The Church is a “Mestizo” Reality

In Peru there’s a saying that goes like this, “el que no tiene de Inga, tiene de Mandinga.” This oft-quoted proverb means, “every Peruvian has either some indigenous or African blood,” and is used to highlight the ethnic and racial diversity found in the South American country where I served as an LCMS missionary for 5 years.

The mestizaje (Spanish for mixture) of races, ethnicities, and languages resulting from the conquest and colonization of Latin America is an important part of Latin American and US Hispanic identity.

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This kiosk-shaped fountain made out of wood and stone is called a sebilj, and is located in the Bevo Mills district of South St. Louis. The monument honors the Bosnian community of St. Louis, which numbers upwards of 70,000, making it the largest concentration of Bosnians outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Continue reading