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Gospels to be printed specially for Beijing Olympics

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

SWINDON, UK (ANS) -- Bibles and Gospel booklets printed in China will be available to athletes in the Olympic village in Beijing this summer, despite rumors that Bibles would be banned at the games.

The Gospels to be distributed during the Beijing Olympics

With the support of Bible Society based in Swindon, UK, 50,000 booklets are being specially printed for the event, with the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in Chinese and English. Ten thousand Chinese-English complete Bibles and 30,000 Chinese-English New Testaments will also be available.

A Bible Society news release says, "The initiative, which follows controversy earlier this year over whether the Chinese authorities would allow Bibles to be made available at the Olympics, has the approval of the Beijing Olympic organizing committee. For the first time, the committee is allowing its logo to be used free of charge on the Gospel booklets.

"The decision was announced by Elder Fu Xianwei, Chairman of the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China, at the opening of the new Amity Printing Press in Nanjing. The new printing press, which can turn out 12 million Bibles a year - one every second - will be printing the Scriptures to be made available during the Olympics."

James Catford

James Catford, Chief Executive of Bible Society, said, "We are privileged to be able to support the Church in China in the publishing of these Bibles and Scriptures for the Beijing Olympics. This great sporting event presents a unique opportunity to make the life-changing message of the Bible available to thousands of athletes and visitors from all over China - and all over the world."

The release went on to say, "An estimated two million visitors and 16,000 athletes and officials are expected to descend on Beijing during the games, which kick off August 8.

"Places of worship have been set up within the Olympic village to provide religious services to athletes. The Church in Beijing has been asked to provide people to staff the chapel and conduct worship services and prayers.

"The Gospel booklets will be available in the chapel in Beijing, as well as in Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin and Qinhuangdao, where sailing and football (soccer) events are taking place."

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Note to the Editor: Bible Society in China

During China's Cultural Revolution, the Bible was banned and all copies were confiscated. In 1985, nine years after the Revolution ended, Bible Societies around the world became involved in printing Bibles in China, and began to supply paper for Bible printing.

The Amity Printing Press first opened in 1987. Bible Societies help in the management and operation of the press, and support the Church in China by providing paper to keep Bibles affordable.

In September 2007, the 50 millionth Bible rolled off the presses. Of those, 42 million went to resource China's growing Church. As well as Chinese Bibles, Amity also produces Bibles in English and eight minority languages. The other eight million Bibles were exported.

The new 37,000 sq m printing press - with its £2.3 million ($4.6 million USD) worth of equipment - opened on May 18 2008. It can print 12 million Bibles a year - one Bible a second, and double the previous capacity of six million Bibles.

Around 55,000 churches distribute the Bibles coming off Amity's printing lines. There are 70 Bible distribution centers and a fleet of 44 vans taking Bibles around China's vast countryside.

Official estimates put China's Christian population at 22 million. Unofficially, however, it is thought there could be double or even four times that number. Some estimates say up to seven per cent of the 1.3 billion population are believers (91 million).

About Bible Society

The British and Foreign Bible Society (known as "Bible Society"), which began in 1804, is a Christian charity that exists to make the Bible heard throughout the world. The majority of its work is overseas, making the Bible available in a language people can understand and at a price they can afford. In England and Wales, the Society works to build bridges between the Bible and people's everyday lives, as well as to rebuild confidence in its enduring message. With the help of its supporters and churches and a network of over 140 national Bible Societies it shares the challenge of "fighting Bible poverty."

Dan Wooding, 67, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma of 44 years. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. Wooding is the author of some 42 books, the latest of which is his autobiography, "From Tabloid to Truth", which is published by Theatron

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