More than 13,500 Bibles were distributed in seven days as part of Chinese New Year celebrations throughout Asia.

At least one volunteer felt the people she met were unusually open to the Christian witness.

Sibil Tharp, member of First Baptist Church in Las Cruces, N.M., thought the distributions had a different feel this year. She started making the annual volunteer trip five years ago and, while she didn’t see a rise in the number of Bibles given out, she did see a different reaction from the tourists this time.

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