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Incorruptible Love

The K. H. Ting Story


Jia Ma and Suyun Liao

K. H. Ting (1915–2012) was an important Christian leader and theologian in China. Indeed, since the late-1970s, he has been seen as the spokesperson for Christianity in China. Many stories surround his life, but it is sometimes unclear which ones are true, making him a mysterious figure.

K. H. Ting became the principal of Jinling Theological Seminary in 1952 and remained in this position until his death, making him the longest-standing principal of any theological seminary in the world. He experienced many difficult times in his 97 years, and in any ways the history of Christianity in China is reflected through the ups and downs he experienced. In Incorruptible Love: The Story of K. H. Ting, the authors offer Christians, as well as people of other spiritual beliefs, intellectuals, and the general public, a greater understanding of K. H. Ting’s life and beliefs. This biography will help people learn not only about K. H. Ting, but also about the fundamentals of Chinese Christianity.

Written in a blend of creative and academic writing styles, Incorruptible Love makes the story of K. H. Ting vivid and convincing. This text can be used in courses on Christianity in China, the Chinese Church, religion in China, and modern Chinese history.

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Chapter 8. The Amity Foundation


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Part 1: A Foundation Without Funds?

The Amity Foundation is widely known by people outside the Christian Church, largely due to its primary mission of providing aid to general society and those in need. It is not part of the Church’s infrastructure and thus attracts many non-religious people from various social circles, such as Wu Yifang, Chen Yuguang, and Kuang Yaming,1 who have all served on the board of directors and as honorary chairmen of the board. It was established in 1985 in Hong Kong, with two Chinese characters reflecting its meaning, i.e. love and kindness. The translation “Amity” came from Janice Wickeri, and Amity became the foundation’s official English name.2

Why was such a foundation needed at the time? K. H. Ting and Han Wenzao initiated the idea for, as Shen Derong recalled, “Three-Self needs to be self-sufficient. It would not be a good practice to operate on the funds from foreign churches. K. H. and Han Wenzao proposed to establish an organization independent from the Church and functioning as a charity.” The fund from foreign churches would find its proper channel, while the charity activities would fully demonstrate the caring and loving principles ← 161 | 162 → of the Church while helping people in need, alongside promoting social growth and equalization.

The foundation had a difficult beginning, however. Objections came from within the Church, stating that it was too much opposed to...

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