Mennonites have lived in Asunción since the early 1930s. The Mennonite colonies established in the Chaco region, sent representatives to the capital. Other Mennonites were attracted to the city by business opportunities or to study Spanish. Economic survival in the early years was easier in Asunción than in the colonies. In the 1940s, the Mennonite Home was established by the Mennonite Central Committee, and soon became the center of activities for Mennonites in the city. It remains a popular center, where visitors from the colonies can lodge. Many foreign tourists also stay there.
The German-speaking Mennonites in the city have established a Mennonite Brethren and a General Conference Mennonite congregation. Both congregations share the same facility. They also operate a private school ("Concordia"), which offers classes from first through twelfth grade.
Since the late 1950s, mission work, mainly by the Mennonite Brethren, has been carried out among Spanish-speaking citizens in the city and its environs. A number of Spanish- and Guarani-speaking congregations have been established. These congregations have organized into two separate conventions and take an active part in Mennonite activities throughout Paraguay. They help sponsor a missionary effort and voluntary service work. They also participate in the two theological institutions that have been established in the city to serve both Spanish- and German-speaking Mennonite churches throughout the country, in the task of leadership training (Centro Evangélico Menonita de Teología Asunción; Instituto Biblico Asunción).
The headquarters of the Paraguayan Mennonite voluntary service program are also located in Asunción. Most Mennonite congregations in the country now participate in this program, as they try to respond to the growing socio-economic needs of large sectors of the population
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Niebuhr, Gundolf. "Asunción (Paraguay)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 26 Mar 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Asunci%C3%B3n_(Paraguay)&oldid=74988.
Niebuhr, Gundolf. (1987). Asunción (Paraguay). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 March 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Asunci%C3%B3n_(Paraguay)&oldid=74988.
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