Student dies in fall at Iowa Mennonite School

Dec 4, 2017 by and

Gloria Villatoro remembers her 15-year-old niece, Teresa Cardenas, as a cheerful girl who liked to sing, tell jokes and talk all the time. “She was a happy girl who just enjoyed life,” said Villatoro,...

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Kennel-Shank: Places of sanctuary

Jan 2, 2017 by

Sharing my faith story with the church small group I’m part of, I described myself as a broken-hearted person. One person responded that she’d usually heard people describe themselves as tender-hearted...

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Felons or families?

Jul 4, 2016 by

Political rhetoric around immigration sometimes creates categories of good and bad immigrants — those who should be welcomed into the United States and those who should be kept out. President Obama embraced...

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Presidential candidates in Iowa cite justice, freedom

Sep 8, 2015 by and

Presidential candidates from both major U.S. political parties this summer heralded Iowa Mennonites they say have been victimized by unjust federal laws. Before one of the largest Iowa crowds drawn by any...

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Friends rally for deported pastor, immigration reform

Aug 3, 2015 by

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An advocacy group to support a Mennonite pastor deported in March has been formed. “Friends of Pastor Max” supports Max Villatoro, co-pastor with his wife of Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower)...

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Deported Iowa pastor holds on to hope

Jun 29, 2015 by and

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Father’s Day was set to be difficult for the Villatoro family. Father and children, husband and wife were separated by thousands of miles and a 10-year ban on re-entry to the United...

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Iowa pastor deported to Honduras

Mar 25, 2015 by and

Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro was deported March 20 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to San Pedro, Honduras. Co-pastor of Iglesia Menonita Torre Fuerte (First Mennonite Church) in Iowa City with...

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Iowa pastor detained, faces deportation to Honduras

Mar 11, 2015 by and

Mennonite Church USA officials are requesting support for the Honduran pastor of a Mennonite church in Iowa City facing deportation after being arrested by immigration agents March 3. Max Villatoro, pastor of...

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