On December 20, 1984, Bishop K. H. Ting wrote a circular letter to
'friends abroad' to solicit their opinion on the creation of an
organization for social welfare initiated by Chinese Christians:
"We think it is a good enviroment with which Chinese
Christians cannot only do our share as citizens in nation-building,
but also make the fact of Christian presence and participation
better known to our people, without in any way weakening the
work of the church proper."
Four month later, on 18 April, 1985, the Amity Foundation was
founded in Nanjing. The idea for Amity had come from Christian leaders
including K. H. Ting. Wenzao Han became Amity's
founding general secretary.
Bishop K. H. Ting came up with the Chinese name for Amity,
the two characters meaning love 爱 (ai) and virtue or moral power 德 (de).
爱 and 德 express very well the sense of love as God's primary attribute,
and love as a dimension of Christian involvment in society.
Bishop K. H. Ting
Bishop K.H Ting, the late founder of the Amity Foundation
who passed away in November 2012, was a church leader,
theologian, visionary, statesman and patriot.
Bishop K. H. Ting was Chairperson of the
Three-Self Patriotic Movement
of the Protestant Churches in China (TSPM)
and President of the China Christian Council (CCC).
Bishop K. H. Ting served as the President of
Nanjing Union Theological Seminary for more than 50 years.
Bishop K. H. Ting had also held a number of political posts.
He was a Vice-Chairman of the CPPCC
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (1989–2008),
and a Member of the National People's Congress,
is a movie dedicated to Bishop K. H. Ting,
the founder of the Amity Foundation.
The movie gives insights into his life,
his ministry and the founding of the Amity Foundation.
Philip Wickeri, Bishop K. H. Ting and Wenzao Han announce the establishment of Amity
1985 - 1995
The Amity Foundation was first set up
with only three employees. Project areas mainly covered
the poor eastern counties in Northern Jiangsu.
The projects focused primarily on foreign English teachers
and funding came from overseas churches.
A press conference was held in Hong Kong to announce
the upcoming establishment of the Amity Foundation.
Ground Breaking Ceremony was held for the
Amity Printing Press.
The Amity Foundation Board made the strategic decision
to move its major project focus to the western regions of China.
1995 - 2005
Time of Growth
Amity's work expanded exponentially.
Its projects gradually covered an array of different programs including
education, health, social welfare, blindness prevention,
special education, poverty alleviation, integrated rural development,
ecological protection, women's development.
The project area also expanded to hundreds
of cities and counties in 31 provinces in mainland China.
Project types expanded from involving foreign teachers to eight divisions
in Amity with dozens of projects focusing on
the poor and the marginalized.
2005 - 2015
Amity's staff has grown
to nearly 90 professionals working at the Headquaters and
almost 1,000 staff in total. In order to strengthen domestic support
and the third sector Amity began to develop community
awareness and new fundraising efforts. Amity focuses increasingly
on diaconal work, community building, internationalization,
capacity building and advocacy. Thereby, Amity builds networks on
various fields, including new media cooperations, new plattforms
for interfaith, cross-cultural and cross-sectoral cooperation.
Nowadays, the Amity Foundation runs social enterprises,
service centers, NGO development centers
and offices at home and abroad.
Stone laying ceremony for the new Amity Printing Co., Ltd.
Amity Printing printed its 100th million Bible and became the
world's largest Bible printer
the Amity Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary
More detailed information about Amity's journey
can be found in Amity's 30th anniversary booklet
2015 - Present
Period of Development
... to be continued
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