Author: Peter Hoover

Das Glück eines abhängigen Lebens

Kurze Biographie von A. N. Groves A. N. Groves wurde 1795 in Newton, Hants, geboren. Schon als Junge war er der Meinung, dass jeder überzeugte Christ eigentlich ein Missionar sein sollte. Nachdem er zum Glauben an den Herrn Jesus gekommen war, fühlte er den dringenden Wunsch, mit seiner ganzen Zeit dem Herrn als Missionar zu…
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Sitting on the Beach

 (Written at Laguna, Montes de Oro, Costa Rica, in 1993.) The rock has sat for a long time. Blue-green swells moving in from the Monterey coast rise, turn white, crash, and roar back into the sea. It sat there before Junípero Serra. Before Cabrillo. Before the Na-Dené. From time immemorial, pounded by wind and surf,…
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Flight through Mexico

The long-awaited letter dropped upon our household with the impact of an H-bomb. June was nearly gone, and the rains were beginning the day I held that “oficio” in my hands. A terse notice from Mexico City that all foreigners engaged in religious activity must be out of the country in fifteen days. The great…
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If You Know These Things

Water is poured into a basin and bare feet are gently washed and dried. The participants exchange places and after repeating the ritual, embrace or share another form of greeting. This is a familiar practice in many Anabaptist and other conservative Christian churches. We call it “feet washing,” and although the details of practice vary,…
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Ancient Values – New Challenges

In the mid-1880s all of our remaining Hutterite families left Russia to start new communities and a new life in North America. Michael Waldner, a smith, led one group of refugees from Russia into South Dakota, setting up camp right beside the Missouri River. Because of his profession, we began to call his followers the…
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Rafael Murillo: From the Horse’s Mouth

Because we had questions about Rafael Murillo’s “medicine”, Philip Yoder and I visited him on November 28, 1990. Murillo had been selling little bottles of liquid to our church members and counseling them on health matters. His fame had spread to Belize and Mexico, and perhaps other places where he had found Mennonites who believe…
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