Bible and Courier Ministry
Why delivery still needed?
China is becoming economically stronger and the people’s standard of living is rising significantly. However, China’s inadequate economic system does not promote equitable distribution of wealth resulting in a great disparity of income among her people. There are many people who still cannot afford a Bible or have to travel to a certain place to claim one. Due to China’s unsound religious policy, there is great restriction of freedom to print and distribute Bibles. Hence the Bibles available are far from meeting the needs of a rapidly growing Christian population in the country. Bibles may be quite easily purchased in certain big cities, but it is never the case with the second-line cities and distant townships.
Why is there a Bible shortage?
In Beijing, Shanghai and other big coastal cities, one can buy and own several versions of the Bible. Another fact is, impoverished rural villages often suffer accessibility problems and house churches there usually lack purchasing power. So it is still possible to find in certain house churches that only the pastors and coworkers have individual Bibles which are old and torn. For the congregation, one Bible is often shared by several members. This has hindered the development of the gospel work. For the growing churches, there are obvious needs for more teaching materials, Bible tools, children's Bibles and Sunday school materials. Through our sources, we can get a small Bible at about HK$15 (equiv. US$2) while a slightly bigger one HK$20 (equiv. US$2.5). To many Chinese not living in big cities whose annual income falls within the range of HK$1900 to HK$2500 (equiv. US$250 to US$330), the low earners among the believers would still find a small Bible unaffordable.
[One Man One Bible]
We need 30,000 Bibles! The Bible is the most basic material to help one grow in the Christian faith. In the past years, the number of people involved in our Bible delivery ministry has dwindled markedly due to visa or other problems. However, we insist on Dennis Balcombe’s original commitment to <One Man One Bible > so that as many Chinese as possible will have one Bible in their hands. At this point of time, we need to purchase 30,000 copies of the Bible for distribution. In the months ahead we shall work towards raising the required fund, buy the Bibles and have them delivered to the spiritually hungry Chinese families.
I am ready!
tons of books!
We thank God for His amazing guidance that from Hong Kong spiritual materials have continued to be consigned by vehicles or hand-delivered through long-distance delivery into mainland China. Some of the spiritual materials were printed inside China and distributed locally.