It is because of UBS that the Church in China has strengthened her friendship with churches around the world. — Minister Wang Zuoan, State Administration for Religious Affairs of China, and
Minister Wang Zuoan highlighted the close relationship the Church in China has established with UBS since the early 1980s. The growth of the Bible ministry of the Chinese Church is inseparable from the support given by members of UBS. — State Administration for Religious Affairs of China, and
I would also like to thank UBS. Through the faithful donation of paper to TSPM/CCC and printing machines to Amity, UBS has contributed to the success of the publishing and printing of Bibles in China. — Rev. Dr. Gao Ying, President of Yanjing Theological Seminary. Former Vice-President of NJUTS.,
I hope that UBS donors would continue to be concerned about the Church, the believers and the Bible ministry in China. Although China’s overall economy is growing and the Church is expanding, we have not yet arrived and there are still many poor people who need Bibles. — Elder Fu Xianwei, Chairman of National Committee of TSPM,
UBS is always willing to serve and work with the Church based on China’s needs.....I have come across many overseas Christian organizations and I think that many should follow UBS’s partnership model with the Church in China. — Elder Fu Xianwei, Chairman of National Committee of TSPM,
Some people wonder why the Protestant church in China is growing faster than the Catholic Church. I suspect the reason behind the Protestant Church growth is because she puts more emphasis on reading the Bible. — Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian,
It was the United Bible Societies (UBS) who encouraged us to read the Bible more often and even urged us to organize Bible classes. — Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian,

Since churches in China reopened in the 1980s, there has been an exponential growth in the number of Christians – from 2.7 million in 1949 to more than 46 million today. What has contributed to such tremendous growth?

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Believers during a prayer meeting at the main church at Luhe district. (Photo: UBS CP/ Cynthia Oh

NANJING, China – When Rev Liu Xiaofan, 57, was working as a carpenter in his younger days, he did not expect himself to be repairing and restoring chairs for his church a decade later. “This church was built in 1924. It has an eventful history and there’s an amazing story behind the pews too,” shared Rev Liu from the dining cum living room of his home, adjacent to the church building.

Of Chairs The greyish two-storey church building, having stood for the past 90 years is awash with history and charm. It saw the ravages of the Sino-Japanese War, rise of Communism, onslaught of Cultural Revolution, and the open door policy of Deng Xiaoping, with her fate rising and falling according to the times. Besides being used as what it is in the beginning as a church, it was also used later as an exhibition hall, then a community hall where movie screenings and other mass gatherings were held and even as a commercial warehouse before it was eventually reinstated for religious activity in 1984. “When it was reinstated as a church in 1984, there was even a life-sized statue of Mao Zedong in the middle of the sanctuary that had to be moved to another place!”

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Shanghai, China  What does the Bible say about values? “Psalms 116:15 says, The Lord values the lives of His servants. We know that Jesus came to bring abundant life. The Bible values life - it enables people to discover life and let it flourish,” shared Prof Paul Williams, Chief Executive of British Bible Society (BFBS) at the opening ceremony of the 6th Bible in China Seminar held in Shanghai, attended by Chinese academics and researchers of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and Shanghai Communist Party School, Christian leaders, seminary students, members of Bible Societies and international guest speakers.

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