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The United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations have had a historic commitment to China since 1847, including support for health care, education, church, community, and agricultural work. The United Methodist Church now has two main partners in China: the China Christian Council (CCC) and the Amity Foundation. The CCC is a post-denominational church established on the principles of self-governance, self-support and self-propagation.
Global Ministries is supporting theological education and lay training in China in partnership with CCC as the church tackles the enormous demands of its growing numbers in a rapidly changing society.
The United Methodist Church works with the Amity Foundation, a non-governmental organization established to manifest the love of Jesus Christ in Chinese society through its work in education, health and rural development. As of December 2011, the Amity Printing Press has published 93 million Bibles including Bibles in Braille.
Other projects include the support of the Happy Children’s Home, an orphanage for children whose parents are unable to take care of them, and training health care workers so they can provide health access and education to rural Chinese women.