Nueva Holanda Colony (Bolivia)

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Nueva Halonda Colony in Bolivia is located about 90 km (56 miles) northeast of Santa Cruz. It was established in 1983 by settlers from the Reinland colony, mostly those Reinland residents who had come originally from the Menno Colony in Paraguay. The reasons for leaving the Reinland Colony were growing problems with thieves, disunity in the church, and proximity to the city.

The church is oriented to the Sommerfeld Mennonites, with bishop Peter Giesbrecht as their leader. In 1985 there were 157 baptized church members in Nueva Holanda with a total population of 394.

The group purchased 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of land and established four villages by 1987. Several village schools and a church had been established by 1987. Farms in Nueva Holanda were mechanized, but motorized vehicles (cars, pickup trucks, other trucks, and motorcycles) were not used. There was a flour mill in Nueva Holanda, the only one in the Mennonite colonies in Bolivia. 

See also Bergthal Mennonites.

Author(s) Isbrand Hiebert
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 641. All rights reserved.

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