I don't think anyone that left the Amish would say it was easy to do, but I do think the level of difficulty can be much more extreme for some.
When we left we had been married for a number of years already, had three children, owned a home, and had a business. All of that stayed the same, but we now had a new mode of transportation and attended a different church.
Emotionally it was very difficult knowing our decision to leave would sever family ties and friendships we had all our life. But trusting in Jesus, we forged ahead.
Recently I was reminded of how much harder leaving would have been had we left as a teen. On top of dealing with the emotional side of leaving we would have had to find a place to stay, a job, everything would have been new and different, almost overwhelmingly so.
I am thankful for places like MAP Ministry that offer help and guidance for those who are heading out alone and penniless.