the largest or at least one of the largest New Order settlements outside of Holmes County.

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        Don Curtis
        Comment on Belle Center's Amish Community (December 9th, 2014 at 13:11)

        Belle Center's Amish Community

        Hi Erik. Well, I guess I never thought about it. But, then again, I don’t really know too much about the other New Order Amish Communities that are around. Mark does. But, I don’t. I guess Belle Center might be on of the largest outside of Holmes County. Yes, it does now have four districts. The West District split into West and South Districts. So, now Belle Center has East District, Middle District (that’s Mark’s district), West District, and South District.
        Mark told me that this evening he’ll be going to a Men’s Practice Singing at one of the homes. Any men or youth boys interested can come and practice singing the old German hymns in the slow style.

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    Comment on Amish Children Sing for Ohio Legislature (Video) (December 9th, 2014 at 19:23)

    This was a really nice video.. I enjoyed it.

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