January 25, 2018

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Academia Los Pinares: A bilingual English/Spanish school for students of all ages near Tegucigalpa, Honduras. EMM first founded the school as a boarding school for missionary children. Enrollment is now over 700. EMM workers continue to serve at the school. pinares.org

Amor Viviente: A circle of churches in Honduras, established in 1974. Amor Viviente resulted from a charismatic youth ministry in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, started by EMM missionaries Ed and Gloria King. In 2003, Amor Viviente had over 10,000 members in 48 congregations across eight countries. EMM and Amor Viviente partner through membership in the International Missions Association. Learn more here.

Belize Evangelical Mennonite Church: Hurricane Hattie, which hit Belize hard in 1961, prompted the arrival of numerous Mennonite agencies to provide disaster relief, including EMM. The presence of these Mennonite agencies led to the founding of the Belize Evangelical Church in 1973. Currently EMM is working with the Belize Evangelical Mennonite Church as a channel to provide scholarships to local high school students.

Centro Cristiano Internacional (CCI) (Honduras): CCI is a network of Honduran and international churches, founded by President Dr. René Peñalba. CCI has more than 500 churches in Honduras and around the world Learn more here.

Evangelical Mennonite Church (El Salvador): Related to the Honduran Mennonite Church begun by EMM workers. Currently partners with EMM in mission and discipleship training. Learn more here.

Evangelical Mennonite Church (Guatemala): EMM workers planted the beginnings of this Mennonite conference in Alta Verapaz and Guatemala City in 1968. It is now the second-largest Mennonite conference in Guatemala. EMM workers continue to support this conference’s work. Learn more here.  

Honduran Evangelical Mennonite Church (IEMH): Iglesia Evangélica Menonita, Honduras (Evangelical Mennonite Church, Honduras) had its beginnings in Trujillo in 1950 with the arrival of the first Mennonite missionaries, EMM workers George and Grace Miller.  As of 2003, there were over 100 congregations with 9,000 members. EMM and IEMH partner through membership in the International Missions Association. Learn more here.

K’ekchi’ Mennonite Church: The K’ekchi’ Mennonite Church, birthed with the first baptized believers in 1972, now numbers about 10,000 members in approximately 130 congregations. The K’ekchi’ people are one of approximately 22 indigenous Mayan people groups in Guatemala, the K’ekchi’ rank about third in population size. They live at a subsistence level, primarily in the Alta Verapaz and Peten regions, picking coffee and cardamom on large plantations. EMM workers continue to walk alongside the church, and its educational and vocational residential center for K’ekchi’ youth and young adults called Bezaleel.

La Comisión de Discipulado y Misión (CoDiMi) (The Commission of Discipleship and Mission): A 10-month mission and discipleship training program for Central American youth, organized by leaders of Mennonite conferences in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize, and with ideological and logistical support from EMM and VidaNet. Learn more here.

Mennonite Church in Charallave (Venezuela): This congregation is part of the Council of Mennonite Evangelical Churches in Venezuela, the conference of churches that developed out of the mission activity of EMM in Venezuela. Charallave is an industrial town 42 mi. south of Caracas; the church was founded in 1982. EMM has sent relief funds to this congregation. Learn more here.

Mennonite Church of Peru (Iglesia Evangélica Menonita de Peru): The Mennonite church among the Quechua, an indigenous people group in Peru. The Quechua Mennonite Church was started through the efforts of EMM missionaries, the first Mennonite missionaries to the Cusco, Peru, region. One way EMM workers partner with this church is by assisting with PROSIM,  a traveling health ministry that brings health education to far-flung mountain villages.

Niños Caminando en Victoria (Children Walking in Victory): A nonprofit dedicated to preventing the sexual abuse of children in Chile through educational workshops for both children and parents. This nonprofit was founded by couple Eliana Medina and Ricardo Ibaceta. Local EMM workers walk alongside this ministry. Niños Caminando en Victoria has made periodic visits to the PROMESA school in Peru to present its workshops. Learn more here.

PROMESA: A K-11 school founded in 2005 by the Peruvian Mennonite Church, with the help of an EMM worker. This school now includes about 300 students, many of whom are from Quechua and/or evangelical backgrounds. EMM workers frequently serve at PROMESA, teaching English and occasionally other subjects. promesamenonita.com

VidaNet: A multifaceted mission and discipleship ministry in Heredia, Costa Rica. Founded by DeLynn and Gloria Hoover in 2003, VidaNet now includes mission opportunities, a 10-month discipleship program called Vida220, and El Nido crisis pregnancy center. EMM workers are helping with VidaNet’s programs, and EMM is actively sending youth to be discipled through Vida220. vidanetonline.org

We Help Children: A nonprofit ministry that helps children in crisis heal spiritually and emotionally. We Help Children operates in Guatemala, Honduras, and Chicago. EMM mission interns have served with this organization in several orphanages in Guatemala. wehelpchildren.org

White Dove School: The White Dove School in Santa Clara, Honduras, was started in 2010 as a Christian school for local children. It currently has nearly 100 students in kindergarten through middle school, and adds a new grade every year. EMM works with the White Dove School to provide scholarships for local children. whitedoveschool.com

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