Iglesia Evangélica Menonita, Chile
Iglesia Evangélica Menonita, Chile (English: Evangelical Mennonite Church, Chile). The Mennonite presence in Chile came as a result of contacts in Canada among Chileans. Keith and Nancy Kyjuk Hostetler were instrumental in relating a group of Chileans to the Mennonite church in Edmonton, Alberta. Subsequently Mennonite Board of Missions (Mennonite Church) commissioned the Hostetler family to serve in Chile, responding to an invitation of a small group of independent congregations in Chile who were associated with some of the Chileans in Edmonton. The vision was to provide Bible teaching and leadership training and to do church planting. The Hostetlers arrived in March 1983. Don and Marilyn Brenneman joined them in September 1984. In March 1985 it was decided to discontinue the relationship between these congregations and the mission board because of irreconcilable differences. In March 1985 the Mennonite Christian Center was opened in Santiago to serve as a meeting place, office, and literature resource location.
This group of congregations was a forerunner to the Iglesia Evangélica Menonita de Chile (Evangelical Mennonite Church of Chile) that obtained legal recognition in 1990 and joined Mennonite World Conference in 2011.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 415. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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