Here’s a video of a singing taken in the Guthrie, Kentucky Amish community (thanks to Mike). From the video commentary, the occasion was a funeral visitation, for an Amish man hit while driving a tractor. Beautiful singing.
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How active are Amish in mission work? As touched on in “So you want to join the Amish“, Amish have traditionally looked more inward than outward, focusing spiritual energies on their own rather than seeking converts. There has been historical interest in mission work within the Amish however. The New Order Amish movement grew, in […]
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Reader Alyssa writes: I have one question about the Swartzentruber Amish: do they have assurance of salvation? To put it bluntly, do they have Jesus in their hearts in order to go to heaven? Are they true Christians? In fact, I think this is 2, or even 3 separate questions. I can take a shot […]
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The New Order Amish in Amish society What distinguishes New Order Amish from Old Order Amish? New Order Amish make up only a small percentage of the total Amish population–roughly 3%. New Order Amish live in a number of states, with the largest group found in the Holmes County, Ohio settlement (around 18 church districts, […]
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I recently read a book I’d been looking forward to for a long time. An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World’s Largest Amish Community is an in-depth look at the Amish settlement at Holmes County, Ohio, and one of the most interesting books on the Amish I have read. In Ohio last month […]
North Carolina is my home state, and not one known for having a large Amish population. Amish have attempted to settle NC in the past, however, and today one settlement does exist, at Union Grove, a hamlet lying some miles west of Winston-Salem. Union Grove, which began in 1985 as a spinoff of the Guthrie, […]
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One writer’s thoughts on the benefits of an Amish school education. The Amish media onslaught continues. Lately Amish families have showed up on the too-many-kids-to-count reality shows. I don’t watch them, but I happened to catch pieces of the ’18-kids-and-counting’ Amish appearance (no longer online) last week. The 18 kids family took their busload to […]
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Here are a few photos from this past Sunday in Wayne County, Ohio. One of my favorite times to travel through Amish settlements is about an hour before church begins, around 8am (or 7am ‘slow time’ as the Amish tend to go by slow time year round with regards to church, singings, etc, meaning church […]
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Over the past couple of weeks, the tobacco’s been coming in across Lancaster County. Tobacco production here shot up after restrictions were removed a few years ago. Lancaster already had a tradition of cultivation, but with farmers now allowed to grow varieties such as burley and with quotas removed, more and more of it has […]
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I had a chance to catch up with a couple more friends the Thursday before last–‘Martin’, a minister of the New Order Amish persuasion, his wife, ‘Annie’, and their neat kids. My timing was perfect–suppertime! A grinning Martin plunked me down in front of a ‘haystack’–a potato-lettuce-chili-cheese- crumbled nachos concoction Annie had just prepared. Yum. […]
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