Nearly 500 years ago, European Anabaptists were persecuted because they claimed primary citizenship in God’s kingdom rather their national identity. Since then spiritual descendants of the early Anabaptists can be found all over the world. For example, Anabaptists recently celebrated 100 years of presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. There have been missionaries, large-scale migrations from North to South, and mission from newly founded churches across Latin America.
Today, Latin America is experiencing a large displacement crisis, in which organized crime, violence and poverty are forcing thousands to flee their homes. Migrants, including Anabaptist Christians, face hardship as they seek safety. Our churches are investing in missional outreach to this vulnerable population. This Sunday we celebrated and remembered our sisters and brothers in this peril.