257 Amish men approach barn and carry it with just their bare hands

Jul 19th, 2021

The Amish are a Christian group in North America. The church originated in the late 17th century among followers of Jakob Ammann. The groups’ name refers primarily to the Old Order Amish Mennonite Church.

The Amish are known for having a tight-knit community. Amish communities like helping each other, particularly in times of need. Their group may be small in population, but they make it a point to do most things without help from other people outside of their community. In fact, they can even get things done without relying on technology.

And they have proven this true one time. The group gathered to help a neighbor with his property. So hundreds of Amish people gathered on this Ohio farm. This property belonged to a man named Joseph Hochstetler. A pole barn in his property needed to be moved from one side to the other.

You might think that this would not be possible to do without the help of any heavy machinery on his farm. But instead, he turned to his community for help. And for sure, they didn’t let him down.

Over 200 Amish men came over and each of them was more than willing to help!

The men surrounded the barn. At first glance, you might think that it would impossible for them to get the job done. They are not using any machinery and it didn’t look easy. With their bare hands, they grabbed the bottom of the barn. And using only their strength and commitment to help, these men were able to lift the barn.

Fortunately, the men were able to work with perfect coordination. They lifted the barn at the same time and walked at the same rate. Thankfully, no one tripped or missed a step. It’s as if this has all been practiced. It was obvious that this is not the first time that they have done this.

They moved the barn around 150 feet from its original spot. And after reaching the other side, they started rotating the barn clockwise. And just like how they lifted it, they put it down slowly in perfect coordination.

Sure it was a risky move, but they have no other choice. It needs to be done and no machinery is available to use. But they are aware that with one wrong move, and the entire barn could fall to the ground and break. Also, the men are putting their safety at risk. At any moment, one of them could end up with an injured back or get their hands and feet wounded.

With hundreds of men, the task didn’t take a long time to finish. In fact, they transferred the barn to its new spot in just 5 minutes!

Stories like this aren’t new to Amish communities. Those who are familiar with this group know how strong their bond is with each other. And as a community working as one, they can survive challenges and figure out solutions to problems without other people’s help. And without using any products of modern technology like vehicles, computers, and even electricity.

They use less of everything. What they focus on more is to help each other with their needs.

The Amish want nothing more than to live a very simple life.