Philippine Bible Society

Beads on a String: Praying for the United Bible Societies

In different faith traditions all over the world, different kinds of beads, stringed together in a loop, have been used in prayer and other religious ceremonies to help the faithful to concentrate on their prayers.
The Philippine Bible Society took this concept and gave it a small twist, as it joined in the celebration of the World Day of Prayer last May 9, 2014.
Participants were given materials for beadwork, particularly beads that represented the four regions in which the United Bible Societies is present – metal beads for the Americas, wooden beads for Asia Pacific, carved, tribal beads for Africa, and glass beads for Europe and the Middle East. Also included in each kit was a cross to represent God’s Work, and a blue bead representing PBS.
“The idea is to create our own prayer beads to remind us to pray for the areas where Bible Society work is present, particularly the countries that have been assigned to each participant,” Communications Manager Hazel S. Alviz explained, referring to the list of UBS-member countries and the prayer requests that came with the beadwork materials. She added that participants should pray for their assigned countries while fashioning whatever trinket they fancy – some stringed their beads into a necklace, a bracelet, a bookmark, a cell phone or bag tag, among others.
PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora Lucero also gave a brief background on the World Day of Prayer celebrations. She said that on May 9, 1946, the Bible Societies of 13 countries came together to coordinate their efforts in proclaiming God’s Word to a world that has been ravaged by war. The same Bible Societies, and those that became part of UBS afterwards, have gathered on that date year after year to pray for each other as they continue to advance the Bible Cause.
Following the morning worship service, PBS staff, joined by several members of the Inter-Church Consultative and Advisory Group (ICCAG) and volunteers, distributed more than 3,000 copies of the New Testament and other scripture materials in Baseco Compound in Manila.

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