Iglesia Evangélica Menonita, Noroeste de Mexico (Northwest Mexican Evangelical Mennonite Church). In 1960 the Pacific Coast Conference (Mennonite Church) began work in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The James Roth family were the first Mennonite missionaries in this area. In 1962 a permanent building was erected in Ciudad Obregon for services. An outreach was also started in a village outside of the city at Campo 77. Also in 1962 Francisco Urias was converted and baptized. He came from the State of Sinaloa. When he returned home he invited the missionaries to his home village where the work in Sinaloa began. The first baptisms in Sinaloa were celebrated in 1963. In 1966 the Mexico Church Conference was formed and a Mexican pastor, Raul Vazquez, was ordained in 1967. By 1969 there were six missionary families in northwest Mexico. Two families worked in the state of Sonora and the remainder in Sinaloa. By 1977 only the Tadeo family remained on the field; they were still involved in 1986, when there were six organized congregations with eight mission stations in Sinaloa led by three ordained pastors and eight lay leaders. In Sonora there were two organized congregations with two mission stations, served by one lay leader, two licensed pastors, and one ordained pastor. Rufino Gaxiola was the only full-time supported worker. He was the conference president. Raul and Vanita Tadeo made their home a resource center where the church leaders and others could obtain Sunday School materials, cassettes for learning at home, and filmstrips for teaching and evangelism. In 1987 the total membership of the conference was approximately 200. In 2000 there were twelve congregations with 278 members.
Kraybill, Paul N., ed. Mennonite World Handbook. Lombard, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1978: 85.
Mennonite World Conference. "MWC - 2003 Caribbean, Central & South America Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches." Accessed 21 February 2006. <http://www.mwc-cmm.org/Directory/carcsam.html>.
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Tadeo, Raul. "Iglesia Evangélica Menonita, Noroeste de Mexico." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 2 Feb 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Iglesia_Evang%C3%A9lica_Menonita,_Noroeste_de_Mexico&oldid=88172.
Tadeo, Raul. (1987). Iglesia Evangélica Menonita, Noroeste de Mexico. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 February 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Iglesia_Evang%C3%A9lica_Menonita,_Noroeste_de_Mexico&oldid=88172.
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