89 responses to How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide
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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (October 6th, 2007 at 07:30)

    Have you read the following article about Amish converts? http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17268211&BRD=1698&PAG=461&dept_id=21849&rfi=6

    In it, Eric Miller (from the Behalt) is quoted. “The number of so-called Yankee-to-Amish conversions may be higher than observers believe, according to Paul Miller, executive director of The Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, Ohio. “I have a friend who converted from Catholicism to Amish. He said there were 100-some people that have become Amish from other backgrounds,” Miller said. “The interesting thing was, as he pointed it out, the majority of those are from Catholicism to Amish.””

    I think it would be a very interesting sociological study to compare converts to the Amish faith and identify common threads. And especially to pinpoint the event that made them go from an observer who admired and integrated the lifestyle and faith into their own personal life to seeking membership in the Amish church and living in community. Of course a maiden could always have something to do with it :-).

    I have e-mailed Mr. Miller in an attempt to obtain an address to write to a convert, but have not received a response yet.


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      Paul A. B.
      Comment on Replying a bit late to this thread (December 21st, 2011 at 17:45)

      Replying a bit late to this thread

      About converts to the Amish faith from Catholicism… I am of the R.C. faith, but there is so much about Plain witness that appeals to me more – especially humility. Humility is a value that is no longer in fashion, much to the detriment of our wider society. In general, though, it is the connection to the land and a life of non-negotiable, “first values” (respect for life, family, honest work – to name just these) that speak to me on a very basic level as a Christian.

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        Comment on I want to be Amish, or, try, anyway! (February 16th, 2012 at 02:30)

        I want to be Amish, or, try, anyway!

        I would be very interested in talking with you about becoming Amish. I’m planning a trip to Ohio next week, Feb 19-25 and I want to try living with a family for maybe a year, to see if it is indeed something I truly want to continue. If u would email me,I would love to talk with u! Chawntelh@gmail.com thanks so much for you’re time!

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          Louise c .Lee
          Comment on GRATEFUL (October 12th, 2012 at 21:45)


          I am so pleased and grateful to GOD that there is a way OF LIFE to be closer to him ,to partake in him and HOLISTICALLY.NNOT just when things are going good or in my favor but being able to forgive he unforgivable,being able to pray when it appears i do not have the strenght to do so.IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY and someone showed up at my door to take me away to live as they do i would probably run all the way back to the Amish community beating them by horse and buggy.

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          Diane Greiner
          Comment on To Chantel (November 7th, 2012 at 01:59)

          To Chantel

          I’m thinking that you’d have better luck going to person to talk to their community. I doubt they check email. 🙂

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            Comment on This Amish website. (December 1st, 2016 at 20:20)

            This Amish website.

            Diann, Amish don’t have computers in there homes but in many areas, they do still have access to them and probably know how to check email. This might be especially true in the Elkhart county and Lagrange county Indiana sects of Amish. I have seen them in public libraries using computers. I don’t know where this website originated, but I don’t see where else it could have come from but from someone who is Amish. Who else would be giving people instructions on how to be Amish?

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          Comment on The Amish and the bible. (December 1st, 2016 at 20:05)

          The Amish and the bible.

          Chantel, Before you move to an Amish community, it is crucial that you understand the importance of why they live the way they live. It is not just a way to live, it is also a religion. Everything about the way they live does come out of biblical scripture even though they translate the bible very literally. The bible does say that Christians are not to be worldly and the old testament does say a married man is to have a beard. First Corinthians 11 does say a Christian women is to keep her head covered and especially during worship. Many churches fail to realize that there was a time when all churches required that women keep there heads covered during worship, even the Catholic church at one time required it. Old Testament says a man is to dress like a man and a women is to dress like a women, that means there must be a difference. People ask where does it say in the bible we should all drive a horse and buggy, but they neglect to realize that it doesn’t say we should have to drive a car either. But it is a communal way of life, a horse and buggy prevents them from going places a Christian should not go and it keeps them within the confines of there own area where they will always have fellowship with one another. Not having a phone is not about trying to live in the past, it is because they are afraid having phones will break down there togetherness. It is a quiet peaceful way to live, but it is not simple, there is a lot of work involved. But the peace they have among-st each other makes it all worthwhile.

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        John Dietrich
        Comment on Tempting (February 21st, 2012 at 18:16)


        I already speak High German and Pa Dutch, and I am a ChristianIch con Deitsch unn Hochdeitsch schunn schwetza. Ich daed es arrich guud, fer Amisch wadda, weil ich es life schtyle arrich gleicha.
        Machs guut.

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          Comment on wunderbar! (March 27th, 2013 at 12:50)


          Well, I wish you could teach me Mr. John how to speak PA Dutch… High German too, but PA Dutch first I think. I like what I have heard of the language. Sometimes words sound english, maybe spoken in a different order of sorts. Love it.

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            Comment on Learning to speak German. (November 28th, 2016 at 14:19)

            Learning to speak German.

            It would help a lot to speak the actual German language because that is what is spoken in there church services. Buy an Amish bible and an Amish church hymnal. This is a good way to practice to learn to speak German. There are also software you can use to learn to speak German. It is said that if you can speak low German you can still pick up what there saying in high German.

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        Comment on Plain Catholics (November 25th, 2016 at 16:25)

        Plain Catholics

        Look up “Plain Catholics” websites for further info. There are
        individuals and families who follow such. Old Order Roman Catholic
        (not Old Catholic churches)would follow the nonresistant teaching
        of Jesus and not be part of nor approve of any military related
        involvement,wear plain clothing, and use horse and buggy, while
        others(related ones)would drive only simple black cars in a spirit
        of separation in following the Lord Jesus, going back to the earliest
        Catholic Biblical Christianity in all its simplicity.

        Br. J. Dominic

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        Br. J. Dominic
        Comment on reply (December 1st, 2016 at 16:57)


        Have you looked through the websites on “Plain Catholics,”
        Paul? Much in common plus more.

        Br. J. D.

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    Dave Carrig
    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (October 7th, 2007 at 08:43)

    It’s interesting to see that folks try to convert and that the Amish are even amenable to it.

    I wonder how many of those who make the “attempt” to convert are under 30 verses over 30. I bet a person’s age and worldly experience would contribute greatly to the success or failure of a conversion.

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (October 7th, 2007 at 10:55)

    Good question Dave, I am curious myself…I imagine the majority would come from the under-30 age range, what do you think?

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      Comment on age (December 5th, 2012 at 15:40)


      Hello, Im 60 years old, but if I could I’d join. God bless you all!

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        Comment on I would also join... (November 10th, 2013 at 08:13)

        I would also join...

        I am 51 and I would join the Amish faith in a split second if I had the opportunity. I love the way that they live so simply and peaceful with very little outside interference. I used to have Amish friends and I would sit and talk to them for hours.

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          Comment on Just do it (November 26th, 2016 at 00:33)

          Just do it

          Katie, it doesn’t matter if you are 51 or 61 or more just do it. They don’t turn people away unless they feel they have a substantiated reason for it.

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            Comment on Why I was turned away. (November 26th, 2016 at 13:47)

            Why I was turned away.

            Katie, I did get turned away when I tried to become Amish, but partly because I had the wrong Bishop and there was a certain Amish old lady south west of me who was never married and tried her hardest to stop me. She told wicked lies about me and acted very cruel to me. But I later heard she even did it to others in her own church. But as I stated in a previous statement, the Amish in my area pride themselves to much in there high earnings. I don’t and have never made a lot of money. I now have a disability which would give them even more reason to turn me away. I doubt they would want to spend money to help support me. If you want to become Amish, don’t try it in northern Indiana.

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    Comment on Do Catholics join the Amish? (October 7th, 2007 at 06:21)

    Do Catholics join the Amish?

    About Catholics becoming Amish, I wonder how many of those were in modern times, vs. how many happened a couple hundred years ago when there was still a European Amish presence, and when there weren’t the issues of dealing with a drastic lifestyle change and so on.

    My first guess would be that more nowadays come from Anabaptist-related faiths, but that is pure speculation.

    Matthew thanks for the link to the article. I liked it. I believe I heard about this fellow, the former pilot, joining, but hadn’t read anything about it.

    A study like you describe would be interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised in Kraybill or one of his colleagues has something like that on tap. If not, someone ought to look at it. Would make a great book.

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      Comment on Catholics joining the Amish (February 23rd, 2012 at 14:16)

      Catholics joining the Amish

      I have a couple of friends who also came from non-Mennonite background and we noticed that observant Catholics seemed to have a easier time adjusting than Protestants. I think sociologically it is probably more similar and that shouldn’t surprise anyone because the Amish and Mennonites came out of the traditional Reformation period Catholic Church.
      1) Protestants tend to be more individualistic, Catholic and Anabaptists tend to be more group oriented.
      2) There is a greater acceptance of church hierarchy in the Catholic groups, acceptance of rules, ritual, that sort of thing.
      3) Protestants tend to be calvinistic where the Anabaptists and Roman Catholic Church are not.
      4) Evangelical Protestants (rather than the older mainline denominations) tend to be very into Dispensational eschatology, and patriotic. Catholics, older mainline groups and Anabaptists tend to be amil in their view of prophecy.
      5) Footwashing is practice in the Anabaptist groups; it is still used in some Catholic orders and at least once a year you see a picture of the Pope washing the Cardinals’ feet (at Easter maybe?).
      6) Catholic nuns wear a headcovering; Catholic women wore a mantilla to church even as late as the 1970s when I was growing up.
      7) Catholics and Anabaptists the families tend to be larger.
      There are just alot of little similarities that can make the fit easier.
      Just my observation, nothing scientific.

      If someone wants to do a study on why people pick Anabaptist churches, I am willing to be a guinea pig and answer questionnaire.

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (October 9th, 2007 at 06:18)

    The following log “How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide” was very interesting and I would like to know how to get practical if I wish to join the community for a year and monger. Please write back with detailed-information. Ready to join.

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (October 12th, 2007 at 14:33)

    Hi Sebastien,

    I would be glad to offer what help is within my scope, but what would you like to know, more specifically?

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (July 9th, 2008 at 16:16)

    I am a 16 yr old female who wants to become Amish, but does not know what to do. Could somebody help me with this?

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      Comment on Advice for Shenendoah. (November 25th, 2016 at 23:15)

      Advice for Shenendoah.


      The first thing to do would be to talk to an Amish convert to get some advise. Be sure to ask his opinion of the right bishop to talk to. Many bishops are very stubborn about it. Once you have talked to a bishop he would probably tell you to start coming to church but not start dressing the Amish way and start living it until you are certain this is what you want. Acceptance can be very difficult for you than one of there own and they will be suspicious of you. It would be good to explain to them why this means so much to you. It will impress them even more if you can give some biblical scripture for why you think you should do this. You might be invited to come live with an Amish family but don’t be certain of it. You will much more likely to be accepted if you get married to an Amish man because then you will become a member of an Amish family.

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (July 9th, 2008 at 16:17)

    I am a 16 yr old female who wants to become Amish, but does not know what to do. Could somebody help me with this?

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (July 9th, 2008 at 16:17)

    I am a 16 yr old female who wants to become Amish, but does not know what to do. Could somebody help me with this?

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (July 9th, 2008 at 16:17)

    I am a 16 yr old female who wants to become Amish, but does not know what to do. Could somebody help me with this?

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (August 18th, 2008 at 04:21)

    I can relate to that quote about ‘a woman’—if I met an Amish girl who was hot, I would probably look into converting.

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      Comment on Michael, you are wrong. (November 25th, 2016 at 23:18)

      Michael, you are wrong.


      Just finding a pretty and hot looking Amish girl is not the reason for joining the Amish church.

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    randy lewis
    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (December 9th, 2008 at 14:17)

    i would like to know the amish ladies would like to get a man like me

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    randy lewis
    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (December 9th, 2008 at 14:21)

    i’m a single male looking for a amish ladie for marrage and to raiseb a family with i am 49 years old so is there any single amish ladie that would like to meet me

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      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 19th, 2012 at 16:47)

      Put an Ad in The Budget..other Amish do..

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        Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 19th, 2012 at 17:12)


        It’s great to have another experienced Amish seeker adding to the discussions here on AA. Notice the date of the comment you are replying to? 2008? Those people are long gone, mostly.

        That said, don’t go away! This blog needs comments from those that know the Amish personally. Notice that flaming rarely happens, let’s keep it that way.

        If you know how to use google’s website search feature, you will see that I have been commenting on and off here for a while.

        Sehen dich, und ich hoff Gott will dich selig machen,


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          Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 19th, 2012 at 20:12)

          I love ur comment! That and that guy was looking for an Amish girl? Oxymoron! She’s not going to be on here…lol! I too am looking to try and move choose to an Amish community…u think the budget is a good idea?
          Thanks, and I try to keep up with the comments on here!
          Chantel Hayes

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            Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 19th, 2012 at 20:30)

            I suggest learning about the differences between the various Amish groups and then directly contacting those that match who you are and what you are looking for.

            The Amish are NOT monolithic, they are very diverse. Learning how they are different is somewhat fun. If you are worried that they might change too much during your life time, look at the conservatives. Want the least differences from the ‘english’ world, look for Beachy or New Order. Amish and Mennonite history would suggest that the more progressive the group, the more likely they will drop the Amish label and identity over time. Unlike the large denominations of Protestantism, there is no oversite committee keeping the groups monolithic. The ministers of full fellowships do communicate and advise each other, but the only real authority over each individual church district is itself. So, over time, they have gone many different directions. You just have to sort through the various groups to find the best match. Even the Amish themselves do this.

            It gets a lot harder, the farther you currently live from different Amish groups. If you want to explore the different groups, you really need to move near them.

            Good luck. I wish you well, and God’s blessing on your interest in the ‘plain’ people.

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          Comment on Amish Seeker (November 10th, 2013 at 01:00)

          Amish Seeker

          Amish seeker and Mom of three boys. My son Christian is terminally ill and we need help and a place with love and Gods word and advice to help, grow and heal. I am tired of gangs, violence and technological advancements. We need family love and peace to find acceptance with gods decisions to seek the path we would like to live. We seek to find simpler way of life for myself and my children. Please email me if you can help. I am trying to get away from the drugs, sex and rock and roll lifestyle of today’s youth. Seeking family to stay with for a time to learn the language and the church.
          Thank you in advance and may god bless you,
          Danielle Renee Ballard Anderson and my Sons
          Christian Andrew-Shane Ballard
          Zane Daniel Anderson
          And Kane Alexander Anderson

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (January 6th, 2009 at 18:57)

    I’m a 13 year old female, and I’ve alwayz dreamed of becomin amish, but i have no clue where to go or how i do it, i need help..

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (February 4th, 2009 at 09:21)

    Vee Bish’d? I’m the guy that Paul Miller was talking about (if it’s Paul R. Miller). There are so many Paul Millers in Holmes County, it’s hard to say. The person you described matches my descripton too. I have a lot to say about the whole conversion from English to Amish if anyone wants to hear. I won’t talk too much about my own experience because I don’t want to bore anyone. One thing I can say is that a person really has to be led by the Spirit to do something like this. It’s a lot of excitement at first but if you think that it’s all fun and games, think again! I strongly incourage the conversion. God calls some to be Amish and others to do something else. I was almost Amish but my own lusts and pride got the best of me. God has been kind enough to show me that I’m not where He wants me in life. The decision is that I’m going to give in another try, God willing. The old saying, If I knew then what I know now…” applies here. To the people thinking about taking on the Amish way of life, be patient and prayerful. Remember to thank God for everything and find the beauty in simplicity. We are really called to be seperate from the world. If the Father has really put it on your heart to make the change in your life don’t ignore Him! I did and it has gotten me nothing but a lot of disappointment and regret. If you “fall off the wagon” try not to beat yourself up too hard. If you get a little resistence from the Amish community remember that we’re all only human. Prejudices about the “English” are just the result of many years of persecution. Try not to take anything too personally and win them over by showing that you’re in it for the long haul! As long as you put Christ first you’re sure to finish in the lead!

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    I. Walker
    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (February 5th, 2009 at 08:34)

    Anyone considering joining such a group should consider that being legalistic misses the whole point of Christianity. Christians are supposed to live as free men and women, and the traditions of men, taught as religion, are in fact an abomination, as stated by Paul. The man-made rules are really the Amish and Mennonites’ biggest downfall. They reduce religion to sheer pettiness. Christianity is really a state of mind. No outward sign of faith or display of faith is valid in Christianity. The Bible teaches that followers of Jesus will not be known by how they look but by how they live their lives. They will even “socialize” with sinners in order to be a good example to them, and to help them, not separate themselves to the point that they are “hiding their light under a bushel”. In fact Jesus’ own words state that he came to save sinners, not the righteous, implying that if you are living in a righteous manner you are doing what you were meant to do, thereby “pleasing God”. Another big danger is in literalizing the Bible. There are far too many contradictions and vagueness for this to be possible, and cross-reference applications could not be made (e.g., bringing Lazarus back to life could be analogous to the power of the Christian faith to bring back someone to “life” no matter how “dead in sin” he or she was. Finally, religion nearly always treats women as being inferior to men. They are the ones who give birth to us all. Any religious point of view that deems women as inferior should be avoided. As philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “All orthodoxy is error”.

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    Martha Shuffert
    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (February 10th, 2009 at 14:12)

    I was born and raised Amish in Ohio.My family are members of the old order amish.I would love to write a book about my experiences growing up amish and why i would and would not live like that again.If someone could direct me on how to get started please contact me.

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 10th, 2009 at 20:07)

    Hi! Does anyone have any more information for people seriously considering joining an Amish group (such as contacts, etc.) or at least visiting with them? Thanks so much! (Oh and Martha, you should definetely write a book about your experiences. It would be really interesting!)

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    Evan B. Gessman
    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 13th, 2009 at 09:37)

    Hello, my name is Evan, a single, never married Jewish Christian who seeks an Amish wife. Am 52, professionally employed in the medical profession, love farming, barn raising, and the Amish way of life. My email:evanbgessman@gmail.com:508-376-1048/any and all info would be helpful…

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      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 9th, 2012 at 11:25)

      a “Jewish Christian”? What is that? There is no such thing. So if you marry an Amish woman you would then be Jewish-Amish? LOL. If you are a Christian you are a Christian. Jesus said there are no Jews or Gentiles, Black or White all are the same who follow him. And the same applies with the Amish. I doubt the Amish allow hyphenated self segregated members. In their community, as it should be, you are either Amish or you are not. How ridiculous to even approach the subject in this manner.

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        Comment on bit harsh (February 24th, 2014 at 20:08)

        bit harsh

        Thats a harsh comment buddy. The guy hasnt attacked you so why the comment.

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      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 9th, 2012 at 15:00)

      What? Jewish Christian? That doesn’t make sense? Jew’s don’t believe in Christ!

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        Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (April 11th, 2013 at 16:09)

        how very untrue to say that jews dont believe in jesus…messianic jews believe very much in jesus. whom is yeshua to them. Jesus was a jew and messianic jews are the closest it comes to the beginnings of the early church…the apostles were jews…and the gentiles are what we call christians..you have it backwards. with out the jew there would be no christianity and no I am not jewish. Before one opens his mouth he must first make sure his facts are straight. No offense meant but your comment was biased and untrue.

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          Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (April 12th, 2013 at 13:43)

          Actually you have that backwards, without the goyim or westerners there would be no Christianity. Jews only wanted to save their own, that’s why they gave Paul such a hard time because he insisted that everyone should be saved and enter Heaven. Who printed the Bible?? Who created the school system that taught Christianity to the world, who fought and died in wars for Jesus?? Who gave up their belongings for thousands of years to help those around the world discover Jesus and find a better life? It’s western Christians around the world supporting those in need and in deed. Thank you.

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      Traci Banville
      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (December 5th, 2012 at 22:59)

      And there goes another single Jewish man. How did the Catholics miss you ?

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (April 10th, 2009 at 05:04)

    Hi, I’ve been looking into joining the Amish lately and I’m looking for a female partner who wants to do the same. I’m 26 y.o., single, white, my email: i_want_to_be_amish@yahoo.com

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    Heather Rhodes
    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (April 14th, 2009 at 12:47)

    I’ve always been so inspired by the Amish. I grew
    up in norhthern Calif.(no amish there) and also
    lived in a small town of 700 people in Minn.
    Then we moved to Northern Az. I’m always reading
    about the Amish would love someday to live
    among them. I’m 43, female and single (still
    have 2 highschoolers but when their grown
    and gone I’d to live among the Amish. If anyone
    has any great ideas I’d love hear them!!
    The Connection is a great Amish magazine also.
    Please keep in touch!! Heather sunbabies2002@yahoo.com

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (August 17th, 2009 at 21:51)

    I personally know many from the English who became Amish. Recently I met one who works at Behalt and I must say that from our brief conversation he is different from the norm.

    When I say the norm I mean that most end up leaving, the few that do remain many times are scrutinized by other members, I know of those who are now 2nd generation and married with their own children – but yet have never been trusted or excepted even thou they themselves were born Amish. I know of one case were the community asked the Amish wife to separate from her now Amish [former English] husband, based on allegations that just simply are not true.

    Although my experience is that most have ongoing acceptance issues not from the English but from within the Plain communities, I must admit that their are those who seem to be quite happy and adjust well – only time will tell the story with their children and grandchildren.

    The man that I recently met even shared with me his personal relationship “faith” in my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ. This is something that over 90% of Old Order Amish would never do. This man was not prideful, just thankful.

    For those who are truly considering joining the Amish, before you get too far, I would advise you to do some research and find out why so many Amish are leaving or should I say being pushed out due to the sharing of their new-birth experience in Christ Jesus. What you might just surprise you.
    [A honest and clear-cut film about this very issue is a documentary by “BBC News” that was filmed last year in Lancaster Cnty, PA. by Andrew & Marisa from Wales, the name of the documentary if you can find it is “Trouble in Amish Paradise”]

    Best of wishes

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      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 9th, 2012 at 11:41)

      Your description regarding acceptance of outsiders among the Amish reminds me of Judaism which also scrutinizes and treats converts as outcasts no matter how sincere the intentions. If you mother wasn’t Jewish you are always considered a goy no matter what. Sad because some of the best religious followers are converts especially considering that those who started these religious path were all converts as well. Only God knows your true intentions and sanctions your actions. No man can tell someone he is not Amish when he is Amish in heart.

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    Jessica Gauker
    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (August 25th, 2009 at 19:02)

    i have spent the last 3 months living amoung the amish in Lewistown Montana and feel a sincere need to become as they are. i will be leaving in two weeks and i really dread going back home to kentucky. i’ve never before felt such a calling. i am german by birth so was just getting the hang of Pennylvania dutch and now will not have anyone to excersize my skills with. i have to keep hopes alive that the Lord will see me through this and perhaps if its His will i will get my chance. we shall see…


    Jessica Gauker

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (August 16th, 2010 at 01:56)

    Just an observation for a few people who put their personal info up here. True faithful Amish are not going to be sitting in front of their flat panel LCD screen on the Internet looking at blogs for a lover. But someone looking for a naive victim will be there. For example, “Oh my true love, we’ve known each other so long (24 hrs) and I trust you… you trust me too don’t you (oh sure). To get you into my Amish community (in Nigeria) please wire $2,000 for supplies so the neighboring Amish family can prepare their farm for your arrival (there is no Amish neighbor).” Get the picture? If you want to marry someone Amish, you’d best abandon the “high-tech” strategy, frequent an Amish community, and start meeting Amish folks. You probably won’t even be chatting on the phone much.

    And I don’t even want to think about the other possibility (that you’re here looking for some naive Amish backslider to exploit).

    Having said all that (s0rry, but I’m a cop) I sincerely admire the Amish. I’m deeply impressed by their adherence to a set of good/decent values and their commitment to non-violence. There’s a community nearby, and even though I never quite feel adopted, I always feel completely at peace there.

    Like other commenters, I also came from a background of legalism. Having now enjoyed the freedom of Christianity, I can still look at the Amish life from the standpoint that it could be lived by choice… that the disciplined life can be a choice… an expression of freedom in Christ. Certainly to live the Amish life out of duty, hoping to gain God’s love through self-righteousness, would be futile and imprison me. But I think I’m at a place in my Christian walk were I could “choose” to live a lifestyle of “limited choices”. I’m just not sure I’m ready to give up my flat panel LCD yet. 🙂


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      Comment on so very right (February 16th, 2012 at 02:42)

      so very right

      I was thinking the exact thing….#1 you write to find an Amish girl, yet your on the computer ….u must not be ‘up’ on their way of life! These people must not be very smart….liked your post! You made me laugh!

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      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 12th, 2012 at 15:26)

      Shalom? I’m curious why anyone here would end a post with a Jewish salutation. A better salutation would be something like Macht’s gut. Please show some respect, this is an Amish forum, not a Jewish one.

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (September 14th, 2010 at 01:05)

    Richard, thank you for looking out for our Amish friends and neighbors brother!


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    Comment on Want to become Amish but scared (May 16th, 2011 at 20:00)

    Want to become Amish but scared

    Hi, I really feel that I want to become Amish, but I am scared. I am 32 years old although I normally get asked if I am 21. lol. But I really feel like this is my calling. I respect everything about the Amish. I was wondering though, how do you know which Amish community you want to join… Do you just join the community that you live near? I live in Northeast N.J. near PA. I also would love to have a family some day but am affraid since I am older than the normal amish girls are who get married, that I may not have that chance myself to marry since all the amish men my age are probably already married and have families. Well, I guess if God wants me to have a family then he’ll give me one. But I do wonder about this, I have to admit.
    I hope someone out there will respond to me. I know this is a very big step in my life and wanted some feedback.
    Thank you so much,

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      Traci Banville
      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (December 5th, 2012 at 23:06)

      If you were told that you could join the Amish but could never marry within the community, would you be so keen ? Any day TLC will greenlight the “Amish Dating Game” for people like you. ( I sincerely hope not.)

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (May 16th, 2011 at 22:20)

    Please email me Kristy wardekai000@yahoo.com I plan to join the Amish this summer & have attended Amish church for 5 years. I think I can help you with your questions.

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    Comment on So much respect (December 3rd, 2011 at 12:47)

    So much respect

    The little I have seen and read regarding the Amish, has left me with a tremendous amount of respect for the community. I live in England and saw a documentary about the Amish a few years ago. I was really humbled and frankly embarrassed at the same time.

    I am a Muslim and I felt as though the Amish were more ‘Muslim’ than 99% of Muslims I know or have encountered. Their constant God consciousness, their compassion towards their community and others, their humility, their dress and manners just to name a few are all key fundamental tenants in Islam, that are meant to be compulsory upon us. God consciousness is known as ‘Taqwa’ in Arabic, and manners as ‘Adhab’. It is compulsory for us to give a share of our savings to charity and a to treat others as well as if not better than we would treat ourselves, to never lie or be dishonest even if this is against ourselves i.e. even if doing so will result in a negative outcome for one’s self. Men aren’t meant to wear gold or silk or be flashy etc.

    I wish there was a Muslim community is the world today who still held the belief in social justice, kindness and God consciousness as highly as we are meant to.

    Anyway I digress a little, I suppose. It was inspiring. I often thought that perhaps today in the world we live, one led by war mongers, neo colonialist who invade others’ lands for oil and wealth, little disregard for human life if it isn’t in the first world; and a world in which wealth, status and accumulation are the goals, it is too difficult to live as we are meant to. But I think the Amish show us that it’s not the case. I for one hope I will continue to find my space in this world to live my life as closely to the principles my faith holds to be so paramount too.

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      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (March 9th, 2012 at 13:33)

      Your post intrigued me in the beginning but then you seemed to devolve into indirectly attacking first world countries as being heartless and war mongering. First world countries vary in their political beliefs, social agendas and war history in the same way that second and third world countries do all of which have their own histories of aggression and war mongering. Let’s not delude ourselves about those histories.

      American/Europeans are the most generous people on Earth. Christians as a whole donate and do more for people than any other religious or social group in the world. While you may think that first world countries take the most, they actually give the most. This is a fact. The various missions, monasteries, donations, charitable acts and organizations to help the needy permeate every country in the world and in fact carry many third world countries which are unable to fend for themselves.
      And please don’t stereotype Westerners or Christians as we vary in thought, deed and mind as much as any other group. I am heartened that there is a strong underground movement going on in America to get back to true Christianity which encompasses charity, good will to others and nonaggression, those very ideals of the founders of our country. Unfortunately these voices are often drowned out by impostors.

      As far as religions go, I ask you to consider whose actions were most exemplary. Jesus was by far the most wise, considerate, forgiving and exceptional in character of any of the prophets. His unwavering faith, willingness to sacrifice himself, the life he lived are all testaments to his unparalleled value as both a divine human being and as a man. He simply has no peers. He lived what he preached and maintained the highest ethics consistent with his teachings and beliefs. That alone should convince anyone that Jesus was and is the Son of God and our Savior. And he alone secured our fate and gave us hope of an afterlife in which we can be redeemed for our acts on Earth.

      I hope you find what you are looking for. God bless you and I hope your religious journey will ultimately lead you to Jesus.

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    Manuel Mendonca
    Comment on I want to become Amish. (December 27th, 2011 at 16:35)

    I want to become Amish.

    I am a male, 46 years old, from Massachusetts. I am greatle inspired by the Amish and the Amish way of life. I want to become Amish when the time is right in my life. Personally, I already ascribe and practice much of the Amish way of thinking. I will join one day soon. Mendonca1@comcast.net

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    Comment on realizing a dream (January 11th, 2012 at 16:14)

    realizing a dream

    I am a 76 yr. old widow, who has held the desire to be Amish since I was a small child and knew such a lifestyle existed. I want more than anything else in the rest of my life, to live it out sincerely in the Amish lifestyle. Could this be possible? I have considerable income and assets which I would gladly offer to any cause the Amish could use it for. I want nothing in return. Except to devote the rest of my life and assets to an Amish community, adding and devoting my life to others. I am not interested in any kind of relationship, and would prefer to live alone. I am in excellent health, and could work in the medical field, retail store, teaching , cooking – anything to be of value. I am not applying for a job, or seeking a mate – just very sincerely wishing to fulfill a life long dream of living the life I have always felt that I was meant to live. someone please help. FLC

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    Comment on F.L.Cummings,,,,, (February 23rd, 2012 at 18:45)


    If you are SURE that you want to become Amish,,,,,go and visit the Amish in Smyrna Mills,Maine,,but go with open eyes,,,it is located on US 2..
    Some time ago a divorcee,,,older woman came to the shop where I was working,,when I was there,,and to make a long story short,,,,, she is now living there,,doing all they ask of her,,and really loves it there,,,,
    She is legally blind and has her guide dog with her there,,,,,
    For more info,,,,contact me at. followjesusonly@gmail.com

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    Comment on A Five Point Calvinist becoming Amish (February 23rd, 2012 at 19:26)

    A Five Point Calvinist becoming Amish

    Last weekend a 5 point Calvinist who has joined or is joining the Amish was at my house,here in Ohio,,and we had an an interesting conversation,,,
    He quit college to join Amish
    In all my travels,have never before met such a determined unique person,,,trying to live in the Amish world,,,

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    Paul A.B.
    Comment on Healing our society vs. "joining" the Amish (March 19th, 2012 at 20:51)

    Healing our society vs. "joining" the Amish

    I keep being drawn back to this thread by the many comments that continue to appear. I wonder sometimes if the answer is not for outside seekers to “join” an Amish community, but rather, that as a society in general, we might begin adopting Amish values into daily life. I can see how requests to accept converts can be jarring for faith communities who traditionally have not, and do not, “recruit”.

    As a Christian of the Roman Catholic faith, I have a great personal respect for the Anabaptist way. In it I see a much greater emphasis on communal humility than – and I am sad to say it – in my own church. What does all the ornate pageantry do for our spiritual health as Christians anyway? I’m grateful for beautiful art and music, but what really should count is where we are on our spiritual journey – as individuals, but also as a community at large. This focus on the community is so strong among the Anabaptists, that I can’t help but respect how they strive to live with the faith as their guidebook.

    This is not to say that Anabaptist communities are utopian, as others have rightly and wisely pointed out above. But it should give us all pause – all of us who sincerely believe that North American society is broken on many levels, and that as people of goodwill and generosity, and magnanimous spirits, we would do well to study the Amish way, see how well it does indeed work on many fronts, and use those values to create a more caring, resilient and functional society.

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    Paul A.B.
    Comment on What are the values we should adopt? (March 19th, 2012 at 21:09)

    What are the values we should adopt?

    I guess I should say what I think some of those values are that I mentioned above:

    * A respect for the land and for agriculture as a way of life. Not thinking of food and farming as simply globally transferable “agribusiness”, but noting the importance of humanity’s connection to the land.

    * A respect for families as the cornerstone of society’s future.

    * A new respect for a person’s word being his or her bond. The culture of marketing, doublespeak and legalese (and attendant litigiousness) has poisoned our society on many levels! It would be good if, to a greater extent, words meant what they said. Deceptive marketing needs to be shunned and weeded out of our thinking.

    * Learning to live in the moment and being there for loved ones. Too much multitasking means that we may be present in body, but be in a million other places in mind, scattered simultaneously. How can this be healthy for us, spiritually, and psychologically?

    * Having a healthy relationship with technology: using it with discernment, rather than letting it mould us.

    * Learning to contemplate the possible ramifications of our actions on our loved ones and our communities.

    * Looking out for one another (i.e. being people of good will, not busybodies – big difference!)

    Just some thoughts. I’ll add more if any come to mind.

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    Comment on How about an old order Mennonite church instead? (July 31st, 2012 at 08:19)

    How about an old order Mennonite church instead?

    I have also felt the call to the Amish way of life for many years but I have a large English family and I would worry that even though I feel this is my calling, it may not be for my children. I share the anabaptist beliefs and respect the plain living humility. I have decided that allowing my children to live in their community but going to a plain Mennonite church would be best for everyone involved. I found a wonderful Mennonite church that were very open and excepting of me and found that peace and refuge I was looking for.


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      Art knowledgable about Amish
      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (December 24th, 2012 at 14:25)

      It’s a very good point about Mennonites, since some
      Still don’t understand enough about Amish. The history
      Facts are all Amish are true Mennonites by old
      Standards of Amish. The Mennonites are not true
      Converted Amish. The same can be said about the
      Language differences; for example 5:00pm is in Amish
      Funf Uhr in Mennonite it is Eine Seibsen sie Uhr! You
      See old tradition is considered outdated or less
      Liberal in short

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    Comment on 16 year old with the intention of becoming Amish. (August 21st, 2012 at 12:26)

    16 year old with the intention of becoming Amish.


    Well at first I had some doubts after reading these articles and some of the comments, but now I feel a renowned belief and sense of encouragement of myself becoming Amish. I would love to be able to talk with a few of the people here about this. Particularly about the family aspect of all the conversion process, as just recently I have told my family of my intentions and received a somewhat mixed response. One of their biggest fears would be that I would cease to communicate with them and would never be able to see them or the rest of my family again. While I know I would be giving up much, and yes I would not have the ability to go see them without a driver; I still believe it to be the case that God has led me to where I am today, and will continue to lead me on my endeavors.

    -Wish me luck!-

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    Traci Banville
    Comment on Teenagers..... (November 6th, 2012 at 08:01)


    do not know what they want. They change their minds at the drop of a hat. I can say this because I used to be one.
    When I was thirteen I wanted nothing more than to be a jockey and ride Thoroughbred racehorses. I lived, breathed, and spoke horses twenty-four hours a day. I was first put on a pony at sixteen months,took lessons for years, had my own grooming and exercising business at twelve, attended and graduated from a racing course at thirteen and was certain that I was on my way. Then I had a growth spurt and went from 5’3″-5’7″ in one year and wound up 5’9″. In the meantime I rode my first racehorse and had the life scared out of me. The schooling horses had done nothing to prepare me for what it was really like and my diploma did not open a single door to getting a job on the racetrack.
    Eventually, I wound up working as a groom and pony girl at the track but I found that the world of Thoroughbred racing did not bear much resemblance to how it is portrayed in books, films, or television. I loved the horses but I had to admit that my teenage fantasy was just that and I wished that someone had talked me out of it before I had wasted so much time.
    I saw plenty of other horse crazy teenagers who did not last for than a few days as hotwalkers because the hours were too long, the work was too hard, and the pay was too low. They had no idea what they were getting into either.
    How does this compare to wanting to be Amish ? Think about it.

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      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (November 6th, 2012 at 10:01)

      Interesting example Tracy. I think wanting to deepen one’s spiritual life is a good thing. But it may be worth slowing down and thinking a little more about the best way to do that.

      That doesn’t mean a given path is going to be a less-than-ideal choice for everyone. But it may be so for most people. And that’s okay. Thanks for sharing.

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    Traci Banville
    Comment on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (November 8th, 2012 at 19:48)


    Has anyone looked up the definition of SEPARATIST lately ?

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    Comment on I'm Asian and.., (January 7th, 2013 at 23:44)

    I'm Asian and..,

    I just want to know if Amish community requires you to be Caucasian to join them? By the way, I’m Asian and by interested on their simple lifestyle….

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      Comment on To be Asian Amish. (November 25th, 2016 at 23:34)

      To be Asian Amish.

      If you are Asian and want to be Amish, then it is certainly possible. Amish don’t turn people away unless after enough time has gone by, they don’t feel as if they can accept that person. Not to far from me I know of a Honduran woman who got married to an Amish man and now she is a member of the Amish church. In Ohio, I know of a Chinese man who became Amish. I know of an Amish couple not far from me who realized they were not able to have kids so they adopted an infant south east Asian boy.

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    Traci Banville
    Comment on Goodbye ! (January 9th, 2013 at 22:13)

    Goodbye !

    I am off to start my new life as an Orthodox Jew ! I am not Jewish, I do not speak Hebrew or even Yiddish,keeping kosher is a mystery to me, I do not look good in black, I abhor conservative clothing, I do not cook, I dislike children, I expect my husband to take orders from me, I have lots of piercings and tattoos and I just got out of rehab for the third time and my favorite holidays are Christmas and Easter which I have no intention on giving up. I think I am making a great decision. I have wanted to be Jewish like for forever, well at least since I watched “Yentl” on Netflix the other night and I thought Mandy Patinkin was really hot and I love the way people just burst into song.I’m sure that I’ll fit in really well ! Wish me luck. Adios !

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    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (February 3rd, 2013 at 01:48)

    “Why do they go through with it? ‘A woman’, joked one Amishman I know. ‘That’s usually what’s involved.’”

    What about older women – particularly women of near or passed reproductive age? I’m referring to mid to late 30’s to even early 40’s [or older even!].

    Would that basically be a no go?

    I can see [and understand] how a community like the Amish – which is based on lots of physical work – which requires men, along with the breeding aspect which requires young[er] women – might not be very enthused about bringing in older women.


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    Comment on Friendship (March 12th, 2013 at 02:41)



    sorry my english is not perfect,i’m french.

    I would like to write to Amish woman for friendship.

    God bless you!


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    Comment on I want to be closer to God. (August 23rd, 2016 at 22:09)

    I want to be closer to God.

    I live in north central Indiana. Some years ago I tried to convert to the Amish faith. I did first go to an Amish bishop and explained my reasons, had prayer with him, and asked for his advice. I began going to an Amish church near by and eventually wearing Amish clothing for church and wearing everyday denim clothing for work. I worked for an Amish construction business. I was trying hard to learn there language. I received very little help and was never taken in by any Amish family. There were certain one’s who passed around lies about me. I tried to have a meeting with the leaders but they refused. I tried to convince them that the only reason I had was that I came from a very broken home and all my life all I ever wanted was a way to live out my life in a peaceful quiet Christian environment where I could be closer to God. Most of them had high paying jobs in the local trailer factories and they gave me the impression that I was not good enough unless I did the same. Close to the end of my efforts I was told by several Amish people that I picked the wrong bishop and that is what led to my down fall. I now think that if I tried it again I would choose an area where Amish don’t pride themselves in there high earnings. I would want it to be a location where they are the same denomination as the one’s around here. Can anyone here give me advice.

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      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (August 23rd, 2016 at 22:19)

      It is not close to you, but I have heard that Smyrna Mills, Maine welcomes outsiders and may even preach in english to help you understand. There are also the ‘Michigan churches’, near Sears-Evart, MI. Omer Miller is the bishop.

      Having tried to become Amish myself, I can say that Old Orders do not mentor. The concept is foreign to them. It is all you towing the line. New Order is far more likely to help. Sears-Evart is a form of New Order as are the rest of the MI churches.

      Also, search elsewhere on this site for Mark Curtis and his address, his dad said he would gladly help other outsiders with their walk in plainness.

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      Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (August 28th, 2016 at 16:16)

      I like to add that if you are looking for a more conservative experience, I would recommend Hillsboro, WI. They have some people that have joined from the outside and are far more humble then where you were while still being friendly with the Nor. Indiana communities.

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        Comment on Thank you to all. (November 26th, 2016 at 00:23)

        Thank you to all.

        I want to thank each one of you for the advice you have given to me, I might check out some of your ideas. For me, it is also about there communal way of life that intrigues me. I like how they take care of each other in times of need. I see all of there ways of doing things as very Christian even though it is in a very literal sense, but that is how I like it. It does say in the new testament that we are not to live worldly. To live a very pious life in an atmosphere that is quiet, peaceful, dress and live very modestly is the best way to feel closest to our Lord and Savior. I am glad all Amish women wear coverings at all times because First Corinthians 11 says Christian women are to do this. I am glad they wear there black bonnets very snug on Sunday because it is a holy day and it should be treated that way. And to do as little work on Sunday as possible is the way God intended it to be. God made the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th. Work should not even be talked about on Sunday. Each and every day of the year should begin with prayer and end with prayer. I don’t like how so many so called Christians try to take the bible scriptures out of context in order to make it fit there own lifestyle. Instead of questioning what the bible says, why not just do as it says. You don’t have to be Amish to be a Christian, but to be a true Christian, do as what God commands.

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        Comment on More info from Lance. (November 29th, 2016 at 21:51)

        More info from Lance.

        Lance, what more can you tell me about these ones in Hillsboro WI.

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          Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (November 30th, 2016 at 22:43)

          I have personally met a person joined the Amish who now lives there, but it has been some time since we last talked. All the rest are just what people have told me. I do not know the current number of people there from the outside, but it is more than one household.

          The community is in fellowship with northern Indiana, but they are also quite different from them. I don’t think your previous difficult experience with joining the Amish will be a big issue there.

          The best thing I can recommend is to get a Raber’s Almanac, pick one of the Bishops listed for Hillsboro and start writing, if you are truly interested in what they might offer to you. I know that they have some ways of helping each other work at home in agriculture.

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    Dan Holsinger
    Comment on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step Guide (October 24th, 2016 at 06:03)

    If somebody wants to join a church that is like the Amish, but not necessarily an Amish church in the strict sense, but just an Old Order group, their some are other options.

    – Old Order Mennonites, that in a way are more Amish than the more liberal affiliations of the Amish. The Noah Hoover Mennonites, especially their settlement at Delano, Kentucky, is an option. The pe´reach English for outsiders without a tendency to shift to English as a whole. They are more intentional community minded than just traditional. Stephen Scott says about them: “Many people from various backgrounds have been attracted to the Noah Hoover group. The ultra-conservative stance on technology combined with firm Biblicism, intense spirituality, and high morals standards have had a wide appeal”.

    – Old Order Mennonites, that speak English only, like the Virginia Old Order Mennonite Conference and the groups that separated from them.

    – Old Order Schwarzenau Brethren, that is Old German Baptist Brethren and groups that split from them. They are more welcoming to outsiders than average Old Oder Amish or Old Order Mennonites. They all speak English only and lost quite a bit of their original German flavor. They also have Pietist roots and are therefore closer to Evangelical theology and emotion than the Amish and the Old Order Mennonites. There a now five different groups of them from an Internet using group to horse and buggy groups. Seekers from outside are not unusual among them.

    – Old Order River Brethren, in many aspects like the Old Order Schwarzenau Brethren, but more influenced by the Second Great Awakening. They also speak English only and a re open for outsiders. There are three subgroups of them, the smallest one is a horse and buggy group.

    The Wikipedia articles “Seeker (Anabaptism)” and “Old Order Movement” give an overview of the different groups.

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    Comment on Work working (May 5th, 2017 at 20:40)

    Work working

    I know of Amish in my area that own businesses where they have electricity and there churches only allow it if it is for there work. Will this be allowed in other sects of Amish in this country. I don’t know farming or construction but I do know culinary. Besides, due to a handicap I have, farming and construction would not work anyways. What I have in mind is a bakery.

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    Comment on Looking for an Amish Gal in northern Indiana. (October 16th, 2018 at 22:04)

    Looking for an Amish Gal in northern Indiana.

    The best way to be accepted by the Amish is to become a part of an Amish family because now I would be one of there own. There is an Amish gal somewhere in my area that was once interested in me but at the time I was to unsure to act on it. Last I knew she is still single and I have been trying hard to find her. For a long time she worked at The Cheese House between Middlebury and Shipshewanna and has worked as a cashier at both The Haite Benefit Auction and The Yoder Consignment Auction. She was kind of tall, frequently wore light colors, lite blue seemed to be her favorite and she had dark hair. The last I saw her was at Aldi’s in Goshen and she seemed to want to talk to me but she was to surrounded by other friends to act on it. I would appreciate it if anyone can help me find her or direct her to me. I don’t remember her name.

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