35,000 Drug Surrenderees Receive Hope Through the Word

We cannot close ourselves off from the swelling number of drug dependents who have surrendered to government authorities in light of the nationwide war against illegal drugs. Like the prodigal son returning home for redemption, these are souls who need help and a chance to have a life with meaning. Spiritual intervention has been a proven effective approach to combat addiction, making God’s Word the best aid they could have.
 
This is exactly what the group of motorcycle enthusiasts called Word Riders Philippines, together with the Philippine Bible Society and in partnership with the Philippine National Police, brought for the 35,000 drug surrenderees in the Ilocos Region last February 4 and 5. Copies of the New Testament were distributed to recovering drug dependents who came from Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte.

<p><b> The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office shows their appreciation to the Word Riders Philippines and the Philippine Bible Society for the Bible distribution among the drug surrenderees</b></p>

The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office shows their appreciation to the Word Riders Philippines and the Philippine Bible Society for the Bible distribution among the drug surrenderees


 
<p><b> Drug surrenderees queued up to receive their own copies of the New Testament Bible handed over by the police officers of Laoag </b></p>

Drug surrenderees queued up to receive their own copies of the New Testament Bible handed over by the police officers of Laoag


Exposing them to God’s Word and feeding them spiritual food would help them steer away from substance abuse.  PSSUPT Leo M. Francisco, the acting Provincial Director of La Union Police Provincial Office, affirmed this saying that the Bibles will help and guide the drug surrenderees in their recovery and return to society.
 
In a short program conducted during the Bible distribution event, Pastor Ramon Del Valle of Victory Christian Church also challenged the recovering drug dependents to read the Bible. “By reading it, you will find freedom, peace, truth, and guidance in your daily living,” he said.
 
The same challenge was also posed by Pastor Pepe Vea of Laoag International Praise Center. He shared, “There are many dare challenges today in the internet, but this time, I want to challenge you. Please read that Bible from beginning to end, and you will see and experience transformation. It will free you from your addiction because God will help you in this process.”
 
The Bible that each recovering drug dependent received will help them start anew and strengthen them in their pursuit towards the straight path of obedience. Let us continue to uphold them in our prayers so that the Bibles they received will truly be their guide for a life wholly surrendered unto the Lord.
If you would like to support the continuing Bible distribution work of the Word Riders Philippines, please visit this link.
<p><b> A policeman carrying New Testament Bibles for distribution to drug surrenderees</b></p>

A policeman carrying New Testament Bibles for distribution to drug surrenderees

I am a Bible Ambassador because I believe that the Bible can help people a lot. And knowing the Bible, people come in touch with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

Gusto kong makipag-fellowship sa kanila, masaya sa Philippine Bible Society kapag may mga (membership) meetings.  Gusto ko rin madagdagan knowledge ko... yung opportunity makapag.distribute ng Biblia sa maraming tao at magamit ako ng Panginoon. Pangatlo ay yung ma.bless din ako and be a blessing to many people.

Ptra. Dolores “Loy” Fulgencio
Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

It's an honor and a privilege for me to support the Philippine Bible Society - to reach out to the unreachable people by giving Bibles not only in the Philippines but the whole world.

Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

“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.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society