Bread of Life Church
The Bread of Life Church (simplified Chinese: 灵粮堂; traditional Chinese: 靈糧堂; pinyin: Ling Liang Tang), is an independent Chinese church that was founded in Shanghai, Republic of China in 1942, which churches today in different parts of Asia, Australia, and North America.
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the International Settlement in Shanghai was seized by Japanese troops in December 1941, putting a stop to Western missions in the region. The next year, in June 1942, the Christian and Missionary Alliance pastor Timothy Zhao (Chinese: 趙世光; pinyin: Zhao Shiguang) established the Bread of Life Church in Shanghai. It aspired to be an indigenous church which followed the three-self principle.
By the time of the communist victory in mainland China, Dzao moved his headquarters first to Hong Kong in 1949, before moving it to Taipei, Taiwan in 1954. It would eventually start a seminary in 1990 and, in 2005, the church was reported to have 33,132 members in Taiwan and 134 churches have been planted all around the world.
Today there are currently 306 churches all over the world.
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