The Symposium of 30 Years of Bible Ministry Cooperation between CCC with United Bible Societies(UBS) was held in Shanghai on Nov. 9, 2015. The representatives from CCC&TSPM, UBS and its local bible societies, the Amity Foundation, the Bible Ministry Council of CCC&TSPM and the local bible distribution sites in China attended the symposium.
Rev. Gao Feng, President of CCC held the symposium and Rev. Xie Bingguo, President of Shanghai Christian Affairs Committee gave the thanksgiving prayer.
Gao says since 1985, besides in paper, CCC has cooperated with UBS in printing and publishing the bible in the past 30 years. UBS also has provided medical vehicle and translated the bible for the minorities in China. The bible publishment is one of most important cooperation in which UBS and many organizations give much support to Chinese churches.
Presbyterian Fu speaks that the bible is God-breathed, the foundation of our faith, the daily bread of Christians. Chinese Christians love the bible. The cooperation witnesses God's blessing and abundant grace toward Chinese churches.
Fu says his deepest experience is respecting each other, recalling the past 30 years' cooperation. Through the long-term cooperation, UBS has better comprehensive understanding of Chinese churches than other oversea church institutes. He hopes UBS can introduce what they truly experience, see and hear about Christianity in China to the universe church bodies and people all over the world.
Bishop Zhou Xianzheng, Global President of UBS, congratulated the Symposium of the 30th Anniversary in behalf of UBS, especially its global council and local bible societies over the world in his address. He thinks this is a historical moment. The founding of the mutual 30-year cooperation is the Bible. The 30th anniversary is quite important and it's just a beginning. He points out that our cooperation is not going in vacuum but in the real history. He says they're not enough in printing the bible and should walk on the future road all-dimensionally, which means walking together farther and together. He believes God will give them bigger, more important and sacred duty, helping us spread, promote and implement more effectively in the future ministries.
In the Symposium the representatives from the local bible societies all over the world gave their speech and congratulations for the historical moment. They felt honored of their participation in serving Chinese churches and grateful for the progress in the cooperation. They believed that they're developing a beautiful road between countries for the next generation when building their relationship. Having seen the past 30-year cooperation, they expected the future cooperation and prayed for each other.
During the symposium, Rev. Shan Weixiang, the Associate President of CCC accepted the gift from UBS-- a paper box donated by UBS.
Before the symposium, CCC&TSPM, Crossway, British and Foreign Bible Society and UBS sign a contract on publishing the study bible versions.