China (MNN) — There’s a short list of countries with growing influence and interests around the world — and China is near the top of the list. Some even say we’re in the “Chinese Century.”
Pew Research Center released a survey last year on international perceptions in 19 key countries. The found 66% of those surveyed see China’s global influence growing, while only 32% thought the same of the United States.
Kurt Rovenstine, President of Bibles for China says, “Whether we like it or not, China has an incredible amount of influence in the world. They’re leading the world in trade. When you import and export around the world, there are initiatives that they have instituted that are giving them influence in places [where] other nations are losing influence.”
This also makes China a key nation where biblical impact has lasting echoes worldwide!
Unfortunately, China is increasing restrictions on Gospel outreach, so Bibles for China has refined its ministry focus.
Rovenstine says, “Westerners are much less prevalent in the work that we do. We’ve put our faith in and tried to empower and equip and supply local partnerships. We’re still distributing Bibles at at a very good clip through the partnerships that we have through the registered Church.”
Pray for China to become a platform for Christ’s message of salvation to the world.
“China’s making a difference in the world. We want to make sure that difference that they make is a godly difference.”
Header photo of the Great Wall of China. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Rottgers/Unsplash)