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With urbanisation changing the landscape of the Chinese Churches and their demographics, the Churches in China are faced with the challenging task of engaging with and discipling the urban Christians. Zang Chuanhai, a 35-year-old teacher at Shandong Theological Seminary, understands how it is like to work with younger urban Christians. One of the ways he engages them is through a book club ministry using Christian books and literature donated by the United Bible Societies.

The Impact of “Come to Me” in a Doctor's Life

In the vibrant chaos of Chongqing city, Xie Juan, a devoted mother and doctor, faced the relentless juggle between family and a demanding medical career. Amidst this delicate balance, the "Come to Me" booklet emerged as an unexpected yet compelling guide. As she delved into its contents and studied the scriptures which speak to the various topics in the booklet, Xie found herself deeply inspired.

Resourcing Lay Preachers in Hebei

A group of 90 lay preachers in Hebei came together in July 2023 for a two-week training to be equipped with tools that will deepen their faith and support their teaching and preaching ministry. During the training, they each received a set of biblical resources for which they were deeply grateful. These lay preachers returned to their respective churches armed with knowledge, inspiration, and a comprehensive set of resources. With renewed strength, they began to teach and preach with the insights they had gained, igniting a ripple effect of spiritual growth and empowerment within their congregations.

“The Bible – A Spiritual Necessity”

Guo Yubi's faith in Jesus began in her early teens, but it was only at the age of 57, that she received her first Bible. This set her on a journey of deepening her faith and understanding of God's word. Find out why having a Bible is a spiritual necessity for her as she credits the Word of God for transforming her and strengthening her faith.

From Doubt to Conviction

For a long time, Zhao Yumei, a Wa ethnic minority believer, did not have a Bible in her own language and had some doubts about her faith that lingered on. The turning point in Zhao's journey of faith came when she finally received her first Wa Bible. As she delved into the pages of the Bible, its words, woven into the fabric of her native tongue, resonated deeply within her soul. She was captivated, and with every turn of the page, her faith grew stronger.

Bible Ministry Among Ethnic Minorities in Yunnan Province

Thank God for the vibrant ethnic minority churches in China that continue to grow spiritually as they feed on the Word of God. Through the faithful perseverance of various Bible translation teams, a few ethnic minority groups now have the Bible in their own heart languages. For those who are illiterate, Scripture literacy classes help them to learn how to read so that they may grow in their faith through Bible reading.

Transformation through Translation: The Wa Bible Impact

In a remote village nestled amidst the mountains, Bao Bao'ai and his family of the Wa ethnic minority group in China have experienced a remarkable journey of faith. Bao testifies of how the Bible has transformed his entire family, making them a beacon of hope for their community, drawing others to seek the life-changing power of God's Word.

Engaging Urban Christians in China

With urbanisation changing the landscape of the Chinese Churches and their demographics, the Churches in China are faced with the challenging task of engaging with and discipling the urban Christians. Zang Chuanhai, a 35-year-old teacher at Shandong Theological Seminary, understands how it is like to work with younger urban Christians. One of the ways he engages them is through a book club ministry using Christian books and literature donated by the United Bible Societies.

“I Believe in Discipleship”

Having experienced the transforming power of God in her life, Ms Pan Jinju's greatest desire is to help others grow in their faith via small groups. She shares her personal journey of growth that she experienced through joining a small group in her church. Besides providing support for one another, small groups also help young believers grow spiritually through their Bible studies.

A Bucket of Water for A Cup

Zhang Xia, a full-time preacher in Yunnan province, felt enriched after attending the "Life of Jesus" Group Leader Training. It was an opportunity for her to learn and grow with fellow participants of the training as they went through an in-depth study of the life and ministries of Jesus based on the Gospel of Matthew. This training equips them to lead their own small group studies and disciple other believers.

12th International Seminar: “The Bible and Sinicization – Translation and Interpretation...

The 12th International Seminar was held in Shanghai on 23-24 November 2023, with the theme “The Bible and Sinicization - Translation and Interpretation of the Bible in Today’s Context.” Organised by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and its partners including the Protestant Churches in China, with the support of the United Bible Societies and the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Seminar saw respected academicians, scholars, researchers and church leaders from China and overseas gathering to discuss and exchange insights on the various aspects of Bible translation and interpretation.

Minzu University of China Successfully Organised the 5th Minzu Dialogue with...

The Academy of Religion at the Minzu University of China (MUC, 中央民族大学) held its 5th annual Minzu Dialogue on October 25, 2023 with co-organiser United Bible Societies (UBS), returning to an in-person Dialogue after two years of holding it online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Interpreting the Psalms in Our Everyday Life - Joys, Sorrows, and Hopes" was the theme of this year's Dialogue which saw esteemed scholars from China and UBS exchanging insights ideas and perspectives on the book of Psalms.

Ministry Vision Enlarged

When 25-year-old Liu Dawei attended the 11th SASS Seminar held in 2022 on the theme “The Bible and the Sinicization of Christianity in the New Era of China”, it provided an excellent platform to broaden his perspective and allowed him to view Bible ministries and Christianity from multiple angles. He shares how the seminar has inspired him to envision his future ministries.

Scripture Literacy Classes in Jiangsu Province

It was a joy to see believers in Jiangsu province attend Scripture Literacy classes to learn how to read the Bible. The classes, organised by Zhenjiang Christian Council, with the support of the United Bible Societies (UBS), provide believers with the opportunity to acquire the needed literacy skills to read the Bible. Besides strengthening their faith by learning to read God’s Word, the participants also encouraged one another in their faith through their time of fellowship during the classes.

Learning to Read: A Dream Fulfilled

Born into a rural family, Zhang Suli did not have the opportunity to go to school when she was young due to her family circumstances. As an adult, being illiterate caused her much anxiety and inconvenience. Even after becoming a Christian and finding solace in her faith, Zhang continued to grapple with being illiterate as she could not read the Bible on her own. When her church started a Scripture Literacy class, she was overwhelmed with joy to learn that her dream of being able to read and write would become a reality.

Transforming Lives Through Scripture Literacy

When Zhao Cuiping began serving as a teacher in her local church's Scripture Literacy Class, a program supported by the United Bible Societies, she found her heart growing more enthusiastic and her faith deeper. For her, it is not just about teaching people how to read; it's about immersing them in the divine words of God. Praise God that through the Scripture Literacy Class, Zhao and her students have experienced the profound impact of learning God’s Word.

12th International Seminar: “The Bible and Sinicization – Translation and Interpretation...

The 12th International Seminar was held in Shanghai on 23-24 November 2023, with the theme “The Bible and Sinicization - Translation and Interpretation of the Bible in Today’s Context.” Organised by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and its partners including the Protestant Churches in China, with the support of the United Bible Societies and the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Seminar saw respected academicians, scholars, researchers and church leaders from China and overseas gathering to discuss and exchange insights on the various aspects of Bible translation and interpretation.

The Chinese Study Bible: How it Blesses a Student Preparing for...

When Fang Ying decided to commit herself to serving the Lord in full-time ministry, she was met with various challenges. Turning to God as her anchor in those trying times, she persevered and enrolled at Anhui Theological Seminary to be trained as a preacher. As she delved into reading the Bible and using the Chinese Study Bible, which she had received from the seminary, with the support of the United Bible Societies, her understanding of the Scripture was enriched in ways she never imagined.

Visiting Church Partners in Jilin, Liaoning, Hangzhou

On 25 July to 1 August, Mr Daniel Loh, Co-Director (Operations) of United Bible Societies China Partnership (UBSCP) visited our church partners in the provinces of Jilin and Liaoning, and the city of Hangzhou. We thank God for the opportunity to deepen the ties with our church partners and look forward to supporting them in their Bible ministries.