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.

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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.
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“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