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Mennonites in Bolivia

Mennonites

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
74,000 Plautdietsch Christianity 100.00 % 3.50 %   

Mennonites in Bolivia

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Introduction / History
Mennonites in Bolivia settled first in 1953 in Bolivia, coming mostly from Mexico and Canada. Mennonites in South- and Central America very seldom assimilate into other people groups, so in Bolivia too they founded colonies where native Bolivians are not allowed to settle.

Where are they located?
They are settled in approximately 60 colonies, mostly in the Departmentos Santa Cruz and Beni.

What are their lives like?
Most are farmers of crops or cattle. Since the Altkolonier banished all modern (post-1920s) technological Items, these groups live without electricity, radio and so on. Many of these Altkolonier are very poor. Other groups are more open to civilization and they are more progressive.

What are their beliefs?
Many of the Mennonites belong to the Altkolonier-Colonies. They are influenced by many human made laws that regulate even the simplest of everyday things (e.g. - the prohibition of colored tights, rubber tires for vehicles or wage labor). Most sermons are held in High German, which cannot be understood by most. The sermons are read from old collections of 150 years of age and are constantly repeated. Reading the Bible is forbidden to all who are not ordained preachers. Most previously lived a life that is characterized of alcohol and drug abuse. With baptism they have to accept the rules. If individuals start attending Bible-believing churches, they are excluded from the community (and family) and are economically marginalized. The non-Alkolonier often have a legal background, which leads to many problems in the church life. There are many divisions.

Prayer Points
Several mission agencies are the Mennonites for about 20 years. Some have received death threats from Alkoloniern or mafia groups who cooperate with them. To train Mennonites as disciples, education is very important to enable people to an independent reading of the Bible. Since they only accept teachers with Mennonite background, these often come for a limited time from Germany.

References
http://www.bolivienhilfe.net/ueber-bolivienhilfe.html

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Country: Bolivia
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Santa Cruz department.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Mennonites
People Name General: Mennonites
Alternate People Names:
GermanGerman Mennonite
Low GermanMennonite German
Mennonite Low GermanVolga German
ROP3 Code: 106548
Joshua Project People ID: 13677
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 74,000
Population all Countries: 477,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Germanic
People Name General: Mennonites
Ethnic Code: CEW19m
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Language
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Primary Language: Plautdietsch (74,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pdt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity100.00 %(Evangelical: 3.50 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant100.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1984-1987
New Testament:
1987Audio
Complete Bible: 2003
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Plautdietsch
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: The Bible in Plautdietsch (Low Ge ...
 
 
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