China: Scripture Literacy for Illiterates


Overview


The majority of Christians in China live in rural areas and a high percentage of them are illiterate or semi-literate. The Scripture Literacy for Illiterates project provides literacy classes for rural Christians, allowing greater accessibility to the Bible. The goal of this project is to help Christians become grounded in the Bible and able to resist false teaching.

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According to the China Statistical Yearbook, as of 2020, there are over 37 million illiterate people above 15-years- old in China. Of this number, about 75% are women, due to cultural and traditional practices that deprioritise female education.

Many Chinese Christians are among this number and are unable to receive education beyond the primary school level. The need for literacy classes is significant. Improved literacy would also help to address the church’s concern over the widespread infiltration of cults found mainly in rural areas. Biblical literacy will help Christians discern between true and false teachings and prevent believers from being swayed by heresies.

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