Sadly, experience shows that when these students return home to China, 50-80% of them will leave their faith behind. Considering the faithful discipleship invested in these students in Australia, this is a difficult fact to accept. How does this happen? It’s difficult to investigate this problem because most of the students who fall away simply drop out of communication leaving those who are trying to follow them up at a complete loss to explain what has gone wrong. However, some careful investigation by researchers reveals some of the pressures returning Chinese students face in China, pressures which slowly conflict with the Christian life and crush the faith out of the new believer. Thriving Turtles is a ministry dedicated to seeing these new Chinese Christians make successful transitions back to China, to thrive in their faith and be a blessing to China.