Rudi Plett of Asuncion, Paraguay, was installed in June as the new executive director of the International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB). In an interview with freelance writer and MB…
Gerardo Ferreira navigates his van through a labyrinth of makeshift shacks and narrow cobblestone roads in Asunción’s notorious Pelopincho slum – a crime-ridden shantytown even police are reluctant to enter – and comes to a stop.
MCC’s responses to the disaster have come from around the globe: 39 countries donated $14 million, Mennonite churches in neighbouring Dominican Republic immediately offered material aid, a Work and Learn team from Paraguay, Guatemala, and Costa Rica cleared rubble for six long days in July, 15 volunteer structural engineers evaluated buildings for soundness, and Californian engineer James Mwangi spent a year training Haitians to build earthquake- and hurricane-resistant houses and supervising construction of 200 homes for families of people living with a disability.
As a missionary in Colombia during the 1990s, Dorothy Siebert saw the dearth of materials available to Spanish-speaking pastors and church leaders. A dream was born to provide a resource for MB leaders and church members throughout Latin America, starting with Albert Enns’ biography.
The dimly lit booth tucked into a balcony at the Centro Familiar de Adoración doesn’t hold much: a table and chairs, a pair of microphones, a bottle of water, a few sticky notes stuck to the window, a bilingual Bible – and Carmen Epp, listening intently through headphones to the sermon being delivered in Spanish down below.
The Mennonite World Conference (MWC) gathering in Asuncion, Paraguay, this July was wonderfully rich in its worship and learning, its human diversity, its tangible sense of being united in Christ. From morning until night, it was packed full.