At times, we of the older generation say, "We wish we could go back in time." Well, now is your chance. No, I am not talking about traveling through time and space. I am simply talking about taking a road trip to the Amish community, located near Randolph, Mississippi.
This Amish settlement has a very strong influence from the Swartzentruber Amish affiliation. They rely more on the older disciplines of the Amish sect. As a whole, they permit only metal rims on their buggies and do not allow the use of electricity or propane lights, and rely on a very plain style of life.
They produce their own food, using animal drawn equipment. They also sell this produce to the public. In addition to food sales, they also produce and sell crafts, such as rugs, candles, handmade baskets, and leather goods. Some work in local non-Amish lumber mills, or operate their own mills.
The Amish do not have a church, per say, but hold religious services in private homes. If you notice in the photos in this slideshow, which were taken on a Sunday, there is absolutely no people visible on the farms. There was also no buggy traffic. They have a strict discipline for the Lord's Day.
These people do not believe in wars, and are as self sufficient as anyone can be. If everyone believed the way the Amish do, there would be no conflicts as we know them; however, because everyone doesn't believe this way, we could not maintain a democracy, so in a non-perfect world, we must help protect them from the outside world.
Please enjoy the slideshow, which takes you into the Amish world. also, if you enjoy these articles, click on the subscribe link near the top of this page, and receive an email each time a new article is published. They are absolutely free.