Grants relieve stress, anguish

May 18, 2020 by , , and

When states began issuing stay-at-home orders and requiring some businesses to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Pastor Graciela Tijerina called every member of her congregation. “What are your...

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Book review: Liminal Sovereignty

Feb 10, 2020 by

This study of two minority religious communities in northern Mexico — Old Colony Mennonites and Mormon colonists — focuses on the accommodation of these groups by Mexican governmental officials and their...

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New Christmas tradition in Mexico

Dec 23, 2019 by and

Mennonites in Mexico are promoting a bright new Christmas tradition — one born of somber origins. The “Parade of Lights,” a nighttime procession of decorated vehicles and holiday party that took place on...

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History: From Dirk Willems to Hurricane Camille

Dec 23, 2019 by

Another year is about to pass into history. But before it does, let’s recognize some of the anniversaries of 2019 that commemorated special events and developments in the annals of Anabaptism. 450 years ago...

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Kratz plays for U.S. team in Japan

Dec 9, 2019 by and

After Major League Baseball’s regular season ended, Erik Kratz played fall baseball in a different kind of world series. Representing Team USA as the starting catcher, Kratz was part of an effort that came...

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Welcome the stranger

Oct 28, 2019 by

Anabaptist history is defined by migrations, typically to escape persecution or pursue opportunity. What can get overlooked, on the flip side, is the welcome that made each chapter possible. Northern German...

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Migrant kits energize givers, amaze border volunteers

Sep 16, 2019 by and

The most valuable item included in immigration detainee kits distributed by Mennonite Central Committee Central States never passes through the hands of volunteers doing the sorting and packing. For the...

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Family reunited after deportation

Sep 2, 2019 by and

Deportation tore their family apart four years ago in Iowa, but now the Mennonite pastoral couple of Max and Gloria Villatoro — along with their three daughters — are reunited in Mexico and discovering how...

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MBs around the world: ‘God is moving among us’

Aug 12, 2019 by and

Delegates from 21 Mennonite Brethren national conferences reported challenges and joys at the International Community of Mennonite Brethren annual summit May 29-June 2 in Guadalajara, Mexico. “It was obvious...

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Peanut butter

Apr 8, 2019 by

About a month ago, I posted a meme on Facebook about peanut butter. Along with the photo, I said this: “The most U.S. American part of me — peanut butter! How many years have I been deprived of peanut...

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Denver church an intercultural effort

Mar 11, 2019 by and

A Denver area congregation’s efforts to be intercultural go far beyond being merely multicultural. Rather than a collection of cultures and identities tolerating each other but lacking mutual roots...

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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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Kriss: Much more to Mexico

Feb 4, 2019 by

For two weeks I have been in Mexico, far south of the proposed border wall, in a place people from the U.S. come to frolic in the sun. The Yucatan peninsula resisted colonization from Europeans into the 20th...

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Amish teachers serve Old Colony schools in Mexico

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Two of the most traditional Anabaptist groups — Old Order Amish and Old Col­ony Mennonites — were only vaguely aware of each other 24 years ago. Since then, they’ve built a relationship of trust based...

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Low German Bible school occupies unique niche

Jun 20, 2016 by and

As far as its administrators and students are aware, Steinreich Bible School in northern Mexico is the only educational institution in the world that teaches about the Bible in Plautdietsch, or Low German. The...

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Colonists in Mexico: a misunderstood people

Jul 6, 2015 by and

Many U.S. and Canadian Mennonites think of German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico as a backward people in a wild-west country. We read of Mennonites involved in drug trafficking and ask ourselves, “Can this...

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