This project seeks to make study Bibles and Scripture resources available to preachers, Bible school students and Bible teachers in China who experience poverty and financial hardship. Without this project, many ministers and church leaders would be unable to access reference books or Bible study tools that significantly assist them in their studies and preaching preparation.
There are huge ongoing challenges to the Churches in China, including a shortage of church leaders and preachers, poverty and the prevalence of heretical teachings. The lack of trained preachers and leaders is one of the biggest challenges facing Churches in China today. At present, the national average ratio of ordained pastor to believer is 1:6700.The need for more well-equipped pastors and leaders is urgent. Many Christians live in the rural areas (at least 60% of the churches in China are found in the rural region), and many Bible college students come from poor farming families. Every student who enters Bible School is a highly treasured resource.
Most students are young, ranging from 18 to 30 years of age. When these students graduate many return to their home communities to serve; however, they often do so without a salary because their farming communities are too poor to pay them. Many students in Bible Training Schools are barely able to cover course fees, and many current preachers are scarcely able to support themselves and their families due to highly unstable incomes. Excitingly, the number of believers in China continues to grow each year, although the number of trained leaders and preachers is not keeping pace. The need for more trained preachers and leaders is urgent.
If the appeal is oversubscribed or the project changes due to unforeseen reasons, we will reallocate remaining funds to similar projects.