Facts ~ Did you know?
- Most Amish in Northern Indiana no longer earn their living by farming?
- The Pennsylvania Dutch dialect is not Dutch, but rather a mixture of German speckled with English words.
- “Rumspringa” literally means running around. This term designates the period of Amish young people when they test the ways of the world before getting baptized and settling down.
- Many Mennonites go to college while their Amish cousins complete their formal education with grade eight.
- The Anabaptist movement started in 1525 in Zurich, Switzerland.
- Issues like infant baptism, the mass, separation of church and state, and non-violence were key issues in 1525.
- Three groups make up the majority of the Anabaptists: Mennonites-1536, Menno Simons; Hutterites-1528, Jacob Hutter; Amish-1693, Jacob Amman
- The Hutterites are the oldest Christian communal group in the world.
- 1,200,000 Anabaptists live in 63 different countries
- Anabaptists live in six continents. Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America.
- Today more people of color than Caucasian are Anabaptists.
- The Amish live in many different states. The three largest groups of their 200,000 population live in Holmes County, Ohio; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; and Elkhart/LaGrange Counties in Indiana.
- Common themes like community, non-resistance, simplicity, service, justice, humility and stewardship of the land bind the Anabaptists together.
- The Amish way of life is an attempt to be separate from the world and follow Jesus.
- Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a multi-million dollar service and relief organization that Anabaptists jointly support.
- Menno-Hof’s large exterior structure was built in one week by a traditional Amish style barn raising.