The History of the Bible in China

The Associated Baptist Press has an article about the Bible in China.  Below is an excerpt from the article:

WASHINGTON (ABP) — Ask most Americans where the largest Bible printing facility in the world is and they might imagine Nashville, Dallas or London to hold that honor. Few would guess the correct answer: China.

On Sept. 28, opening ceremonies were held in Washington for the first of a four-city tour of “Thy Word is Truth: The Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China.” Chinese dignitaries and invited guests assembled at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church to celebrate the exhibition’s opening.

Addressing the assembly were representatives of most American Protestant denominations. Speaking for Baptists were John Upton, president of the Baptist World Alliance and executive director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and Daniel Vestal, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, who also served on the event’s advisory committee.

Referring to the diverse denominations present, Upton told the group, “It is ironic, that it has taken the church in a distant part of the world to bring us all together [in support of this exhibition].” Upton – a former missionary who served in Taiwan — concluded his remarks in Mandarin to the delighted murmurings and applause of the crowd.

The event was organized by the China Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, both components of the registered church in China, to tell the history of the Bible in China and the influence the Scriptures have had in Chinese life and art. Through museum-quality displays, the exhibition covers a period from the entry of Nestorian Christianity in the eighth century until today.

The exhibition is free and may be viewed through Sunday, Oct. 2, at Wesley Theological Seminary’s downtown campus located at 908 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., in Washington, at the following times: Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29-30, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m.

From Washington  the exhibition travels to Chicago (Oct. 12-16); Dallas (Oct. 30-Nov. 3); and Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 8-19).

It is wonderful to know that our brothers and sisters in China are carrying out the Lord’s work through the printing and the distribution of the Bible.  There is a hunger for God’s Word in China.  Chinese are studying the Bible and learning more about God’s purpose for their lives.  Let us express our love and support to all believers in China.

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2 Responses to The History of the Bible in China

  1. Meredith Lindgren says:

    So good to see your post on the China Bible exhibit. My friend, Emmy Lou, is involved in this here in the Chicago area. I brought a poster to school for her, and it is displayed on the bulletin board in the Student Commons. I hope our students will check it out and visit the exhibit.


    • Meredith,

      Thank you for this information. I am very interested in following the growth of Christianity in China. I am planning to go to the exhibit when it comes to Chicago. I will also let my students know about the exhibit.

      Claude Mariottini


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