Sometimes one Bible has to be shared among four people in rural China.
In a village in Henan Province, live two sisters-in-law, Cao and Du. Both in their late forties, they are subsistence farmers growing mainly maize. Both are Christians but could not afford a Bible.
“We have to pay for fertiliser for the crops, food and an education for our children,” said Cao. “There’s not enough to purchase a Bible. We’d need to sell another 20kg of corn or 40 eggs to buy one”. They each earn around $200 a year.
But a gift meant that they were able to have a Bible – they share it between the two couples.
This article is from The Word at Work – Spring 2010.
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