A Poimen for the Mangyan Pastors

We began a fundraising initiative–under the Adopt a Church Program (AACP)–for Mangyan pastors in Mindoro last July 2019. By God’s grace, we raised enough funds for 110 Poimen Bibles.

PBS Church Relations Officer Ivan Gervacio shared, “When I found out that there were 110 Poimen Bibles to be distributed to the Mangyans, I knew that more pastors would be equipped [as church leaders]. Once equipped, they would gain more confidence to reach out to other Mangyan tribes. If there are urgent ministry [events], they would already have materials to use, because there are liturgies or service formats (for wedding ceremonies, graduation celebrations, etc.) found in the Poimen Bibles.”

On September 29, 2019, we journeyed by boat to Oriental Mindoro for an AACP training session and Bible distribution activity the following day–Monday. We thank God for the traveling mercies He bestowed upon the members of the PBS AACP team. The team consisted of the following: Pastor Mel Cartera (PBS Adopt a Church Program Trainer and BRIMS Speaker), Kay Maatubang (PBS Resource Development Manager), Ivan Gervacio (PBS Church Relations Officer), Aura Villarosa (PBS Multi-media and Promotions Assistant), and Francine Tan (PBS Communication Officer).

More than the smooth journey, the team was blessed with the welcoming smiles of the Mangyan pastors from the Mangyan Tribal Churches Association (MTCA). There were 35 pastors who participated, representing six Mangyan tribes. Pastor Mel conducted a brief but informative Bible lecture, which fully equipped the pastors with knowledge that can help them maximize their Poimen Bible reading experience.

Each of the 35 Mangyan pastors received one Poimen Bible, while the remaining copies were set to be distributed among the members of the various Mangyan tribes in Mindoro. Upon receiving their very own copies, their wide smiles reflected the overwhelming gratitude they felt in their hearts.

“There is no exaggeration here when I say that it is impossible to describe the joy on their faces the moment they received their Poimen Bibles. For the recipients, they didn’t just feel happiness from getting new Bibles, but they also experienced the care that the givers [of these Bibles] had for them,” said Mr. Gervacio.

If you were present in that moment, look closely and you would see tears of joy in some of the pastors’ faces while reading the letters that were specifically addressed to them. These letters, which were written by the very people who supported this fundraising initiative, were tucked securely within the first few pages of their Poimen Bible copies.

Two weeks after the trip, Mr. Gervacio still continues to express his gratitude: “I thank the donors because they did not give out of a sense of obligation. They gave because they understood the need. They felt the need, saw the need, and–I am so grateful for this–they responded to the need.”

We praise God for this successful initiative! May the Lord pour out more blessings upon the AACP’s upcoming special projects.

If your heart has been touched and is continuously being prompted by our amazing God, then we invite you to give what you can today to the Bible cause.

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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.

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

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