Blessed to be a Blessing

 
Time and time again, the Bible proves how it is more than just a book with lives transformed by God through it. And for Erlinda Camba, a housewife from Guinobatan, Albay, her story is both that of redemption and inspiration through the life-giving Word. After receiving her first May They Be One (MTBO) Bible and being blessed by it, she has become an avenue for others to likewise encounter God through His Word.

A self-indulgent and established businesswoman, Erlinda first thought that she can do life on her own. She admits that all she cared about was raking in more money and refused to entertain anything that is spiritual in nature. Her hard-earned possessions, however, proved to be fleeting and unsatisfying. It took a burned down house and a bankrupt business before she sought refuge to the only One that truly satisfies.

Through a friend, she was invited to attend a Christian education seminar at their parish where she received her first MTBO Bible. In reading the Scriptures, Erlinda discovered that she was not alone in her great trial and heartbreak. She especially resonated with the story of Job and found herself falling in love with God’s Living Word.

“The Bible is like a mirror to me. I saw my history in the life of Job. Now, when I share my life, the lessons I learned from God inspires others,” says Erlinda.

Today, aside from serving actively in their parish together with her husband, Erlinda is also giving away copies of MTBO Bibles to her friends. She is able to bless more people with free Bible copies because of the low cost of MTBO Bibles. She also happily shared that unlike before, their parish members have become interested to read and obey the teachings of the Word. Erlinda speaks of this same effect in her life saying, “Back then I would always judge my husband and neighbors. By the grace of God, I now have self-control.”

It is our desire that more Filipinos, like Erlinda, would have the opportunity to draw hope, strength, guidance, and life from the wellspring of His Word. Pray with us for the continuous printing and nationwide distribution of MTBO Bibles.

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“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