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A Bell That Was Not Silenced

The bell was sent to a scrap company during the Cultural Revolution. Twenty years later, when St. Paul's Church was renovated, the missing bell left a void that could not be filled.

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Those Who Have Served Faithfully

In the Nujiang Valley, Yunnan

Some of the stories and faces of those brought the gospel to remote areas of China.

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A Cathedral in Shanghai

St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai is one of the oldest and most historic Catholic buildings in China.

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Chinese Bible Printing in China

The Story of Amity Printing Company

This year marks the 100th  anniversary of the first edition of the completed Mandarin Union Version Bible. Instrumental in the distribution of this Bible in China has been Amity Printing Press in Nanjing. 

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An Overview of the Translation of the CUV

Overseas Campus highlights key facts that Bible readers need to know about the translation of the Chinese Union Bible. 

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10 Women Who Served China

Ten pioneering Western female missionaries to China who with their Chinese co-laborers made significant  contributions to missions work in China.

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Take a Tour of 5 Historic Christian Sites in Hangzhou

Some of China’s most famous universities and hospitals were founded by Christian missionaries. Take a quick tour around some of the historic Christian sites in the southern city of Hangzhou with this article from Gospel Times. Once thriving with Christian presence, Hangzhou is a city where its past continues to come alive today.

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A Hundred-Year-Old Hospital in Jiujiang

Many hospitals in Chinese cities, particularly along the coasts or along the Yangtze River, were originally founded by western missionaries. After the missionaries left in the 1950s the hospitals were nationalized and, in many cases, became the leading hospitals in the community. They serve as important and interesting legacies of the work of the missionaries. Recently the Gospel Times published an article about one such hospital in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, founded more than 100 years ago by Methodist Episcopal missionaries.

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Remembering Them Every May Fourth

Like many things in China, history remains firmly under the control of the Party. Only approved topics are allowed to be researched and only approved interpretations are allowed to be taught. The narrative is tightly controlled. 

Very little is taught about the history of Christianity in China, and when it is touched on, it is done so in a negative light. Western missionaries have typically been portrayed as being part of the vanguard of imperialism. Less is known about some of the positive things early missionaries were engaged in. 

In recent years, however, a small space has begun to open up for the exploration of Chinese church history, as many educated Christians seek to understand the historical roots of their faith. 

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The Oldest Church in Wuhan

Many of the church structures in China were originally built by missionaries in the 1800s and early 1900s. Some are tucked away in old neighborhoods; others surrounded by gleaming skyscrapers or towering apartment blocks. All of them have interesting stories—like the story of Chongzhen Church of Wuchang.