Thursday, October 24: Nanjing
We have had a great day in Nanjing from the beautiful weather to the visits at Amity Press and the mausoleum of Sun-Yet Sen. John McCall joined the team yesterday and is a great addition. He has been a teaching Presbyterian missionary in Taiwan for a number of years. He also has a North Carolina connection including Duke University. He will be with us for the next three days.We visited Amity Press this morning. This company has been in operation since 1988 and celebrated the printing of their millionth bible last year. They employ 600 people in a large modern well-kept factory in the Jianying Industrial Park outside of Nanjing. We were warmly received, which included viewing two company videos in their modern well equipped conference and a factory tour. We were treated to a tasty lunch in the employee’s cafeteria. I believe that this dispels any stories or folk myths about the unavailability or the smuggling in of bibles in China! 70% of Amity’s business is printing bibles and they export a significant number of bibles in more than 100 languages. An impressive story.
Ernie led us in devotions on the bus today using the passage from Mark 8 when the disciples forget how Jesus previously fed the multitudes when their own bread supply seemed insufficient.
This afternoon we visited the mausoleum of Sun-Yet Sun. It is an impressive sight including a climb of 392 steps to reach the top. We are becoming something akin to mountain goats with our climbing skills on this trip.
Sorry for the short entry, but more tomorrow after we reach Jianyin. Thanks again for your prayers and support.
Bruce for the China Mission Team