Philippine Bible Society

Bible translation takes center stage at UBS World Day of Prayer

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May 10, 2018

Bible Ambassadors, young and old alike, gathered for the annual United Bible Societies (UBS) World Day of Prayer last May 9 at the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) ministry building. Participants joined hands and hearts with Bible Societies across the world in interceding for the advancement of the global Bible ministry, with special emphasis on the work of Bible translation.


The prayer gathering was held to commemorate the founding anniversary of UBS, the global fellowship of 148 Bible Societies in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. This serves as a poignant and powerful expression of unity to fulfill the mission of making God’s Word available to everyone.


With Bible translation as the prayer focus for 2018, the participants were treated to a brief talk on the principles and process of Bible translation to better understand and appreciate the ministry. UBS Translation Consultant Dr. Annie del Corro shared about the making of the Pinoy Version, one of the translation projects that PBS will launch within the year.


“Bible translation is at the heart of the Bible Society’s work. We believe that the message of the Bible is very important that’s why we need to translate it to languages that people are accustomed to use otherwise, they will not read it. We require that all our translations are faithful to the original text, easy to understand, and use reverent language,” Dr. del Corro said.


Participants then prayed together to praise God for His blessings for the Bible ministry work across the globe and asked for His guidance moving forward. Thanksgiving were likewise lifted up for the highly skilled and passionate translators committed to the Bible cause, as well as for the Scripture translations completed and published last year in 49 languages spoken by 580 million people all over the world. The prayer session was wrapped up by calling forth unity in intercession, in vision, and in work so that more people would have access to the Bible in their preferred language.


New PBS Board of Trustee Mr. Karlo Lara, Founder and Program Director of the Lakbay Biblia Catholic Bible Course, closed the entire gathering in prayer and further challenged the Bible Ambassadors present to live out the teachings of the Scriptures and be committed in sharing the Word to others.


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  • Amen Letana May 10, 2018 12:27 pm

    Praise the Lord!

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Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

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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