Mennonites "Gamble" In Georgia...

 

Today I am featuring a very good article about Mennonites in Georgia, a place that makes me think of peaches and peanuts. Yum.  Unless I am missing something, one part of the article says the Mennonites settled in this part of Georgia in 1992, another says 2003.  I'm thinking the 2003 date is the correct one.  But the article gives great insight into the growth of a Mennonite enclave in rural SE Georgia.  There is an Amish-Mennonite settlement near the town of Montezuma, Georgia, not far from Macon.  But this is the first I've heard of a "plain" presence in this part of the state.  Click here to read.

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There should be a option out program for everyone. There are some non-Amish/Mennonite citizens out here that have some of the same beliefs or values, if not even stronger then the Amish/Mennonites do, but are not allowed to option out on things.

Just my opinion...

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How do the insurance laws work in other states?   I can see someone paying out-of-pocket to cover property damage, but when medical injury costs are involved, those can be much much more than any family could pay out of pocket. . . . then of course you get the attorneys involved and it skyrockets!  What laws apply in other states regarding insurance and the amish, mennonites, etc.  Do buggy-driving Amish carry liability insurance?  Is there any difference in liability laws for those that use horse and buggy vs other plain peoples that do drive automobiles?

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I was under the thought that the work there was started in 1952, christ yoder? This is a sweet place to go  several  fabric and books stores a really nice resturant,and we stayed at the whitehouse farm bed and breakfast,and around strawberry season went to the silo and had some fun with homemade Icecream. Two churches to go, too.

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I was under the thought that the work there was started in 1952, christ yoder? This is a sweet place to go  several  fabric and books stores a really nice resturant,and we stayed at the whitehouse farm bed and breakfast,and around strawberry season went to the silo and had some fun with homemade Icecream. Two churches to go, too.

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The Montezuma community could well be that old, 1952 sounds right for there...but this settlement in SE Georgia is relatively new

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I've always thought of insurance as a gamble. Not a gamble that the proceeds would cover the loss, but a gamble that the policy would ever be needed.  The only insurance that is not a gamble is life insurance!

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Interesting, but I don't quite get the connection between auto insurance and gambling. I read what they've said, it just doesn't make sense to me.Undecided

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Yea...well, first of all, I don't know that the reporter really got it exactly right...Funny thing is the REPORTER didn't explain it well, oversimplified it, but the Mennonite quoted in the piece did give a better explanation:  they believe in self-sufficiency and the will of God.   They don't want to take out insurance, "gambling" that the money provides cover incase of an accident.  They'd rather absorb the loss themselves...I see it as more of a self-sufficiency issue than a "gambling" one.....

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I think that 'gamble' is not the correct word either, but that is probably the word a totally secular person might use.  Right away I could see the similiarity of this community to the Crockett, KY community we visited last year.   What a blessing it was to visit that community, I would really like to go back, we were a bit timid at joining in, but the people were welcoming and inviting to include us.  At the end of the article it mentions that the group has presented a change in law similiar to exceptions in other states, Kentucky is one of the states mentioned. 

In all of the Mennonite story books I've read, published by Mennonite publishers like Christian Light in Harrisonburg, VA and Rod & Staff the core values of the church are written into the stories.  The insurance topic is covered, it's too bad that the rest of us are so dependent on such things, as insurance. 

You know Kevin, Crockett isn't that far from you, I think that it you would find the group interesting too.  It's not OOM, I think, (never confirming this though) that they are of the Eastern Penn persuation.   

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That makes sense, and you're right it was't explained well. Thanks for enlightening me!

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