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"Thy Word Is Truth": China Bible Ministry Exhibition in the United States

by Diane Allen

 
Bible Ministry Exhibition to be held in USA
Bible Ministry Exhibition to be held in USA
Image by: www.bibleinchina.org

The Holy Bible occupies a central place in the life and witness of churches in China, and it is this theme that the second exciting Bible Ministry Exhibition of the China Christian Council explores when it comes to the United States on September 28. Entitled Thy Word Is Truth, this multimedia event is set to tour from September 28 to November 19, 2011, in Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; and Charlotte, North Carolina. By focusing on how the Bible has been translated, published, distributed, used, and loved by Christians all over China, the exhibit highlights ways that Chinese Christians are proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in 21st century China.

Using 350 displays, videos, and priceless artifacts, some not seen outside of China, the Bible Ministry Exhibition traces nearly 1,500 years of Christianity in China through four presentation chambers each dedicated to a theme. In a unique time capsule, visitors can trace the introduction of the Christian message in China to as early as 635 AD when a Nestorian monk named Alopin brought "scriptures from a far" by camel train along the Silk Road to the imperial court. In another chamber, visitors may be surprised to learn that over 55 million copies of the Bible have been printed in China since 1987 on the Amity printing press, and distributed throughout the country. The Amity Printing Company in Nanjing was initiated by Christians in China in 1987 to give priority to the printing of the Bible and Christian literature. It is now one of the largest and best printers of the Bible in the world according to the United Bible Societies. United Methodists have faithfully supported this ministry through The Advance for nearly two and a half decades.

Churches in China are among the fastest growing in the world, and Christian leaders are quick to give God the glory for this modern-day miracle. They also recognize that when a church is created unique to that cultural setting, the message falls into place more easily. As Christians, we aren't content until we learn to give witness in our native ways. Visitors will get to experience how Christians in China are making the gospel message more accessible to the Chinese people through traditional art forms like paper cutting, calligraphy, painting, and wood- and micro-carving. A highlight in each location will be the musical performances of a Christian choir composed of singers from China's national minorities whose indigenous hymns and praise songs have inspired faithful believers in some of the most remote and mountainous regions of China.

The China Christian Council (CCC) has successfully held its Bible Ministry Exhibitions in Hong Kong (2004), the United States (2006), and Germany (2007). As in the past, the CCC has sought ecumenical cooperation in each location, which includes Global Ministries. Dr. Thomas Kemper, General Secretary, and Rebecca Asedillo, Executive Secretary, serve as Honorary and Advisory committee members, respectively. Prominent United Methodist representation includes Chicago Bishop Hee-soo Jung, episcopal leader of the Northern Illinois Conference, United Methodist Church. Both the Washington, DC, and Chicago locations are United Methodist institutions.

Protestant Christianity is post-denominational, and in 1980 the China Christian Council was established by Christian leadership in China to oversee the ecclesiastical affairs of Protestant churches in China. These include theological education, church order, lay training, and Bible translation, production, and distribution, to name a few.

"We Christians, both American and Chinese, worship the same God, believe in the same Savior, and read the same Bible." -- President Jimmy Carter

Thy Word Is Truth (YouTube video)

  • Learn more about Bible production in China.
  • See the Amity printing presses in action.
  • Share the joy of God's faithfulness to the Chinese people.
  • To learn more the Bible Ministry Exhibition, visit bibleinchina.org.
  • To learn more about the China Christian Council, visit ccctspm.org.

United Methodists can assist the printing of Bibles and Christian literature in China through The Amity Printing Press, Advance #11422A. The Advance is an official program of The United Methodist Church for voluntary, designated financial giving. One hundred percent of your donation goes to The Advance ministry you choose.

Consult each location for times of special worship services and performances of traditional and sacred music. Groups are very welcome in all locations. Admission is free.

September 28 - October 2, 2011
Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC 20001

October 12-16, 2011
Chicago Temple
77 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
312-236-4106

October 30 - November 3, 2011
Northwest Bible Church
8505 Douglas Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75225

November 8-19, 2011
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
1 Billy Graham Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28201

Diane Allen is a United Methodist missionary serving with The United Methodist China Program.

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Date posted: Sep 15, 2011