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

Helllloooo… Heeeellllloooooo!

That’s me down here in this imaginary hole I’ve crawled into in the last week or so. Things have come so thick and fast with thousands of emails, text msgs, phone calls, and random people just stopping by the car dealership where I work, that I have found a happy place in the back of my mind where I go and hibernate for periods at a time. That being said, please keep the email, Facebook, and Twitter communications coming. I enjoy it, but if I don’t get back to you for a day or so, It’s because I am visiting my “Happy Place”.

On to the re-cap of episode 3, Can’t Go Home Again:

There was probably no one who was more relieved then I was when I finally was allowed into Jonas’ hospital room and realized I could get him to respond a little. I did feel very badly for him about the fact that not only had he just lost a car, his job (at least until he can get back up and running), but also the blow of his family.

A little behind the scenes footage. It was extremely difficult to get a hospital to let us film inside their premises. If you  notice, some of the original stuff, like the scene between Hoss and I, was shot out on the side walk off the hospital property. It takes quite a while to work your way to the top of the chain of command at a large hospital like that to finally get permission to film inside the walls.

A scene that I had forgotten about, but that you can find on NatGeo’s website is where I was visiting Jonas at the hospital, and I felt bad that they had him on just tubes and liquid, so I snuck in a bag of cheese and gave him some of that without hospital staff knowing about it. You can see that clip here

It is amazing, and I never fail to be proud, when someone of the ex Amish falls upon hard times, the others go back to default settings, and everyone comes out and shows their support. It’s times like these when you realize that differences, regardless how big or small, vanish when one of us gets in  trouble.

For those of you who remember some of the other shows I’ve been a part of. When Amos M. left the Amish, he moved in with Shana and I, like so many other kids did. He worked on my construction crew. In 2010, when I finally had to get out of construction and find work elsewhere, Amos moved out and started his own little community about 45 minutes from my home. It is here that Hoss and Peggy started coming into the picture. I was impressed with how quickly the Ex-Amish kids took to Hoss and Peggy. Currently Hoss is very active in helping these kids fix broken cars, and other things they need.

Curtis, oh Curtis. Although I didn’t give him an opportunity to get too close, It is not unusual for someone like him to try to come into the community and, with the Lord by their side, feel obligated to lead the kids to a better place, out of the concern of their heart. I suppose my thoughts here are these. Most of these kids left the Amish community because of the Curtis’ within the Amish community. It will be very difficult for a stranger to come in and convert or successfully condemn these kids.

What’s ahead in Episode 104, Amish: Out of Order: 9-5 Amish:

Episode 4 begins with me taking a trip out East to help build an Amish style barn. It again follows Michaela some more as she tries her hand at another Amish place. I might add that many times during her searching for the proper place for her in life, as in episode 4, I felt my heart strings tugged remembering when I was at that exact same place in my life. Somehow, in a strange way, from two completely different worlds and backgrounds, I found that we had so much in common, and were alike in so many ways! But before I go to far and let the end of her story slip, lets move on to other things.

A massive tornado 1/2 mile wide and 6 miles long, made it’s way right through the heart of Joplin, Mo last year. With the help of Chris L. and Albert L., we got together a bunch of boys, and go to help rebuild some of the damaged houses. Joplin was one of the worst things I’ve ever witnessed! Some of the stories I heard while I was down there brought one to tears. The man who was found lying face down in his bath tub on top of his 2 very small daughters trying to protect them by sacrificing his own life, yet the house collapsed and killed all 3.

A military man happened to be eating in a Pizza Hut when the tornado touched down, rounded up everyone inside from customers to employees, made them go inside the walk-in ice box, but there was no way to close the door from the inside, so he stood outside and tied a bungy cord around the handle and held it shut. He saved the life’s of 16 people, but his own body has never been found. After a visit like that, you are truly grateful for your own life, house, and healthy family.

Might I add that in this episode it does spend more time on me trying to find a place for Michaela to live. I was thouroughly disappointed in the fact that I was unable to find her a place in an Amish community for a while.

Some food for thought here. Is it just me, or do I talk slow and monotonous on camera? Because I find myself praying that someone else will appear on the screen so I can fade out.

All teasing and contemplating aside, I do feel that this episode is probably the deepest and most loaded episode to this point. I hope you like it, and you can tell me so. I sometimes don’t get internet from down here in my little “Happy Place”, but when I do, you can tell me whether or not you agree with me.

Until next time, Machs Gut!  (Make it good)

You can also check me out at my personal blog at www.amishinthecitymose.com.

Comments

  1. cathy
    cherokee village arkansas
    May 8, 2012, 11:09 pm

    I am praying for Mose and his followers they need to find peaceto overcome the judgement they felt in the amish community. find peace in the new testament bible where you will learn God is good and good works don’t get you into heaven. find salvation and be an example to others leaving the Amish faith. I am praying for all of you. it is obvious to me Mose is still searching. and he isn’t truly happy. helping micheala be amish means she will miss out on salvation as God planned for us to have everlasting life

  2. Don Kalashian
    tampa area florida
    May 9, 2012, 10:20 am

    I wish Mose and everyother (ex amish) all the best we need more people of your beliefs and ethics coming out into the english world. You are still Amish, u just are NOT a part of your old community. Keep it up and all that jazz about burming in hell is not true, God is a loving God and accepts all who believe in him and Jesus

  3. Amie
    wa state
    May 13, 2012, 5:54 pm

    My witter is iAmieLee. And i haven’t been able to find this courageous man on either Facebook or twitter . Some would be very much appreciated.

  4. Darla
    north carolina
    May 15, 2012, 9:19 pm

    I think you all are awesome for following your hearts! I am so happy for you all, and I really admire how you still keep some of the positive core beliefs and love for God that you were raised with. Look how much you have been blessed! WOW!!!

    Also I think Amos M. is the hottest ex amish guy ever! ! ! LOL

    You all are in my prayers!!!! <3

  5. Angela
    Columbia, SC
    May 15, 2012, 9:41 pm

    Mose… I pray for your peace. You are a true example of God’s love. Your generous nature and willingness to help others are unusual. Do not be afraid for “your” eternity. You are certainly a Heaven bound man….. God Bless You Mose.

  6. Ann
    Phoenix, AZ
    May 16, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Mose, keep up the good work. You are doing what you are suppose to do with your life. You are an inspiration for the Amish as well as the English. Yes you do talk slowly, but so do I and many other people. Don’t worry about it, just know that what you do for yourself and others is most important.

  7. calvin r waters
    boise id
    May 22, 2012, 11:18 pm

    I would just like to thank Mose for being so brave, you have really gotten through to me!

  8. Phil B
    Edgewood Ky
    May 22, 2012, 11:23 pm

    Mose what a great story wish you the best of luck!! You atre an incredible person!!

  9. Christi
    May 22, 2012, 11:59 pm

    Darla I TOTALLY agree! Amos M. is very HANDSOME! Does anyone know where he is from originally? He reminds me of another Amish young man I watched on a show a year or so ago…..I think he was from Garnett, Kansas….just curious this was the same kid?