China: Bibles for Millions


The United Bible Societies China Partnership (CP) exists to serve and support the Churches in China. Through this project, CP aims to ensure that as many Chinese Christians as possible can own their own Bible. It does so by providing Bible paper to support the printing and distribution of Bibles to the growing number of Christians in China, and to offer free Bibles to those who cannot afford to buy their own.

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Mainland China continues to be a powerhouse of Christian growth in the 21st century. Although the Chinese government is strictly atheist, there are officially 46 million Christians (both Protestant and Catholic) and unofficially 100 million Christians in the country. This represents between 3 to 7 per cent of the population, second only to Buddhists (18 per cent). The demand for Bibles increases each year.

In China today, poverty refers mainly to the rural poor, since decades of economic development has reduced urban extreme poverty. The majority of the Christian population live in rural areas.

Chinese Christians need to hear and know the word of God. They acknowledge that the Bible is the basis of faith and the means to draw wisdom for their daily life. In the face of increasing threats from false teachings and heresies, the need is pressing for their faith to be firmly grounded in and strengthened by the Bible.


  • 46 million Christians (unofficially 100 million)
  • 93% of China’s 1.4 billion population has yet to come to faith
  • 60% of Christians live in rural areas

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