From Deadly Vices to Life-giving Service

Jerry Callos, a native of the town of Dapdap in Legazpi City, lived all his life believing that he is on his own and never sought to know God, until one fateful day when he received a Bible and things began to change. He now testifies of how he was brought from darkness into light and how the Living Word transformed him from the inside out.

In a society where smoking and drinking liquor are common vices, Jerry admits he was once buried deep in these addictions. He even got himself into illegal drugs and saw his life wasting away. Although he was able to keep his job, being busy at work was a means of escape. Yet God has a beautiful plan for him and encountered him in a way he least expected.

One day, Jerry and his wife happened to attend mass at St. Raphael Parish instead of the usual local chapel they go to. At that time, copies of the May They Be One (MTBO) Bibles were being given out. They took copies for themselves and Jerry found his heart engaged when he started reading it. God’s Word opened his eyes to a whole new perspective on life.

“This is where I found the kind of life I was seeking. I have gone astray but this brought change into my life,” shares Jerry. He retells that reading the Bible made it clear to him that he was doing the wrong things. The Word of God convicted him and helped him in his walk towards a transformed life.

“The MTBO Bible is my very first Bible, that’s why this is very special to me. I regret that I only got to read the Bible now that I’m old. I’ve realized that the true meaning of life can only be found in His Word,” Jerry muses. He also shares that he was eventually invited to serve in their parish and continues to help in the ministry to this day.

Like Jerry, more people can be reached by God’s Word and experience life transformation. By God’s grace through the MTBO Bible Campaign, over 2.5 million Filipino families have already received their own Bibles which they can now read, meditate upon, and live by. Much work needs to be done, so we remain relentless in this campaign to bring a copy of the Bible to more homes and individuals. The Handwritten Unity Bible (HUB) Old Testament edition has recently been launched to help raise funds for the continuous printing and nationwide distribution of MTBO Bibles. It contains manually written verses by modern-day scribes who are ordinary people from different walks of life. Support the Bible Cause by getting a copy of the HUB Old Testament available at our UN and Sta. Mesa BibleHouses or call 521-5792/714-2424.

“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