National Bible Week Celebration Extended, Expanded!

Not just one, but four! Not just seven but 31! That’s as far as the mathematics of celebrating the National Bible Week goes. Starting this year, the single-week celebration honoring the Bible will be extended to four weeks. That’s a total of 31 days to “officially” focus on and give attention to God’s Word.
Through separate resolutions, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) have declared January as National Bible Month. This effectively extends and expands the scope of the yearly commemoration that for 2008 carries the theme God’s Word: Source of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace.
Much has transpired in the 26 years since former President Ferdinand Marcos declared through Presidential Proclamation No. 2242 that a whole week in November 1982 be set aside to celebrate God’s Word. In 1986, President Corazon Aquino amended the order via PP 44, moving the celebration to the last week of January of every year. In the subsequent administration of President Fidel Ramos, he issued an edict superseding this law – Proclamation 1067 — which cited the Bible as an excellent source of life-giving principles to develop a values-oriented, morally strong and socially responsible citizenry. Thus, it should be given fitting attention and importance by all sectors of society, not just the church.
Since then, the Philippine Bible Society in cooperation with multi-sectoral organizations has led the annual event. This year, fueled by the NCCP and the PCEC resolutions, PBS is preparing for not just a longer celebration but one that is more national in reach though more localized in participation as more and more groups are staging their own celebrations. Bible Society data show that some 30 towns, cities, municipalities and barangays all over the country have issued resolutions institutionalizing their NBW celebration while over 100 schools, churches, NGOs and LGUs have documented participation.
Highlights of National Bible Month 2008 include: airing of biblical passages on nationwide radio and TV; joint breakfast fellowship with the National Prayer Breakfast Foundation; fundraising concert for bibles for the military and police; bible caravan; translation seminars, bible quizzes, bible presentations to government officials, enthronement ceremonies, parades and motorcades. Special discounts can also be availed from PBS Bible Houses and participating bookstores nationwide to encourage Filipinos to own a personal copy and gift each other with bibles.
For information on how to participate in these activities or stage your own Bible Month celebrations, visit the Philippine Bible Society 890 UN Avenue, Manila or call 524-5337, 524-4532 locals 153, 156 or 157.

“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