The Ironic History of Bibles in China
Posted on June 27, 2013
It is quite ironic that back in the 1980s, the Lu family owned the only Bible in their area China’s Anhui Province. But now, China has become one of the largest exporters of Christian Bibles.
According to Gengsheng Lu, people would bring their pens and notebooks with them to his house just to copy the scriptures written in the only Bible in the area, which was owned by his father.
Today, Christians in China have reached a number greater than the total members of the Communist Party. And Amity is there to provide them with the spiritual essentials they need.
Amity Printing was founded in the 1980s and is in ties with United Bible Societies (UBS), an organization aimed at providing access to Christian literature across the world.
In its first year, Amity published about 500,000 Bibles, and in 2012, it produced a total of 12 million Bibles, and New Testaments. With 600 workers today, they aim to print 18 million copies a year, in different languages and versions.
Despite Amity’s efficiency in publishing Bibles for export and for the country, it has been receiving criticism on how it is monopolizing the Bible business. The company is also being criticized for making lots of money from exporting Bibles at a low price.