Montana Wide in the west of America Here in a quite valley on the foot of the Rocky Mountains Lives Ora Miller, his wife Orpha und their big Family. The Miller’s are Amish Their forfathers came from Germany 300 years ago, in the new World GOD’S SILENT REBELS – THE AMISH IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS 17 years ago the Millers established a Saw Mill Mainly they build log houses as building sets Since a couple of years the business is leaded by Elwie und Loyd, Ora’s Sons. Business Founder Ora Miller has retired, but at least once a day he shows up. Among themselves the Amish speak mostly Pennsylvenia Dutch, wich is orginated from a Southern German Dialect that brought their forefathers withem over the Great Ocean. Quality check is done by the chief himself. His first little saw mill had Ora years before they came to the Rocky’s Here in Montana approximately 10 kilometers from the little settlement of Libby Ora and his Family found 17 years ago the place were they wanted to build a future for themselves. Horses, agriculture and a live in the Brotherhood of other Amish, thats what Amish in America were looking for at all times. In the change of season, to live in harmony with nature,
to make a living from the work of their own hands, are the virtues of the Amish, till this day. Since a couple of years, Lloyd is the spiritual leader of the Amish in Libby. He replaced his father Ora and keeps the destiny of 80 people of his community in his hands. In the isolation of woods and
mountains he is searching the near of god and wants to talk to god in what direction he should move his followers His horse, his dog and his Loneliness are his fellowship. In this lonely place Loyd feels that he is very near to god Was it a difficult decision to come to Libby, to start again from scratch? I asked God: What are we doing in hard times? and he answered: I’m your provider i will care for you even if we are in need in extreme hardship we must keep our eyes on god life and everything here appears at it is wonderful and great but evertime is war on souls like the Bibel says and thats why we must never surrender and standing in the place. To keep the community together, this is what Loyd sees as his biggest mission. there are conflicts, flawas in the once so hail world of the amish. Especially the young amish want more freedom, or what they think is freedom in their mind. Ora and Orpha occupy their own big house of course with a garden. Today they earn raspberries and peas At first appearance a evening of life after a life full of hard work, in Harmonie with the faith group and a big Family. We don’t live in a perfect community. but we live like the bible teaches us We work with our hands in the soil It runs in our blood. I believe our forefathers did the same in Germany. also today we make the same in another land with another culture but we promote the same things they promoted. In the late afternoon Loyed comes back from his lone trip He gathered new strength. The silence did him good. Many decisions he had to do the last times were not easy. We had a lot of difficult situations in our family, not only between my father and me
but also between my wife and me and our children. Since, due to the changes in the community, it’s also is difficult for me to separate from things but i let go things who are not really important. Things we’ll keep what we have is our religious heritage
and our values: Family, togetherness community, we will never separate from them . From the 13 children Loyd and Marietta had still live 9. The common dinner and prayer
is everyday by the Millers and the other amish in Libby. Almost always there is potato puree to the meat. Potatos reads “Krummbeeren” in Pennsylvenia Dutch. Joana und Orpha, the oldest doughters, have already boyfriends We wanted to build a faith community with the focus on god a community who also invites the people who live in our neighbourhood and for my family i wanted to build a secure place were the evil that goes around in many amish communitys to be not capable of corrupting us. Orpha and her brother Joseph are enthusiastic musicians Joseph plays guitar very well and Orpha has a awesome singing voice. What does the faith mean to them? Because both don’t look very amish at all Church is very important. I know many people don’t like the church but i believe everyone needs a faith community where he belongs to In the tradtion of the amish it always played a role how you look at the outside world A long time my sister and i clothed and looked like all the other amish but now we are free and more flexible We don’t think that god is interested in how you look he only looks in the heart, to have the freedom is great. I’m interested in music and i want to make more. I always wanted to have something to do with music maybe even a music education. My greatest dream would be to become a professional singer but… The faith of the young generation of grandchildren is not less than the faith of their grandparants but more and more the young amish make compromises, for instance in their clothes. For the older amish is the is an ongoing resolution of traditions a big challenge but eventually God’s will The young folkes do see other things and they see the world and they see Hollywood and are interested in fashion and these things who are a great distraction. But basically what happen is that in a community that abandons there will always be people comming from the ouside with other ideas. I’m talking here of popular preachers who came here and want the people to influence in a arranged direction. They talk with a sharp tongue, flatter and deceive the people. These deceive of people was there as far back as humanity exist. Already Eva was seduced and until this day people were misled. To open a grocery store was also Ora’s idea. The customers come from the sparsely populated area around. The store is their second earning alongside the established saw mill and blockhouse building. Here in the shop Ora and Orpha feel very comfortable and often they lend a hand. At the window is their favorite place. How did the idea for the grocery store come about? We always wanted to employ people so they have someting to do most people only want to be sated and have a roof over the head. How you run an enterprise they don’t know, so i wanted to care of them who can’t do business themselves. And thats why i wanted this shop so the people have something to do. These gentlemen are regular visitors from the neighborhood. Ora’s granddaughter and daughter Leona working in the bakery. In the household or work, in many activities of daily life the amish are singing. Ora and Orpha on the way to a special event. They have a sense of foreboding. Today the whole community is on its feet. Elvi came with his bicycle and transported his children with his trailer. For some years now, is here something allowed, what is forbidden in other amish communitys: Car driving Ora got his driving licence at the age of 64 In this tent a devotional concert takes place today. Ora and Orpha is this a part of the world they don’t understand Did his son Loyd know what he was doing as he gave his permission to this event? They have all come, the children, the grandchildren and some visitors from outside. With the world of the Amish, in which Ora and Orpha grow up, in which they have spent all their lives, has this here nothing to do with it. But for the most amish here is this a bridge to the outside strange and marvelous what is declaimed on the stage. Ora and Orpha can’t believe their eyes and ears. Their grandchildren, by contrast are excited about it. And Loyd? What is in his mind? Is this the change he meant? The silent world of the Amish is at once colorful and loud. The traditional values of amish: humbleness, distinction from the world, seem suddenly turned on his head. Their grandparants feel insecure and visible uncomfortable. The grandchild generation however, is enjoying this new life feeling. Marietta obviously too, in contrast to her husband Loyd.