6 responses to Delaware Amish Hit Yet Again By Whooping Cough
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    Comment on Amish missionaries? (August 24th, 2018 at 07:07)

    Amish missionaries?

    I’m curious about the reference to Amish missionaries. My understanding is that the Amish are not evangelical.

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      Comment on The Amish and mission work (August 24th, 2018 at 09:13)

      The Amish and mission work

      It’s a good question Jennifer, they are not generally thought of as evangelical in the mainstream Christian sense of the word, but there is a spectrum of support for mission work, and one of the more acceptable “mission-like” activities would be disaster relief. There is a good chapter on this in the book An Amish Paradox on how the diverse Amish groups in Holmes County, Ohio approach this. I’ve also covered it in the below posts.

      Of all the Amish, the New Order Amish groups are arguably the most mission-minded/evangelical towards outsiders (they are also arguably the most seeker-friendly group). This can even involve overseas trips. Another mission Amish support is the schooling help being given to Old Colony Mennonites in Mexico:


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      Comment on Delaware Amish Hit Yet Again By Whooping Cough (August 24th, 2018 at 21:08)

      It would also depend who is considered Amish in the referenced reports. In a big Amish settlement like Ohio, the “Amish” term could mean any Amish church form ultra-conservative Swatzentruber to groups that might not be considered Amish such as the Beachy Amish or some branch of the New Order.

      Another thing to understand is that in these communities, various church districts interact with each other, for example at the Haiti benefit auctions, farmers markets, and horse shows. So a member from another church district who belongs to a much more open Amish group could easily get many others sick who do not do missionary work if they are in the same area and attend the same events. Which is something you see all the time in Lancaster and Holmes counties.

      As Erik noted… There are groups who are open to “missionary work”, but missionary work itself has many meanings. It means for most Amish to help with aid and do charity work. This “missionary work” happens a lot in the mid-west communities who are often involved with national disasters, including tornadoes and hurricane recovery.

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    Comment on Vaccines? (August 24th, 2018 at 08:37)


    Do the Amish not get vaccinated? There are whooping cough vaccines for children and adults.

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      Comment on Lower Amish vaccination rates (August 24th, 2018 at 08:57)

      Lower Amish vaccination rates

      Some do but overall evidence suggests the rates are significantly lower than the general population. http://amishamerica.com/do-amish-vaccinate-their-children/

      This is an older study referenced in that link, but gives an idea:

      “Hurst and McConnell state that immunization can be especially low among conservative groups, with only 6% of Swartentruber Amish participating, compared to 63% of the overall Amish population and 85% of the non-Amish population, according to a 1984 study (Paradox, Hurst/McConnell).”

      Another study reported on in 2011 found a 45% vaccination rate in Amish-heavy Holmes County, Ohio vs. 80% statewide: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amish-parents/amish-parents-mirror-wider-concerns-over-vaccines-idUSTRE75Q5SO20110627

      Granted that was before the dramatic rise in Amish vaccinations following the 2014 measles outbreak I noted above.

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    Elizabeth Moore
    Comment on Fatalities? (September 12th, 2018 at 14:39)


    Curious as to how many fatalities have occurred among all these outbreaks.

    I am guessing zero.

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