Just a word as to the reason for publishing this book. If there is one thing I always disliked, it was to speak or write about myself or my own personal experiences. But friends, who have heard me tell the incidents that have happened to me in my life and work, have insisted upon my collecting these in book form, so that they might be put to a wider use, both for the glory of God and the good of the great Cause of Missions.
Acceding to their wishes I have endeavored to satisfy them, for, if there is one thing I want to do above all others, it is to be of some use to the Master's Cause, especially to Brazil.
I have not attempted to make this book one of perfect literary style. After thirty years of work in a country where the English tongue is not in general use, striving to perfect myself in the native language, it would be almost impossible to attempt any perfection in style or even elegance of expression in English. My chief object has been to relate the incidents in a way that they might be understood by all.
In placing this little book before my brethren in the faith, my heart's prayer to God is that it be used for His glory and Cause.
There are very few books that tell of the great opportunities and the urgent need of workers in that great Mission field - Brazil.