About Hong Kong Bible Society (HKBS)

From Shanghai to Hong Kong

From Shanghai to Hong Kong

Before the establishment of the Hong Kong Bible Society, there was no organization devoted to translating, publishing, and distributing Bibles in Hong Kong. At that time, Bibles sold in Christian bookstores in Hong Kong were mostly printed and supplied by the China agencies of three foreign Bible societies, namely the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS), the American Bible Society (ABS), and the National Bible Society of Scotland (NBSS), or later by the China Bible House since its establishment in 1937. In 1948, China Bible House, the then national Bible society of China, decided to set up an office in Hong Kong to explore the possibility of producing Bibles there. The office became a separate agency and was renamed Hongkong Bible House in 1951.

A Humble Beginning

A Humble Beginning

When the Hong Kong Bible Society was established in the early 1950s, we started out with scarce resources and a rented office nestled at a corner partitioned within a balcony. Our publishing works and publications gradually proliferated. Down the years, we have our well-equipped office and warehouses. We carry on by our Lord’s blessings to live out the principles of our Society, “Deliver a Bible that people can understand at a price that they can afford.”

Rising Needs for Bibles

Rising Needs for Bibles

Since its establishment in 1950, the Hong Kong Bible Society has been publishing Chinese Bibles and distributing them to different parts of the world. As manufacturing industries in Hong Kong developed rapidly during the 1950s and 60s, the United Bible Societies took this advantage and invested HK$700,000 in building a printing center in Hong Kong in 1965. Since then, Hong Kong has gradually become a global hub for Bible production.

God’s Word Remains Constant in Face of Ever-changing World

God’s Word Remains Constant in Face of Ever-changing World

Taking the opportunity that China opened up her economy, the United Bible Societies partnered with the Chinese Amity Foundation to establish the Nanjing Amity Press in 1986. Over twoo hundred million copies of Bibles have been printed since the Press became operational. Along with this development, our Society bears the mission of the United Bible Societies to revise the Chinese Union Version. We embrace Bible translation work while committing to promoting and distributing Bibles within Hong Kong. Our mission becomes an ingrained value of encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ to grow in passion for God’s Word and to practise it.