Philippine Bible Society

Adopt a Church: Starting Strong in Cycle 2

AACP Davao 1 - Philippine Bible Society

Sept. 27, 2018

The Philippine Bible Society’s (PBS) Adopt a Church program (AACP) has recently finished its first cycle of training sessions and church visits. This one of a kind initiative gives smaller congregations the opportunity to gain access to Bibles and discipleship materials by connecting them to gracious and open-handed donors. But before such a distribution can take place, it is vital that the adopted churches become equipped and ready to use the very materials they have been blessed with.

The AACP training session that was conducted last September 17, 2018 marked the beginning of the program’s second cycle. PBS Associate General Secretary Perry Cartera facilitated a whole day’s worth of discussion and interaction among 77 participants from 29 churches

Ms. Perry Cartera started the session by emphasizing the importance of discipleship. “Before going out of the church, start inside. Let us disciple our leaders and strengthen the foundation of our church.”

The participants were taught to take on a sense of urgency when it came to making disciples for it is Jesus Himself who tasked the believers with this mission. This is often referred to as “The Great Commission.”

Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 Good News Translation (GNT)

This particular command resonated deeply with Ms. Elinor Yepes, one of the session’s participants. She shared, “I am part of God’s work. It is not just an obligation. Instead, it’s a privilege. We need to teach our small communities to be more like Jesus. And it starts with me.”

Aside from talking about the basics of discipleship and its importance, Ms. Perry Cartera was also able to facilitate engaging discussions among the participants. In one portion of the training, the participants shared their stumbling blocks in disciple-making. Answers ranged from lack of time, lack of experience, and even lack of commitment.

By the end of the session; however, everyone seemed more empowered than ever to either begin or continue the work of discipleship.

“I really enjoyed the training because I got more knowledge on how to handle things in my small group. I gained more insights on small group maintenance and care. My members will be happier since we now have new learnings.” – Mr. Albert Sabaco

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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