When Juanita Nuñez and her husband, Eligio, copastors of a small Mennonite congregation in Apopka, Florida, were involved in a serious car accident in 2006, Juanita Nuñez immediately worried about something other than her health. She worried because the couple did not have health insurance.
Mennonite pastors Constanzo and Marisela Aguirre also know the financial dread of having a serious injury or illness. When they decided to become copastors of a Mennonite congregation in Aurora, Illinois, they had to give up health insurance, knowing that the small congregation, made up mostly of recent immigrants, could not provide it. They decided to take the risk.