Mennonites appear to always live by themselves shunning the material world and it’s negative influence. They look as if they are completely self sufficient in their own universe. Mennonites may not leave on a regular basis but they do let the outsiders in.
After Mennonites have settled in an area and start to prosper they tend to feel they no longer need to do the menial tasks in life. Enter the hired in help. This help comes in the form of natives from in and around the area. They are relatively cheap labour but are always offered a hearty meal and drinks when on site.
The type of jobs tackled by the helping hands are the ones not considered fun. Examples include fence making, logging and cleaning up debris on freshly cleared land. Having got comfortable, the boring jobs that were once required for survival just seem like extra work and aren’t fun any more so why not get someone else to do it?
After this has gone on for a while, the more religious branches leave to start their own village in a new barren land. They feel the need to struggle to survive. The cycle repeats itself.