Monday, February 4, 2013
MARTHA-HOW TO BECOME OLD ORDER MENNONITE
The first question that was asked was how many Englisher people join the Old Order Mennonite and Amish. I must be honest and say I don't know. I do know that I am the only Englisher to join the Old Order Mennonite that I know of. There could be others that have joined that I don't know about. Also throughout the country there could be others, but I don't know of any-but I am sure there are some. It's a question that we don't discuss among ourselves. If people asked me if I joined, I say "yes", but it's not a question I am asked very often.
How does someone English who now is 19 years old become Old Order Mennonite? How would one go about this? First I think you should think and pray. To join you would have to give up a great deal: television, radio, computers, and more. Your transportation is going from a car to a horse and buggy. The way you dress would change. Could you do this? Could you give this all up and make these changes? I would try giving up some of these things. Maybe give up the television for a few weeks. Don't use the radio. Stay off the computer-to see how you feel.
It is also not just giving things, but learning new. You must believe in the Lord and read the Bible. Now you pray not just when you want something, but on the good things, bad things, thanking the Lord for what he has done and given you. I also learned what you call " Pennsylvania Dutch" Language. It is really the German Language with a bit of English. Also, you must learn our ways.
I would try to locate Old Order Mennonite and attend their meetings (church services) on Sunday. I would also contact either the ministers, deacon or Bishop and explain that you would like to join. Although I can't say how many have joined, I do know that several people wanted to join, but, after trying, decided not to join. For me, it was easier to join at about your age, than it would be now in my late 30's. But it is not easy, there are changes you must make. Decisions you must make. I am not trying to discourage you, I want you to know what you have to go through. There are very kind people that will help you and encourage you. I joined and I would never change back to the English ways. I went through some hard times, but now as I look back, it was worth it. It is a decision that you must make. I would like to know how you make out so please contact New York State of Mind and let me know how you do.
As I said, Jean is coming back. They are finally moved into Kevin and Bridget's house. I am sure Jean will tell you about the moving. I really enjoyed doing the posts while she was moving. Also, I enjoyed your comments and questions. When they start building and moving into Jean and David's new house, I will be back to do posts until they get moved and settled in that house.
Be With the Lord,