Philippine Bible Society

PBS’s God is Our Shelter Program Returns to Bohol, Cebu, Leyte

A young boy watches over Scripture material for his church.

A young boy watches over Scripture material for his church.


Where Bibles are needed, there the Bible Society will be also.
Last June 30, the Philippine Bible Society responded to such a need by sending a team on a five-day mission trip to distribute Bibles and other Scripture materials and plastic monoblock chairs to disaster-affected areas in the Visayas region. This is under PBS’s God is our Shelter Program, made possible through the partnership with the United Bible Societies and local donors.
The team, composed of General Secretary Dr. Nora Lucero, Marketing Manager Perry Cartera, Regional Manager for the Visayas Dolorita Monera, and Communications Assistant Julie Ann Grace Virata, went to the town of Tubigon in Bohol, San Remigio in Cebu, and the City of Ormoc in Leyte. They were able to distribute more than 30,400 Scripture materials and 2,000 pieces of plastic monoblock chairs to 150 churches in the three distribution areas. This includes around 7,200 copies of the Bible donated by the Korean Bible Society, under the leadership of its General Secretary Eui Hyun Kwon. These Bibles were especially printed for the disaster-stricken families of Typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake.
 
On the way to Tubigon, the team saw the destructive power of the earthquake on this house. They learned that the owner and his family were in Australia during the temblor, saving up to complete the construction.

On the way to Tubigon, the team saw the destructive power of the earthquake on this house. They learned that the owner and his family were in Australia during the temblor, saving up to complete the construction.


In Bohol, the team partnered with Pastor Gary and Christie Templado of the Christian Gospel Church in Tubigon, Bohol, a town 54 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City. The Templados were just some of the many affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that scarred not only the beautiful landscape but houses, buildings and a lot of old churches. The massive temblor also collapsed parts of the parsonage of Pastor Gary’s church. Yet, despite this, he and his family served as a strong anchor for many individuals and organizations in the area, even opening their church to serve as a temporary evacuation center where relief goods were stored and distributed.
An appreciative pastor smiles while hauling his share of Bibles distributed in Tubigon, Bohol.

An appreciative pastor smiles while hauling his share of Bibles distributed in Tubigon, Bohol.


“The earthquake would have discouraged us more had the Word of God not been there to give us the strength we needed to face the challenges,” related Pastor Gary. He also thanked PBS and the Korean Bible Society, on behalf of the pastors in Tubigon, for the Bibles that they received, as well as Scripture materials, such as ‘Paglaom Taliwala sa Trahedya’ (Hope in the Midst of Tragedy) booklet and Cebuano Jesus Comics that can minister to children.
From Bohol, the team took a two-and-a-half-hour boat ride to Cebu City. After docking, the team traveled another three hours to return to the town of San Remigio in the northern part of Cebu province. As this was the Bible Society’s second distribution in the town, many of the repeat recipients were happier as they received chairs and Scripture materials aside from the Bibles. Through the help of Pastor Triffon Brady of Hope Baptist Church of San Remigio, the team was able to provide Scripture materials and plastic monoblock chairs to 50 churches in the area.
Bibles donated by the Korean Bible Society for the God is Shelter program of Philippine Bible Society.

Bibles donated by the Korean Bible Society for the God is Shelter program of Philippine Bible Society.


One of the recipients, Rev. Maria Belinda Pevida of the Shekinah Fellowship Center, Assembly of God, shared her struggle as a pastor and how the donated Bibles will help their church. “Being a pioneering pastor, it is very hard to minister if we lack the tools with which we can share the Word of the Lord. We have no Bibles to give our members. So when we learned that PBS was going to distribute Bibles in our area, we came. The Scripture materials and the plastic chairs that we got today will greatly help us minister to our communities,” she said.
The next day, the team traveled to Ormoc City for the third and final leg of the mission trip. They ended up staying an extra day to serve the 67 pastors from in and around the city following a delay in the shipment of the chairs.
As the team spoke with the recipients, it became evident to them that the Bible distribution brought them new found hope and joy. These church leaders, many of whom were trying to rebuild their respective places of worship were very much encouraged by the Bibles, Scripture materials and plastic monoblock chairs that they received.  “What we received today will really go a long way, especially the chairs, as we only have three remaining in our church,” One Way Christian Fellowship Pastor Roy Caliñada shared.
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The PBS Team with some of the pastors who received monoblock chairs and Bibles. Many of the recipients used tricycles such as this to bring their Bibles and chairs to their respective churches.


Despite the scourge of disaster, these pastors remain positive, believing that the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan also heralded a harvest season, with a lot of churches witnessing more souls returning to the Lord all over the province.
Pastor Jim Fantonilla from Words of Life Ministries of Merida, Leyte reported a spike in membership following the calamity. This was in spite of their temporary church collapsing. With the increasing number of attendees, Pastor Jim said that they now temporarily conduct services in a house church where they can all be accommodated.
“We are truly grateful for the new copies of the Bible as the typhoon washed away our old ones. And the chairs are truly a blessing as we need more of them to be able to serve new followers of Christ who continue to join our ranks,” he said.
God be praised for the joy of His Word and the partnerships established to bring this Living Word to people’s hearts and lives.
 
 
 
 

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