Mennonites of all shades and stripes from around the world gathered in Paraguay for Mennonite World Conference, July 14–19.
The gathering had an international flavour with some distinctly Paraguayan moments. The opening worship service featured a 20-person ensemble of Paraguayan harps, pictured above. The diverse membership of Mennonite conferences in Paraguay – Russian-German heritage, Spanish, and indigenous – were well represented, and for the first time ever, the platform language was Spanish.
Registration figures from MWC July 17 listed 5,771 registrants: 3,056 from Paraguay, 578 from other Latin American countries, 180 from African countries, 95 from Asia and the Pacific, 366 from Europe, and 1,496 from Canada and the U.S.
The September issue of the MB Herald will contain full coverage of the event.