Iglesia Evangélica Hermanos de San Estanislau (San Pedro, Paraguay)
In January of 1965, Harold Funk, Alfred Klassen, Arndt Funk and Herwin Derksen--missionaries from the Friesland colony--arrived in San Estanislau to lead vacation Bible schools that lasted around eight to 10 days. Later, in 1966, Pastor Juan Pankratz carried out the first evangelistic campaign. In that campaign Filemón Duré and his wife Julia Pacce de Duré converted, and they later served as the pastoral couple of the “Iglesia Tapiracuai.” In July 1967 the church held its first worship service on the church's own premises. During this time, pastor Alberto Enns held an evangelistic campaign. The first missionary who worked permanently at the site was Harold Funk, and the first pastor was Alfred Klassen, who led the church from 1967 to 1972.
The initial ministries focused on children and young boys. Later a women's ministry and the evangelistic ministry were started. The church’s growth strategy consisted of house-to-house visitation, distribution of brochures in the neighborhood, evangelistic campaigns, camp-outs, home gatherings, and vacation Bible school.
In 2019, Pablo Efraín Ortiz Alonso, served as pastor of the congregation along with a team made up of Elder Maciel, Eliezer Yellow, Cristian Duré and Vidal Gómez. Church attendance averaged about 70 people. The congregation’s ministry program included: youth; praise, intercession, women; and children.
The “Iglesia San Estanislau,” created several church plants including the congregations of Tacuara, Republicanano, Calle Seis Mil, Bertoni, and Arroyo Guasu. The last church was in the process of becoming independent.
Zaracho, Rafael and David Irala, eds. Memoria Viva: Historia de las iglesias de la Convención Evangélica de Iglesias Paraguayas Hermanos Menonitas. Publicado por el Instituto Bíblico Asunción y La Convención Evangélica de Iglesias Paraguayas Hnos. Menonitas. Asunción, Paraguay: Impreso por YolySuitter, 2019: 31-33. Available in full electronic text at https://archive.org/details/memoria-viva.
Address: Gral. Bernardino Caballero y Teniente Quintana, San Estanislao, San Pedro, Paraguay (Coordinates -24.662222 -56.44 [24°39'44"S 56°26'24"W])
Lay Leaders and Pastors at Iglesia Evangélica Hermanos de San Estanislau
|Filemón Duré y Felipe Amarilla
(alternated every 2 years)
|Wilfrido Rojas (Lay leader)||1997-1998|
|Josías Duré (Lay leader)||2009-2010|
|Date Published||June 2020|
Cite This Article
Zaracho, Rafael and David Irala. "Iglesia Evangélica Hermanos de San Estanislau (San Pedro, Paraguay)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2020. Web. 3 Aug 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Iglesia_Evang%C3%A9lica_Hermanos_de_San_Estanislau_(San_Pedro,_Paraguay)&oldid=168738.
Zaracho, Rafael and David Irala. (June 2020). Iglesia Evangélica Hermanos de San Estanislau (San Pedro, Paraguay). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 August 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Iglesia_Evang%C3%A9lica_Hermanos_de_San_Estanislau_(San_Pedro,_Paraguay)&oldid=168738.
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