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Church in the Wilds by W. Barbrooke Grubb

Wilfrid Barbrooke Grubb [1865-1930], A Church in the WildsThis is a further account by Barbrooke Grubb of his missionary work among the native tribes of Paraguay. My thanks to Book Aid’s London bookshop for providng me with a copy of this book for digitisation.

This title is in the public domain.

Wilfrid Barbrooke Grubb [1865-1930], A Church in the Wilds. The remarkable story of the establishment of the South American Mission among the hitherto savage and intracable natives of the Paraguayan Chaco. London: Seeley, Service & Co. 1914. pp.287. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


Part 1

  1. A Unique Field
  2. A River Base
  3. “Burning My Boats”
  4. Theory Versus Practice
  5. A Missionary’s Attributes
  6. A Wanderer
  7. Folklore
  8. Heathenism
  9. Heathen Types

Part 2

  1. Preparatory Teaching
  2. Founation-Stones
  3. Kyemapsithyo
  4. Struggling Upward
  5. Church Organisation
  6. Connecting Links
  7. Widespred Influence
  8. The “White Partridges”

Part 3

  1. A Generel Survey
  2. Religious and Social Leaders
  3. The Language
  4. Education
  5. Medical Work
  6. Thrift
  7. Social Development
  8. Innovations
  9. Missionary Exploration
  10. Intineration
  11. Weakness and Strength
  12. Future of the Church and People
  13. Directing the Destiny of the Chaco Races


Chapter 1: A Unique Field

The origin of the Red Man, and his history previous to the Columbian period, lie buried in mystery, up to to-day no satisfactory solution of the problem having been arrived at. Tribes exist in the great Southern portion of the New World, of whom nothing whatever is known, and vast regions still remain unexplored.

The Continent affords to the world an interesting study in political development. Those who have been, and still are, puzzling over the question as to whether the white and the coloured man should be allowed to exist side by side in the same land, and even be admitted to equal rights, will find that the fusion of the many distinct races, pre-Columbian, African, and European, which are to be found in the South American Republics, is a subject worthy of their best attention. [Continue reading]

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