The 50th anniversary of Watchman Nee's martyrdom is being honored by the Museum of the Bible with a special exhibit. The "Personal Stories" exhibit opens Sunday, March 6, and will run until 2023. "Watchman Nee" explores the life and legacy of Watchman Nee, including first-hand video accounts from his cellmate, photos and personal letters.
"For 20 years, Watchman Nee was held in captivity in three different locations," said Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, chief curatorial officer for Museum of the Bible. "This exhibit includes a biographical presentation of the incredible life of Watchman Nee - including never before seen artifacts - and shares the story of how he used the Bible to impact people around the world."
Watchman Nee founded the "Local Church" movement in China, the first native Christian movement in the country. This gathering remains the largest indigenous Christian church movement in China, with an estimated two million people tracing their beliefs back to Watchman Nee.
On July 30, 2009, Watchman Nee was recognized by the United States Congress for his contributions to Christianity in China. Today, an estimated 3,000 churches outside of China follow his teachings.
The museum store will provide visitors to the exhibit complimentary copies of Watchman Nee's classic book, "The Normal Christian Life." Chinese-speaking visitors will receive a free copy of the Chinese "Recovery Version" of the Bible.
Learn more about the "Watchman Nee" exhibit here.