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.