In Paraguay are diverse groups of mennonite Colonies. Some of the Colonies in Paraguay are more open than others. Joining a colony might seem difficult in some of them. Some of these colonies, though they started off as the quiet ( removed from immediate contact or easy approach ) in the land . Many, if not most, of the mennonite people in paraguay have become aggressive (ready and willing to fight, argue, etc).
In 1948, when I was two years old, we boarded a ship in Quebec City in canada and went to paraguay. The Sommerfeld and Bergthal colonies established in 1948 some 200km east of Asuncion in East Paraguay. One the reasons given for leaving Canada and going to paraguay is the inroads of secular society into their congregations. An other reason was that paraguay offerd the possibility for the two colonies to live in a closed settlements in which to train their children and young people in their own schools in the German language. The Mennonites were given the freedom to govern their colonie (religious freedom, exemption from military service, the right to speak German in schools and elsewhere, the right to administer their own educational, medical, social organizations and financial institutions).
Mennonite settlers came to Paraguay from Germany, Canada, Russia and other countries for a number of reasons.
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Of the 28,000 Mennonites in Paraguay, close to 10,000 have Canadian citizenship.