PBS Meets with Church Leaders for 2019 National Bible Month Preparations
The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) initiated several meetings for the assembly of over 500 pastors, church leaders, and parish representatives from various Christian churches during the last two weeks of December 2018 at the PBS Ministry Center in UN Avenue, Manila. Attendees were grouped by city and spent time developing and finalizing their collaborative efforts for the 2019 National Bible Month celebration this January.
“You aren’t just representing your churches, but you are also Bible ambassadors,” said Dr. Nora Lucero, PBS General Secretary. She warmly welcomed the guests and encouraged them to build stronger relationships and collaborations with PBS and with one another.
PBS Associate General Secretary, Mrs. Perry Cartera, further reinforced the value of unity and togetherness. She said, “We want to make an impact on the whole of Metro Manila. This is a group effort. We are in this together. If there are many of us and we engage in the massive distribution of Scriptures at the same time, more people will notice. They will really see the seriousness and intentionality of the churches.”
Mrs. Cartera led the different batches in planning Scripture distribution efforts for their cities. “This initiative has a two-fold purpose. The first is to make the importance of reading the Bible known to the community. The second is to rekindle the fire in the hearts of church members to serve God through Scripture distribution,” she explained.
Pastor Emmanuel Mahinay from Charisma Come to Jesus Home of Refuge Ministries in Valenzuela shared his thoughts on the event as well. Regarding the importance of the gatherings for planning, he said, “This is important so we can strengthen and unite the body of Christ as we spread the Good News. This event is one of the best tools the churches can use. I hope that we really work together.”
The participants gathered into groups by city and engaged in discussions. Based on their plans, there will be massive waves of united Scripture distribution efforts happening all over Metro Manila. These churches and parishes will be distributing Gospel tracts, Wisdom Portions, New Testaments, and other Selection materials.
Rey Olivera from Christ Community Fellowship in San Pedro, Laguna, expressed his excitement and gratitude for being informed about this event. He said, “This is an answered prayer. We praise God for PBS for helping us in distributing Bibles and in sharing God’s Word. This January 2019, there will be a motorcade in Pasig—the city where I work. But it’s not only about Bible distribution. We plan to endorse the Bible recipients to our local church partners. I believe in this: one Bible, one soul.”
May we all continue to be as dedicated and passionate as these church leaders and representatives. Praise God for the unity He blessed these churches and parishes with!