Apparently there is a new series on TV called Breaking Amish. But I am sure you already knew that. Anyone who has been following my show, or anything Amish in general, has probably heard of it. Today I will answer, to the best of my ability, the top five ‘trending’ Amish questions—questions sent to me through my website ‘contact’ form.
- “I feel that God wants me to help these Ex-Amish kids. Can you hook me up with some new Amish kids who are leaving, I want to help?”
Answer: No. I can’t help you make this happen. In the last fifteen years, there have been many Ex-Amish who left the communities. When a new one leaves, he or she will continue to move in with an already established Ex-Amish. This is really what they want, and although I realize that your heart goes out to these kids, and you desperately want to wrap your arms around them, they aren’t looking for that, and would be thoroughly uncomfortable with it. Really, they only want to hang out with their own, and attempting to live with someone who has never been Amish would simply be too much for them. Also, contrary to what you see on TV, rarely does one leave, and not already have a place and a job to go to before leaving. In short, there are millions of kids in this world who are in much more need of help then a new Amish kid leaving the community.
- “Did Michaela ever go Amish, and if so, how is she doing?”
Answer: No. The transition of joining the Amish was too great. Michaela has found her own version of peace in the outside world. She has found a young man and they seem to be very happy together.
- “Mose. Where do you stand in your salvation?”
Answer: I had found a morsel of what Jesus meant to me while still Amish. But I found Jesus Christ in a much larger way during the television show Amish: out of Order, when I met pastor Joe Keim in Ohio. Since then, I have grown in massive leaps and bounds in my faith, and now, looking back, I really have no idea how I lived life without him. Bottom line, I have found him, and I have no intentions of letting him go.
- “Will there be another season of Amish out of Order, and if so, when will it air?” Or, “Where did your show go, I haven't seen it for a while, and wonder if they pulled it because of ratings?”
Answer: There was only one season of Amish: out of Order. There won’t be another season. In fact, I don't know if I will ever be on TV again. But if anything changes, I will post a blog with an update. Why won’t there be another season, and why won’t I be on TV? There are a lot of behind-the-scenes scenarios that would have to align, and I don’t want to bore you with petty details that are out of your control. A few reasons are… filming the type of show I was on consumed my life. My family life suffered, and my job suffered. Filming the show was taxing and stressful, and I lost a lot of friends because of the controversy surrounding filming an Amish television show. But mainly, it was about the money—if the money was good enough to quit my job and focus entirely on a television career, I would consider it, but the money isn’t even a fraction of what I make in car sales.
- “Are you a part of the new show, Breaking Amish? What do you think of it,” and “Have you been watching it?”
Answer: No, No, and No. A little too blunt? Allow me to explain. I was approached about the show Breaking Amish during the production of Amish: out of Order, not so much as a main character in front of the camera, but as someone with Amish experience who can be behind the scenes, advising the cast. When TLC approached me, probably six months before NatGeo did, I asked some very basic questions about what their show was about. I received very limited information from them, except that it would be sort of reality show. I lost interest. Not necessarily because I disagreed or disapproved of it, but because I have been there and done that. I receive about a dozen requests from networks per year, and I have learned a valuable lesson—if they can’t be very clear and forthright on what they are trying to do—the message they are trying to convey to the world, I’m out. That rule has not betrayed me yet. In 2004, shortly after leaving the Amish, I starred on a show that was very similar to Breaking Amish. The show was called Amish in the City, and it aired on UPN. It featured me and four other Amish kids, plus six city kids, all living in a mansion in the middle of Hollywood. It followed us as we gallivanted around Hollywood and Studio City and tried all the activities Hollywood has to offer. In short, I’ve been there and done that. Any future shows I’m on will have more meat and bones.
So, ‘have I been watching the show?’ No, I have not. I don’t know any of the cast, or any of the production team. Besides that, I grew up Amish. The Amish don’t captivate me like they do those who know almost nothing about the lifestyle.
Finally, when people tell me how fake the show is, or how exploitative, controversial, untruthful, or any of the other comments I have received, don't be offended when I don't respond or participate in the conversation. After all, I chose not to be a part of it, so who am I to have an opinion on it…
Until next time... Bleib in da eng und schmal veg. (Stay on the straight and narrow road)