Philippine Bible Society

PBS Launches the First OFW Bible

Paglalakbay, the first ever Bible specifically developed for the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) across the globe, was launched by the Philippine Bible Society at the 27th National Assembly of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) held at the Christian Development Center in Tagaytay City last July 9-12, 2007.
ImageDuring the launch, a video was shown depicting the difficulties Filipino workers face when they leave their families in pursuit of greener pastures.  Paglalakbay seeks not only to serve as a comfort and guide to Pinoys in foreign lands, but also as a reminder that God’s promises are with them wherever they may go. True to its tagline, the OFW Bible makes it possible for the Bible to be one’s best friend and constant companion … “kaya’t, kahit saan, walang iwanan.” Paglalakbay also contains 64 articles that discuss the joys and pains of working far from home. Each ends with a prayer for God’s blessings for these modern-day heroes and their families.


Bishop Efraim Tindero giving a message.

Paglalakbay comes in a compact size, making it easy to bring and read anytime, anywhere. Unlike traditional Bibles, this edition comes in a colorful cover that depicts some of the most common OFW destinations. It also does not carry the word “bible” on the cover, making safer to bring across boarders where God’s Word is banned. The foreword is written by Pastor Ed Lapiz of Day by Day Ministries who was himself once an OFW and now has a successful ministry to Pinoys working abroad.
During the launch, General Secretary Nora G. Lucero also introduced other new PBS products like the Talking Bible. The Talking Bible contains the recorded reading of the entire New Testament using the Magandang Balita Biblia 2005 Edition text. This electronic device is perfect for those who would like to know but are unable to read the Bible. Likewise, she revealed various activities the Philippine Bible Society will undertake in its efforts to make the Bible known all over the country. These include the Bible Forum in October and the National Bible Week by January next year. After the launch, Ms. Lucero gave all the PCEC Board Members personal copies of both the Talking Bible and Paglalakbay.