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!

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I am a Bible Ambassador because I believe that the Bible can help people a lot. And knowing the Bible, people come in touch with the Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Gusto kong makipag-fellowship sa kanila, masaya sa Philippine Bible Society kapag may mga (membership) meetings.  Gusto ko rin madagdagan knowledge ko... yung opportunity makapag.distribute ng Biblia sa maraming tao at magamit ako ng Panginoon. Pangatlo ay yung ma.bless din ako and be a blessing to many people.

Ptra. Dolores “Loy” Fulgencio
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!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society