Agua Azul Colony, Paraguay, was founded in 1970 by American Mennonites on 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) located 375 km. (230 mi.) northeast of Asunción, some 80 km. (50 mi.) from the Brazilian border near Salto del Guairá. They came both to preserve their traditional faith and to do missionary work among the Paraguayan people. The colony's name means "Blue Water."
Paraguayans living in the area have been won to the faith and baptized, upon which they are incorporated into the life of the congregation and the colony. Only members of the congregation may own land in the colony. Worship services and instruction in the school is carried on in both English and Spanish. Instructional materials are obtained from the Rod and Staff publishing house in North America. A loose relationship is maintained to the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church. The churches in Agua Azul, Rio Corrientes, and Luz y Esperanza colonies together constitute the Mennonite Christian Brotherhood. In 1986 the colony comprised 25 families (172 persons). The congregation numbered 65 members, of which 33 were Paraguayans and 32 were Americans or Canadians. In 2003 the membership was 38. In 1980 some people from Agua Azul left to establish La Montana Colony.
Kraybill, Paul N., ed. Mennonite World Handbook. Lombard, Ill.: Mennonite World Conference, 1978: 252.
Mennonite World Handbook Supplement. Strassbourg, France, and Lombard, Ill.: Mennonite World Conference, 1984: 100.
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