Vaals, a town in the southeast of the Dutch province of Limburg, close to the German border (coordinates: 50° 46′ 0″ N, 6° 1′ 0″ E). Mennonites from Burtscheid and Aachen, Germany, who could not meet there freely, used to meet at Vaals and built a meetinghouse there in the early 17th century. In the 18th century Burtscheid, Vaals, and Aachen formed one single congregation, whose preacher lived at Burtscheid until 1768; he also had charge of the Maastricht congregation. In 1768 Pastor Pieter Staal moved to Maastricht; the Burtscheid and Vaals sections did not agree with this change and separated from Maastricht, forming the independent congregation of Vaals and Burtscheid, which, however, never had a preacher of its own, died out by ca. 1793; it had probably dissolved in 1785.
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