China (MNN) — Bibles for China has big plans for 2020. They want to see God’s Word go out faster and farther across China.
For one, Wendell Rovenstine will be stepping down as president and making way for Kurt Rovenstine to take the helm.
As the new president, Kurt Rovenstine will travel to China with another staff member twice next year to sit down with provincial church leaders –both old and new – and talk about their needs.
Wendell Rovenstine says, “We will be able to make connections with them to provide funds for Bibles, provide funds for Crossway Study Bibles, provide funds for commentaries, and provide funds for the Gospel of John.
“We receive reports and receive photos and stories from all of those projects. It’s amazing to see the enthusiasm on the face of the people when they get a study Bible, and those are young leaders!”
With each new year, Chinese churches and their leaders face growing challenges. Churches continue to be shut down, demolished, and pressured to tow the Communist Party line.
Rovenstine says, “This past year, we lost a real dear brother that took his life because of the pressure — and this is a wonderful Christian brother that I’ve been with many times. He was just pushed so hard by the United Front that he wrote a note to his wife and took his life because he didn’t want to suffer the consequences of what was taking place.
“In his note, he said that he hoped that his taking his life would bring attention to the world and to the people within China the cost that it is to serve Christ.”
Children are also banned from attending church with their parents in some areas of China. This regulation means church leaders have to get creative and intentional with ministering to young families with kids.
With copies of God’s Word from Bibles for China, Rovenstine says, “They will have something that they can train the younger generation into Kingdom building and making disciples for the remnant that’s going to be left there.”
Get Involved in 2020
As Bibles for China approaches the New Year and new ministry leadership, this is a great time to get involved with the ministry.
The Bibles they distribute all come with varying costs, so donations are always invaluable. Rovenstine says donors can rest assured that their financial support will go towards one purpose.
“Quite often, we get requests for somebody that wants to publish a book for Easter or publish a book for Christmas or publish a book in relationship to the history of Christianity in China and what’s transpired. We always are very firm. Our partners give money for Bibles, and our funds go for Bibles.”
Rovenstine says you can also stay up-to-date on Bibles for China’s outreach by following them on Facebook and sharing their page.
“A lot of people pass on Bibles for China through Facebook. People go to their Facebook and use Facebook as a fun fundraiser for their birthday or for their anniversary or something special in their lives.”
Finally, Rovenstine asks, “Be in prayer for us. Pray for the people in China. Pray for the suffering in China…. Pray…that we will realize that we ourselves have no eternal hope without Jesus Christ and His word based in our lives.”
Header photo courtesy of Bibles for China.