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HENAN, China -- Pastor Jiao Xuewen, a cheerful and gregarious young man in his thirties, hails from the city of Zhoukou in Henan Province. Despite his age, he has already accumulated nine years of church service experience under his belt before pursuing his Masters of Divinity degree at Singapore’s Trinity Theological College (TTC) in 2013. As a young pastor, he had assisted UBS in Bible distribution trips to Henan province and was assigned by the provincial Christian Council/ Three Self Patriotic Movement (CC/ TSPM) to start Bible Literacy classes to complement these Bible distribution projects. It may surprise some then that he was not always fervent about the teaching and sharing of God’s Word. (Photo: Rev Jiao (right) presenting a hand copied Bible by Zhoukou believers to UBS CP staff Jock Foo)

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HENAN, China – Being the most populous province in China, Henan has more than 100 000 000 people. Of these, 5 000 000   are Christians, 70% of whom are located in rural farming regions. With less than 13 000 preachers and pastors ministering among this vast number of people, Christian education and evangelism are big challenges. Read more [...]

Students attending the lay preacher classes

HENAN, China - One Bible Training Centre in Henan province has been providing training to many lay preachers in the region since 1989. Each year, the number of applicants is double the capacity of the school. Many have to be turned down and put on waiting list. The training the students receive is basic as many have little education and are poor farmers from the villages. But the students are determined. Even on a cold Saturday afternoon, the classroom is full. During their on-campus training, eight students share a dormitory. After completing the training, they will receive a lay preacher license, which will allow them to preach in churches and associated meeting points till they turn 60. Read more [...]
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