Conservative Mennonite Fellowship, Guatemala

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The Conservative Mennonite Fellowship mission board sent Jacob and Martha Coblentz as their first missionaries to Guatemala in 1964. Chimaltenango, a rural town an hour west of Guatemala City, became the center of operations, and over the next 10 years more than 50 persons coming from North America served in numerous Kaqchikel and K'iche' Mayan villages in the central highlands north and west of Chimaltenango. Various small animal, agriculture, and rural health projects were established. In 1983 missionary John Troyer of Michigan was shot to death by unidentified armed men in Palama, where he lived and worked. The first converts were baptized in 1968. By 1987 there were 130 members in three congregations. Small Christian schools were operated for the church families and neighbors. Three ordained ministers and a deacon assisted the missionary men in pastoral work. Contacts made in Guatemala related to this mission resulted in work by the Messianic Mission Board (Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church) in the western department of Quetzaltenango.

In 2003 there were five congregations with 128 members.


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Author(s) Amzie Yoder
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published February 2015

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Yoder, Amzie and Samuel J. Steiner. "Conservative Mennonite Fellowship, Guatemala." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2015. Web. 1 Feb 2023.,_Guatemala&oldid=174618.

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Yoder, Amzie and Samuel J. Steiner. (February 2015). Conservative Mennonite Fellowship, Guatemala. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 February 2023, from,_Guatemala&oldid=174618.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 193. All rights reserved.

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