We assume that every Christian has a Bible, either worn down with multi-coloured highlights evidently feasted on daily, or stored at a corner shelf accumulating dust. But both are not often true. While there are those who breathe life from the Word and there are those who take it for granted, many don’t even own one at all.
Moved to have this greatest treasure land eager hands, the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) initiated the Adopt a Church program. It’s designed to facilitate the abundance that God provides to overflow unto needy churches whose members can barely afford a Bible of their own. With the commitment of able and generous individuals, churches, and corporate partners, PBS will bridge their financial aid to identified churches in need of Scriptures. A sponsor may also grant their support to a church of their choice.
Together with copy of Scriptures, the Adopt a Church program will also provide discipleship materials in aid for the continuing spiritual growth of the Bible recipients. PBS will facilitate the training to equip the adopted churches on how to use these materials. In return, the sponsored churches commit to share prayer concerns and their testimony report within three months of implementing the discipleship tools.
Since the initial orientation gatherings, 101 different churches across the National Capital Region, represented by 223 pastors and lay ministers, have signed up for adoption and were assessed for inclusion in the Scriptures distribution under this program.
First ceremonial turnover
One of the first churches who committed to adopt a church is the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Cosmopolitan. They had their ceremonial turnover of 82 Bibles and 18 discipleship materials last March 4, 2018 to their two adopted churches: UCCP UCGS Queensrow in Bacoor, Cavite and the UCCP M. Francisco in Pasay.
“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others just like how they have received help,” said UCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor Callum Tabada.