New York – December 5, 2008 – As the American Bible Society’s guest, Kua Wee Seng, China Partnership Coordinator, traveled the United States to report on new progress in serving those in need of Scripture and critical care across Mainland China.
In conjunction with the American Bible Society and Philanthropic advisor Paul Veerman, Wee Seng engaged American Bible Society supporters in an informative discussion panel on Bible ministry in China and hosted a private tour of the popular Marc Chagall exhibit at the Museum of Biblical Art at the Bible House in New York.
Despite some of the challenges that face the ministry, Wee Seng noted that the Bible is “unofficially the best selling book in China” and it has reached millions of people. To date, the Amity Printing Press in Nanjing has become one of the largest Bible printing presses in the world and has helped to foster new opportunities for Bible distribution.
On September 11, 2007, Amity produced their 50 millionth Bible and these Bibles were distributed all over China, with some being exported to other countries with Scripture needs. The Bible Societies help to make the Word of God available in many formats and help to facilitate the free distribution of Bibles in rural areas.
Not only do they spread the Word of God, but the ministry helps to provide HIV and AIDS education Scripture booklets and Bible literacy classes. Through this ministry, the Bible Societies and the Church have helped to create a safe haven for some of the orphans and villagers affected by HIV and AIDS. Wee Seng recalled a young orphaned boy affected by HIV who received hope through the Word of God after he lost his mother and father to the same disease that affects many poverty-stricken villagers in rural areas in a particular province in China. Influenced by the need for income, many were subjected to unsterilized needles when they sold their blood for money, resulting in a disproportionate number of HIV and AIDS cases. The young boy passed away in April this year due to his condition. With great emotion, Wee Seng expressed his gratitude towards ministry supporters because the boy was able to receive Salvation through the Word of God and through prayers at the end of his short life.
Although this is an example of the effect of Bible ministry in China, it is apparent that the need for the Word of God in China is great. With the Chinese population at 22 percent of the world’s total population there is still much ground to cover according to Kua Wee Seng.
About Kua Wee Seng
Mr. Kua Wee Seng is the United Bible Societies (UBS) China Partnership Coordinator, coordinating the Bible ministry in Mainland China on behalf of the worldwide UBS fellowship. He was trained as an Accountant and had worked as a Management Accounting Manager in a multi-national company in Singapore, before pursuing his theological studies at Regent College, Vancouver. Previously, Mr. Wee Seng was the Deputy General Manager of the Bible printing press in Nanjing (Amity Press) and he continues to serve on the Board of the Press. He taught NT Greek at Trinity Theological College in Singapore and is now the Honorary Fellow of its Center of the Studies of Christianity in Asia. In addition, he has been appointed by the Primate of the Anglican Province of South East Asia to serve as an Honorary Special Assistant. He is married to Cheng, and they have two daughters.
About American Bible Society
Founded in 1816 and headquartered in the City of New York, the mission of the American Bible Society is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so that all people may experience its life changing message.
The United Bible Societies (UBS) is the collective name for a fellowship of 145 individual Bible Societies working in over 200 countries and territories. From wherever and however they operate, Bible Societies all share the mission of placing the Word of God in the hearts and minds of the people they serve. For more information, please visit www.americanbible.org
[Source: American Bible Society]