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    abigail
    Comment on help. (December 9th, 2013 at 16:20)

    help.

    I am a 16 year old girl , and I would like to join a beachey amish or new order amish communitie when I graduate. I would like to find out how. please help.ive thought about it since I was eleven and I want my children to grow up in a Christian environment with morals.thanks PLEASE REPLY!!

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      Lance
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (December 9th, 2013 at 17:14)

      There is a website that provides information about the Beachy Amish, just search on it on any search engine. That website has some info about joining and where the churches are located. There is a contact to help you further there too.

      You might also consider Charity Ministries as they are a similar kind of church. Just search on that too.

      Mark Curtis’ info is in these comments. He is part of a New Order Amish church and probably would be glad to help you find what you need.

      God Bless
      Lance

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      Renee
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (December 17th, 2013 at 18:42)

      I would also like to join an Amish community- and particularly start a family in one- after I graduate! I was wondering if we could stay in contact and support each other as we look for options? I think it would be easier than figuring it all out alone! My school email is pelletierr@bhsconnect.org

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      Comment on If you wish to join (June 25th, 2014 at 11:29)

      If you wish to join

      My name is Lester Beachy and I am amish. I would be glad to answer any questions for those who desire to join an amish community. I work at the Amish and Mennonite Information Center in Holmes Co Oh. I would encourage anyone to visit our center here. You will find out a lot about us here.My home address is 3468 TR 166 Sugarcreek Oh 44681

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    Mary
    Comment on Amish Bishops in Shipshewana, IN (December 12th, 2013 at 16:42)

    Amish Bishops in Shipshewana, IN

    I am a 14 year old girl who has wanted to become amish ever since I was 5. I live in shipshewana, indiana. I would like to contact the Bishop of the district regarding if I am able to stay with an amish family until I am baptized at the age of 16. My parents are in full support and agreement. If you know of any amish bishops addresses to contact them please let me know! Thanks so much! God bless you!
    -mary

    Amish Bishops in Shipshewana, IN

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      Trish in Indiana
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (February 5th, 2014 at 19:54)

      My prayers go with you on your journey!

      I see that no one has answered your post. I hope you checked for email notification of replies. I’m not Amish, but I am also form Indiana’s Amish country, and although I am not from Shipshewana, I worked there many years ago and am quite familiar with the town. It occurs to me that perhaps you could write a short letter explaining your interest and your parents’ support. Give your address. Then, go to one of the Amish-run businesses (of which, as you know, there are many nearby!) and ask an Amishman or -woman if they could give your letter to the Bishop. This may help you make some progress.

      If that does not work, pray that God will lead you to where He wants you, and be patient. He works in His time, not in ours!

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        Mary
        Comment on Reply to Trish in Indiana (February 8th, 2014 at 11:57)

        Reply to Trish in Indiana

        Thanks so much Trish I will try to do that next time I go into Shipshewana. God Bless You!
        ~ Mary

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          Trish in Indiana
          Comment on So you want to join the Amish (February 8th, 2014 at 13:07)

          I hope if you do go, you will get online to let us know before you leave your parents’ house to stay with your Amish foster family.

          Also, it occurs to me that it would be good if everything is set up legally so that your Amish “parents” have your birthparents’ permission to make decisions for you, like authorizing medical care if you would happen to get sick.

          May God be with you on your journey, wherever He may lead you.

          Trish

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      KJV Conservative
      Comment on Belated Advice (April 24th, 2014 at 13:55)

      Belated Advice

      Mary:
      Have you visited the Beach Amish website, beachyAM.org? The website advises those wanting to join a conservative Amish community to join the Beachy’s first, then the more conservative church. (That way, you will not be so much of an ‘outsider.’ Also, the Beachy’s adopt English children in a missionary effort.)
      If you still have access to the Internet, come visit my new blog: plainpathwaytohim.wordpress.com. It is a blog that I hope I and Christian ladies will use to give other sisters, and even non-sisters, Godly encouragement.
      I’d be glad to hear your how your Walk with God is going!

      In Christ,

      KJV/ Ada

      Belated Advice

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    Elizabeth
    Comment on I want to join the Amish (December 29th, 2013 at 13:22)

    I want to join the Amish

    Hi, I’m 19 and I love the idea of living a simple god filled life with the Amish.
    I’ve always wished I could live in the 18-19th century and not have to live in such a modern world.
    Of you know of any Amish communities or bishops that would allow me to join please let me know.
    Thanks,

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    Slightly-Handled-Order-Man
    Comment on Don't be discouraged (December 31st, 2013 at 11:40)

    Don't be discouraged

    There is a whole number, depending on your location, of Amish communities, of varying strictness to consider, Elizabeth. Not all will be stereotype Plain, as people imagine all Amish to be, but none the less they all can be spiritually fruitful for you.

    Good advice in these replies has been, essentially, to make friends with the Amish, live their way, and attend church, and work toward full membership. Don’t nag the Bishop, necessarily, but through your changes in your life, the plainness you adopt, show EVERYONE in the community that you can adjust to the culture of being Amish, whichever rendition of it is Amish in your area.

    The Amish stand out, so perhaps, anyone can correct me if I’m wrong, its better to be quiet and reserved about learning to be Amish, it probably is a good idea to not go about shouting to the rooftops “I’m joining the Amish, I am going Plain”, make an effort to fit in according to the dress code of your nearest community as you can so that if you do travel among an Amish community, someone outside would probably nor be able to point you out and say “ah ha, she’s English” (they probably could do it anyway depending on your mastery of the language spoken by the Amish in your area), but, that being said, the thread about the Amish Ice Harvesting shows illustrations that suggests that the Amish don’t always look Amish themselves, you’ll notice that one of the gentlemen has a leather jacket and wool toque on, which, aside from his believers’ beard, doesn’t make him look particularly Amish.

    Amish America is “littered” with stories of Englishers trying to be Amish, some succeed, Mark Curtis for one, others don’t, even some born and raised Amish leave being Amish for various reasons as we’ve discovered – sometimes the Amish can’t take being Amish

    A good “Ordnug” for an English person wanting to join the Amish is the “Rules of a Godly Life” that Amish America shared over a series of posts within the last year or so, most people who read the blog agree that it is a good set of ground rules for people regardless if they desire to join the Amish or not, there are probably less wordy things out there to read about how to be Amish, for instance, the Amish might tell you that the basics of any given Ordnug may just be the Ten Commandments of Moses (I’m thinking Exodus and to a lesser degree the more law book version enshrined in Deuteronomy) and the edition of those laws espoused by Jesus in the Book of Matthew, for one.

    I may be way off base, but I think the origin of the idea of “English” Seeker teenagers joining the Amish might be rooted in two things. Amish and Mennonite families adopting English children for various reasons and being raised in an Old Order atmosphere, which certainly does happen, one of the Richards that used to reply, had a lovely blog where he’s share installments of the experiences of a New York State OO Mennonite family who adopted some English children whose English parents were unable to safely raise them themselves, as an example. Another influence in the idea is likely the practice of the eighteenth and nineteenth century Shakers who would, communally adopt and raise children during and just after the widespread Industrial Revolution, indoctrinating them into their faith and version of separateness from the world. The Shakers did this openly and I think invited it is they did not typically marry each other and did not sexually produce born and raised children of their own into their society as Men and Women where perhaps 90 percent separated from each other in their communities, which explains why there are scads more Amish and Mennonites than there are Shakers in the year 2013-14.

    The Amish as it probably has been noted, would rather you be family oriented, as they are, and would, unless your parents or other relatives are abusive, would like you to remain a part of your own family, people do apply the Ban or become Shunned for various church and cultural originated reasons among the Amish, but generally, you’re more likely to see them be very family focused, so, unless you’ve spent your young life in an abusive family, don’t break the bonds of family-hood, any Amish person would probably discourage you from doing so, but if you have to, and you strive to join the Amish, they would insist you forgive the other person

    All of this said, please don’t be discouraged, what you are after, besides being Amish is a relationship with God and you want to find it in the Amish manner, which is great and respectable, but those of us who are following that path toward becoming Amish should perhaps take it slow and not dive right in, we ought to pray long and hard and make Amish friends, or friends of other similar orders depending on where we live, and quietly be the same way if it truly speaks to our spirit, apply what you believe to your life, say at 14 and at 54 it will have grown, it will sustain you; life’s a journey and so is being plain.

    Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Don't be discouraged

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    Comment on I too want to join the Amish. (February 8th, 2014 at 14:48)

    I too want to join the Amish.

    I am a 40 year old woman of faith and I have wanted to join for years but never have. I believe now is the time to join. This world makes me sick with it’s immorality and ungodliness and it is time for me to walk away from it and all these sinners that love it. Any information will be greatly appreciated.southernlady4050@yahoo.com

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      Lance
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (February 9th, 2014 at 11:39)

      The last time I sent an email to a post like this, I got put on numerous spam lists, overloading my spam filter. That person was a spam email address phisher. Not calling you that now, but post on here for a while so that we can all be more comfortable that you are who you say you are.

      Hey Erik, how about a post counter that prevents email address from being seen until the person shows themselves to be serious. Being phished is not fun.

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        Comment on So you want to join the Amish (February 9th, 2014 at 15:32)

        Did that happen on this site? If so let me know so I can remove that email.

        But since no email addresses are ever shown here, unless commenters choose to place them in the body of the comment, I’m not sure how that would work.

        Even if it did I think your approach of discretion when emailing unknown people online is a wise one.

        The anti-spam software I run here does a pretty good job of keeping spam off, and I catch the occasional ones that do get through.

        So you want to join the Amish

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    Slightly-Handled-Order-Man
    Comment on So you want to join the Amish (February 12th, 2014 at 21:21)

    Sadly, I imagine that there are a lot of wolves in sheep’s clothing in a site with an atmosphere and community like Amish America

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      Valerie McMaster
      Comment on Did anyone contact Daisy?? (February 13th, 2014 at 11:38)

      Did anyone contact Daisy??

      I just wondered since we seem to be exercising caution with emailing folks, yet I hate to leave her hanging as she seemed to be seeking someone to help her-

      Did anyone contact her or is there a safe way to do so without possibly messing up your computer? Would it make a difference on a smart phone? (which i don’t have one!)

      Just wondering. I realize we have to check that we are not a spammer but, gee-would a spammer be honest about that or not?

      Did anyone contact Daisy??

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    Kathy
    Comment on becoming amish (February 21st, 2014 at 23:11)

    becoming amish

    I am a 61 year old single female looking for a Christian group to be a part of. I was raised in an abusive home and still in my heart want a family. I am a Christian and want the example of a true christian family. I put God first and try and live biblically in a worldly world. I value putting God first then family. I am wondering if an Amish community would be a good place for me? I already live simply and want to even live more simple. I still desire being part of a stable Christian home..any advice for me here? I am a humble, quiet, reflective woman and choose to now in my life draw closer to God and do His will..That is my true heart!

    becoming amish

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      Slightly-Handled-Order-Man
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (February 24th, 2014 at 19:48)

      There are entries here on Amish America about joining the Amish after a certain age.
      We even have a gentleman who replies to Erik’s posts with inspiring and insightful anecdotes about his son who is a 50+ Amish convert. I’d suggest, if you have the time to search through and see what Don Curtis has to say, they are peppered through the site, it might involve a lot of scrolling.

      Of course there is a range of interesting articles and blog entries all over this sight. Keep reading, you will find things of interest to you here.

      So you want to join the Amish

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        Zachary
        Comment on Seriously wanting to convert, need answers to my questions (February 26th, 2014 at 02:08)

        Seriously wanting to convert, need answers to my questions

        I’ve been thinking lately, why do I want to live in this world? I mean, technology is nice, but I feel like the Amish life is the life for me. To live your life for the most important things, faith and family. It seems great. I’m 18, I’m from Florida, there are not many Amish communities at all in my area, so I know I’ll have to move up north. However I’m looking for answers to my questions. How should I approach a suitable community? How much money should I save? Will I ever be able to own a farm? Like how much should I save to get a fresh start, and be able to transition into the community? I want a big family, and a home to raise them in.. I just need help obtaining information. I plan to convert around age 23-25, is that too old? Will I not be able to find a wife? Should I go to college and get a degree while I’m saving money and researching the Amish ways? How important is it that I learn Pennsylvania Dutch? I’m curious.. Please email me at “zwskate4u12@gmail.com”

        Seriously wanting to convert, need answers to my questions

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        Don Curtis
        Comment on invitation (February 26th, 2014 at 13:20)

        invitation

        I read your kind comment to my son, Mark. He gave me permission to invite you to write to him if you’d care to. He’d be glad to hear from you.
        Here is his address:
        Mark S. Curtis
        9417 County Road 101
        Belle Center, OH 43310-9589

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          Zachary
          Comment on Don thank you, your a legend. (February 26th, 2014 at 13:25)

          Don thank you, your a legend.

          I take it he is an active member of an Amish community?

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            Don Curtis
            Comment on Mark (February 26th, 2014 at 14:38)

            Mark

            Yes, my son joined the Amish community of Belle Center, Ohio when he retired from teaching public school. He is now 61 and has been Amish almost 12 years. His community is a horse and buggy, non-electric, horse farming community. By-the-way, as my son is 61, I’m no spring chicken either. I’m 91.

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              Zachary
              Comment on Oh my, thank you very much! (February 26th, 2014 at 15:37)

              Oh my, thank you very much!

              This is great, I am really excited about getting answers to my questions. Also, god bless you guys for being so helpful and polite to me. Thank you very much.

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              Comment on So you want to join the Amish (February 27th, 2014 at 11:34)

              Don, you may not be a spring chicken measured by years but you have the comment output of a spring chicken, which as you know is much appreciated here :) Tell Mark I said hello and hope to see you both in person next time in Ohio.

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              Jerilyn Taylor
              Comment on So you want to join the Amish (June 26th, 2014 at 00:40)

              Don I know I saw a lot of people asking about pen pals but I would really like one. I would really like to know more about if and be a friend. Does your don know any woman who are willing to write back in forth in letters. There us no Amish here. They are four hours up north. I made it up there and did a scenic tour but it was a Sunday so I finding get to buy any goods or meet anyone. Just let me know thanks

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    Zachary
    Comment on Seriously wanting to convert, need answers to my questions (February 24th, 2014 at 23:35)

    Seriously wanting to convert, need answers to my questions

    I’ve been thinking lately, why do I want to live in this world? I mean, technology is nice, but I feel like the Amish life is the life for me. To live your life for the most important things, faith and family. It seems great. I’m 18, I’m from Florida, there are not many Amish communities at all in my area, so I know I’ll have to move up north. However I’m looking for answers to my questions. How should I approach a suitable community? How much money should I save? Will I ever be able to own a farm? Like how much should I save to get a fresh start, and be able to transition into the community? I want a big family, and a home to raise them in.. I just need help obtaining information. I plan to convert around age 23-25, is that too old? Will I not be able to find a wife? Should I go to college and get a degree while I’m saving money and researching the Amish ways? How important is it that I learn Pennsylvania Dutch? I’m curious.. Please email me at “zwskate4u12@gmail.com”

    Seriously wanting to convert, need answers to my questions

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    FREDERICO SCANONI CALDAS
    Comment on I´m Brazilian (March 6th, 2014 at 12:17)

    I´m Brazilian

    I want to be bachelor for the rest of my life, I don´t have financial condition to go to USA and live at Amish community but at least I´d like to have the Amish prayer book and the ausbund book how can I get it?Can you help me out? I´m 48 years old; Thanks for your time and understanding.Peace,ligth,and love always.FREDERICO SCANONI CALDAS

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      Comment on Brazilian Beachy Amish (March 26th, 2014 at 18:13)

      Brazilian Beachy Amish

      Hi Frederico,
      Did you know that there is a congregation of conservative Mennonite/Beachy Amish in Brazil?
      You can visit this link and contact them through the page. They are located about 75 km west of Rio de Janeiro I think.
      Obrigado, Miguel

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    Matt, England
    Comment on JOINING A PLAIN COMMUNITY (March 12th, 2014 at 13:16)

    JOINING A PLAIN COMMUNITY

    HI, I’m on this thread because I’d like to contact families who are genuinely interested in joining a plain Mennonite community.

    I’m a producer with a television company in England. we have made several series with Amish / Mennonite communities in the USA for TV here in the UK, and have maintained good relations with the churches we filmed.

    Our new filmed project is looking to document the authentic experience of work and life in a plain church community, by following a family joining the community. We have partnered with a good sized church in Kentucky who will welcome the newcomers and help them to integrate and to live plain. We have arranged for them to use a house in the community, for a set time.

    Its a great opportunity for a family that is open to taking part in a program like this. Of course the family may end up staying beyond our short filming period, if it all works out as everyone hopes.

    We want to find people who are genuine in their faith and who have some real skills to bring – perhaps in carpentry or farming or similar. The offer is open only to families, not individuals.

    If you and your loved ones are interested to know more then please let me know by putting a post here on Erik’s site.

    Thanks , MATT

    JOINING A PLAIN COMMUNITY

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      Isabelle
      Comment on Join the community! (March 12th, 2014 at 18:21)

      Join the community!

      Dear Matt!

      How great to read about your plans. I am a young actress located in L.A. and at the moment I am working passionate on a Feature Screenplay about the Amish Youth. When are you shooting in Kentucky?
      And is it possible to cooperate or be part of the programm?
      Please let me know more: isabellevonspreckelsen@gmail.com

      Would be wonderful to here from you!
      Isabelle

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      Rebecca
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (March 25th, 2014 at 16:39)

      Hi Matt-
      I am a 14 year old girl who really wants to become amish I live near Kentucky. I have decided to become amish but I don’t know how to get there. Your post was like a blessing from God! My family is in full support of me becoming Amish and I would like to know a little bit more about your television opportunity. Thanks so much!
      In Jesus name, God bless you
      Rebecca

      Please contact me soon through reply. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY!

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        Matt, England
        Comment on So you want to join the Amish (March 26th, 2014 at 04:41)

        Hi Rebecca.

        How nice to hear from you. I’m pleased to know that your family is backing you, and hope that you can realise your dream.

        Because of your age this particular opportunity may be unsuitable for you. We need to find adult family members to be involved – with younger members.

        If you still would like to know more please post your email address here and I can put my associate in the US in contact with you.

        Best wishes

        Matt

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      Chris
      Comment on Family of 5 (March 26th, 2014 at 19:15)

      Family of 5

      Matt we are a family of 5 adults are 27 yrs old and kids are 10-5-1 we are located in Indianapolis in and are willing to give this a try if you are interested I can be contacted at wade.lavonn@yahoo.com thanks

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      Jerilyn Taylor
      Comment on Learning Amish (June 22nd, 2014 at 22:40)

      Learning Amish

      I am interested and am a believer. I have three boys 14, 13,20 and two adults. Love the way they live and the way they live God.

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    Jessie Cochran
    Comment on So you want to join the Amish (May 31st, 2014 at 16:31)

    I would love to live with an Amish family for a few weeks or even a month. I just don’t know how my family would feel about it. I’ve never expressed my interest in the Amish to them and try to keep it hidden, as I think they might look at it oddly or think it weird to like a different culture and group of people that are so very different from the English world. They might think it impossible for me to want to live with an Amish family or would discourage me from it. I love my electronics, so they would probably scoff and say I wouldn’t make it past a week.

    My main reason for wanting to live with an Amish family would be to get an idea of what they really do everyday and to try and get closer to God. Right now, it’s kind of hard for me to believe in God, but I think I would learn to more if I had believers all around and that’s who they live for. I want to be able to understand more of where my sister is coming from, as she has become a Christian in the last five years and is really passionate about God and Theology.

    I’m 20 years old and in have just ended my first year of college, so I guess my time to have the opportunity to live with the Amish is drawing to a close (age wise).

    So you want to join the Amish

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      Ada/KJV Conservative
      Comment on Jessie... (May 31st, 2014 at 16:45)

      Jessie...

      Jessie:

      You should read on here about the New Order Amish and the Beachy Amish. I’ve asked here (there is Erik, who is familiar with some Amish, and other Amish people on this website) and have been told/referred to websites (beachyam.com/) that say that these branches are more open to higher education.
      Come visit my blog: plainpathwaytohim.wordpress.com
      I am a Christian, very interested and open to living Plain. I started the blog for moral support/advice and to help others, Christian or not. It’s a small blog, and the people on there are friendly :)
      I’d be glad to have you there, and hope that it will help! And by the way, it is my belief you don’t have to be Amish to be close to God. All you need is Christ. (Read the “Salvation” page on the main menu, right under the title of “Plain Pathway to Him.”) To have Christ, you don’t need to have money or be a “good” person, since there is no such thing as a good person. The Bible says that there is “no respect of persons with God.” I’d keep going, but this would be a REALLY long post, so please, read “Salvation,” and if you have a question/comment, I’ll answer/respond as best as I can :)

      Jessie...

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        Jessie Cochran
        Comment on So you want to join the Amish (May 31st, 2014 at 16:50)

        Thanks so much. I will check it out soon.

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        Debby Mcnicholes
        Comment on living with Amish (June 12th, 2014 at 19:39)

        living with Amish

        I live in Florida and would love to stay with an Amish family for a week or two. How would I go about finding information on doing this?

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          Linda
          Comment on Stay with Amish family (June 13th, 2014 at 06:49)

          Stay with Amish family

          Debby, you may have to go to Messiah College in Pennsylvania! Rich Stevick wrote: “This week, I just finished teaching our Amish Cross-cultural Studies class for the umpteenth time. My colleague, John Bechtold, and I, started this year’s class on May 22 at Messiah, placed students for six days with Lancaster County Amish families, returned to class for debriefing and more class work, then went to Ohio where our students lived with Holmes County families—to find out, to their surprise, that not all Amish do things just like the Lancaster Amish. Of course, among other things, that’s what we wanted them to learn.”

          http://amishamerica.com/rich-stevick-on-growing-up-amish-part-1-submit-your-questions-win-1-of-3-copies/

          Or read:
          http://amishamerica.com/how-can-i-stay-with-an-amish-family/

          Stay with Amish family

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    fawn
    Comment on want to give it a shot (June 5th, 2014 at 10:14)

    want to give it a shot

    I am currently 43 years old and Without getting into my reasons How can I visit and “try out” a community?

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      Ada/KJV Conservative
      Comment on Hmmm.... (June 5th, 2014 at 10:26)

      Hmmm....

      Hi!
      I don’t know which group you’d like to join, but I’d START with the Beachy Amish. Go to “beachyAM.com” and look around. They say that they are a good place to start, because they are the most open to newcomers. They “adopt” also (I don’t know if they’d adopt 43 year olds, but they have lists of churches and you won’t know till you ask!). That way, you can become familiar with the customs. That’s what the website says, it sounds like good advice.
      While you are “in waiting,” remember that you can also become familiar with the customs/religion, to some degree, yourself (I’m taking it that you are a woman)- plain modest dress, veiling, reading your Bible, etc. As always, lots of prayers to God for guidance helps and is a must! :)
      I hope it goes well for you. If you need a source about veiling, come visit my blog: plainpathwaytohim.wordpress.com
      I am not yet Plain, but I have wondered/am praying about veiling. One Beachy Amish lady left a link that she said explained veiling wonderfully. You can find it under “Great Help: From Ada and the readers” right under the title. It’ll be by something like “Christian Light.”

      I hope this helps and pray that God may lead you! And by the way, Erik is a good help with this, as he’s around Amish communities all the time! :)

      In Christ,
      Ada

      Hmmm....

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    Naomi Wilson
    Comment on Advice for seekers (June 12th, 2014 at 10:03)

    Advice for seekers

    Ada, thank you for your helpful comments and your desire to reach out to others. There are so many seekers on this comment thread, it has been weighing heavily on my mind. Perhaps I can suggest to everyone some resources. I you are merely looking for a certain lifestyle, please don’t try to join the Amish. Go ahead and dress plain, grow a garden and preserve food, live with less, find like-minded friends and support each other in your endeavors.

    If you are seeking to be closer to God, or to be a better Christian, perhaps these links will help you. There are many sermons available online by conservative Mennonite and Amish Mennonite preachers. Yes, they drive cars, but they are close spiritual cousins to the Amish.

    First, google John D. Martin “The Gospel of the Kingdom” This is a video.
    John Martin preaches at Shippensburg Christian Fellowship. If you google that church name, you will be able to find many good sermons if you click on “messages.”
    Pilgrim Christian Fellowship is a Beachy Amish Mennonite church that has many sermons available online. I’m sure there are others, but this is the one I am familiar with.

    Also, for a really in-depth look at current conservative Anabaptist culture and concerns, look up “Anabaptist Identity Conference.” You will find the most talks under the years 2010, 2011, and 2012, if my memory serves. Some are more sermon-like, most are lectures. There are a few personal testimonies by men who were living in “the world” when they came to conservative Anabaptist Christian life. These recordings offer a really wide spectrum of thought, ideas, and concerns, and you will understand the culture so much better after listening to them.

    I hope this blesses you in some way.

    In Jesus’ name.

    Advice for seekers

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      Ada/KJV Conservative
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (June 12th, 2014 at 10:05)

      :)

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      Paula Mann
      Comment on Calvary Messenger (June 12th, 2014 at 11:32)

      Calvary Messenger

      If you want to learn more about the teaching and events in Beachy, circles, I would suggest you subscribe to their newsletter, The Calvary Messenger. Circulation Mgr. is Enos D. Stutzman, 7498 Woods West Avenue, London OH 43140. 1yr individual subscription is $8.50 if you are not part of a congregation getting it as a group. It lists things like the regional youth fellowship meetings July 25-27 and church news.

      Calvary Messenger

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    Jessie Cochran
    Comment on Thanks (June 14th, 2014 at 16:22)

    Thanks

    Naomi,

    Thanks so much for your “Advice for seekers” comment. I will definitely check out those websites and videos. Mainly, I just want to understand more of where my sister, Carrie, is coming from. She recently (a few years ago) became a devout Christian and believes in God, prays to Him, goes to church when she can, and reads the Bible. She’s had theology classes in college this past year and loves it. I mainly want to know how I can get into that mindset of believing in God and starting to pray to Him more, and not have my mind be wrapped up in things “all about me and my family.”

    I think living with the Amish (for a week) would be a great way to do that, as I would surrounded by believers 24/7 (not just my sister and mom) and they could teach me lessons and perhaps help me better understand. I know they take a literal view of the Bible and are not like modern Christians in anyway, which is kind of hard. I would love to have a saving experience, but I know that the Amish frown upon that.

    If you’re interested to learn more about me and what I’m trying to explain by posting here, feel free to email me at jcochran232@gmail.com. You, too, Ada/KJV Conservative! Also, try to find some more of my posts on this page. I think I’ve commented once or twice this past year, so look in this year, as I know there are A TON of comments to this post.

    Hope my little spiel makes sense. Thanks again!

    God bless,
    — Jess :)

    Thanks

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    George
    Comment on Join the Amish (August 11th, 2014 at 13:41)

    Join the Amish

    Hi!

    I put a lot of thought in this and I’d really like to join the Amish to live a plain and Godly life.

    I’m 26 yo, I was born in Eastern Europe, lived in London UK for 7 and now in Chicago USA.

    If anyone out there can help me get in touch with a church leader or a good family that is willing to help me adapt and learn everything about the Amish culture, please get back to me at george.lucian@email.com

    Distance is not a problem as I’m willing to leave everything behind and start a new life in Jesus Christ.

    God Bless you all!

    Join the Amish

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      Lance
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (August 11th, 2014 at 18:34)

      Start with the above Amish State Guide. There no Amish next door to Chicago, but there are quite a few that are within a single gas tank full drive from there. Visit a few, buy “1001 Q & A on the Christian Life” and “In Meiner Jugend” from a book store in one of the communities and read them. If you still agree with all you read, find and talk to a bishop about how to join the community you like best and do what he tells you to do. Talking will best give you an idea if you like the vibe of the community.

      A Amish bishop told me about joining “If it is not of faith, it will not work”. If you don’t believe it all, those parts you disagree with will be a wall to your success. Its up to you change your mind, they won’t.

      I have a lot more opinions and facts about joining the Amish in my comments of this topic. Just use your browser’s find feature and search on my name beginning on page 4 of the comments and going forward.

      Good luck, you will need a lot of it and a lot of determination. Then you have to become the quiet, humble bottom of the opinion totem.

      So you want to join the Amish

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