A Testimony by Liu Jinzhi, 3rd year student from Jiangsu Province Bible School Read more [...]There is a common Chinese saying, “Everyone has a story to tell”. I too have a story to tell: when I failed my senior high school national examination, I felt like it was the end of the world. Life ahead was bleak as I walked through the valley of utter hopelessness. I wanted to end my life. From the depth of my heart, I cried out, “The God of my father, where are you? Can you save me?” When a man reaches the end of the road, he finds God there, waiting for him. My eyes lightened up suddenly when I saw my father’s Bible lying on the desk in a corner. It seemed to be glowing at me; beckoning me to pick it up. I began to read the Bible and immediately fell in love with it. It became the most precious book in my life. It gave me hope and guidance during this difficult time. It led me through the valley of the shadow of death to the green pasture and quiet waters; it helped me to understand that it was God who healed my deepest hurt. I was led by God to study at the Jiangsu Bible School.
Testimony by Liu Ming, 3rd year student from Jiangsu Province Bible School Read more [...]I am Liu Ming, a third year student from Jiangsu Province Bible School. I thank the Lord for His calling and leading in giving me the opportunity to take the 3-year Bible course. Not only did I gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, my perspective in life has also deepened through all the learning. I was a lay preacher in a rural church in Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province. I strongly believe that all Christians need to grow in our spiritual maturity and that can only be done through the reading of the Bible. As human beings, we cannot live without food; as Christians, we cannot live without the Bible. I remembered how I started attending church with my parents when I first became a Christian in 1980. Bibles were limited then and we met at someone’s house for Bible Study. During the meeting, those who are literate will take turns to read a portion of the Scripture and that brought great spiritual satisfaction to the listeners. As I was the youngest and the most literate amongst them, I became the only one to read the Bible out most of the time. From merely reading out the scriptures, I moved on to explaining the passages. That was how I started my ministry as a lay preacher. The picture of yearning eyes of those around me is still etched in my heart. I silently prayed, “Lord, how wonderful it would be if you could provide everyone with a Bible!”
Excerpts from an interview with Rev. Dr. Gao Ying, Vice Principal of the Nanjing Union Theological SeminaryRev. Dr. Gao Ying has been in the Lord’s service for the last 3 decades. She has these words to say about the growth of Christianity in China and the collaborative relationship between the China Church and the United Bible Societies (UBS): “Unlike the West, China does not have a Christian cultural background. Christians are a minority group here; they may count for only about one per cent of the total population in China. The figure is small although the absolute figure might be a large number. After more than 20 years of printing Bibles locally, the supply of Bibles is still insufficient to meet its demand. Not only the Christians are asking for the Bible, there are also a vast number of non-Christians who want to read the Bible for different reasons: some of them want to learn about Christianity from a cultural point of view. Read more [...]