Evangélica Menonita de Chile (IEMCH)

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Iglesia Evangélica Menonita de Chile (IEM) is a conference of around 10 congregations, most of which are in or near Santiago.The Iglesia Evangélica Menonita de Chile (IEMCH) was founded in 1989 and was legally registered in Chile the following year. Connections with Chileans in Canada who had become Mennonite Church members, and a growing commitment to Anabaptist theology, led to the formation of this conference. The conference consists of around 12 congregations, including a couple of churches in Argentina and Uruguay that developed through migration. Two of the Chilean congregations are of the Mapuche indigenous group in La Araucanía and Mañiuco. Ministerial involvements of the IEMCH include work with youth in spiritual development, together with formation in areas of worship music and dance. In severe contexts of poverty and unemployment, the church works with people addicted to drugs, those who are ill, in prison, and on the streets. The church also gives emphasis to responding to the needs of children with special needs.Relationships with Anabaptist professors, mission workers, and church members from North and South America, including Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church Canada (and their predecessor agencies), have contributed to growing Anabaptist theological convictions and a desire of the IEMCH to be more fully a part of the Anabaptist family of faith. In 2011, the Iglesia Evangélica Menonita de Chile was accepted as the 100th member church of the Mennonite World Conference.

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