Han ankom med sin hustru Caroline til Hangzhou i 1887 og dro sammen med misjonæren til et misjonsfelt nord i provinsen Jiangsu. Der var han med på åpne misjonsstasjoner i Suqian (i 1893), Xuzhou (i 1896) og Huai'an (1904). Senere virket han i Zhenjiang, Nanjing og i provinsen Jiangxi. ,
“[His is] the story . . . of one soul and its march through time to its appointed end. For this soul there was birth, predestined, a duty to be done and it was done, and there was heaven at the end – that was the whole story. There was nothing of the lives of people in it, no merriment of feasts, no love of joy, no tales of death. . . . There was nothing in it of empire or emperors or revolutions or of all the stir of changing human times. There was no reflection upon the minds and manners of men or any subtlety of philosophies. The tale was told as simply as the sun rises out of the dawn, marches swiftly across the firmament, to set in its own glory.” -- Pearl S. Buck
- ^ Peter Conn: Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996. s. 3-4.
- ^ Pearl Buck: Fighting Angel: Portrait of a Soul. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1956.
- ^ Buck, Fighting Angel, 3.
- Jost Oliver Zetsche: «Absalom Sydenstricker: A Ruling Minority of One», i The Missionary Kaleidoscope: Portraits of Six China Missionaries (s. 116-152), red. av Kathleen L. Lodwick, Wah Cheng. The Missionary Enterprise in Asia. Norwalk: EastBridge, 2005