Philippine Bible Society

From bad news to Good News!

Menacing looks, grim faces, and bulging muscles on tattooed arms. These alone would suggest that these are men with hardened cores. With criminal convictions from stealing to kidnapping to murder, they have been branded by society as bad news.

But, believe it or not, these tough-looking men are just like you and I – they have insecurities, worries, and yes, even fear. It was for them that the Philippine Bible Society came up with the booklet, “Is There Any Hope for My Future?” The booklet, which is called Prisoner’s Portion, is specifically for prison inmates and answers some of the questions they often ask: “Is there someone who loves me?” “Does God really care for me?” “What’s in store for me in the future?” Printing of copies were made possible through the United Bible Societies’ Opportunity 21 Program.

Since its publication, 150,000 copies have been distributed to over 70 provincial, municipality/city jails and penal farms throughout the country. This task was achieved through the cooperative endeavors of PBS with the International Bible Society as well as with churches and organizations that have jail ministries.

Through the teachings about forgiveness, hope, and comfort, the book has became a catalyst of change among hundreds of prison inmates. Many have written to share how, in their dark and helpless situation, they have found true and lasting hope through Jesus.

“This (prisoners’) booklet has helped me a lot. Instead of thinking about getting even with my enemies, I learned to ask the Lord to intervene for me,” relates 20-year-old Archie who is currently detained at Batangas Provincial Jail (BPJ).

Bibles for Prisoners

The inmates have not only derived comfort from the booklet but have also developed a deep hunger for God’s Word. With the testimonies have come requests for copies of the Bible. The same request is being received from prison inmates in various penal institutions all over the country. This can only mean that more inmates are realizing their need for God’s Word. Seizing the opportunity to bring them God’s Word, PBS embarked on the project “Bibles for Prisoners” in June 2003. The Bibles are in English, Bicol, Cebuano and Ilocano.

These two prison inmates in Batangas Provincial Jail regularly attend their weekly Bible study.

Since July, distribution of “Bibles for Prisoners” have been undertaken in two prison facilities in Naga City, and Legazpi City, five town/city jails in Camarines Sur, New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, provincial jail in Batangas, and city jails in Manila, Quezon City and Las Piñas. These distribution activities were in cooperation with dedicated churches and service organizations, like the newly re-organized National Prison Ministries, Philippines, headed by Dr. Reynaldo Taniajura. Presently, PBS has already distributed 3,000 Bibles. However, this figure is but a drop in the proverbial bucket as there are more than 100,000 inmates in all the penal institutions combined. Providing each a copy of God’s Word would take a great amount of financial provision as well as dedicated volunteers.
The work may be slow, sometimes frustrating, but the reward is great. Nothing is sweeter than when one hears the Good News bending a ‘bad news’ to admission of his need and dependence on God.
Or when one hears inmate Bro. Manny’s words attesting: “God’s Word gave me life. I believe, with all my heart, that God is with us in this prison.”

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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