The Old Order Amish historically have not been an evangelical church. If an outsider wants to join the church that's all fine and good, but you won't see Amish people standing at O'Hare Airport handing out pamphlets and the like. The New Order Amish, on the other hand, have a bit more of an evangelical streak as evidenced by this sign at the end of a driveway outside of Flat Rock, Illinois. This is a New Order community and such signs are common at the end of driveways. While this may not be overt evangelizing, it is a very visible religious display, something you wouldn't generally see among the Old Order. I have seen evidence that some of the Old Order Amish may be embracing evangelism more. An Amish man in Lindsey, Ontario's Amish community had religious pamphlets that he was giving out, something I had not seen elsewhere. And an Amish woman in Unity, Maine says that they like each new settlement to serve as a "witness" to the world, serving as a religious role model for others to emulate. And Unity does consider themselves Old Order. Visitors are welcome to their church services and the service will be in English to be more accommodating.
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