Amish: A Secret Life

Synopsis: Miriam and Dave Lapp are a charming young couple with a brood of adorable children. Dave works in and part owns a construction company. They are also members of the 'Old Order' Amish community in Pennsylvania,whose church forbids all technology - though Dave gets lifts to work in a car and the couple,by allowing themselves to be filmed,risk the wrath of church elders. Having outlined their traditional life-style to camera Miriam persuades several friends to be happily filmed and it becomes clear that the Lapps and other,younger Amish,believe that,having been rebaptized to allow a more open evangelical approach - risking excommunication thereby - they feel the need for a change in the community. The film ends as the family consolidates its dream to own their own farm.
Genre: Documentary
60 min


There is not another

Sister, friend of brother

Loves the way Jesus can

He proved His love for me

when He died on Calvary

He gave His life for fallen man

His love is a boundless love...

In many ways, they were a typical

Old Order Amish family.

His love is an endless love...

They were maintaining traditions

and a way of life

that go back 300 years.

Jesus wants to love you

There is none above you...

A quarter of a million Amish live in

the middle of modern America today.

He won't kill you.

Oink! Oink! Oink!

Just like their forefathers,

they believe in holding on

to the old ways

and leading a plain and simple life.


There is Power...

Power? # There is power...

But what made this Amish family


was the fact

they'd agreed to be filmed.

They were prepared to go against

the strict rules of their church,

which forbids photography.

In allowing themselves to be filmed,

they were taking an enormous risk.

There is power, power

Wonder-working power

In the precious blood

of the lamb...

The film was to be about

Amish family life and faith

and a family had been found

to take part.

But by consenting to filming,

they risked excommunication

from the Amish church.

For two weeks,

they'd been praying,

asking God whether or not

they should participate.

Good morning.

Good morning!

How are we?

I'm good, I'm David Lapp.

Say hello to Steve. Hello, Steve.

Good morning, David.

It's a lovely day.

It is. How are you this morning?

Very well! It's a beautiful morning.

Hello! Good morning.

Say hi, Ben. Hi.

How you feeling about filming?

We have peace with it

or we wouldn't be doing it.

You know,

we sought direction from God

and if we wouldn't have got...

Um, if we wouldn't feel

it would be OK with Him,

we would not be doing it.

Shall we go and meet the family?

Ja. Yes. Please come in.

We got visitors.


Good morning!

Good morning.

How are you?

Fine, how about you?

Good, it's a lovely day out there,

isn't it?

Yes, it is. Yes. Hi, Steve.

This is Katie.

This is our oldest daughter.

Katie, Lynn.

Actually, it's a little bit dark

in here.

Could we possibly pull up

a couple of the blinds?

This is my son, Daniel.

How old are you, Daniel?


This is Jacob.

How old are you, Jacob?


There you go.

You don't have electricity here,

do you? No, we don't.

Why is that? Why do Amish people

not have electricity?

Well, it's because of...

the distraction

that comes with it.

Like, er, rather than

having television and video games

and all kind of gadgets

that run off electricity

we believe that, um...

That's the reason alone,

is because it's to keep out

the distractions

so you can focus on principles of

life, like family time together,

reading the Bible...

The Amish speak a German dialect

as their first language.

They came originally from Europe

in the early 1700s,

settling first here in Pennsylvania.

What do you think people in Britain

will make of you and your lives?

What will they think?

That's a good question.

I have no idea.

Will they think it's real?

I don't know, I don't know.

If they look at our lifestyles,

without electric,

they probably think

we're a little, um...

old-fashioned, maybe,

or too simple, I don't know.

What do you know about

people in Britain?

The only thing I have heard about

Britain is the Prime Minister,

Tony Blair, I believe,

and about the Queen and the King.

But I have no idea how, um...

How they'd compare with

the United States, really.

We've got a new prime minister now,

actually. Tony Blair's gone!

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