Mr. Aldrin Bogi, vice president of the Asia Pacific region at Biblica, based in Colorado, visited CCC&TSPM, discussing how to better promote cooperation and the ministry of the Bible when the current print media is facing challenges from various aspects.
Rev. Shan Weixiang, vice president and chief executive of the China Christian Council (CCC), received Aldrin Bogi and Liu Ping, China liaison officer and translation consultant, on June 12 at the station of CCC&TSPM, reported CCC&TSPM.
Rev. Shan said that for a long time, CCC&TSPM had attached great importance to the publication and distribution of the Bible. So far, they have released more than 100 kinds of translations and versions in China, with a total sales volume of more than 89 million. Among them, they have cooperated with Biblica to publish the New International Version (NIV), the Devotional Version, and the Contemporary Translation of the Bible. And the Revised Contemporary Chinese Version (2022 edition) would be available soon, he added.
In addition, Shan introduced the current efforts of the Chinese churches in localizing Christianity and suggested that the Bible ministry in China be sinicized as well. This would enable Chinese people to read and understand the Bible from their own perspective and nurture their spirituality, not only respecting the original text but also catering to modernity and current requirements.
Boji expressed interest in further strengthening cooperation with the Chinese churches in Bible ministry on the premise of fully respecting their wishes. He extended an invitation for Reverend Shan and other CCC&TSPM team members to visit Biblica headquarters.
Co-worker Chen Hongli, head of the publication and distribution team of the Media Department of CC&TSPM, gave the guests an overview of the current situation of domestic Bible publishing.
Founded in 1809, Biblica, formerly known as the International Bible Society, is committed to Bible translation and promotion and is the global copyright holder for the New International Version (NIV) Bible.
- Translated by Abigail Wu