But in our everyday lives , we are clearly so different from this quiet community of simple and spiritual people.
While our lives are full of distractions, material things, technology, and endless sources of entertainment, the Amish seek to separate from the world and anything that would be a distraction from God, community and family life.
“Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free, ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.” ~Elder Joseph Brackett It was a typical one-room Amish schoolhouse in the peaceful, rolling farmlands of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
On a crisp October morning four years ago, twenty six Amish children, aged 6-13, gathered at the school for their daily lessons.
Family Life Family is the most important social unit in Amish culture.
Children are welcomed joyfully with as many as 7 to 10 children in a family.
It also frees them from many temptations and distractions that could undermine church and family life.
Think of all of the time you spend in your car, on the computer, or watching television.
Modern Conveniences The Amish have no electricity or other conveniences.
Nor do they have television, computers or any other electronic media.