Philippine Bible Society

MTBO reaches all 86 Dioceses before 6th Anniversary

As the May They Be One (MTBO) Bible Campaign celebrates its sixth anniversary, it also marks yet another milestone with the introduction of MTBO to the people of Batanes, the last of the 86 dioceses that was reached by the Bible campaign.
Last September 2 to 4, 2014, the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) team composed of Translation Consultant Dr. Anicia del Corro, Resource Development Supervisor Pearl Grace Cabrera, and Communications OIC Raymond Francisco travelled to Batanes to promote MTBO and conduct a Handwritten Unity Bible (HUB) writing event and a mini Bible seminar. The group was joined by the Most Rev. Renato Mayugba, D. D., Bishop of Laoag, Sr. Bea Dumangeng, and Fely Gines of the North Luzon Biblical Apostolate.
The visitors were welcomed into the remote island province by no less than the Most Rev. Camilo Gregorio, D. D., Bishop of Batanes, who also hosted the group during their three-day stay.
PBS Resource Development Supervisor Pearl Grace Cabrera shared that they were very pleased at how the schedules of the people involved, even the weather, cleared as they planned to conduct the HUB in the northernmost province of the country.
“We praise God for His favor that we were able to bring the MTBO Bibles and have the Ivatans participate in HUB. For the longest time, it has been our heart’s desire to have them experience writing God’s Word in their heart language,” Cabrera said.
As of September 2014, a total of 1,330,168 copies of the Bibles have been distributed to poor Filipino families since the start of the campaign. Of that figure, 274,456 were distributed from January to September 2014.
In her message for the 6th MTBO Anniversary, PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora Lucero reiterated the Bible Society’s commitment to the goals of having every Filipino family own a copy of God’s Word.
“When they read the Bible and live their lives according to what Scripture teaches us, the person, the family, and the community is transformed. Imagine what it would be like when all Filipinos, our families, and our communities are touched by the power the Bible. It would be a truly awesome sight to see a transformed Philippines through God’s Word, a nation whose God is the Lord,” Dr. Lucero said.
She also thanked the churches, organizations, and individuals who partnered with them to sustain the Bible campaign. Dr.Lucero also posed the challenge to Filipinos all over the country and around the world to take part in the Bible campaign. “For the price equivalent to about half of your favorite ice blended coffee drink or a decent meal at your neighborhood carinderia, you can give a poor family an opportunity to know God’s Word and be transformed,” she said.

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