One such colony settled during this time was in western Oklahoma. Those that made it here sent word back for still more of their brothers and sisters to make the transition to America, but no word was heard from them.
Later it was found that many of the Mennonite communities in Russia had been completely eliminated. All types of religions struggled after the years of war because of the communist government. Even in the 1980s the expression of faith was still restricted, but the Mennonite church still survived in Russia.
As for the Mennonites of western Oklahoma, they organized a church in 1893 and around it grew up the small farm town know as Korn.
The church at Korn thrived for many years, and in 1953 they saw a need to start a new Mennonite Brethren church in the town of Weatherford. The church started on Broadway Street under the name of Broadway Heights. And then in 1968 they made the transition across town and became known as Pine Acres Church.
The Mennonites' lives were never simple. They have been persecuted for their culture and beliefs, yet they have not grown weary. As the world changes around them they are forced to make some adaptations, but their belief in God is still the focus of their lives, because The Lord is good.
The new church at Weatherford started as a mission. The Mennonite Brethren Southern District Conference was encouraging evangelism and growth in your home area, and a building was purchased for the new church. The new congregation was known as Broadway Heights.
Reverend Victor Becker was the first pastor of this new fellowship which experience slow but steady growth, and soon new Sunday School rooms were added to the structure.