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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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JIANGSU, China The second Jiangsu Pastors’ Training was held from 18-22 April at Jiangsu Theological Seminary. Attended by 70 elders, pastors and preachers from Xuzhou, Huaian, Zhengjiang, Suqian and Nantong, this continuing education supported by UBS is Jiangsu Christian Council/TSPM’s way of strengthening the preaching and teaching capabilities of key church leaders throughout the province. (Photo: Participants of the training, invited guests, instructors and staff members of Jiangsu Theological Seminary)

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When the ‘80s arrived, winds of change adjusted the political climate and opened the country to the outside world through socio-economic reforms. Churches were being reopened in succession. “Some days, a few churches would reopen at the same time,” Rev Bao mused. Christian leaders like Bishop K.H. Ting began to look for pastors and theological students they had known in the past to lead and shepherd the newly reopened churches. It was also at this time that the Chinese Church began her partnership with organizations like UBS that began with Bible printing and distribution and then subsequently in other Scripture programs as well.

(Photo: Rev Bao in his CCC Office at Nanjing, taken about 15 years ago)

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