Former Amish Testimonies
Mary Yoder| February 21, 2023
I was 16 and struggling with depression, addiction and immorality. Full of anger and bitterness. In my depression and anger I searched for love in all the wrong places and all of these things only drove me deeper into depression and despair.
Levi Mast| August 23, 2022
I grew up in an Old Order Amish community. Three things I enjoyed about growing up Amish was spending time with my family, living off the land, and developing a good work ethic. My relationship was challenging with my parents. )
Aaron Yoder| April 14, 2022
When I look back at the years I spent growing up in my Old Order Amish community, there’s not much I remember liking. My relationship with my parents was shallow. They were the cat, and I was the mouse.
Ivan Jess| February 11, 2022
I was born into an Amish family in a farmhouse, delivered by my grandmother. I attended church every Sunday, with few exceptions from the time I was born. I remember hearing about the second coming of Christ and an eternal heaven to follow.
Martha Burkholder| February 7, 2022
We got up like we normally do. I made coffee and Ray’s tea. I usually read and study for a while, then lay back down and rest my eyes. This morning, I started thinking about how the Amish stuff is such an idol.
Maddie Miller| August 30, 2021
My name is Mattie E. Miller, and I left home, my family, and my friends three years ago on October 9, 2018. For twenty-six years of my life, I was born and raised in the Amish community of Middlefield, Ohio.
Duane Miller| July 15, 2021
Growing up, I was told a lot about God and the life of Jesus Christ, but I didn’t take the time to study the Bible a whole lot. I have always desired a close relationship with God but let life make me too busy.
Rosella Graber| July 15, 2021
Before I left the Amish, I was so depressed that most days, all I did was get out of bed and go to work, come home, and go to sleep. I had no desire to socialize with anyone and did not want to cause conflict between my parents, so I spent most of my time in my room sleeping and reading.
Ann Miller| February 2, 2021
I was born and raised in the Amish culture for thirteen years. My Dad started reading his Bible and saw that Salvation is not received by being Amish or by doing good works; it's only received through the precious blood of Jesus Christ!
My Story on Leaving the Amish Community| January 20, 2021
My story on leaving the Amish community in northern Indiana and moving to Idaho.
Mary Yoder| January 4, 2021
A poem written by a former Amish woman about following Christ and receiving the healing that only He can offer.
Enos Miller| December 7, 2020
When I was born, my dad and mom were experienced parents. My mom was forty, and I was baby number eight for her. Live was good for me as a young boy in an old order Amish setting. My dad was a good dad, who treated me well. When I reached the age of fourteen, I began working in a parts shop. I was living with some double standards, which is pretty common for Amish youth. Outwardly, I was Amish, but inwardly, I was not following the teaching or honoring authority.
David Renno| June 18, 2020
The Bible became really alive with many things explained that I didn’t know were there! I then realized how much we as an Amish community were actually missing. My eyes opened to being involved in occultist practices, and I realized that my sins were actually not taken care of (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12, 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Colossians 2:20-22, Ephesians 2:14-15,5:6-14, 2Corinthians 4:3-4, 10:4-6, 1 John 5:13). Jesus is the ONLY door!!
Ben Girod| May 26, 2020
At the age of 17, I, with others was baptized and became a member of the Amish church. Even so, from this point on I lived in much fear and heavy conviction of my sin. Not knowing the destiny of my soul, I lived in deep anguish—often driving me to my knees while in the barn doing my chores, or out in the field working with a team of horses.
Erma Mast| November 27, 2019
I grew up in an old order Amish home. I loved having animals, the slower simplistic lifestyle and the Amish community when it came to everyone working together and helping each other in time of need . It was ‘normal’ to live that life.
Andrew Bye| September 28, 2019
Growing up in an Old Order Amish community was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed being on the farm and spending time with all our animals. Life was simple, and I had two really wonderful parents, who I always had a really good relationship with.
Harry Troyer| September 28, 2019
I grew up in an Old Order Amish community. Even though the first word that comes to my mind when I think about my parents is “disciplinarians,” I did really enjoy the childhood that I got to experience. I liked the simplicity and community I was surrounded by; it gave me a sense of security.
Shawn Eric Ruth| July 25, 2019
My name is Eric, and I am from Saint Paul, Minnesota. When I was sixteen, I began studying all the different "tribes,” sects, and denominations of Christianity; I had a hunger for God and was searching for Him because I wasn't satisfied with the rigid formalism of the Lutheran church I was in.
John Miller| May 6, 2019
My name is John Miller, and I grew up in an Old Order Amish community in the small town of Cashton, Wisconsin. I loved living close to family and being able to feel connected to nature through my farming. I also loved driving horses!
Dennis Stoltzfoos| April 15, 2019
My name is Dennis Stoltzfoos. Growing up as a young Beachy Amish boy, I really enjoyed the simplicity and community that came along with the Amish culture. I also really took to the farm life and had fun helping with chores around the house.
Velda Miller| November 30, 2018
I was born and raised in the countryside of LaGrange, Indiana. For the first twenty years of my life, I lived with my parents in an Amish community. My home situation was not the most ideal, and I struggled with life for a good portion of my growing up years. I quickly learned that I had to fight for myself in order to survive; and all though I was a pretty “good” kid, my heart and soul was anything but good. I hated life, myself, my parents, and especially God. Depression and darkness were some my closest friends.
Sarah Yoder| October 1, 2018
My name is Sarah Yoder, and I’m excited to be able to share my testimony and all that God has done in my life.
Born Again: 37 Years of Darkness Among the Amish| August 6, 2018
I was born in western Pennsylvania in the small village of Atlantic. Ours was a typical Amish family. We attended church services every other Sunday, which was normal for most Amish. Some of my earliest memories include hearing my grandfather preaching from Romans 8:15, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Other scriptures I heard were John 3:7, “Ye must be born again,” and John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
Andrew Miller| June 18, 2018
My name is Andrew, and I grew up in an Old Order Amish community. Although I would describe my childhood relationship with my parents as shallow, I did appreciate the close-knit community, excellent work ethic, and down to earth homestead lifestyle that I enjoyed.
Katie Gingerich| June 1, 2018
Growing up as a young Amish girl, I felt like any other child. I was taught about Jesus from the moment I could remember; I was told that in order to be a child of God, I had to obey all of his rules, which were taught by my parents and the church. I never questioned anything my parents or the church taught me.
Laura Eash| April 5, 2018
My name is Laura Eash, and I grew up in an Old Order Amish home. I enjoyed many aspects of my childhood like spending lots of time with my family. I also had fun taking care of horses and gardening to raise my own food.
Paul Yoder| April 5, 2018
My name is Paul Yoder, and I was born and raised in an Old Order Amish community. I feel like the words “dedication,” “hard-working,” and “self-reliable” all describe my culture growing up!
John Weaver| January 4, 2018
For some time now, I have wanted to share my history and the testimony of how I found Jesus. I grew up in an Old Order home, which is one of the more strict and legalistic Amish groups. Although I was born in the state of Ohio, I spent most of my years growing up in the state of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Troyer| November 30, 2017
Hi, my name is Daniel Troyer. I was born and raised Amish and lived in Heuvelton, New York until I turned eighteen. I was never a member of the Amish church, mostly because I felt now hope and did not understand their ways. At age eighteen, I decided to leave my family and my culture behind, so I contacted my brother John, who lived in Ohio and asked if he would come and pick me up. In May of 2017, John, his wife Katie and my sister Anna drove nine hours one way and brought me back to Ohio.
Eli Stutzman| November 2, 2017
I am a former Amish from Ohio. Growing up it seemed life was simple; everything was black and white. Surrounded by others of various beliefs, we just knew we were the ones who got it right. Others were out to mislead us, and we needed to resist. It seemed that isolating ourselves would hush those others who taught things that threatened our "Amishness." I was born in 1938 and raised in Holmes County, Ohio. I went to school at Buena Vista school, which was closed in 1957. My father decided to move to Canada at that time as some of our people, the Troyer Amish branch, had already begun a settlement in Ontario. There are several different types of Amish around Ontario. In Amish there are degrees of "Amishness," and we would have been near the lowest with Swartzrntruber Amish at the bottom.