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Mennonite Forgiveness; Mennonites in Belize

This is an interesting piece that ran in the Spokane Spokesman-Review about a Mennonite family forgiving a driver that caused a fatal wreck.  We've seen this type of story repeatedly among the Amish and the Mennonites and their capacity to forgive is inspirational.  Each person has to deal with grief in their own way and perhaps this is one way.  This article also gives interesting insight into the "plain community" in Oregon.  A photo of the plain Mennonites meeting with the driver also ran on the S-R website.  Since it appears the family knew they were being photographed, I'll share the link to the photo also.

Mennonites are celebrating their 50th anniversary in Belize this year.  The community has really thrived from its early days and, like any church, the group has split and spread.  Some remain "plain" while other Mennonites have liberalized in Belize.  Still, either way, they have made great contributions to this tiny Central American nation.  Click here to read a very interesting article about the Mennonite migration from Canada to Mexico (where many remain) and finally to Belize.

 

 

Re: Mennonite Forgiveness; Mennonites in Belize

is my email, my name is clay and i want to get in touch with a belize mennonite. Is it impossible?

Re: Mennonite Forgiveness; Mennonites in Belize

I,m wanting to relocate to Belize from Florida.I,m into farming with draft animals instead of using tractors. living next to Amish\Mennonite folks is the situation I,m looking for. Is there an E-mail adress of anyone in the San Ignacio area that can help me get in touch with people there who  live a godly agrarian lifestyle?-JJ 

 

Re: Mennonite Forgiveness; Mennonites in Belize

Kjunebug,

Yes, I read some of the vitrolic comments about Mr. Helm on the Spokesman-Review website.  Had he been intoxicated at the time of the wreck (as I initially - and incorrectly - first thought when I read the article), that would be one thing...But I've always been uneasy about charges like "vehicular homicide" IF the accident was truly just that: an accident.  Unfortunately and tragically sometimes accidents just happen...and it sounds like the Schrocks take sucha  viewpoint...Kevin

Re: Mennonite Forgiveness; Mennonites in Belize

This was a terrible accident for the Schrock family and the Helms, the papers said that Mrs. Helm was following behing her husband when the accident occurred and Mrs. Schrock was shopping in Spokane, I believe the family was going to pick her up, Chewelah is a little west of Spokane, and one of the very few plain Mennonite communities in WA.  There is so much to this story and much was/has been written on it, an especially sad part of the story is the one of the girls had been in the news a few years earlier after being attacked by a cougar on a family camping trip.  One article I read not to long ago, stated that the church had sent the family to Belize for a change of scene to help in the healing.  Also, I don't think the family has issues about photos as one article I saw featured a "portrait" of the children.  I feel quite badly for the Helms', no one is sure what happened that evening on that road, and he just seems to have been blamed in some way, I had been praying that he not be indicted, now I am praying that he not be convicted of a crime and that the whole thing was really just a terrible accident.