In 1874, young Presbyterian missionary Charles Leaman embarked from here to China. He worked diligently, sowed with tears, and then rested in the Lord over on the mission field.
In 1906, Christiana Tsai, daughter of Jiang-Su’s Governor, was converted to the Lord. She joined Charles Leaman’s daughter Mary to proclaim the gospel in many places. Later she contracted an eye disease that kept her comfortable only by staying in a dark room. Even so, she influenced countless brothers and sisters’ lives. In 1966, Sister Mary and Sister Tsai donated a portion of the Leaman family’s farm estate to the newly formed Ambassadors for Christ (AFC) organization for their use. Since then AFC has been ministering over a half century among Chinese intellectuals living in North America.
Here, in Paradise, PA, from which Charles Leaman embarked, was the place where Sister Christiana Tsai ministered, with her “dark room as her mission field, and her bed as her pulpit.” Now this location has been the headquarters for training and administrative offices for AFC to “Reach this generation of Chinese intellectuals for Christ” during the past 50 years.