Philippine Bible Society

New in Christ: An Animist Leader Turned BLG Member

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Name: Puyong Mallayo
Age: 72 years old
Area: Banaue, Ifugao
Occupation: Former Chief Animistic Priest Proclaimer language: Amganad

Puyong Mallayo, a native of Ifugao, Mountain Province in northern Luzon, believed in animism. He was pre-occupied with the idea that objects, places, and creatures possess a distinct spiritual essence. Like other Ifugaos, Puyong shared the ethnic tradition and taught many younger pagan priests of the Ifugao rituals. After all, Ifugao means “earth people,” thus, Native Ifugaos were expected to commune with anitos (spirits). Puyong recalls how his fate changed: “Back then, a Bible translator of Amganad used to live in front of my house and some pastors tried their best to convince me to believe in Jesus.” Eventually, the work of the Bible translator and the perseverance of those pastors bore fruit.

For Apo Puyong, his struggle with reading and writing makes life very difficult. Due to his age, he is also not able to attend any gatherings that are far from his home. But today, Puyong has accepted the Lord, thanks to his daughter who attends a Bible Listening Group (BLG) in their area. The group comes together to listen to the Proclaimer in their Amganad language.

He can now hear God’s Word when he is with a group and even when he is alone. The Lord answered Puyong’s prayer to really understand His Word through the Proclaimer in his own native language. Amen!

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Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

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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!

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