|Voice of Martyrs send Bibles to China|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Thursday, 05 October 2006 00:00|
Voice of the Martyrs, a Christian organization that works to support the persecuted Church, has begun a new programme to supply countries such as China with Bibles. China has experienced tremendous growth in the Chinese House Church movement, despite tremendous persecution by the state. It is estimated there are around 10,000 Christians for every trained Pastor in China, and Chinese people are in desperate need of Bibles. The Chinese government restricts the printing of Bibles to around a million per year, which falls far short of demand. Christians who don't attend the government approved denominations must meet in complete secrecy. When they are discovered by the Chinese Secret Police, their meetings are raided and Bibles confiscated, and Christian leaders are often arrested and beaten, if not executed. The new programme, Bibles Unbound, started by the Voice of the Martyrs aims to help the Chinese House Church by anonymously mailing Bibles direct to individuals within these countries.
Quote: ""Even as you read this, persecuted Christians are gathering names and addresses from their communities with a single request, 'Please send Bibles,'" a description of the program announces. "Names and addresses are being collected from China to Colombia, and from Cuba to the Middle East and are being submitted to The Voice of the Martyrs to be included." The program works this way: volunteers in free nations sign up to receive five or more New Testaments per month, in the appropriate language, with all the needed packing and postage to mail them directly to a Christian in a restricted nation.
When I was with Angela last fortnight in Portrush, her church held an international day for foreign students at Coleraine University. There were over 90 Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese people at the event. We had games and Chinese food laid on for everyone, and Stevie did a talk at the end. It was fantastic and it helped open my eyes to the need of these dear Chinese people. Here in Northern Ireland we have so many Bibles, and so many versions, and the nation has turned its back on God. But in China people are crying out for God's Word. I feel we should be doing something to help them.