Philippine Bible Society

PBS provides Scriptures for Winnie and Yoyong victims

PHILIPPINES – Typhoons are no stranger to Filipinos. Every year, the Philippines, an archipelago of 7,100 islands, is visited by an average of 19 typhoons. However, the recent weeks tested the Filipinos’ resilience as a series of typhoons battered the country killing hundreds of people and destroying properties and livelihood.

At such a time of great loss and discouragement, the Bible Society responded by providing Scriptures coursed through Christian relief agencies, World Vision and Far East Relief and Development Services (FERDS).

The typhoons

In a space of two weeks, the Luzon region, particularly in the eastern part, received the brunt of nature’s fury brought on by typhoons Unding (International code name, Muifa), Violeta (Merbok), Winnie, and super typhoon Yoyong (Nanmadol), killing almost a thousand, with hundreds more missing, destroying over 13,000 homes, and billions worth of livelihood and infrastructure.

Severely affected areas were the provinces of Camarines Sur, Aurora, and Quezon, with some towns virtually cut off from immediate help due to flooding and landslides. Heavy rains also inundated the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Pampanga, Isabela and Nueva Ecija, considered the country’s rice granary.

An estimated P3.12B worth of livestock, agriculture, and infrastructure were destroyed. Destruction that resulted from the two most recent weather disturbances alone was so severe President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared Luzon under the state of calamity.

Relief operation

Agencies from the government and non-government sectors immediately dispatched relief operations to aid over 200,000 families affected by the calamities. Two of these agencies were PBS’ partners, World Vision and FERDS. While these partner-agencies strive to meet the immediate physical necessities of the victims, the Bible Society provided Scriptures that would hopefully address their spiritual needs. Most of the victims have lost their homes, livelihood, and loved ones. Through the Scriptures in various formats, the victims would be assured of God’s comfort and care.

The Bible Society gave 70 copies of Filipino Children’s Bible, 3,000 “Why Me?” portion, 400 Comics, and 10,000 selections entitled, “Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God” and “In Times Like These.”

“Every single sack of relief goods (majority of which were distributed in Real and Infanta, Quezon) given by World Vision had a copy each of our (tracts),” PBS General Secretary Mrs. Nora Lucero reported. FERDS, the relief arm of the Christian broadcasting network, Far East Broadcasting Company, will be sending relief operations at a later date.

Scripture portion on calamities

Reports said that the deaths resulting from typhoons this year made it the worst season in 13 years. Although the government is stepping up measures to prevent disasters of this magnitude from happening again, the Bible Society saw the need to produce a Scripture portion specifically addressing issues faced by calamity victims. This portion is targeted to come out in January 2005.

Prayers are needed for provision to print more copies of Scriptures to be distributed free to the calamity victims. Presently, PBS is low on stock on Scripture selections and needs to reprint more copies. PBS has also allocated about 10,000 copies of Ilaw sa Tahanan Bibles for distribution to families who are to rebuild their homes when rehabilitation starts.

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