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.
The 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.
During 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.