Godly homes for the poor: PBS’ share in Habitat’s project

While business and government leaders around the globe join together in providing houses for the poor through the Habitat program, the Philippine Bible Society is focusing on helping Habitat families build godly homes.
In partnership with Habitat’s “World Leaders Build,” PBS provided a copy of the Bible for each of the houses constructed from August 6 to 11, 2001 in designated areas nationwide – a total of 200 families. Copies of the Bible were placed in the houses during the turn-over ceremony in Pinugay, Antipolo City on August 10, 2001 led by former President Corazon C. Aquino.

During the turn-over rites organizers coined the word habititis. To them, participating in Habitat projects is addictive and contagious that they jokingly refer to it as a virus that brings habititis. This year, PBS has caught the ‘virus’ and participated in the program by providing 200 copies of the ‘Pangako’ Bible, also known as Bibles for the Poor which uses the Magandang Balita Biblia text.

On August 6, PBS General Secretary Medarlo B. Rivera joined business and government leaders led by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the kick-off ceremonies of World Leaders Build spearheaded by Habitat for Humanity, International (HHI). HHI is an organization working in more than 70 countries worldwide, providing housing to poor families in cooperation with local government, businessmen and other organizations.

Bibles for every home

The Philippine Bible Society believes that every Filipino home must own a copy of the Scriptures as this is an important guide in building godly homes, especially those who want to improve their lives. During the turnover rites organizers handed to homeowners a ceremonial key and a copy of the Bible. The key signifies the house that would hopefully become the key to opportunities and success, and the Bible implies God’s presence in the home. The organizers encouraged homeowners to make God’s Word present in their homes.
Personal Revival Asia (PrAsia) Director Daniel de Tablan said, “It’s good to have a roof over our head but if deep inside our hearts there is emptiness there, no matter what would fill the house, it will never be enough. That’s why we pray that the Bibles will be used… because the Bible was given to us to be our manual to life.”

More houses to build

In her first state of the nation address, President Arroyo clearly stated her projects during her administration, one of which is to address the plight of homeless Filipinos, and endeavor backed by non-government organizations and the business sectors. The National Housing Authority has already drawn up a plan to provide 150,000 homes. PBS pledged to provide each of these homes copies of the Bible, a project which will cost the Bible Society a staggering amount of P22.5M.
To be able to keep up with the government’s bold move to provide poor people with homes, PBS will launch the Ilaw sa Tahanan program, a fundraising effort aimed at generating fund to subsidize the printing of the Bibles.
The Bible Society saw this program as a blessed way of accomplishing its vision. Through the concerted cooperation of the government, the business sector and HHI, it will not take as long for PBS to achieve its goal of “a Bible for every home.”

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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” 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