The Nuevo Mexiko Colony in Paraguay was founded in 1969 on approximately 6,000 acres of land, at the same time as the Rio Verde Colony. Over the years, 2,750 additional acres were purchased. In 2006 the Colony included six villages and four village schools. It had its own Colony chairman, independent of Rio Verde, but formed a community with the residents of Rio Verde. They also maintained their population statistics together. The difference is, in essence, that the settlers of the Nuevo Mexiko Colony originated from the Swift Current Colony in Mexico, while those in the Rio Verde Colony came from the Manitoba Colony in Mexico.
Since 2002, there was a small separate congregation, Mennonite Gospel Church, which was founded under the influence of the same community in Seminole, Texas, USA, and was advised by them. It had 30 baptized church members spread across ten families, but as a rule 50 to 60 persons came to the Sunday worship services in 2006. This small community also maintained its own school with its own program.
This article, translated by Hugo Friesen, is based on the original German language essay that was written for the Lexikon der Mennoniten in Paraguay and has been made available to GAMEO with permission. The German version of this article is available at http://www.menonitica.org/lexikon/index.php?N:Nuevo_Mexiko.
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Ratzlaff, Gerhard. "Nuevo Mexiko Colony (Paraguay)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2006. Web. 21 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Nuevo_Mexiko_Colony_(Paraguay)&oldid=95961.
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