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The Power of the Word

 

On October 29 of this year, Jeffrey Fowle was released from prison in North Korea. This Ohio man spent five months in detention after authorities arrested him for intentionally leaving a bilingual Bible at a club. Over the centuries many political leaders have been concerned that Christ followers might rise up and disrupt their positions of power and privilege. Attempting to smother the flames of the Faith, rulers have tried to control or ban access to one book - the Bible. Even non-Christians understand the power of the Word of God.

 

What is the big deal about the Bible? The Bible is God's Word. We believe in the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testaments, the only written Word of God. The Holy Spirit preserves God's Word today and by it speaks God's truth to peoples of every age and in every culture (see II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; John 10:35; Isa. 55:11; I Cor. 1:21; Rom. 1:16, Mat. 5:17-18; Jude 3; Eph. 1:17-18; 3:10-18).

 

In China today there is only one government-sanctioned Bible printer, and these Bibles are only available from the government-controlled Three Self Patriotic Movement churches. Small numbers of Bibles are also made available through private bookstores. Although some of the religious restrictions in China have eased over the decades, the need and desire for the Bible is still far beyond the supply.

 

Major cities and many rural house church movements in eastern China have adequate access to Bibles. There remains, however, massive shortages in western China, especially the very remote areas with minority populations. Comparing the number of Christians in China (beyond 100 million) with the current supply of Bibles from all sources leaves a deficit measured by tens of millions – not counting the pre-Christian Chinese who want Bibles.

 

At the request of Chinese church leaders, FollowOne staff and volunteers have transported over 2 tons of Bibles and Christian literature into China. Addressing a group of visiting pastors led by James Loftin in 2011, one of our courageous and faithful Chinese partners made this comment:

 

I praise God and thank FollowOne for your faithful work in bringing God's Word to your brothers and sisters in China. I don't know any group that has been more responsive to the requests of the Chinese church (Brother John, Beijing).

 

Anywhere that God's Word is studied, the Holy Spirit brings hope, light and salvation.

 

FollowOne's ability to share God's Word and all other aspects of our mission are only possible by the grace of God and with the support of our friends. Thank you.

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