Project Pearl

Operation Project Pearl

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Project Pearl

Project PearlProject Pearl is the code name given to a landmark 1981 Bible smuggling operation. In one night, Project Pearl smuggled into China one million Bibles.

At the time of the Project Pearl in 1981, Communist China was still reeling from Mao's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), which had tried to crush among others, Christianity. The country was still closed to outsiders, who didn't know if Christianity had survived.

Instead of surviving, it had thrived, as it typically does under persecution, and millions of Chinese Christians needed Bibles, which the Chinese Communist Party confiscated, burned and prohibited from being printed.

How did Project Pearl smuggle a million Bibles into a closed country in one night?

It was by sea. A tugboat pulled a custom-built submersible barge loaded (above) with 232 one-ton waterproof packages of Bibles undetected past even a Chinese naval base to a secluded beach in southern China where underground Chinese Christians were waiting.

Upon arrival, the barge was partly submerged to enable the waterproof packages to float and be pulled ashore, where the awaiting Chinese Christians opened them, took out the Bibles and hauled them on their backs, bicycles, motorcycles and automobiles across China.

The Lord used Project Pearl not only to rain down a million Bibles to His children across China and add fuel to His revival, but to also turn the Chinese government into His Bible printer. Having lost face after a Time magazine article on Project Pearl highlighted the lack of Bibles in China, the Chinese Communist Party hurriedly ordered Bibles to be printed. Until the Nanjing Amity Printing presses came online, the first three million Bibles were printed on China's Communist army printing presses.

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