Convención de las Iglesias Evangélicas de las Indigenas, Paraguay

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Convención de las Iglesias Evangélicas de las Indigenas, Paraguay (United Evangelical Churches). Mennonites from Canada founded Menno Colony in the Chaco region of Paraguay in 1927. They were followed in 1930 by Mennonites from Russia, who founded Fernheim Colony. Approximately 600 Lengua Indians lived in the area in which these colonists settled. These were organized into small migratory groups subsisting on hunting and such fruit as the Chaco provided.

In 1953 a member of the Menno Colony began missionary activity among these Lengua Indians on his own initiative. Eventually the Mennonite congregations began to support him. Further developments led to the establishment of a Mennonitisches Missions-Komitee für Paraguay (MMKFP, Mennonite Missions Committee for Paraguay). This was a united effort of the Mennonite congregations (Vereinigung der Mennonitengemeinden, GCM) and the Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft (EMB-related) of Paraguay. Through this cooperation the Lengua, Toba, and Sanapaná Indians eventually organized their own conference, the Convención de las Iglesias Evangélicas Unidas. In 1987 this conference had a membership of 1,900 in eight congregations.

Bibliography

Mennonite World Handbook Supplement. Strasbourg, France, and Lombard, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1984: 96.


Author(s) Sieghard Schärtner
Date Published 1987


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Schärtner, Sieghard. "Convención de las Iglesias Evangélicas de las Indigenas, Paraguay." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 18 Nov 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Convenci%C3%B3n_de_las_Iglesias_Evang%C3%A9licas_de_las_Indigenas,_Paraguay&oldid=86928.

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Schärtner, Sieghard. (1987). Convención de las Iglesias Evangélicas de las Indigenas, Paraguay. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 November 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Convenci%C3%B3n_de_las_Iglesias_Evang%C3%A9licas_de_las_Indigenas,_Paraguay&oldid=86928.




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