Bible Society Spreads the "Light" in Bulacan
In its desire of making God’s Word known, the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) recently conducted another Bible distribution in a relocation site in the northern province of Bulacan.
Under its “Ilaw sa Tahanan” (Light to the Home) Bible distribution program, PBS handed out a copy of the Holy Scriptures to each of the 1,700 families in the Northville 7 relocation site in Barangay Malis in the town of Guiguinto.
A short program prepared by the Guiguinto Pastors’ Association (GPA), led by its president, Rev. James Reyes, preceded the distribution that was handled by some 200 volunteers from the group. Eleven different local churches are represented in the GPA.
The group’s adviser, Rev. Rolly delos Santos, shared his vision and hope for the relocation site after the Bible distribution: a better, cleaner, stronger, and Christ-centered community.
“From Barangay Malis, this community will surely turn into a ‘barangay malinis’ (a clean barangay) because of the changes the Gospel would bring into the lives of the residents here,” Pastor Rolly said, explaining that the hearts and minds of the residents would be cleansed by God’s Word.
He added that the hope that gleams in the residents’ eyes is enough guarantee of the success of the Bible distribution, along with the string unity among the pastors from different churches that work in the community.
Meanwhile, Rev. Romina Custodio shared that she and her fellow local church workers were overjoyed by the event. “I was so excited, I did not feel hunger or fatigue,” she said. She also confided that they “felt a surge of energy of a different kind” when the Scriptures arrived in their area. “I was even able to lift a whole box of Bibles. Imagine that!” she exclaimed.
For her part, Philippine Bible Society Communications Development Manager Juliet Jimeno said it was God who made the Bible distribution an overwhelming success.
“It was He who made all of this possible: the rain did not come; He made a way for us to coordinate with the local churches here in Barangay Malis; and, the people welcomed His Word with joy in their hearts,” she shared.
Program Coordinator Nestor Reyes said that this has been their 14th Bible distribution for the year under the program, adding that they have given out the “Ilaw” Bibles to as far south as Zamboanga City and as far north as Nueva Ecija.
He also shared that their next Bible distribution would be in the Southville relocation site in Cabuyao, Laguna, where he expects 4,000 copies of the Bible would be received there as well as it was received here: with open doors and open hearts.