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Our annual seminar organised by Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) is not able to take place this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been held yearly for nine years, but we are thankful to God that the 9th seminar took place last year, in November 2019, prior to the pandemic. With the support of the United Bible Societies, the seminar focused on the theme of the Bible in relation to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The sessions discussed impacts and contributions religion, particularly Christianity, made on cities and people in the BRI countries.

Are Bibles Still Difficult to Obtain in China Today?

Inaccessibility, financial constraints and a limited supply of Bibles to their area are some of the reasons that make it hard for some Catholics in China to obtain a Bible. Leshan in Sichuan province is one such area and it was a privilege for United Bible Societies to support the Leshan diocese by distributing free Bibles to the parishioners in its mostly mountainous and hilly region. Beneficiaries who received the Bibles share their heartfelt responses in this write-up about the Bible distribution.

By Faith not by Sight

Mr. Li is so overjoyed to be given his first complete set of Braille Bible, donated by the United Bible Societies (UBS), that he wrote a simple worship song in thanksgiving to God and dedicated it to the UBS donors. Touched by the grace of God, his life overflows with praise and gratitude towards the Lord. Be encouraged by his testimony (including his song) and learn more about how UBS China Partnership supports the visually challenged Christians in China.

The Greater Miracle: Amity Press Prints its 200 Millionth Bible

This story recounts the 2019 November 11th celebration of the completion of the 200 millionth Bible by Amity Printing Company. Beyond the grand-scale celebration is a deep acknowledgement of God's miraculous hand over the establishment of the Bible printing press in China and its role in fulfilling the scripture needs of millions of Chinese Christians in China as well as Christians across the world. Let us praise our Sovereign Lord for this amazing milestone!

“I Hid my Bible in the Pig Sty”

Granny Long Qinmei is from the Miao people group, an ethnic minority group in Southwest China. Aged 86, she meets with God early every morning to pray and meditate on His Word. Her love for God and His Word is evident. The Bible is greatly treasured by her. But why did she have to hide it in a pig sty years ago? Read her story to find out more.

We Couldn’t Even Afford to Die!

To Li Jiaxing, it seemed incomprehensible that a funeral had to be a huge financial burden on the deceased's family. In contrast, he found the hope of eternal life in the Christian faith, which did not require such costly rites. Read the story of this Gan Yi Bible translator who desires to see God's Word transform his tribe for generations to come!

Here for A Purpose!

Bible translation work is like a marathon that requires much endurance and perseverance. What keeps Bible translators like Elder Su Laiyou going for 20 years? Read his testimony of God's hand in his life that compels him to have a deep sense of God's purpose in his life.
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The Heart of a Shepherd: Lisu Preacher Mu

Preacher Mu Weixu, from the West Lisu ethnic people group, serves as a lay preacher in two village churches in Yunnan. Through the godly influence of his parents and grandparents, especially his grandmother, Mu was moulded to be the God-fearing person he is today. Read about his journey of knowing God as a child and what keeps his faith going strong even in the face of challenges such as financial pressures and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministering Amid Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic can be felt globally across different sectors, and rural Christians in various provinces across China are not spared either. With church meetings suspended, many ethnic minority preachers are in need of support, as this has affected the usual financial support they receive from congregants. Read about how the support from UBS has helped one needy preacher in Yunnan province continue with his ministry by travelling around the rural areas to encourage fellow congregants during this crisis.

Joy of Teaching the Elderly

60 year old Niu Cuihua is a cancer survivor who accepted the Lord as her Saviour in 2008. She now conducts Scripture Literacy classes in a rural area in Shandong province where the elderly come weekly not just to learn to read the Bible, but also for worship and fellowship. Find out what motivates Niu to serve these precious souls selflessly and tirelessly, providing a supportive environment for them to be cared for week after week.

The Bible and Belt and Road Initiative

Our annual seminar organised by Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) is not able to take place this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been held yearly for nine years, but we are thankful to God that the 9th seminar took place last year, in November 2019, prior to the pandemic. With the support of the United Bible Societies, the seminar focused on the theme of the Bible in relation to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The sessions discussed impacts and contributions religion, particularly Christianity, made on cities and people in the BRI countries.

Bible Sunday in China

Bible Sunday is celebrated by Bible Societies and Churches with the intention to encourage Christians to put God’s Word in the centre of their lives so that they can live it out as a witness to the world. Churches in China celebrated Bible Sunday at Hangzhou’s Chongyi Church in December 2019. Read about this memorable event, which included the hand-copying of Scriptures by 100 believers and a free Bible distribution.

Giving the Very Best Version of the Bible to China

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Union Version Bible (or CUV), known as 和合本圣经 in Mandarin. Over the years, the availability of the Bible in the Chinese language has played a significant role in the growth of the Church. This brief summary of the Why, How and Impact of the CUV Bible is a wonderful testimony of God's hand over the work in China.

Grandma, I want to hear God’s Word together with you

A program manager from the United Bible Societies China Partnership (UBS CP) shares her thoughts on the impact of the scripture literacy project after visiting a scripture literacy class in a rural area in China. Read this story to find out why her meeting with an elderly lady and her granddaughter at the class left such a deep impression on her.

Mothers’ Role in the Making of a Chinese Christian Leader

Rev Zhang Keyun, as Chairman of Jiangsu Provincial TSPM and President of Jiangsu Seminary, plays an important role in shepherding the churches under his charge and training future leaders for ministry. Such widespread influence did not come about by chance. Instead, it has much to do with his personal walk with God, and the godly influences of two: his mother and a spiritual mentor in his early years in Christian ministry. Read his story to learn more about these women’s influences in his faith journey.

A Granny Who Copies the Bible

Because of her thirst for God’s word, 81-year-old granny Liu Meiyun began copying the Bible one chapter a day since becoming a Christian in 2002. Each day she can spend up to three hours copying the Bible. Read her story to find out what keeps her going and how the Word of God has impacted her life.

Mothers’ Role in the Making of a Chinese Christian Leader

Rev Zhang Keyun, as Chairman of Jiangsu Provincial TSPM and President of Jiangsu Seminary, plays an important role in shepherding the churches under his charge and training future leaders for ministry. Such widespread influence did not come about by chance. Instead, it has much to do with his personal walk with God, and the godly influences of two: his mother and a spiritual mentor in his early years in Christian ministry. Read his story to learn more about these women’s influences in his faith journey.

Grateful for God’s Grace and His Word

Having experienced the grace of God in his life, Cheng Weiwei has a deep hunger for God's Word. He recognises that having the opportunity to study at Shandong Theological Seminary is also because of the grace of God. Be inspired by his desire to know God as he shares about his motivation to study Scriptures and how thrilled he was to receive a copy of the Chinese Study Bible from UBS.

Cradled in God’s Word

Liu Yuekai, a seminary lecturer, shares his journey, which goes all the way back to his childhood when his grandparents laid a strong foundation for him in God's Word. Their influence now impacts both his role as a father at home and in his ministry to the seminary students. Financial support from UBS has enabled him to continue the legacy left behind by his grandparents. Read his story here.

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