The Christian population in Mainland China continues to grow, with unofficial figures suggesting a figure of 100 million Christians. With this growth comes an increase in demand for Bibles. So many people would like to own a copy of the Bible for themselves and yet for a lot of people it is just too expensive to afford. More than 90 million people in China are living on less than US$1 a day, and so to afford a Bible the price needs to be greatly reduced.
Bible Societies across the world are working in partnership with the Amity Printing Press at Nanjing. This huge printing press has the capacity to print up to 12 million Scriptures in one year, and since its opening in 1987 has produced 60 million Bibles for distribution in China. Bible Societies are covering the cost of printing paper – £500 for one bale which produces 625 Bibles! By covering the cost of the paper that is used for printing, Bibles can be sold at a reduced price or used for free distribution by churches.
Photo: 300 Bibles distributed to Shang Dang village church, Jiangsu Province