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Episode 101 of Amish: Out of Order

The moment has arrived. Kickoff is just around the corner. For over a year now, I have spent every hour, minute, and even second of my spare time it seems, filming. I have put so much sweat, blood, and often even tears into this 10 part series… and now, it is officially the time for it to air. How will it do. Will it be rated highly? will it be average? Does it matter? Bottom line is, this is something I believe in, and feel in some weird sort of way, this is what I am destined to do.

I do not remember when was the last time that I was so nervous. After spending the last few days before the show doing over 30 radio shows US wide for promotion, And making sure my computer is ready to try this new thing called “live tweeting” during the show, (something NatGeo wanted) here we go.

A little about the show. This is a 10 part documentary following my life story, my new families, and that of some of my ex Amish friends in and around Columbia, Mo. since they left the Amish. It begins with the Yoder boys going out to an Amish community and picking up a new kid who wishes to leave. Problem is, the kid backs out and they just wasted 7 hrs of driving. At some point during the 10 episodes, I will be taking a road trip, which takes me through Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and finally, Pennsylvania. It follows a good friend of

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mine who wishes to become an MMA fighter, an English girl who desperately wishes to leave behind the High School life, and convert to Amish, several of the ex Amish kids as they build new life’s and find jobs in the outside world. Some of them even travel as for as Oklahoma and work in the oil fields. he series follows multiple story lines, some of them uplifting and inspirational, some sad and very tragic, and some just plain will move you to tears.

It goes without saying that there has been a little criticism regarding the filming of the show, since it is regarding a people who don’t wish to be filmed or talked about. That being said, I have no regrets. I feel, and have always felt that for every person who is a doubter, there are 100 people who have been and will continue to be inspired by it. do not know possible for any one person to stand up and do something in the spotlight without having critics. But at the end of the day, that is truly what this series is about for me. An opportunity for the network, cast, and NatGeo to put together a series that gives hope, inspires, and educates.

I wish nothing but good to come from it, and hope it is rated high, and is well received. Regardless, I rest knowing that I did the best I could possibly do for my part, and now comes the hard part… watch it cross the big screen for the first time and receive the feedback.

I would love to receive feedback from people who are watching this series, and see different view points about it.

5 thoughts on “Episode 101 of Amish: Out of Order”

  1. I think your show is excellent! What you are doing with those young folks is great. I try to watch your show faithfully. We visit the Amish community in Clark, MO every week to shop at their stores. I am amazed at the insight we get about the Amish way of life just by driving through the country where they live. I would love to someday meet you and talk to you about the unselfish work you do for the young Amish. Keep up the good work! Mike & Tammy Katz

  2. Hi Mose,

    I am really enjoying the show. I watched you on Amish in the City. I grew up in an area in Michigan with Amish and grew up around some kids that were Amish that interacted with us so I have always been interested in the Amish. The amount of courage it takes to leave the Amish way of life for another is incredible. I enjoy hearing your story and the stories of the others who have left and those who have left and even returned. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us and I look forward to reading your book. Ty

  3. Hi Mose:

    Like the others, I am am enjoying your show and I look forward to it each week. I grew up having contact with Amish in La Grange, Indiana, Millersburg, Ohio and Morgantown Pennsylvania. I have been fascinated by the different Amish sects and have always been amazed that if a group is unhappy enough they break off and start a new sect with different rules within the Amish faith. I do believe they are often faithful Christians, but some of them go to extremes which is dangerous in that the children may wish to leave.

    In Sugar Creek Ohio and thereabouts, I am surprised at how isolated the Amish communities are. The young children do not often know English until they grow older.

    Thank you for giving us a a balanced view of the Amish way of life.

    I am sure you also knew some happy Amish families. I would like to know if you know of those sects and where they live. Thanks, Jennifer

  4. I love your show. You have done a wonderful job with this topic, interesting and fair. I look forward to more of your work. My parents are still friends with the Amish families in Clark, MO and travel to Columbia usually once a month to visit my brother and sister. I am sure they would love to meet you.

  5. Tanya Plank-Clark

    Hi Mose,
    I’m really enjoying the show!
    I actually descend from the Amish on my dad’s side of the family. I’m not too sure of the details because my grandfather wasn’t much of a talker. He was Amish until somewhere around the age of 16-18 in Dover, Delaware, must have been in the early 1950’s . I know he got in a lot of trouble for having a radio in his buggy and for smoking and drinking…
    I’m guessing he decided to leave the religion (not shunned or anything)and he then went on to become a welder and he drove a truck and married a Mennonite woman who was my grandmother. I don’t believe he was shunned due to the fact that he would frequently drop my dad off to be taken care of by their Amish grandparents when my dad and his sister were younger. I actually remember going to visit my great-grandfather while he was being taken care of by Amish cousins of ours when I was around 13. After he passed away we were given all of his things. I have tons of letters and correspondence, dishes, a scrapbook, old German bibles, and etc that belonged to them. I learned a lot by all the papers I have. I know that my great-grandmother only had one child/son who lived past his toddler years (my grandpa) and that they took in foster children through the state. My Grandpa lived with us for a few years when I was a teenager and died a few years ago. He attended a Mennonite church for the last 15 years of his life. I really love watching your show. It gives me a little insight to the views my Amish extended family might have about me, to how my grandfather may have left the Amish – although his separation seemed more amicable – still haven’t worked it all out. There are allegations of abuse towards children about my great grandfather against other non-Amish family members – so knowing that and the fact that I get the feeling , especially back then, that abuse is not acknowledged in the Amish culture – it leads me to understand my grandpa a little more. Interesting how the way that you were raised can have such a profound effect on who you become, I think.

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