100 years ago, Scottish Bible Society supporters helped launch a Bible translation that shone God’s love into the lives of millions of Chinese people.
That translation was the Chinese Union Version in vernacular Mandarin. Now 100 years later, you are still helping to provide Bibles in China.
Hundreds of millions of CUV Bibles have been printed and distributed to faithful Christians and new believers who are hungry for the Word of God, for spiritual growth and discipleship.
The Bible is food for the Spirit
Yan Min left her home in Henan province to seek a better life in Shanghai. Although she found a job, she was unhappy and unmotivated.
Life changed when she began to read the Bible. She explains, “My eyes were opened when I read Matthew 6:25 where Jesus says not to worry about life, what we will eat or what we will drink. At that moment, all my burdens were lifted.”
From that day on, Yan Min devoured the Bible. She read it through eight times within the next two years. As she read, Yan felt God’s empowering to live out its principles in her workplace.
“Many young people are lost and feel insecure about their future,” observes Yan Min. “Without God in their lives, people just depend on luck and chance. I thank God that we are able to live a victorious life because of Him.”
The Church in China continues to grow, and new believers are hungry for the Word of God.
Demand for Bibles in China is increasing every year. Please continue the provision of the CUV Bible that was started 100 years ago and help provide much needed Scriptures in China today!
The Bible is changing lives for many Chinese Christians
Many thousands in China are coming to faith and having their lives transformed by the Bible.
Here are just a few examples of what your support means.
Ai Mingling hadn’t read a Bible. But she recently attended the church Bible reading class and felt the Lord speaking to her from Matthew 16:26, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
We praise God that she is increasingly letting the Word of God guide her daily life.
Tang feels that now when he pulls himself out of his busyness and intentionally carves out time to read the Bible, the Lord never fails to encourage and strengthen him.
He says, quoting from Isaiah, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
Zhang Pengpeng thanked donors for his first Bible, which he has been reading enthusiastically since receiving.
Though paralysed since he was 18, Zhang is now full of joy knowing that God saves the poor. His favourite Scripture verse is Psalm 113:7 “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap…”
The need is great, the people are many
It can still be difficult in some areas for believers to obtain their own Bible. Many people copy Biblical texts by hand, or take turns reading from a Bible that is shared around the congregation. Personal Bible reading is extremely important in order to counteract the spread of false teachings.
We can only read these, and many other testimonies, because 100 years ago Scottish supporters, together with supporters from the Bible Societies of America and England and Wales, provided funds to translate and distribute the CUV Bible. Millions more desperately need their own Bible in their heart language.
Please send your gift today to meet that need.