Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bound for the Border

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Bound for the Border is the story of a number of interconnected journeys. Emigrants from Germany who started with next to nothing, faced unbelievable difficulties and suffered debilitating privations but by hard work indomitable determination and courageous faith they arrived at journeys end battered but not broken.

The journeys in question could be designated as the journey from poverty and homeland restrictions to the wide-open spaces, beautiful but intimidating; the journey from serfdom to self-possession; from ignorance to the open door of literacy; from abject poverty to comparative prosperity; from one culture to a multiplicity of cultures and that most important of all journeys for humankind from unrest to peace; from darkness to light and from unbelief to childlike faith. The guide for one section of the German Settlers was the Rev Hugo Gutsche backed by his loyal life partner Mary.

Sent from Germany to serve the small but fast-growing Baptist community Hugo Gutsche was in some important aspects a servant to the whole Settler family. The story of the outstanding contribution he made has recently become available through the translation of the Gutsche diaries by the Rev FH Haus covering 50 years of German Settler history.

The format of incident or anecdote plus illustration makes Bound for the Border a series of windows through which those connected with the German Settler family, both young and old, as well as the rest of us can be reminded of the foundational contribution they made to the history of our beloved country.

Product Detail

Title: Bound for the Border
Author: Sydney Hudson-Reed
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: South African Baptist Historical Society
Language: English
ISBN-10: 620 31118
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