Monday, August 26, 2013
ELMER - THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AMISH AND MENNONITE
Both Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite basic beliefs are based the same as I explained in How the Amish and Mennonite religions were founded. We believe in the simplicity of our faith and the separation from the outside world. But, in some ways, we express ourselves different.
For example, the Amish feel our church services are more simple as they are held in our member's homes. Old Order Mennonite have their services in their meeting houses. Mennonites do missionary work throughout the world, Old Order Amish mostly keep the work of helping others within the United States and Canada.
Also the Old Order Mennonites are more progressive with the outside world. As you know they have electric and telephones in their homes. Also, they drive gas farm equipment while the Amish use horse drawn. An interesting fact, I didn't realize until recently is that more Mennonites own farms than Amish do.
In our way of dress is difference, also. The Amish women wear their dresses in solid dark colors as black, brown, blue, green, etc. Old Order Mennonite ladies dress are light colors with prints such as flowers on them. Old Order Mennonite men clean shave. On the few Mennonite exceptions of the rule like Jean's Grandfather that does not shave his beard, he does trim it. Old Order Amish men do not shave their beards nor do they trim them and let them grow as they are.. Also Old Order Amish men wear suspenders and Old Order Mennonite do not. I could go into more details in the way we dress, but you can see the difference.
Some of the differences that separated the Mennonite and Amish back many years ago, still do today.
Trust God's Wisdom,
ELMER WILL BE BACK THIS FRIDAY TELLING ABOUT THE BUGGY SALE AT THE HAITI AUCTION.