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    married women wear black or dark earth colors Men wear good quality black suits on Sundays but wear whatever is cheapest during the week Overalls are particularly popular Men are always clean shaven p p Colonies are structured like a theocracy with a bishop or Altester as the religious head of the colony and a secular manager of business matters The Waisenamt is a system devised by the colony that functions as a bank and regulates business Colonies have their own fire insurance mechanics and sometimes even physicians p br Church Life p Religious ceremonies are held as they were in Russian as well Colony churches are built of wood despite it being a poor construction method in the Mexican climate There is a simple reading stand for the pastor who reads a prewritten sermon most often on the topic of repentance or submission There is a platform towards the front of the church where the song leader directs two hymns towards the start of the service Before and after the singing Scriptures from the New Testament are read Preachers who are delivering the sermon wear knee high leather Wellington boots another tradition that is carried over the from Russia p p Men sit on one side of the church women on the other Children are not allowed to attend the service as they are considered to be too much of a distraction It is assumed that they will receive their religious instruction from schooling and that they will join the church services when they are around 14 Marriage takes place at a relatively young age and love has not historically been a requirement for marriage p br Daughter Colony Formation p The village colony system is set up so that villages and colonies are constantly dividing and replicating When a colony is established there are several hundred families spread over multiple small villages When a man marries he is traditionally given a home and land When the colony grows to a point where land is scare the mother colony purchases land in an other remote area and divides the residents of the mother colony in half with some staying behind and the others heading to the newly established colony The new colony is paid for in full by the mother colony and the mother colony always sends along one ordained minister to start up the church there p p There have been many issues with this system however From the start land was expensive and with colonies expanding as rapidly as they were daughter colonies were expected to be mother colonies before they themselves were properly established Many young families could not receive land and jobs in industry were almost nonexistent Often colony divisions occur over religious issues Typically the mother colony has become too progressive whether it be with the allowance of rubber tires on tractors electricity or automobiles A conservative group of bishops and their followers will leave and be established somewhere else where they can better

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    18 of each new generation was returning to Canada rather than stay in the colonies In 1977 1 500 Mexican Mennonites per year returned to Canada By 1996 35 000 Mexican Mennonites had emigrated back to Canada p p The extreme drought of the early 1950s coupled with land pressure caused Mennonite families to begin returning to Canada during the summer to harvest crop in Ontario The first seasonal trip was taken in 1952 and the trip quickly became almost a necessity for some families Migrant work continues to this day A seven member family can earn up to 10 000 dollars a month working in the fields or in Canadian industries Those returning to Mexico brought with them a new ideas and beliefs that often clashed with traditional values The tight knit community aspect was significantly damaged by yearly trips to Canada p p Often though families stay in Canada Immigration and citizenship in Canada has become a large problem with Mexican Mennonites today Mennonite immigrant communities have struggled to assimilate into Canadian society Migrant families often clash with school officials over truancy and their negative view of education Canadian culture has negative stereotypes of seasonal workers much as in America There are problems with alcoholism gender roles and a macho attitude picked up in Mexico Old Colonists are attracted to Canada for many reasons Landlessness droughts the value of the peso and strict leadership all drive colonists away Canada draws them in because of high wages access to social programs Medicare MCC assistance and a claim to citizenship regardless of the challenges involved in obtaining this MCCC Mennonite Central Committee Canada has had an impact on the return to Canada They readily assist immigrants in filing correct paper work for citizenship lobby the Canadian and Mexican governments and

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    of salvation is prideful and boastful talk They emphasize a hope that God will save them br 3 Old Colonists do not evangelize br p The Old Colony Mennonites are descended from Russian Mennonites who descended from Prussian Mennonites and so on back to the very emergence of Anabaptism As such they have a direct ethnic tie to the tradition though the is little indication of their Anabaptist identity They believe strongly in the Truth of the Bible the separation of church and state though they set up a theocracy for themselves believers baptism and in most cases nonresistance They often speak of doing things either because it was the way things were done in Russia or because Menno Simons said so In some cases though their strict hierarchy of rule can be contrary to accepted Anabaptist principles Inner dealings with alcoholism and abuse fall short of biblical principles although these problems pervade all societies p p Yet their commitment to their understanding of what it means to be Christian is profoundly Anabaptist Behind the at times strict legalism is a powerful desire to maintain their religious heritage and preserve it from outside influences At times their efforts have been

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    Seeds of doubt and new ideas began flowing into the colonies and families flowed out into Canada Excommunication has lost much of its utility as members take it less and less seriously The systems that hold the colonies together are on some levels failing Education also remains a significant challenge to the Old Colonists A negative view of education and its influence on the colony has created generations of relatively illiterate members Education is improving but will remain a problem until attitudes are changed With the help of MCC an alcohol abuse and addictions recovery center has been opened in the past few years to deal with the growing alcoholism on the colonies themselves p p MCC has been a blessing and in some views a curse to the Old Colonist way of life Their involvement started with a desire to bring spiritual renewal to the church but colonists quickly had them removed Today they function to Assist the Low German speaking Mennonite communities in Mexico in their efforts to become viable self sustaining economic communities encourage and assist the colonists to preserve their faith and to rejuvenate their Anabaptist heritage encourage the exchange of ideas in the area of education religion and civic affairs helpful to the development of viable communities Some argue that this interaction has contributed to the breakdown of colony order as members reject the colony lifestyle and move to Canada p p Another surprising challenge to the Mennonite colonies are the interaction with the drug trade As they travel to and from Canada some have been involved with drug smuggling In 1997 Canadian customs officials stated that the Mexican Mennonite drug connection was the largest source of marijuana smuggled into Canada The drug war has also had an affect on colony life Between September 2009

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    list of challenges the Old Colonists have a strong history of holding the line With families still expanding and help from MCC life in the colonies will improve and expand It is unlikely that the group will disappear The colonies themselves may slowly fade but even those who have returned to Canada have attempted to maintain their Old Colony way of life p Summary Please note that all contributions to

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