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Bachelor of Arts




In 1915 Virginia missionary Miss Margie Shumate arrived in Shiu Hing in the South China Mission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Until the Communists forced her to leave, Miss Shumate served the Chinese with complete devotion, surviving political problems, social upheavals, and difficulties that most would not even want to imagine. Although the transition to a new field was difficult, Miss Shumate served first in Hong Kong and then in Thailand before her 1958 retirement. Unable to imagine life without the Chinese and mission work, Miss Shumate died soon after her retirement. Hers is story of adaptation, acceptance, and determination. Her life story adds to the growing body of literature on foreign missionary work, especially on missionaries in Asia in the first half of the twentieth century, and further explains the work of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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