PBS Praises God for 111 Years of Bible Ministry
PBS (Philippine Bible Society) celebrates its 111th anniversary this November 25 from 8:30AM-5PM with a Thanksgiving Service and Open House.
Dr. Agustin “Jun” Vencer, Jr., the President of Global Transformation Ministries, Inc. (GTMI) and Regional Director for Asia of Discipling A Whole Nation (DAWN), addressed the crowd with a call for action. Based on the theme, “God’s Word: Alive and Effective in the Marketplace,” he said that the Word of God is so powerful that it changes and transforms lives.
“If you want the Word to be effective in the marketplace, then we should recognize the role of the laity and the church in the marketplace,” he says. “Since the laity are in the marketplace from Mondays to Saturdays, then it is necessary that we develop, train them and equip them with the Word of God so that they can articulate the Christian vision and the message of the gospel of the Kingdom in their workplaces.”
He adds that wherever they are, they can work for their ministry and their business and make their place effective so that the transformation can really take place. “Train the lay people and release them to proclaim the gospel,” he says.
PBS Staff dress up as Bible Characters and pose at the end of the day
The thanksgiving service started with the PBS Praise and Worship team singing songs to God, a special solo number by Pastor Benjo B. Gaddi, a challenge and offertory prayer by Bp. Daniel C. Arichea Jr, Everybody’s Birthday, and the Dance of the Way by selected PBS staff. It culminated with a closing prayer by PBS board member Rene E, Cristobal.
Afterwards, the marker of the first Bible Museum in the country and the whole of Asia was also unveiled. Bible Museum guests can see history unfold from the time of Abraham to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and learn “How the Bible Came to Us.”
Fun and prizes were also in store for visitors who visited the fair at the 3rd floor Bible Fair that had booths and games prepared by the PBS family who were dressed up as Bible characters.