Various articles in the media and news over the last week have reported that the Bible has been withdrawn from sale or banned in China. It’s understandable that we would be alarmed at this news and wonder what this might mean for our friends in China. Thriving Turtles thought it would be good to give a summary of the situation as we understand it, and make some comments and suggestions:
Strength to Stand: 31 Daily Bible Reading Notes for Chinese Returnees
The first month back home can be the most challenging time for returnees to read the Bible regularly; they lack routine and can struggle to find time alone. However, it’s also one of the most important times to be constantly reminded of God’s truth and to establish good patterns of regularly listening to Jesus in their life back home.
LINC Ministries has produced this pack of 31 daily readings going through the book of Ephesians, aimed to help form a habit of Bible reading for the first month back home. Ephesians was written to Christians who had to go against the flow in order to follow Jesus, and who were tempted to feel insignificant and weak as a result. Like many returnees, they needed to be strengthened by knowing God’s big plan for the universe, for all of eternity!
Strength To Stand is available in Chinese and English. It can be found at http:// www.seaturtles.org.uk/bible-studies/ along with lots of other resources. The link is under “Quiet Time Notes” use “Ephesians” for English and “here” for Chinese.
This post has some suggestions for Chinese and English Bible study materials. We have included links to sites where you can order or download the materials.
Updated 24 August 2018
We suggest the following options for purchasing Chinese Bibles and resources in Australia:
Written by Jane Updated 21 December 2017
There are many Bible apps available for smartphones. There is a huge variety in what features different apps have, but a few considerations to help get someone started are:
Written by: Jane Updated 21st December 2017 and 17 August 2018.
Choosing a Chinese Bible involves not only choosing a version, but choosing a script and other factors as well. These are identified by a range of symbols that appear with the abbreviation for the name of the Bible translation.