Demand for Bible Outstripping Supply in China

The Bible Society has reported a growing demand for copies of the Bible in China where an estimated 500,000 people converted to Christianity in 2009 alone. Although some four million Bibles were printed and distributed across China last year, the rapid growth of the church year on year means that demand for Bibles is now outstripping supply, according to the Bible Society. The official number of Christians in China stands at 28.6 million, but it is believed the true figure could be as high as 90 million if the estimated number of worshippers at unofficial house churches is included. The UK-based Bible Society subsidises the cost of printing Bibles to keep the cost below £2 a copy, vital for Christians living in China’s rural heartland, where 70 per cent of churchgoers are found and half the population live on less than $2 a day. The Bibles are printed at the state-owned Amity Printing Company, the same press that produced Mao’s Little Red Book. Since it was founded in 1987, around 70 million Bibles have been printed with government approval, with around 50 million of them going to Chinese believers.

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