In April 1971, the Hong Kong Sunday School Association merged with Christian Witness Press to form the “Christian Communications Ltd.” in Hong Kong.
Christian Witness Press (CWP) was originated from the publishing department of China Inland Mission (CIM) founded by Hudson Taylor. The publishing department of CIM, which was located in Shanghai, China, published various literatures for evangelism and for building up churches in China.
CIM together with its publishing department left Shanghai and was relocated to Hong Kong in 1951 due to the unstable political situation in China. After the relocation to Hong Kong, CIM publishing department formed the Christian Witness Press (CWP). Later CIM moved the headquarter to Singapore but kept CWP in Hong Kong. CWP continued to grow in publishing more types of literature to meet the needs of believers: hymns, reference tools, commentaries, books on spiritual growth, bibliography, etc. In 1956, CWP began publishing the evangelical periodical “Lighthouse” to spread the Gospel and to build up believers. The publishing of Lighthouse was an important milestone in the publishing history of the Chinese Church.
In 1907, the China Sunday School Union (CSSU) was formed in Shanghai at the 100th anniversary celebration of the arrival of Robert Morrison in China. CSSU began with translating Sunday School curriculum and training materials into Chinese for Sunday school teachers, as well as exploring teaching methods for Sunday School.
In 1949, CSSU approved setting up branches in Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 1951, due to political considerations, the branch in Taiwan became an independent organization and was renamed “China Sunday School Association”. Later, the operation of the Hong Kong branch was entrusted to Miss Grace S. Jephson, a missionary from the China Inland Mission. She was the key person and leadership behind the translation of the American Gospel Light Sunday School curriculum.
In 1967, Ms. Jephson was retired and succeeded by Mr. Theodore Hsueh. Not long after, the Hong Kong branch became an independent entity, and was renamed “China Sunday School Association Hong Kong”. In April 1971, the China Sunday School Association H.K. 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 H.K. in publishing Christian literature, training and building up believers, and serving Chinese Church. CCL later established branches in Taiwan, US, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia. In 1990, the Christian Communications International Ltd. (CCIL) was established in Hong Kong to coordinate and utilize resources of all branches.
CCIUSA began in 1982 in a co-worker’s garage in San Francisco that served as a bookroom. It provided spiritual books and literature from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. During this beginning phase, CCIUSA was very much lacking in manpower and financial resources. The CCIUSA office was later relocated to San Jose, then to Chicago, and finally to Houston, Texas. As China began to reform and loosen up policies on Christianity, CCIUSA expanded the China ministry, with major emphases on bringing together overseas resources on sharing the visions and needs of churches in China to Chinese and American churches in North America, and on expanding literature ministry and evangelistic ministry in China, so that believers and church leaders in China and overseas would be served and strengthened in witnessing and expanding God’s Kingdom.
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Very few Chinese Christians received Jesus from their parents, not this brother, I called him brother W. He is from a Christian family. His mom brought him to church at very young age. He never agreed on evolution theory. He even told his young friends “there is a God in this world” while in elementary.
As he grew up, God’s word was on his side, leading him, guiding him and answering his prayers. He was also in subjection to the Lord and followed His guidance. He had Bible with him when he started boarding school, college until his first job away from hometown. God has been answering his prayers. In one of his job shifting, he prayed to the Lord that he would follow the Lord more tightly if his prayers are answered. God miraculously opened the path as he prayed and led him to a local church, where he never knew. He joined the baptism training on his first day at church. He was baptized in public after 3 months of training and started his tithing faithfully.
There were much temptations at work. One of them was to make extra bucks from his business trips because his job required a lot of travelling. That was a very big pocket money to pay for his mortgage. He knew that all his colleagues did it this way. He didn’t realize that this dishonesty displeased God. When he started to know that it was wrong, he stopped making even a penny out of any business trips. He had less income, which worried his family. But he felt himself coming closer to the Lord.
In his personal life, he prayed for a sister led to him by the Lord. He experienced some struggles such as family expectations, self-esteem and desires. He had some opportunities, he even dated a girl with Buddhism family background. He tried to compromise his Christian pursuit and worldly temptation. However, in his heart, he always had the words from Jesus that he should yoke with a believer. Eventually, he submitted to God, and the lord revealed him His plan.
Afterwards, he met a sister who was a fulltime minister of his church, she was also from a minister’s family. God revealed His blessing to both of them. They also accepted each other in the Lord and received blessings from their parents. The Lord blessed their marriage. They have two children now.
Brother W grew and served in the church and also worked at his secular job. Later God called him to give up his career and serve the Lord full time. He and his wife knelt down and prayed together. He prayed that God’s will to be done in his life, he is subjected to His choice. He knew that he would face a lot of challenges and uncertainties if he follow the Lord to serve at church. He decided to follow God’s calling and give up his career.
Now, brother W has studied at a local seminary for two years. He would follow God’s truth closely and more submissively and press on toward the goal unto the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
He and his church are facing more and more challenges from the community and new policies. Their previous convenient and spacious worshipping place has to close. The church changed to small groups to meet separately each week. While I listened to him sharing all this, I didn’t hear much worries and concerns. He knows that” (Jesus replied, )“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. (John 14:23)”