Monday, June 20, 2011

Ohio Amish Don't Have to Dial 411 to Hear God Calling

At our Berlin, Ohio lodging establishment we are often asked why the Amish community doesn't fall apart when they see computers, electricity, and modern, worldly inventions.  The Amish community is not falling apart and fact is is "super-glued" strong.  The #1 reason for that is faith.  The Amish feel a strong connection to God and that is a bond that no man can break.  
One neighbor explained that when tourists see toddlers running around their yard without adult supervision that we should not worry because God is watching over that child.  They explained that if for some reason that child ran in front of a car to retrieve a ball and got hit by the car that it would be God's will if they lived or died.
The Amish community is dedicated to living a faithful life.  God and family always come before anything else.  An example of this is when a local Amish-owned business asked their emloyees to work on Saturdays for 1/2 day for one month to get a job produced.  The employees replied that they preferred to have Saturdays off to spend time with their family.  The customer was told that it was impossible to get the job completed in one month.  Another example of this is weddings and funerals.  We have stopped in local businesses on a weekday only to find a closed sign on the door.  The owners went to a wedding or funeral and did not worry about how much money they lost that day in order to attend a wedding or funeral.
We all know that no man is perfect and the Amish community has its problems.  Their faith in God and commitment to family helps them to work through any struggles.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if the entire world put God and family first?
If you want to learn more about the Amish culture we encourage you to travel to Holmes County, Ohio and take a tour or visit some of the area attractions such as Behalt.  Behalt is a mural that depicts the history of the Mennonite and Amish faith.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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