|The meal we ate...|
While I was attending a conference in Lancaster, PA, we had an opportunity to visit an Amish home and have lunch there. The Amish home we visited belonged to Joshua and Linda who have four children. Joshua came from a family of 10 children and Linda from a family of 13. The Lancaster County is known to be the capital for Amish people.
|Amish men (file photo)|
Amish people is a subgroup of Christian Mennonites. They are called Amish people because they are followers of Jakob Ammann who led an Annabaptist movement in which they pursued a simple and humble life style against then prevailing life styles. Mennonites are also unique in the eyes of average people because they still pursue simple and unique life, but Amish people go beyond the rules of the Mennonites.
|Amish women (file photo)|
Amish people's belief centers around simple living and plain dress. Their life style looks unique to others because of the following reasons:
|The family Joshua is from|
Second, they seek peace and humility. For this reason, they refuse to conduct any military service.
|The two-wheel vehicle Amish women ride|
|The family Linda is from|
A 2010 US survey indicates that there are approximately 250,000 Amish people in the U.S. Their natural growth rate of 10% a year surpasses the nation's average growth rate. Other places in the U.S. where Amish people live are Kentucky and Indiana.
|Mennonite women who allowed us to take photos|
In this complicated society where we live, a simple life may be what we need, but to what extent is the question. Whatever they may feel in their hearts and think in their minds, they looked happy and healthy. The visit and their life style gave me a good opportunity to reflect our contemporary lifestyle. - Jeffrey