Mennonite Air Missions (Guatemala)

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Mennonite Air Missions, Guatemala, was envisioned by Harold Kauffman while serving as a missionary with the Conservative Mennonite Fellowship in Guatemala. Its purpose was to establish churches in the unevangelized areas in the interior of Guatemala which had no access roads. The mission was organized in 1972 and had a board of directors in the United Sates and an Official Board incorporated in Guatemala with all national members re-elected annually under the name Misiones Aereas Menonita. A plane and pilot were hired initially until Harold acquired his own plane and flying license. In addition to the congregation at the base on the western side of Guatemala City, 10 other congregations and established missions were located in seven departments of Guatemala. Harold Kauffman served as bishop along with 14 leaders. Five Guatemalan ministers and one deacon were ordained and the other nine were commissioned lay leaders. Missionary nurses and teachers in church schools were a part of the congregational witness. A Bible institute was begun in 1983. The total baptized membership was about 180 in 1987. In 2003 there were 345 members.

In 2010 the Mennonite Air Missions had 17 congregations with 262 members:

Congregation Location State Founded Members
Aposento Alto Nahuala Solola, Guatemala 1983 6
Aposento Alto Los Achiotes Jutiapa, Guatemala 1987 6
Betel San Andres Quiche, Guatemala 1973 15
El Aposento Alto La Pastoria Santa Rosa, Guatemala 1994 3
El Buen Samaritano La Sorpresa Santa Rosa, Guatemala 1975 22
Emanuel San Cristobal Guatemala, Guatemala 1995 17
Galilea Por Venir Santa Rosa, Guatemala 1998 18
Getsemani El Chal Peten, Guatemala 1975 15
Iglesia de Pital Pital Santa Rosa, Guatemala 4
Jesus es El Camino Hierba Buena Guatemala, Guatemala 1985 12
La Neuva Jerusalen Joya Grande Chimaltenango, Guatemala 1986 8
Lirio de los Valles Guatemala City Guatemala, Guatemala 1972 40
Monte de los Olivos San Bartolome Quiche, Guatemala 1973 35
Monte Horeb El Novillero Solola, Guatemala 1974 6
Rios de Agua Viva Santa Rosita Peten, Guatemala 1999 6
Rios de Agua Viva Oratorio Santa Rosa, Guatemala 1994 25
Sinai Mixcoloja Quiche, Guatemala 1976 24
Total 262


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Author(s) Amzie Yoder
Date Published September 2010

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