The Konferenz der Evangelischen Mennonitischen Bruderschaft von Südamerika (Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Conference of South America) was founded in 1963 by four congregations in Paraguay and Argentina. The group's roots go back to Russia where the Allianz Gemeinde was formed in 1889. Although not directly related when first established, since the mid-20th century the conference has worked in close cooperation with the similarly-named Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Conference (since 1987, Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches) in North America.
Following the migration from Russia to Paraguay, 1929-1930, 23 Allianz members gathered to form a congregation in the Fernheim Colony under the direction of Nikolai Wiebe, their first minister. They called themselves the Evangelische Mennonitische Bruderschaft. The church has experienced steady growth since its founding, numbering 380 members in 1986. In its mission outreach to Indians and Paraguayan nationals it works closely with the Mennonite Brethren and General Conference Mennonites. It publishes the Informations Blatt (Information Paper).
During the migration to Paraguay following World War II, a number of Mennonites chose to remain in Buenos Aires in 1947. Others came to the city for employment. With Mennonite Central Committee encouragement Martin Durksen gathered these families for worship and gave spiritual leadership to their needs. A congregation soon formed in the city. The cultural and language transition from German to Spanish was more rapid in the Argentine congregation than in Paraguay. The mission outreach of the congregation into a suburb of Buenos Aires led to the founding of another congregation in 1986, the Iglesia Evangelical Menonita de Delviso (Alianze Evangélica Menonita de Argentina).
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Wiens, Peter and Abram Boschmann. "Konferenz der Evangelischen Mennonitischen Bruderschaft von Südamerika." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 6 Jul 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Konferenz_der_Evangelischen_Mennonitischen_Bruderschaft_von_S%C3%BCdamerika&oldid=88758.
Wiens, Peter and Abram Boschmann. (1987). Konferenz der Evangelischen Mennonitischen Bruderschaft von Südamerika. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 July 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Konferenz_der_Evangelischen_Mennonitischen_Bruderschaft_von_S%C3%BCdamerika&oldid=88758.
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