When Rev Deng Fu Cun was born his parents gave him a name which summed up their aspirations for him. Fu Cun means ‘Spread the Gospel in the village.’ Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were both church leaders in their village, Rev Deng was ordained in 1957.
Soon afterwards China entered into the Cultural Revolution and like many other church leaders, Rev Deng was sent to a camp to be ‘rehabilitated.’
In 1979, when churches reopened, Rev Deng returned to work in a parish where he has been ever since. But he is now also a prominent leader of the Church in China, involved in the distribution of millions of Bibles throughout the country.
For Rev Deng, who remembers Bibles being printed on the People’s Liberation Army printing presses after the Cultural Revolution, the changes that have come about in Bible production in China through the work of the Amity Printing Press are nothing short of revolutionary.
“The Bibles printed by the Amity Printing Press have fuelled the growth of the Church in China, and allowed tens of millions of Christians to deepen their faith. For this, we say thank you,” he says.
This article is from The Word at Work – Summer 2011.