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Transcribing the bible to combat Internet addiction

HONG KONG (SE): There was a time in China when Christians used to transcribe long tracts of the bible by hand, because of the difficulty in getting their hands on a printed copy.

However, in recent years, some countries have run big projects to have the bible completely transcribed by hand as an exercise in drumming up interest among people. The final result also makes an interesting curio for display.

Recently it was done in The Philippines to celebrate National Biblical Week.

But China Church Voices reported on April 5 that Li Yinming has initiated a campaign to transcribe the complete bible, doing one chapter a day, as a way to break his addiction to the Internet and playing video games.

He advertised his campaign on WeChat and to date has enlisted 60 people to join the initiative.

He said that he began by going on a fast to create time to reflect on his life habits and organisation of his time.

He figures that at his current rate of progress, it will take him some three years to get to the end of the complete New and Old Testaments. He plans to be able to present the finalised copy to his daughter for her 18th birthday.

The Gospel Times reported that his idea has attracted more than 60 people from Hebei, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and even countries further afield to join the campaign.

He established a group on WeChat where members upload their copied works and sign in every day. The members who stick with it will receive some acknowledgment of their effort.

Li estimates that in all, there are probably 400 or 500 people doing the same thing, but they do not belong to his group.

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