Linked by Love: June 2018 Bible Museum Tour

July 30, 2018

It was a rainy and cold Friday morning last June 8, 2018 when 207 young people along with their facilitators made their way to the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) for a Bible Museum tour.

These teenagers and young adults are under the DepEd’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) program that continues to push for free Secondary Education.

Teacher Mary Ann, the group’s main area coordinator, revealed how many of her students had a hard time sleeping because they were very excited.

One such student is a bubbly young lady named Rica. She shared, “I felt so blessed to learn more about God’s Word.” Seeing God’s faithfulness after going through the museum must have been very important to her, especially since she confessed that she came from a broken home.

Another cheerful member of the group named Ronnuel said, “I really enjoyed my Bible Museum experience.” And he’s not alone.

Kent, Milfred, and Kenken were amazed by the new knowledge they acquired regarding the Bible. They all agreed that they gained a new understanding of God and His faithfulness.

Indeed, God is faithful. A very shy young man named Carlos would agree. He confessed, “I felt deeply comforted by the tour. I felt emotionally lighter.”

This 2018 batch of out of school youth were more well-behaved compared to previous batches, noted teacher Mary Ann. But their struggles were very much similar to the ones that came before. These students come from broken homes. Some were former gang members. Early pregnancies were rampant among the group as well. That is why it was common to see little children running around the third floor waiting area.

But what started out as a gloomy and rainy morning ended up being a shining day filled with hope and possibility. This set of youth that entered PBS for their first Bible Museum tour walked out more inspired, empowered, and comforted by the love of our God.

They may have had different reactions at the end and different expectations at the start. But one thing is certain. God’s Word speaks to us in very unique and personal ways.

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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