PBS General Secretary Nora G. Lucero was re-elected to the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) Board during the 29th National Assembly held recently at the Hotel Vida, Clark Pampanga. Mrs. Lucero who was elected Board Secretary previously sat in the PCEC Board as Treasurer (2006-2009).
As a plenary speaker during the assembly, Mrs. Lucero tackled the issue of “Sustainability in Ministry,” and identified five key areas to ensure sustainability: (1) Be a learning organization, (2) Know your customers and meet their needs, (3) Build local resources and be good stewards, (4) Use appropriate technology, and (5) Be a transforming leader. Meanwhile, the Bible Society, through Mrs. Lucero, also had the opportunity to present a Bible to President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III who graced the event. The PCEC and its general membership also supported the Handwritten Unity Bible (HUB) Project spearheaded by PBS through a two-day writing activity. HUB is a fundraising effort for the May They Be One Bible Campaign which aims to distribute five million Bibles to five million poor Filipino families within seven years. Church leaders, bishops, pastors and ministry heads wrote verses taken from Psalms 139 – 140 and generously gave to the cause. Among those who participated were Bishops Efraim Tendero, Fred Magbanua, Ellie Mercado, Jonel Milan, Cesar Punzalan, Noel Pantoja and Rey Calusay together with Doctors Andrew Liuson, Glenn Oblication and Tim Gener.
One participant in this historic undertaking says of his experience, “I feel like a modern day scribe, writing the Holy Word on paper. I consider this a privilege.” Some 160 verses (in English and Tagalog) were inscribed and a total of P20,360 was raised during the event. Proceeds from HUB writing activities will be used to subsidize Bibles for the poor. For those interested to be part of history by writing the Bible by hand, please call the HUB Secretariat at 526-7777 local 801.