The following is written by ex-Amish community leader Mose Gingerich who’s featured on the new series Amish: Out of Order:

So in this blog I wanted to review a little bit of 101, and then talk about the upcoming 102 episode. In 101 there were no real surprises. I was quite nervous as to how it would be received. And who says a man can’t multitask? Here I was, holed up in my basement, Live Tweeting, answering Facebook messages, Emails, and text messages. However, when I had a few people actually trying to call, even I reached my maximum of multitasking abilities.

I wanted to comment on the fact that the next morning I was so drained mentally and physically from all the excitement and anticipation that it was a little harder than usual to be at work by 8:00 and put in a full 14-hour day, but as usual, I survived. Sometime that day, somewhere between feeling overwhelmingly like the world and everything was coming at me too thick and too fast, and watching the clock on the wall, begging for it to spin faster so I can go home and relax, I found myself questioning how I ever got to this point. How did I allow myself to get to where I have so much going that I am questioning whether I can handle it all at once? Then it hit me. I did this. I brought this upon myself. I am a busy body who loves to have as much going and be as active as possible. It is only on rare moments where it comes at me faster than I can handle. With that thought in mind, I smiled, calmed down, and kept doing what I do.

Episode 101:

I have to admit, I anticipate that this episode will be the least watched of any of the other nine. I say this because all of us, from the film crew, office staff, editors, producers, and beginning stages of the cast, were just getting to know each other. It took several episodes to really begin to click. For that reason, I figure the opening episode may not be quite as well received. Also coupled with the fact that, as a person who spent probably as much or more time on this as anyone, behind and in front of the camera, I am my own biggest critic. For me, it is always hard to watch myself on TV. I find myself embarrassing to watch, a slow, boring speaker, and in hind sight often wish I had sat a little differently, wore a different shirt, or worded something a little differently. It is also, I might add, slightly difficult to accept, sometimes, when I realize how much time was spent on one particular scene, and how few seconds of it made it to the screen.

From my perspective, the stuff in episode 101 was just the usual things I was used to when I was growing up. In other words, the scene when Chris Y. and his brother Reuben went to pick up Michael in the middle of the night is something I’ve seen all my life. I take it for granted everyone knows this is how a new kid leaves. Apparently not. I have to keep reminding myself that the things that I would consider good TV often don’t reflect viewers’ opinions, because they didn’t grow up with these things. Indeed, many people have never heard of these things.

Michaela
Michaela

For Esther M. from Kansas, I lived in Kansas back in 2001 and 2002, and taught an Amish school out there in Yoder, Kansas. This is where I met her and her family. She had already graduated from the 8th grade, but I taught her siblings in school, and Esther and several of her sisters were my assistant teachers periodically during my time there. Great family, and I was thrilled to have someone from my past Amish life come on board to tell her story!

Amos M. and I have always been close, and he was happy to introduce his updated life, and the friends he has helped leave the Amish, and how, as him and I have called it, “the chain of love” has kept going, from when I helped him when he left to now, as he is extending the same help to others.

I was sad to see a great friend of mine, Abe S., go back to the Amish, but also knew he really missed his Amish family and past life. I truly believe he is happier back among the Amish, and I do still occasionally stop by to visit him.

To me, by far the biggest story in the opening episode was the story of Chris L. and the cage fighting. A little scoop on Chris L. Him and I have always been close friends, but he has always avoided the camera because, like so many others, he has been a little camera-shy. When I approached him regarding following his first cage fight, I was thrilled when he willingly participated! Since most ex-Amish are fiercely competitive, myself included, this story was my “baby.” Also, the reason there was so much on the line here was the fact that, if he loses his fight, we probably won’t use that story or any of the footage we had shot of his training, etc. I’ve never been prouder of anyone then I was of him when he came out of that cage the victor!

As far as myself, always the humble one, my role in the first episode was simply to be the introducer/narrator. I got little screen time, and that was just fine with me. However, I promise in the future episodes, you will get enough and sometimes too much of me!

 

Cephas Y.
Cephas Y.

What to expect in episode 102:

We will introduce Michaela, an English girl who contacted me because she is tired of her life as a city girl in a big high school in St Louis, MO. We will watch her evolve as she wishes to become Amish, and attempts several activities among some Amish families.

And we will introduce my good friend and one of my biggest inspirations among the ex-Amish, Cephas, where he works, and some of his future goals.

Side note: It is my goal to post a blog on this website between each episode once a week. It is also my goal to do LIVE tweeting during each episode over the next 9 episodes. There may be exceptions, like this week, when there is a pretty good chance I will be filming with a guy I don’t know by the name of Anderson Cooper for an interview on CNN. This may be filmed over the airing of 102, but I don’t have the complete times yet. If it is possible, I may just make Anderson Cooper hold while I pull out my cell phone do my Tweeting. Does that not sound like a good idea? LOL. BTW, when my connection from Nat Geo contacted me about this interview earlier this week and asked if I knew who Anderson Cooper was, in true construction worker fashion I said, “Isn’t that a brand of window?”

To see some of the other blogs that I’ve done regarding my personal life, or filming, go to www.amishinthecitymose.com

Until next week: Auf Wieder Sehen!

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Watch a preview of TONIGHT’S EPISODE: “Culture Clash” — Ex-Amish 19-year-old, Cephas Y., has his eye on one goal: to get a piece of land all his own. In Amish culture, a man has his start in the world when he gets land; it’s an essential first step to building a solid life. However, with only an eighth-grade education and no credit, the odds are stacked against him. Will Cephas’ Amish determination and work ethic help him to overcome the odds and achieve his dream? Premieres Tuesday at 10PM et/pt

 

Comments

  1. Tina Gould
    April 28, 2012, 3:29 pm

    I Knew I recognized Mose…he used to be on a show back in 2004 called Amish in the City.That was a really interesting show…I always wondered what became of the cast. Glad to see Mose again.

  2. Camilashere
    los angeles, ca
    April 29, 2012, 2:09 pm

    I find this show very educational. I have always seen the Amish as this hidden secret, how are they different than us? Now after watching this show, I can connect and appreciate them for their similarities and differences than us.

    Watching this show, I have admired Cephas the most. I admire this young man in being such a hard worker and working towards his goals. Is there any way to get to chat/visit with any of the cast further? I will continue to watch the show but really want to learn more and would love to be able to reach out to the cast personally and talk to them further. Let me know if this is possible>?

  3. ahc
    Michigan
    May 1, 2012, 9:45 pm

    I absolutely love the show! I am concerned about Michaela joining the Amish lifestyle, however. She mentioned how she admires the hardworking, devoted, family-oriented lifestyle of the Amish. She has reservations- especially about leaving her own family. I wonder, instead of going Amish, why not just introduce her to one of the handsome young ex-Amish boys? They seem to have everything she’s looking for– they’re hardworking and definitely display strong Amish values. It seems like it would be the perfect fit and it would possibly give Michaela the lifestyle she’s looking for.

  4. jason
    dearborn, michigan
    May 2, 2012, 1:17 am

    I’d like to say that where the amish would say to jonas that his accident is a sign from god to come back, we as christians would say that him surviving that crash was a sign from god that know matter who he is he’s worth saving…. Know God, Love God its that simple…. he knows we’re humans he made us duh…

  5. Aaron Ireland
    Philadelphia, PA
    May 4, 2012, 9:16 am

    This is for all the ex-Amish out there: Don’t worry about going to hell just because you are in the world. There is a stark contrast between being “in” the world and being “of” the world. The apostle Paul said it best in 1 Corinthians:

    I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Cor. 9:22-23 NIV)

  6. Dee
    May 17, 2012, 9:00 am

    Please tell Esther the craft of acting is about NOT being yourself. Actors often have mixed feelings about a character .
    It can be a very awkward job.

    I hope she gives herself a chance to truly study the craft. I admire all of you. Simply because of the courage you’ve shown.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  7. Ed Swinehart
    Toledo
    May 22, 2012, 6:32 pm

    Mose, I know what I am about say my sound short, But I see you have some pride in the amash and some anger. So I just wonder how much of your amash back-ground are you using to rise your kids ? What values do you use from the amash, in-order to point out what is the path in life.

  8. Jo Cowley
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    February 12, 2013, 2:46 pm

    i just watched this episode and it brought tears to my eyes…just looking at him gave me the feeling that he was a warm hearted soul, so young that he went home to be with the lord. Rest in peace you handsome young gold hearted man…<3