They come from across the province to study at the Henan Bible School, some of the brightest young theological minds the province can offer.
But they are also amongst some of the poorest with many coming from poor rural churches.
Ye Ya Hui with the Scripture resources she received.
After graduating many will receive little or no income because many churches in China are simply to poor to pay their pastors.
Bible Society recently visited the seminary to distribute 200 Bible resource sets, which included a Concordance, a Topical Analysis and a Study Bible. The resources were greeted with enthusiasm by the students.
Students such as 20 year old Ye Ya Hui. “Churches in the rural areas are very different from those in the cities,” she says. “In my village we do not have a church building, so people can only meet in houses.”
Another student at the seminary is 22-year-old Guo Hai Cheng. Mr Guo grew up in a rural Christian family. After leaving school he moved to Beijing to work for a building company.
But after seeing the vibrancy of city churches he began to dream of transforming his village church, and he applied to study at the Bible school.
The vice principal of the seminary, Rev Song, thanked Bible Society for the Bible resource sets saying that they would be of enormous help to the students in their studies.
This article is from The Word at Work – Summer 2011.
Seventy year old Jin can’t stop smiling or singing. She’s walked for three hours in sub-zero temperatures to get to church.
The reason? Today, free Bibles are being given out to the congregation. And she’s got one.