Aibonito (Puerto Rico)
The Aibonito Mennonite Church (Aibonito, Puerto Rico) was founded in 1958. It had 12 members, with a supply ministry. -- HSB
Aibonito, Puerto Rico is located on the old military highway which joins San Juan, 80 km. (50 mi.) to the north, and Ponce, 50 km. (30 mi.) to the south. With an altitude of 2,000 feet (615 meters), it is the highest city in Puerto Rico. It is the seat of the municipality of Aibonito and has a population of more than 22,000. The municipality is divided into eight rural barrios, one of which is La Plata, where the first Mennonite Central Committee program began in July 1943. The municipality of Aibonito is noted for its two most important products, poultry and flowers, both introduced to Puerto Rico by the Mennonites.
The central office of the Convención de Ias Iglesias Evangélicas Menonitas de Puerto Rico, Inc. (Convention of Mennonite Evangelical Churches) is located in Aibonito. The Aibonito Mennonite Church is the largest Mennonite congregation in Puerto Rico, with a membership of 80. Two other congregations in the municipality have 48 members. Hospital General Menonita, recognized on the island for its quality medical services, provides the following services for the people of the interior of the island: physical and respiratory therapy, orthopedics, pediatrics, gynecology, and surgery (270 beds). Academia Betania, located in Barrio Pulguillas, is an accredited four-year secondary school of 260 students. It is administered by the Puerto Rico Mennonite Convention. -- JGH
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1057; vol. 5, p. 12. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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