Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Bible Power

China —Help Chinese people welcome New Year with God’s Word

Last week, Chinese people around the world celebrated 'Year of the Pig' with feasts, lion dances and displays of firecrackers—an ancient Chinese tradition meant to drive away evil spirits and bad luck. They also greeted one another with, “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (which means “wish you wealth”), believing that this will bring them wealth and good luck for the year ahead. Many Chinese people also flocked to Buddhist or Taoist temples to pray and to offer incense, hoping to secure their blessings: fortune, health, good luck and peace.

Being 'blessed’ is very important in Chinese culture. However, not all Chinese people understand what it means to be truly blessed as David writes,

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2, NIV)

Millions of people in China are waiting for God’s Word to enlighten them with truth. They need God’s Word to come to faith, so that they may rejoice in God’s blessing.

“God used the Scripture to enlighten me, to let me know that no matter how much money I could earn, I should take it and be thankful. I needed to make sure I had enough time for my faith and my family,” says Chen, a Bible League-trained Christian. Last year, Bible League placed 665,322 Bibles in China and trained 108,420 Christians through the Project Philip Bible study program.

Today, there are still over 50 million Christians in China who don’t have a Bible. In some rural areas, there is only one Bible between 10 or more Christians. These Christians are longing for God’s Word to help them grow in faith and to be reminded of God’s grace in their suffering.

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