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Church bookstores reopen in China; 11,000 free Scriptures head to Inner Mongolia

Author: Bible Society, 19 June 2020

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Worshippers use hand sanitiser before entering a church in Nanjing in June. Photos: UBS China Partnership

China’s authorities have given the green light for places of worship to reopen, meaning that Bibles are back on sale in church bookstores.

Also, 11,000 Bibles are being distributed free of charge in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia.

Places of worship in China had been closed for four months due to restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bookstores in churches, like this one in Kunming, Yunnan province, have reopened in China,
allowing believers to once again purchase Bibles and Christian literature. 

Local authorities now have the freedom to allow ‘religious sites’ to reopen if it is deemed safe to do so in their particular area.

Many churches have been doing just that and gradually opening after the green light was given on 30 May. Precautions are still being taken such as the wearing of face masks and use of hand sanitiser.

Last year, 2 million affordable Bibles in mainland China were produced thanks to donations from Bible Society supporters. A further 80,000 Scriptures, including 30,000 large-print Bibles, were distributed free to those who would otherwise not be able to afford them.

We are so grateful for the continued support and regular giving of our supporters that enables the Bible mission in China to be successful.

Please pray for the Bible mission in China and that it will continue to go from strength to strength, reaching millions more people in this vast nation each year. You can visit our China Prayer Tree for prayer guidance or to post a prayer yourself.

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