In China

Just over 40 years ago, the Bible was a banned book in China. But today, in this largely atheist country, the Bible is a best seller.

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Christianity in China is growing at a rapid rate. In China today, you will find churches so full their congregants spill out on the pavement. Those in rural areas often walk for hours just to attend a service, while more and more city-dwellers can be found in churches – both underground and state-run – on a Sunday morning.

What’s more, copies of the Bible – once a banned book in China – are now within reach through local churches and specially-licensed bookshops.

'The fire of revival has been burning in China for 30 years. If we want it to keep burning, we need to feed it with God’s word.'

It’s a remarkable story. And we’ve been at the heart of it. Over decades, through working with the registered Church, with the blessing of the government, we’ve carved out a unique ministry in China. In 1987, in response to requests from Chinese church leaders, we helped to establish the Amity Printing Company. In 2008, it moved to larger, upgraded facility, the size of 12 football pitches and with the capacity to print 20 million Bibles a year. It’s now the world’s biggest Bible printing factory.

    Meeting the demand

    This astonishing growth is threatening to outstrip the availability of resources. That’s why we are hard at work printing and distributing Bibles across the country, helping to strengthen the roots of the Chinese Church and support new believers to become mature followers of Jesus.

    Our work in China is only possible with your support. This is what it looks like right now:

    As a member of United Bible Societies, we’re working with the China Christian Council and the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China (CCC/ TSPM) to distribute Bibles to a network of 60,000 local Protestant churches through 80 distribution centres. And as of December 2020, more than 87 million Bibles have been printed for churches in China.

    Training the leaders

    There is an acute shortage of trained pastors in China, with only one ordained minister for every 6,700 Christians nationally. It means leaders must often spread themselves between five or six churches, with congregants hearing their pastor preach perhaps once every two months.

    For this reason, we provide Bible study materials and run training classes to help trainee pastors understand the Scriptures and bring them to life in their local churches.

    Teaching literacy

    In a country where 31 million adults remain illiterate and children are hungry to learn, we help local churches run adult literacy and Sunday School classes for the community. As a result, many more adults are reading the Bible and over 85,000 children have had a first encounter with Scripture.

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    Please pray for Christians in China and for the ministers who serve them. You can share your prayer for China by adding a leaf to our China Prayer Tree.

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