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Bibles for Chinese Christians

Last updated: 25 July 2016

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In the last 12 months a remarkable one million* people have come to faith in China. That’s equivalent to three people making a commitment to Christ before you even finish reading this page!

It is estimated that there is a huge total of 100 million Christians in China. That number is growing, but many believers are from rural areas and desperately poor. In some places up to ten Christians have to share a single copy of the Bible between them, because many cannot afford their own Bible. We want to give every Christian in China a Bible, but we can’t do it without your help. A gift of just £8 could provide Bibles for ten new Chinese Christians.

Xinnian’s story

Tang Xinnian became a Christian in her twenties, but 14 years ago her husband ripped up her one and only Bible, because he objected to her going to church. It was left ruined and unreadable; her one and only copy was destroyed.

‘Today I’m so happy to get a Bible! I’ve been a Christians for 20 years and was baptised recently, but I haven’t had a Bible for 14 years.’

Xinnian, a farmer and mother-of-two, is just one of millions of Christians in China to have lived life without a copy of Scripture. Last year she heard that our team were visiting a village near her home to hand out Bibles and she walked two hours across the countryside to the village to be there!

Xinnian managed to get a new Bible and was overjoyed. She said ‘Today I’m so happy to get a Bible! I’ve been a Christians for 20 years and was baptised recently, but I haven’t had a Bible for 14 years.’

In some places up to ten Christians have to share a single copy of the Bible

We want to see many more Christians in China experience the joy that Xinnian did when her desperate wait for a Bible was ended. We’ve made it our mission in China to reach as many believers as possible with the Bible, in order that their lives might change, for good.

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Ready to start printing

Earlier this year, the Chinese government gave permission yet again, through the registered Church, for 3.5 million Bibles to be printed. The Amity Printing Company in Nanjing, which is part owned by Bible Society, is primed to respond to this opportunity.

Just £8 could provide new Bibles for ten Chinese Christians.

The printing presses are ready to roll – with the capacity to print almost 50 Bibles every minute. It’s only the paper that’s missing – paper that costs a mere 80p per Bible. Just £8 could provide new Bibles for ten Chinese Christians. Will you join us today in bringing joy to believers in China by giving them the gift of the Bible?

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*Estimated figure based on average growth between 2005 and 2010

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