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In 1936, the Southern District of the Mennonite Brethren Conference of Churches in North America met for convention in Fairview, Oklahoma, and made a significant decision. The seventeen churches of the district at the time decided to step out in faith and begin a Christian mission to the Mexican Americans living in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. From this initial venture the Latin American Mennonite Brethren (LAMB) Conference emerged. Anna and her husband, Henry T. Easu, spent many years ministering in South Texas. It is out of this background that she writes this history of the LAMB Conference.

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What God Has Done
The Story of the Latin American Mennonite Brethren Conference
by Anna Hiebert Esau

Published 1987 by Kindred Press in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Hillsboro, KS, USA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

1. The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas
A. The River 1
B. The Lower Rio Grande Valley 1
C. The Population of the Lower Rio Grande Valley 3
D. The Spanish and Mexican Americans in the Valley 4
E. The Mexican American People of the Valley 5
F. The Practices and Beliefs of Mexican Americans 6
2. Early Events that led to the Opening of the Field in South Texas
A. Early Work of Mennonite Brethren that led to a Mission Among Mexican People 13
B. The Opening of a Field for Mennonite Brethren Among Mexican Americans 15
C. The Spiritual Conditions of the People of the Village between Mission and Rio Grande City 16
D. The Village of Los Ebanos 17
3. Los Ebanos, the First Mennonite Brethren Mission Along the Rio Grande
A. The Los Ebanos Station 19
B. The Work of the Los Ebanos Church 20
C. The Work Among the Young People and Children at Los Ebanos 20
D. The Work Among the Women at Los Ebanos 20
E. Work Among the Sick at Los Ebanos 21
F. A Transportation Problem Solved at Los Ebanos 21
G. Revival Services and Extension Work by Los Ebanos Workers 22
H. The Store at Los Ebanos 22
I. Opposition to the Gospel at Los Ebanos 22
J. Missionaries, Pastors and Other Workers at Los Ebanos 23
K. Two Conversion Stories 24
4. The Mennonite Brethren Mission at Chihuahua
A. Early Events that led to the Opening of a Station at Chihauhua 27
B. The Chihuahua Station 28
C. The Work of the Chihuahua Church Among Children and Youth 29
D. The Work Among Women at Chihuahua 29
E. Work Among the Sick and Chihuahua 30
F. The Work of Transportation 30
G. The Missionaries and Workers of Chihuahua Church 30
5. The Mennonite Brethren Church at La Grulla
A. The Village of La Grulla 33
B. Early Beginnings of the Work at La Grulla 33
C. The La Grulla M.B. Station 34
D. Work Among the Children 36
E. Evangelism at La Grulla Church 36
F. Work Among Young People 37
G. Work Among the Women 37
H. Work of Helping the Needy 37
I. The Missionaries and Pastors at La Grulla 38
6. El Faro School
A. Early Events that led to the Opening of El Faro School 41
B. The Buildings of El Faro School 41
C. How El Faro School Operated 43
D. The Curriculum of El Faro School 45
E. Activities of El Faro School 45
F. The Teachers of El Faro School During Twenty-One Years 47
G. The Non-Teaching Staff of El Faro 53
H. The Kitchen Staff and the Lunch Program 53
I. The Lasting Results of El Faro School 54
7. The Mennonite Brethren Mission at Premont, Texas
A. Early Attempts to Evangelize the Premont Area 55
B. The Field of Premont 55
C. The Premont Station 56
D. Work Among the Children, Youth and Adults at Premont 57
E. Work for People in Premont 59
F. Work Among the Sick 59
G. Evangelism and Outreach 60
H. The Conversion of "Blacky the Drunk" 60
I. The Mennonite Brethren Missionaries at Premont 61
8. The Church at La Joya
A. Early Efforts that led to a Work in La Joya 63
B. The Town of La Joya 63
C. The La Joya Mennonite Brethren Church 63
D. The Merging of Three Churches to form the present La Joya Congregation 64
E. Work Among the Children and Youth at La Joya Church 65
F. Work Among Women 65
G. Evangelistic Work at La Joya 66
H. The Workers at La Joya Church 66
9. The Lull (Edinburg) Mennonite Brethren Church
A. The Village of Lull, a Suburb of Edinburg 69
B. Early Gospel Efforts in Lull 69
C. The Mennonite Brethren Mission Station in Lull 69
D. The Work Among Children at Lull 70
E. The Work Among Women in the Lull Church 72
F. Evangelism in Lull Mennonite Brethren Church 72
G. Work Among the Sick in Lull 72
H. The Pastors and Workers of the Lull Mennonite Brethren Church 73
I. A Conversion Story in the Lull Church 74
10. The Mennonite Brethren Church at Casita and Garciasville
A. The Villages of Garsiasville and Casitas 75
B. Early Efforts to Proclaim the Gospel in Garciasville and Casita 75
C. The Mission Station that became known as the Casita Mennonite Brethren Church and later "La Iglesia de Garcia" 76
D. The Work done Among the Children at Casita and Garciasville 78
E. Work Among Women 78
F. Work Among Youth 78
G. Evangelism and Outreach 79
H. The Missionaries and Pastors of the Mennonite Brethren Work at Casita and Garciasville 79
11. The Mennonite Brethren Church at Mission
A. Early Events that led to the Opening of a Work at Mission 83
B. The City of Mission 83
C. The Mission Mennonite Brethren Church 83
D. The Work Among Children and Adults in the Mennonite Brethren Church at Mission 84
E. Work Among Women 85
F. Work Among the Youth in Mission 85
G. Evangelism at Mission Mennonite Brethren Church 85
H. The Missionaries, Deacons and Workers at Mission 86
12. The Pharr Mennonite Brethren Church
A. Early Events that led to the Formation of a Mennonite Brethren Church in Pharr 87
B. The City of Pharr 87
C. The Organization of the Pharr Mennonite Brethren Church 88
D. The Work of the Pharr Bilingual Mennonite Brethren Church 89
E. Work Among Children and Youth in McAllen-Pharr Church 90
F. The Extension Work of the Church 90
G. The Pastors and Workers of the McAllen-Pharr Work 91
13. The Mennonite Brethren Church at Donna
A. The Town of Donna, Texas 93
B. Early Gospel Efforts in Donna 93
C. The Donna Mennonite Brethren Church 93
D. Work Among the Youth and Children 94
E. Workers at the Donna Mennonite Brethren Church 94
14. The Latin American Mennonite Brethren Conference in Texas
I. The Work of the Provisional Latin American Mennonite Brethren Conference 95
A. The Work of Setting Up a Conference 95
B. The Work of the Provisional Trustee Board 96
II. The Work of the Latin American Mennonite Brethren Conference 96
A. The Organization of the Latin American Mennonite Brethren Conference 96
B. Work Done in LAMB Conference , including Youth and Children 97
C. Radio Work Done by the LAMB Conference 98
D. The LAMB Mission Work 99
E. Various Other Activities of the LAMB Conference 101
F. The Women's Missionary Fellowship 102
G. The Men's Fellowship 102
H. The Work of the Christian Education Board 103
I. The Committee of General Welfare and Mennonite Disaster Service 104
J. Leaders of the LAMB Conference 104
K. The Latin American Family of Mennonite Brethren Conference of North America 109
15. The Picture History of Latin American Mennonite Brethren in Texas 113
Addendum
Events that Occurred during 1985–1978 in the LAMB Churches 183
Chapter Background Notes 187

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
1987

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xiv, 191p.
Number of pages
209
Dimensions
9.0 x 6.0 x 0.75 inches

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL11443226M
Internet Archive
WhatGodHasDoneOCRopt
ISBN 10
0919797490
ISBN 13
9780919797499
OCLC/WorldCat
21034693

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