Prayer in time of SARS, meeting targets, annual planning and budgeting and planning

WORD DAY OF PRAYER
MANILA, Philippines – Prayer is vital in the success of Bible work. On May 9, amidst beating distribution targets and endless meetings due to action planning and budgeting for 2003-2004, PBS staff met together to purposely give time to pray, not only for local concerns but also for other Bible Societies around the globe.
This year’s celebration was made more meaningful as this is the time when prayer is most needed. Besides beating budget and distribution deadlines and implementing crucial stages of the transformation plan, PBS was also aware of the effects of international health menace, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. At the time, the country was also facing national security problems caused by rebel and bombing activities of terrorist groups.
ImageThe day started with a simple but meaningful chapel service attended by PBS Board Members. A whole-day prayer chain, called prayer breaks starting from 9am to 6pm, were scheduled among the staff, encouraging each to forgo their 15-minute break time to pray in the newly dedicated prayer rooms. These small rooms were renovated and furnished to serve as prayer cells for all Bible Society staff, even after the World Day of Prayer.
ImageDuring break time, Bible Society staff also distributed copies of Scripture selections and portions to passersby, commuters and drivers in front of the ministry facility. Distribution activities in seven major streets were likewise conducted in cooperation with four churches in the vicinity, namely: Calvary Foursquare Church, Bible Baptist Church, IEMELIF Church-Valenzuela, and IEMELIF Church-Ramon Magsaysay. These churches gave away Scripture selections about SARS, drug addiction, peer pressure, family, and sex. Public transportation drivers received, “Huli Ka!” (Gotcha!), and street children, “Bakit Ako Pa?” (Why Me?), two specially designed portions published with the aid of the Opportunity 21 Program.
At the end of the day, PBS and partners distributed a total of 6,000 selections and 1,000 portions. The event was such an encouragement, Bible Society management plans to follow-up the activity with regular monthly prayer and distribution time among PBS staff.

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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