In April 1971, the Hong Kong Sunday School Association merged with Christian Witness Press to form the “Christian Communications Ltd” in Hong Kong.
China Inland Mission, founded by Hudson Taylor, used literature for evangelism and other ministries for building up the churches in China. Later, CIM formed the Christian Witness Press out of its publishing department in Shanghai, China,.
In 1951, CIM with the publishing department left Shanghai and relocated to Hong Kong because of the unstable political situation in China. The publishing arm formed the Christian Witness Press. Then headquarter of CIM moved to Singapore and left the publishing arm in Hong Kong. There were more materials published to meet the needs of believers: hymns, reference books, commentaries, spiritual growth, and bibliography etc. In 1956, the evangelical periodical “Lighthouse” was published to spread the gospel and build up believers. It was an important milestone of the Chinese church publishing history.
In 1907 Shanghai, the China Sunday School Union was formed at the 100th anniversary celebration of the arrival of Robert Morrison in China and began to translate Sunday school curriculum and training materials for Sunday school teachers, as well as exploring teaching methods.
In 1949, the committee of the Union approved the setting up of branches in Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 1951, due to political factors, the Taiwanese branch became an independent branch in Shanghai and was renamed “China Sunday School Association”. Later, the responsibility of the Hong Kong branch was entrusted to Miss Grace S. Jephson, a missionary from the China Inland Mission. She was the main force behind the translation of the American Gospel Light Sunday School curriculum.
In 1967, Ms. Jephson retired and was succeeded by Mr. Theodore Hsueh. Not long after, the Hong Kong branch became independent. In April 1971, the Hong Kong Sunday School Association merged with Christian Witness Press to form the “Christian Communications Ltd” in Hong Kong.
Christian Communications Ltd. (CCL) was established in 1971, and continued the vision of Christian Witness Press and China Sunday School Association in publishing and training believers, serving the Chinese Church and building up believers. CCL later established branches in Taiwan, US, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia. In 1990 Hong Kong, the Christian Communications International Ltd. (CCIL) was established coordinating and utilizing the resources of different branches.
CCIUSA was born in San Francisco in 1982 in a worker’s garage that acted as a bookroom. It provided spiritual books from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. In the beginning, there was lack of workers and finance. Then the office was relocated to San Jose, then to Chicago and later to
Houston TX. The ministry also expanded with the opening of China Reform and its initial open policy to Christianity. CCIUSA started conveying its visions and needs to Churches in North America bringing together overseas resources, focusing on literature ministry, China Gospel ministry, education ministry and serving the churches, their believers and leaders in China and overseas in witnessing and expanding God’s Kingdom.
Through publishing, communications and discipleship training ministries, China gospel ministries and other services, Christian Communications Inc. support Chinese churches worldwide to grow in Christ and witness the Savior and expand God’s Kingdom.
CCISUA ministries focused on serving churches in China and Chinese Churches in different areas. Almost all the income is from the offerings of churches and brothers and sisters. Specified offerings are all allocated to the specific ministries.