Libraries spring up in Bolivia colonies

Apr 13, 2020 by and

While access to reading material is easy to take for granted in North America, it’s not so simple for Mennonites living in remote colonies in Bolivia. In response to a growing interest in reading among Low...

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Bible: Scaling the watchtower

Feb 24, 2020 by

Lake Titicaca, impossibly wide and deep and high above the sea, fills an immense mountain trough in the Andes along the Peru-Bolivia border. The lake is so big that it encompasses rocky islands. Strangely...

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What if we never tried to set up a church?

Jan 27, 2020 by

I had a call from Santiago, Bolivia, a couple of evenings ago. We talked about current politics in Bolivia, after the tumultuous public upheaval following the October presidential elections. Evo Morales, the...

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A system of (dis)trust

Aug 5, 2019 by

A long time ago, Ona, a leader in the Bolivian Mennonite Church, made an offhand but accurate comment: In Bolivia, everything is negotiable. I’ve found that to be true even now, more than two decades...

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Book review: ‘Women Talking’

Apr 1, 2019 by

At first blush, the plot and setting of Miriam Toews’ new novel, Women Talking, might appear too limited in scope to be compelling. The book’s primary action takes place over the span of two days, as eight...

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Low German speakers seen in need of gospel

Mar 11, 2019 by and

Many Low German-speaking Mennonites have had little access to the outside world, but times are changing, and a new network wants to capitalize while it can. The goal is to evangelize Low German-speaking people...

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Bolivian children’s home builds stronger families

Aug 14, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — When Rosinda Picon goes to work, she trusts the staff at Stansberry Children’s Home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to care for her children. The children’s home, which is a Mennonite Central...

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Low German Mennonite colonies growing fast in Bolivia

Mar 14, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Even though Buhler Mennonite Church Pastor Willmar T. Harder wasn’t preaching, he brought a pair of austere black boots to his presentation on the Low German Mennonites of Bolivia at the...

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Bibles for Bolivians, to read or to listen

Apr 21, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Norman Brown’s goal is to distribute the Plautdietsch (Low German) Bible free to every home in Bolivia where the language is spoken. Since Mennonite Brethren publisher Kindred Productions...

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VBS passion inspires, shapes young leaders in Bolivia

Apr 2, 2014 by and

Nearly 30 neighborhood children gathered for a week in December — a summer month in Bolivia — at Josué Roman Cavero’s home, where he and his mother organized a vacation Bible school. In addition to the...

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MCC Seed program grows into Bolivia

Sep 16, 2013 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee is increasing its two-year service opportunities for young adults who want to reflect, serve and advocate in another culture by expanding its Seed program into...

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