Stuart C. Strother is a professor in the school of business and management at Azusa Pacific University, where he leads a study program on Asia. Stuart and his wife, Barbara, are authors of Living Abroad in China (Avalon Travel Publishing).
In the 1950s, the communist government of China expelled all foreign missionaries. Many Americans have seen black-and-white photos of missionary families sitting next to piles of luggage on the wharves of Shanghai, waiting to sail home. We know much about this event because the missionaries came home and wrote books about their dedication and their unrealized harvest.