Philippine Bible Society

Bible Campaign Anniversary unites Filipinos for the Word of God

September 30, 2010 is the Feast of St. Jerome, the Bible Scholar. The same day marks 2nd Anniversary of the May They Be One Bible Campaign. The May They Be One Bible Campaign is a joint initiative of the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) and the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-ECBA). In celebration, a Thanksgiving Service was held at the Manila Cathedral from 3-5 PM on September 30, 2010 to thank the Lord for a fruitful two years of the MTBO Campaign.

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Bp. Nathanael Lazaro of National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) takes his turn in the Ecumenical Prayer Service following Bp. Renato Mayugba and Bp. Pablo S. David of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and Bp. Fred Magbanua of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches 

The May They Be One Bible Campaign has become a symbol of unity and cooperation (Bayanihan) between ECBA-PBS and various parish and lay organizations involved in Bible apostolate/ministry. It has succeeded in drawing these like-minded organizations towards the goal of seeking societal transformation through the Word of God. The proponents of the campaign believe that true and lasting national change can only happen if it is grounded on the Word of God. The project thus aims to distribute 5 million Bibles to 5 million poor Filipino families within a 5-year period. To date, some 218,211 poor Filipino families have already received Bibles under the MTBO initiative.
Meanwhile, still part of efforts to promote unity among Filipinos, another unique endeavor was launched during the anniversary of MTBO – the Handwritten Unity Bible Project. The Handwritten Unity Bible Project is a two-year ecumenical project which aims to foster national unity, greater interest in the Bible, and raise funds for the May They Be One Bible Campaign and involves re-writing the Bible by hand.

The day’s activities featured an ecumenical Prayer Service participated in by leaders of different evangelical Christian churches and a Concelebrated Mass offered by the priests and Bishops who are participants in the Campaign. The group was led by His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales. After the mass was the symbolic Bible Handwriting session of the “12 apostles” or select representatives from different sectors of society including church, government, youth, persons with disability, business, military, media and the urban poor.

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