Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

Living Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Paraguay

  • David G. Stewart
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_458-1

Statistics

2016 Jehovah’s Witness average publishers, 9982. Congregations, 227. Baptisms, 389. Memorial attendance, 23,452. Preaching hours, 2.76 million.

Early History: 1920s–1930s

Before World War I, a German immigrant in Paraguay found a tract in his mailbox and ordered literature from the Watch Tower Society (Proclaimers 1993). He left his prior church, and he and his brother-in-law baptized each other in the absence of a local congregation of the Society.

Roman Catholicism was the state religion of Paraguay until 1922. The repeal of this relationship provided new opportunities for outreach. At the request of Watch Tower Society President Joseph F. Rutherford, Juan Muñiz of Spain traveled to Argentina in September 1924 (Yearbook 1998). Muñiz subsequently traveled to Paraguay, to preach the ideas of the International Bible Student Association under President Rutherford, but no permanent congregations were established. In 1932, during the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia,...

Keywords

Jehovah’s Witnesses Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society Paraguay History Religious movements 
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References

  1. 2017 yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses (2017). Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, New York, pp 178–186Google Scholar
  2. Highlights of the past year. 2011 yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses (2011). Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, New York, pp 37–38Google Scholar
  3. Jehovah’s Witnesses – proclaimers of God’s kingdom (1993). Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, New York. 750 pGoogle Scholar
  4. Paraguay. 1998 yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses (1998). Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, New York. pp 211–252Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s Bone and Spine SurgeryLas VegasUSA