On the evening of June 18th, 1981, the barge Gabriella arrived on China’s shore carrying 1 million Bibles.
Despite Mao’s destruction of thousands of Bibles during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, the Chinese church experienced an expansion in numbers.
A Chinese Christian woman, known as Mama Kwang, initiated Project Pearl due to her husband’s imprisonment for their beliefs. Mama Kwang and her husband had established a house church network and sought help from Open Doors to meet their urgent need of gaining access to Bibles.
Brother Andrew, known as God’s Smuggler and the founder of Open Doors, gave his staff members a green light. They knew God would allow them to reach China by sea, and that everything had to be done with utmost secrecy.
Learn what motivated the senders and receivers of this historical mission from God by watching the short below: