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  • abigail
    Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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!!

    • 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

  • Mary
    Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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

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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 So you want to join the Amish (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

        • 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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  • Elizabeth
    Comment on So you 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,

  • Slightly-Handled-Order-Man
    Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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.

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  • Comment on So you 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

  • 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

    • Valerie McMaster
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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?

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  • Kathy
    Comment on So you want to join the 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!

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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.

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      • Zachary
        Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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”

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      • Don Curtis
        Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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

  • Zachary
    Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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”

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  • FREDERICO SCANONI CALDAS
    Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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

  • Matt, England
    Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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

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    • Isabelle
      Comment on So you want to join the Amish (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

    • 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 So you want to join the Amish (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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