Thursday, August 16, 2007

Progression of a Portrait

This is a series of portraits I took of a Mennonite woman at a Bible School in Pailon, about an hour and a half east of Santa Cruz. The Mennonites are low-German speaking colonists who have moved to Bolivia in the passed couple of decades from Mexico and Canada. They are farmers and live in isolated rural colonies in the department of Santa Cruz. Although, they are traditional "Christians," most have lost the true meaning of the gospel. There is a pattern of alcoholism, drug use, and physical/sexual abuse in many of the colonies. Mennonites, like this woman, who have accepted Christ as Savior, either choose to leave the colony or are asked to leave. Life is economically and emotionally difficult inside or outside the colonies. Those who find the true gospel have hope for a better tomorrow. Pray for these new believers as they try to break old patterns of thought and behavior are seeking a new beginning in Christ.

1 comment:

EFCCM Communications said...

Hmm, I've heard many sad stories of the abuse that is rife in the Mennonite circles. Can you say what its root is? What's causing it? And can you see a way of healing and prevention?

I want to talk about this stuff, and make our supporters in the EFCC aware of it. But I don't know where to begin. I'm eager for more insight and explanation.