Bibles for China’s Millions

Read the PDF version here.

Across China, poor, rural Christians are eagerly waiting to receive large-print Bibles. As well, there are many churches where entire congregations are waiting to receive Bibles so that they can engage with the Word of God further. 

Your support will help to fund Bible paper so that Bibles can be distributed to them at either subsidised prices or for free.

For some, this will be the first Bible they have ever received. For others, it will replace a worn-out Bible whose pages are torn and tattered. For those with poor eyesight, there will be large-print Bibles with a large font. But one thing is absolutely certain. Each Bible will be treasured, read, and re-read because Chinese Christians love the Bible.

Yes, I would like to help bring the life-changing message of the Bible to Christians in rural China

The Bible in China

Once banned, confiscated, and burned, the Bible is now one of China’s best-selling books! Officially, the number of Christians in China is 46 million, but unofficially it is 100 million! In 1986, the Amity Printing Press was opened. Since then, it has printed 87 million Bibles for distribution to Chinese Christians in China.

Today, fuelled in part by the provision of Bibles the number of Christians in China continues to grow rapidly. With the support of people like you who help to fund Bible paper, Bibles are distributed at either subsidised prices or for free to poor, rural believers.

Today, there are 600 million people in China who live on less than 1,000 yuan (USD$156) per month. Rural people account for 75 percent of these. Many poor, rural families are often large with many elderly members and children.¹ It is also common for many elderly rural people to suffer from poor eyesight, such as presbyopia or long-sightedness, something that affects the Bible-reading capabilities of many elderly Christians.

The United Bible Societies China Partnership is working to bring Bibles to poor, rural believers who are unable to afford a Bible. For some, this will be the first Bible they have ever received. For others, it will replace a worn-out Bible whose pages are torn and tattered. For those with poor eyesight, there will be large-print Bibles with a large font. But one thing is absolutely certain. Each Bible will be treasured, read, and re-read because Chinese Christians love the Bible.



Testimonies from China

Madam Zhang Baohua

Madam Zhang Baohua with her large-print Bible.

Madam Zhang Baohua, 68, has been a believer for 33 years. Throughout her faith journey she has read her Bible daily seeking to draw on God’s Word and His strength. However, in 2004, her eyesight began deteriorating leading to reading difficulties. Recently, Madam Zhang received a large-print Bible. She explains the difference it has made in her life.

“People of my age want to read the Bible, but for some of us, we can’t read for very long because of our declining eyesight,” explains Madam Zhang. “I was prescribed reading glasses for presbyopia, but even with glasses my eyes turned teary, and I felt dizzy after reading for a short period. Not being able to read the Bible made me feel as if I had abandoned God. It was tormenting,” she said.

When Madam Zhang Baohua learned that, supported by the United Bible Societies (UBS), her church was distributing free copies of large-print Bibles she was eager to receive one.

“The larger font size is much easier for me to read. I am now able to read the Bible with ease, and I can continue to draw on the Word to strengthen my faith. Our God is truly the Lord of our lives who makes up for our physical weaknesses and provides for our spiritual needs. I am very grateful for the large print Bible!” says Madam Zhang Baohua.

Madam Zhang Xiuyin

Madam Zhang Xiuyin is thankful that her grandchildren enjoy reading the Bible.
Madam Zhang Xiuyin is thankful that her grandchildren enjoy reading the Bible.

In 1997, Madam Zhang Xiuyin, 57, came to faith through reading the Bible. “When my two children were young, I was not yet a believer,” says Madam Zhang Xiuyin. “My husband and I used to scold our children and hit them. After coming to faith, I was convicted of my shortcomings as a parent. We adults were bitter because of our circumstances, and our negative attitudes and responses caused a lot of harm to our children and the whole family,” admits Madam Zhang Xiuyin. Today, she is convinced of the importance of bringing up children in God’s love, based on His Word.

However, four years ago Madam Zhang Xiuyin’s eyesight began to deteriorate to the point where it became increasingly difficult for her to read. In late 2020, she received a copy of a large-print Bible through her church. “I was very excited and touched when I first received the large-print Bible. The larger font size is much clearer. Ever since I received this Bible and started using it, my love for reading the Bible has been renewed! I read a passage of the Scriptures every day. I have read through the Books of Kings. I am starting on the Books of Chronicles. I am so thankful that due to the love of many Christian brothers and sisters I have received a large-print Bible. I am truly grateful for this gift,” said Madam Zhang Xiuyin.

Madam Zhang Xiuyin and her husband have three grandchildren, the eldest of whom is eleven years old. She and her husband take care of their grandchildren while their parents work in another city returning home only once every two to three weeks. Their grandchildren are part of what is known as the “left behind generation”, which comprises 31 million children in China who are being raised by their grandparents in rural areas.

Every day, Madam Zhang Xiuyin prays along with her grandchildren and reads the Bible to them. “When we pray before mealtimes, the kids shout ‘Amen’! They also bring me the Bible and ask: ‘Grandma, read the Bible to me!’” Madam Zhang is pleased that her grandchildren have grown fond of reading the Bible.

Madam Wen

Another who has benefitted from receiving a large-print Bible is 81-year-old Madam Wen. Two years ago, Madam Wen was on the verge of losing her sight. She prayed to the Lord. “Oh Lord, although my eyes are not able to see, my faith is in you. Let me follow you.”

Despite not being able to read the Bible, Madam Wen continued to participate in various church fellowships. Thankfully, she has now had cataract surgery on her right eye and her vision has improved, although her left is still not able to see well. She recently received a large-print Bible, which has made it easier for her to read the Bible at home.

Bible Distribution in China

In many different provinces Bible distributions to churches are taking place. Recently, a distribution took place in Jiangxi Province. Here’s how one church responded when its members received Bibles.

Thanks to the support of the United Bible Societies, these believers have received free copies of the Bible. This is very meaningful because these parishioners have yearned to have Bibles. They are exceptionally happy and moved to have received one. Some have even shed tears. Now that they have received Bibles, it has reignited their interest in Bible study. They have also given UBS a big “thumbs-up” and they are praying for its workers to know happiness and peace in the Lord. In this province, some churches have been encouraging their parishioners to engage with God’s Word by introducing programmes such as Bible study classes, and activities such as copying and reciting Scripture verses. The distribution of Bibles enables programmes such as these to be more effective helping to end Bible Poverty and encouraging Bible Engagement in churches.

Across China, poor, rural Christians are eagerly waiting to receive large-print Bibles. As well, there are many churches where entire congregations are waiting to receive Bibles so that they can engage with the Word of God further. 

Your support will help to fund Bible paper so that Bibles can be distributed to them at either subsidised prices or for free.

Just use your preferred giving option below to help bring the life-changing message of the Bible to Christians in rural China.


Online Form - Credit Card


Internet Banking

If you’d like to make a bank transfer to Bible Society, our account number is 03 0558 0245656 02.

When making a bank transfer please include:

    • Your name in the reference field
    • Your supporter number in the code  (leave empty if you are a first-time supporter)
    • To give to China add CHINA22 in the particulars. 

You will be sent an acknowledgment of your gift.

If you are planning on sending us a gift via Internet Banking, please fill in this form so we can identify your gift and issue you a tax receipt.

Alternatively, please email your information to donations@biblesociety.org.nz

Direct Debit

Direct Debiting is a safe and convenient way to donate towards Bible mission. Instead of asking the bank, Bible Society can lodge your gifts for you. To learn more about this option, click here.

Make an Automatic Payment

If you don’t do Internet Banking, you can set up an Automatic Payment by downloading the AP form for your bank:

    • Download Westpac AP form here
    • Download AP form for other banks here.

If you would like us to send you a tax receipt for your gift, please email us with your postal address here – donations@biblesociety.org.nz

Donations of $5 or more are eligible for a tax credit.

In the event that an appeal becomes oversubscribed, funds will be distributed where most needed.

¹ https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202006/10/WS5ee02eafa310834817251f8b.html