Opening Doors in Latin America
Excerpt from Opening Doors in Latin America If variety is the spice of life, Mission work in the County (Departamento) of Quezaltenango may safely be described as spicy. This county to which we seek to minister, varies in altitude from two hundred to twelve thousand feet above sea level. It includes the tropics with their intense heat and luxuriant growth of precious woods, sugar cane, bananas, etc., extends up into a temperate zone where coffee plantations abound, then comes a cooler zone where there are occasional frosts and where corn is the chief crop, then some high plateaus where only wheat can be successfully cultivated, then again some steep mountain sides covered with pine, while in the very center of the county, visible from nearly all parts of it, towers the mighty volcano, Santa Maria, whose eruption some ten years ago nearly destroyed the town of Quezaltenango. But if there is variety in the climate and the flora of the county there is even greater variety in those in whom we are more directly interested, i. e., the people. We have here in the county of Quezaltenango a foreign colony of perhaps one thousand, the largest groups being of Germans, Spaniards, and Chinese. Then there are the educated Guatemalans of Spanish descent, more or less pure. They are plantation owners, lawyers, physicians, merchants. Next in order come the hand-workers. For be it known that we have little or no machinery work here. Our shoes and clothes are all made to order. Our fabrics are woven on hand-looms, etc., etc. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.