Philippine Bible Society

Bible Society Staff Get #ginhawa in Annual Retreat

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Ginhawa, which roughly translates to relief or ease, was the focus of this year’s staff retreat of the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) held last September 24-26 at the Punta de Fabian Resort in Baras, Rizal.
Spearheaded by the Human Resources Development Department and the Spiritual Development Council, the three-day respite featured messages from PBS Chaplain Rev. Noli Mendoza, Executive Consultant for Leadership Development Vilma Salvio, and a presentation of each care group’s ministry social responsibility projects that were conducted weeks before the retreat.
According to General Secretary Dr. Nora Lucero, this year’s retreat gave everyone a chance to “recharge and re-focus on God, His Word, and the rest, refreshment, relief, and renewed strength that it promises.”
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“Apart from that, we also learned how to become a blessing to each other, bringing ginhawa not only to ourselves, but to others who are part of the PBS family,” Dr. Lucero said.
Translation consultants Dr. Rhoneil Arevalo and Dr. Annie del Corro led the morning devotions, which further encouraged the participants to bless and be a blessing to others.
Another highlight of the retreat was the fun night, which featured the creativity and ingenuity of all care groups. A panel of judges, composed of Rev. Mendoza, Dr. Arevalo, and Dr. del Corro, proclaimed B.M.W. as the first prize winners, followed by The Living Stone, while Sandugo placed third.
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As part of the recreational component of the retreat, PBS management and staff were organized into four groups: Kahihahunan (Green/Sheep Team), Kapayapaan (Yellow/Dove Team), Kaayusan (Orange/Geese Team) and Katiwasayan (Blue/Kingfisher Team). After two days of fun and games, Team Kaayusan (Orange/Geese) emerged as the overall champions, with Team Kahinahunan (Green/Sheep) and Team Kapayapaan (Yellow/Dove) finishing second and third overall, respectively.

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