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Helping new Mennonites in Ecuador

   

October 20, 2003
Lynda Hollinger-Janzen

QUITO, Ecuador — Rudy and Helen Baergen recently brought stories of Anabaptist history, theology and church practice to The Mennonite Church of Quito.

The two-year-old congregation of 30 gathered to discuss the theme, “Radical Theology.” The Baergens are workers in Colombia, where they teach at the Seminario Bíblico Menonita. They are jointly supported by Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Mission Network.

Baergen crafted his stories "masterfully and with a pastor's heart," said César Moya, a worker with Mennonite Mission Network. The group held its first retreat Aug. 22-24 at a campground near Ecuador's capital city. Helen Baergen led a workshop on music in the church.

"The weekend was filled with joy and fellowship," Moya said. "It was the first time for this new church to live in community for three days where we learned to know each other better. We affirmed our Christian commitment and enjoyed nature."