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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Carolyn Kirk

    Very interesting to hear that some Amish are more evangelical and independent. I wonder if other Amish groups who are not would refuse to associate with them.

  2. Betsy

    I so enjoy reading these stories and getting a little glimpse into Amish life in different areas. It’s so interesting to see the differences in the different communities.

  3. Tom

    Sounds like the Lapp family featured on BBC Amish; A Secret Life would fit in nicely or perhaps they will start a community along these lines. Thanks I always enjoy learning about different Amish groups.

  4. Barb Wright

    Interesting!! This article made me wonder,what became of Gusluke? Does anyone have an idea?

    1. MaryEtta

      I, too, have wondered about Gusluke. Felt he gave a lot of “color” to this website, as well as being a wealth of info.


    2. Diann B.

      Barb, I keep in touch occasionally with Gusluke and just heard from him today. I visited him in May when we were up in his area, camping at the lake. He is doing fine, just not on the Internet anymore. Sure miss his presence and input on the web site!

  5. Dawn

    Read the entire story,Kevin..Never knew the term seekers before-was very intriguing to hear just how people go about becoming Amish.Have wondered about that.
    I do like that phrase about not being overly concerned with distant problems.Rather,one should focus on their own personal goals for improvement.

  6. Erik W

    I’m late seeing this but enjoyed this read Kevin. Thanks for the look at this community, the photo info was particularly interesting. I feel like the “individual left to decide” approach to photography may actually be true in more places than I might have thought (though perhaps not so openly stated).

  7. Missy

    We used to visit the Marion MI community frequently. We were friends with a family who joined the Amish in 1990 and moved to Marion about 1997. They pretty much left a couple of years ago. It was a very nice community when it started but developed more problems as time went on. I think the “counseling center” in Evart may have attracted a number of less stable families to the area which didn’t help. I no longer have any contacts there.


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