9 responses to The 6 Richest Community & Family Things I Loved About Becoming Amish
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    Comment on thinking about becoming a "driver" (April 18th, 2017 at 07:25)

    thinking about becoming a "driver"

    Wondering if there are any folks out there that would be willing to share with us the tried and true, “do’s and “don’ts that come about as taking on the job of driving for the Amish.

    We’re considering this venture but want to do some research first.

    Thank you,

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      Comment on Amish taxi job research (April 20th, 2017 at 05:55)

      Amish taxi job research

      Hi Elaine, wise of you to do some research, from all I’ve heard it can be a nice and rewarding job, but always good to have as complete a picture as possible.

      We have done several posts here on driving for the Amish – you might find some insights in the comments section there, or there may be someone there you can ask directly as well. Both of these comment threads have commenters who drive for the Amish or know those who do:



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      Joan Sheldon
      Comment on driving for the Amish (April 22nd, 2017 at 19:53)

      driving for the Amish

      I drove for the Old Order Community in Unity, ME from 2009 to 2016 when I moved away from the area. I miss them very much. The lessons I learned from them are patience and respect. The patience is for all the added stops once you get to town, and they think of other stores they need to stop at while they are in town. I learned to be much more mindful of my language, to not have the radio on unless they didn’t mind some Christian music. Most of the time, they preferred silence. I only charged for gas, not my time, because I enjoyed driving for them. You also need to decide if you only want to drive locally or multi day trips out of state. If you are doing this as a business, I would encourage you to talk to other drivers in the area for what is a fair rate

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    Comment on Why did they leave? (April 18th, 2017 at 10:30)

    Why did they leave?

    This is an interesting article, however, one is left to wonder why they finally left the old order and joined the more liberal Amish-Mennonites. That part of their journey would also be interesting to many of us, I am sure. It seems very few converts are able to “stick it out”. Why?

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      Comment on The 6 Richest Community & Family Things I Loved About Becoming Amish (April 18th, 2017 at 22:16)

      There are as many answers to your question as there are those that tried and did not stay.

      I have personally been told of or read about these reasons: Joined the wrong group, family believed that they were spiritually starving, problems with the church over someone of the opposite gender, spiritual instability, spiritual differences, had other problems that the Amish could not help, language.

      I am sure that there are others, maybe many others.

      I also know some that came from the outside that are still there. One was a Budget scribe, a couple joined that had previously posted here on Amish America, a young woman that posted here is also still Amish to the best of my knowledge.

      I am one of those that failed to stay, however, I cannot stay away from my Amish friends and community, and have come very close to returning permanently several times. It is hard to be there and just as hard to be not there, for many reasons.

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    Comment on Why the Mosers chose to leave Old Order Amish (April 20th, 2017 at 20:08)

    Why the Mosers chose to leave Old Order Amish

    Based on conversations I have had with Amish, I’d say Lincoln did a fine job of responding to the question of why people chose to leave the Amish—each individual, each family, would have their own mix of reasons. One conversation that stayed with me from my interviews for the book Becoming Amish happened with a very respected Amish bishop. He explained that the same personality trait that enables a person to break away from general society to join the Amish—a sense of rebellion—is the same trait that makes it difficult to remain Amish. A funny anecdote related to this point: My son was living in Manhattan and was walking, carrying the Becoming Amish book, heading into a building. And just as he was at the door, a huge biker gang looking guy was going in the door at the same time, and the biker stopped at the door, pointed to the title of the book, smiled and said, “Nice. Going against the grain!”

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    Comment on Driving for the Amish (April 24th, 2017 at 12:07)

    Driving for the Amish

    My uncle drove for the Amish in Michigan. I’m wondering about driving for the Amish in Pinecraft. There’s a big chance we’ll be relocating there for my health and though I’m disabled now, I’m hoping I’ll get better. That might be a good job for me and a friend of mine who will be possibly relocating with me and my family. Thanks for the information. I, too, wonder at why people leave the Amish. It seems that there are many different types of Amish sects. Why leave completely when it’s possible to relocate to a sect that might be more “palatable”? Then again, our independent natures may be the ultimate reason why those things we don’t like override the things that do. I’m hoping to content myself with just living near them.

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    Donald Curtis
    Comment on The 6 Richest Community & Family Things I Loved About Becoming Amish (April 25th, 2017 at 15:46)

    I asked my son, Mark, if he knew the Mosers. He said that he did indeed and had stayed the night with them when they were Amish and lived in Marion, MI. He is sorry that they were not able to stay Amish but understands especially as they were never able to overcome the language barrier.

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