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Old 02-21-2019, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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A religious group associated with the northern United States and Canada has found a hope in the tropical land of Belize.

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Old 02-22-2019, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Houston
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There are also about 100,000 Mennonites in Mexico ... 90,000 of which are in the northern state of Chihuahua. Wikipedia has a brief page with the title "Mennonites in Mexico". I visited one of their communities near the town of Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua and the little girl pictured on the Wikipedia page has features typical of some young people there: pale skin, blond hair, blue eyes. Among other things, they are famous for the cheese they make and sell. In addition to Spanish, I recall them speaking a non-Latin-based language, perhaps Dutch.
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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They speak Mennonite Low German.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plautdietsch_language
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:18 PM
 
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The Mennonites in Belize came from northern Mexico (Chihuahua and Durango) beginning in the 1950s. They got exemptions from Belizean (British Honduran) colonial authorities to run their own schools and so as not to have to serve in the military. These exemptions carried through upon and after independence.

Mennonite communities in Belize are divided into groups that are (1) highly conservative in their use of modern conveniences and in their contact with non-Mennonites (and of course in matters of religion), (2) more open to the "modern world" and to contact with non-Mennonites, and (3) those in between. The different communities live in different parts of the country.

They are one of the fastest growing demographics in Belize, owing to high birth rates. There has been some predatory behavior by non-Mennonite Belizeans on the Mennonite Belizeans in the way of theft and even murders, but the Mennonites are very economically productive members of the nation. There is now a Mennonite colony in Nova Scotia (Canada) founded by break-off families from Mennonite communities in Belize.

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Old 03-01-2019, 06:53 PM
 
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This article is on the establishment of a Mennonite settlement in Nova Scotia by families who left Belize: https://jms.uwinnipeg.ca/index.php/j...view/1003/1002.

In the article, the author presents a picture of how life is better in Canada for the emigrating Belizean Mennonites:

One of the long-time community representatives, Levi D. Friesen, says his father was also a scout (to establish a new settlement in Nova Scotia). He and his family moved in November 1983 and he says he has never regretted it. For one thing, Friesen says the climate in Nova Scotia is much better than the hot, humid conditions in Belize. As well, he says the Mennonites feel safer in Canada. "The people are better. The difference is like black and white," Friesen says. "There, we were 'higher-grade' people and the natives were stealing from us. It was dangerous. We were the targets because people want to take from the rich. Here, we are the 'lower-grade' people, so our neighbors are not jealous of us. I am increasing my dairy farm slowly, but we are smaller in farming so the neighbors are not jealous of us."
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