China Inland Mission, founded by Hudson Taylor, greatly used literature for evangelism and other ministries for building up the churches in China. Later, Christian Witness Press was formed by CIM and continued the literature ministry.
At the celebration to mark the centenary of the arrival of the missionary, Robert Morrison, in China (China Centenary Missionary Conference, Shanghai 1907), the participants proposed to set up a Sunday school ministry organisation. The “China Sunday School Union” (hereafter as “Union”) was thus born and began to compile Sunday school curriculum and training materials for Sunday school teachers, as well as explore teaching methods.
In 1949, the committee members of the Union approved the setting up of branches in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In 1951, due to political factors, the Taiwanese branch was separated from the main body in Shanghai and was renamed “China Sunday School Association” (hereafter as “Association”). Later, the responsibility for the Hong Kong branch was entrusted to a missionary from the Mainland, Miss Grace S. Jephson, who was the main force behind the compilation of the American Gospel Light Sunday School curriculum.
Pastor Jephson retired and was succeeded by Mr Xue Kongqi. Not long after, the Hong Kong branch became independent.
The Hong Kong Sunday School Association merged with Christian Witness Press to form the “Christian Communications Ltd”. The Christian Communications Ltd (thereafter referred to as “Christian Communications”) adhere to the spirit of word ministry and Bible teaching of the two previous organisations and continue to serve the Chinese churches. It helped to set up Christian Communications in Taiwan, United States, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia so that the Chinese churches worldwide can be served. The Christian Communications International Ltd (thereafter referred to as “CCI”) was formed in 1990. At the same time the Christian Communications organisations in the various locations were re-grouped to come under CCI. The main function of the CCI was to coordinate and to plan the works of the various districts, with aim of enhancing resources and the coordination and effectiveness of the ministry. The administrative office of CCI is located in Hong Kong. To ensure that Christian Communications at the various location assist in the establishment of local Chinese churches, base on respect for the local Chinese churches’ culture, traditions, social environment, space and limitations, and through the leadership of these churches, the local Christian Communications have set up offices in locations where there are more Chinese residents.
The Taiwan office was established.
The USA Office was established.
The Canada Office was established.
The Singapore Office was established.
The Malaysia Office was established.