Who We Are

PHILIPPINE BIBLE SOCIETY’S VISION AND MISSION

 

 VISION & MISSION 

 

OUR VISION

“A TRANSFORMED PHILIPPINES THROUGH GOD’S WORD”

The BIBLE is manual to life for all Filipinos and in every Filipino home so that lives are transformed resulting in national righteousness, economic sufficiency, social peace, public justice, and God-fearing citizenry.

OUR MISSION

“MAKING THE BIBLE KNOWN”

We exist to achieve the widest possible effective and meaningful distribution of the Holy Scriptures In languages that people understand In media and formats that meet people’s needs, and At prices that people can afford providing everyone the opportunity to pray, give, volunteer and engage with the Word of God. 

 

 FIVE FOLD MINISTRY 

 

Scripture Engagement and Advocacy

Scripture engagement is a vital component of our mandate. We understand Scripture engagement as the process of establishing a connection between the Scriptures and an individual or group. Thus through our programs and products, we strive to get people interested in the Word of God. In due time, we pray that this mere search for information would lead to a desire for formation, then ultimately result to transformation—from a spectator into a person living out the principles of the Bible.

Scripture Distribution and Marketing

The Word of God needs to be seen, heard and witnessed. PBS continually seeks pro-active means and adapts to the changing society to bring the Bible to the Filipinos–whenever, wherever, they may be in the country. We distribute the Scriptures and help people to engage with God’s Word

Friend and Fundraising

Propagating the Bible in 7,107 islands is an overwhelming task. Therefore, partnerships and cooperative efforts are part of the Bible Society’s lifeline. This is where your involvement starts and your legacy in reaching people for the Bible cause begins. We give people many opportunities to partner with the Bible Society.

Translation

It is the mission of the Bible Society to distribute the Bible in languages that people understand–reading, discovering and understanding God’s Word in your own native tongue. Our translations are faithful to the original languages. Our Translation Consultants offer biblical, technical and linguistic expertise to local translators.

Printing and Production

We seek the best and most appropriate techniques to ensure Scripture quality and affordability. We print special Scripture products for churches and organizations. 

 

 HISTORY 

 

BIBLE WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES STARTED EVEN BEFORE IT WAS FORMALLY ESTABLISHED IN 1898. 

During the Spanish colonial period Filipinos were forbidden to own or read the Bible. Still more than a thousand copies of Scriptures were brought into the Philippines during the 19th century. This period also brought to Filipinos the first Scripture in Philippine language, the gospel of Luke in Pangasinan translated by Spanish priest Fr. Manrique Alonzo Lallave in 1887. In 1898, when Americans took control of Manila and Bible reading was no longer unlawful, this translation of Luke became the first Bible portion in the Philippine language to be freely distributed among Filipinos.

FORMAL BIBLE WORK IN THE COUNTRY WAS INITIATED, SUPPORTED AND CARRIED OUT BY THE AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY (ABS) AND BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY (BFBS).

ABS” Jay C. Goodrich and his wife became the first resident representatives to establish a Bible depot and to begin systematic planning and organization of Bible work in the Philippines. In 1912, a two-story office was established at 636 Isaac Peral Street (presently 890 United Nations Avenue) that carried out distribution and promotion of Scriptures throughout the country.

The Philippine Bible House became an autonomous Bible Society in 1966 under the leadership of the first Filipino General Secretary Rev. Angel B. Taglucop. This was also the time of Vatican II when the Pope encouraged Bible reading and Bible use among Catholics. This event paved the way for Scripture translations undergone by teams from both the Catholic and Protestant groups. This joint undertaking brought Filipinos the Bible in eight major Philippine languages.

The Philippine Bible Society mission continues through the partnership of more than 3,000 individual members, churches and organizations who believe in the power of God’s Word.

In the area of translation work,
PBS makes the Scriptures more understandable through translation and revision projects.

In production,
PBS endeavours to produce Scriptures in the best quality and form favourable to readers.

In distribution,
the Bible Society endeavours to make the Word available and accessible to all Filipinos from different points of the country.

In promotion,
PBS endeavours to make people understand the importance of the Bible in their lives.

More than a century later, the task of getting God’s Word into the hands of an estimated 84 million Filipinos is far from complete. But all that have transpired and all that is to come, we give glory and honour to God.  

  

 

 

 

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