MWC Global History project: Latin America volume available

News Service
November 2, 2010

Strasbourg, France—The third volume in the Global Mennonite History series is now available, documenting the history story of Mennonites and Brethren in Christ in Latin America from 1911 to the present.
Mission and Migration, by Jaime Prieto Valladores of the Costa Rican Mennonite Church, is based on more than a decade of research.  Prieto traveled to most countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean, as well as the United States, interviewing hundreds of church members and exploring numerous archival collections.

Mission and Migration highlights the driving forces that led to the establishment of 103 separate conferences in 26 countries, with a current membership of 170,000.  The first church established by missionaries in Argentina pioneered a process of evangelism and church planting that eventually spread in the entire region.
The first churches established by Mennonite migrants from Canada were in Mexico and Paraguay in the 1920s.  In the 1930s and 1940s, large numbers of refugees from the Soviet Union and former Prussia moved to Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay.
Prieto’s work reflects his particular interest in the practice of church at the local level.  Sharing both indigenous and Hispanic ancestry, Prieto captures the rich interaction of cultures that make up Latin American Christianity in general, as well as the Anabaptist-Mennonite church culture.
Prieto, a graduate of the University of Hamburg in Germany, is Professor of Church History and Cultural Studies at the Latin America Biblical University in San Jose, Costa Rica.  He has been a frequent teacher with SEMILLA, the Anabaptist seminary in Guatemala.
Mission and Migration is published in the U.S. by Good Books, Intercourse, Pa, 17534, and in Canada by Pandora Press, Kitchener, ON. N2G 3R2.  The price is $11.95. To order in the U.S., go to, or call 1-800-762-7171, Ext. 221. To order in Canada, go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 1-866-696-1678.
The Spanish edition of Mission and Migration is being prepared and its release will be announced in 2011. Other volumes published in this series are on Africa and Europe.  Two additional volumes on Asia and North America are expected in 2011.
- John A. Lapp
Coordinator, Global Mennonite History Project
Photo of book cover available for download or on request.