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Ten Canadian youth and adults living in indigenous communities are planning to participate in the North American Indigenous Tour to Paraguay and Argentina in July 2009. They accepted an invitation extended by three indigenous Paraguayan conferences in 2007 to visit their congregations and communities following Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly 15 in Asunción, Paraguay in July.
“We are eager to introduce you to our families, our congregations and our way of life,” the invitation reads. “We anticipate hearing about your walk with the Lord and also about traditions, your stories and your experiences within the Mennonite family of faith. We genuinely believe this interchange will be good for both of us.”
Edith von Gunten reports that Norman Meade, a Metis elder and pastor, represented Mennonite Church Canada Native Ministry on a trip to Paraguay the end of November 2008. He and a gentleman from the US met church leaders in Asuncion and from both the Argentinean and Paraguayan Chaco in order to help plan the North American indigenous tour. Norman came back a “changed man”, in his words, and knows without a doubt that the rest of the group will also be changed as a result of this trip.
We wish them a safe journey and bless them as they in turn will bless others.