CCC&TSPM (China Christian Council & Three-Self Patriotic Movement) and the International Lutheran Laymen's League held an online conference on May 27.
During the video conference, the two sides shared their respective works of the past two years, looking forward to future collaboration.
Rev. Shan Weixiang, deputy president and general-secretary of CCC&TSPM, first introduced the current situation of church reopening in China due to effective pandemic prevention. He said that the two sides had maintained friendly relations for nearly 30 years, especially the cooperation in publishing, printing, and other ministries. He also introduced that Ai Ji Printing Press in Shanghai sought a turnaround during the COVID-19 crisis and achieved stable growth in business. Rev. Shan also thanked the Lutheran Laymen's League for their support and assistance to Ai Ji Press over the past years.
Mrs. Gunya Na Thlang, Asian director of the International Lutheran Laymen's League, introduced their ministry and personnel changes and expressed her concern for the ministry of Chinese churches. She appreciated the achievements made by the Chinese government and people from all walks of life in their joint fight against the pandemic, sharing the situation of their local churches after the pandemic.
Chen Hongli, head of the publication group of the Media Ministry of CCC&TSPM, introduced the situation of publication ministry in the past two years and the efforts they made in the promotion and distribution of the Bible and other books after the pandemic.
At the end of the meeting, Pastor Shan expected that the two sides could resume in-person communication as soon as possible when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, inviting the new staff responsible for the Lutheran Laymen's League to visit Chinese churches.
- Translated by Abigail Wu