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The Big Picture: PBS Translation Projects to Pray Over and UBS Translation News to Give Thanks For

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Isn’t it amazing that we get to read God’s Word in languages that we understand today? The beauty of Bible translation work is that we get to feel and experience the life-changing truth contained in the Gospel in our very own heart language. For many, they will get to read about Jesus and His public ministry in English. Others will get to immerse themselves in the lyrical poetry of the Psalms in Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilokano, and more. On the other hand, our foreign brothers and sisters in Christ might feel more comfortable reading God’s Word in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, and others.

We are happy to share with you these praise and prayer items to keep you up to date on the latest happenings in the wonderful world of Bible translation work.

Let us be encouraged to pray unceasingly for our local Bible translation initiatives! #PraywithPBS


1. Tinggian Inlaud New Testament

Final Text to be completed on or before February 2020 Pray for the project’s completion date: August 2020

2. Cuyonon New Testament

Final Text to be completed on or before December 2019 Pray for the project’s completion date: July 2020

3. Viracnon New Testament

Pray for the project’s completion date: August 2022

4. Pinoy Version Psalms and Proverbs

Final Text to be completed on or before March 2020 Pray for the project’s completion date: September 2020


The rest of the Pinoy Version Old Testament

The continuing language research projects in the Bikol languages (Catanduanes, Sorsogon, and Albay)

Let us be inspired by what is happening internationally! #PraywithUBS


Did you know?

This official translation roadmap was approved by the United Bible Societies (UBS) in November 2017. It is a published document that maps out how UBS plans to finish 1,200 Scripture translations that will hopefully reach over 600 million people by the year 2038.

When representatives from different Bible Societies all over the world convened in Athens, Greece last May 2019 for the UBS Global Roundtable Exchange Meeting, they had many reasons to celebrate. Here are some of them:

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Praise the Lord for all of these blessings!

Behind these statistics are teams of Bible translators who work tirelessly to translate God’s Word. They strive to achieve faithful translations of the Scripture from the original biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek into our modern languages today. Let us pray for these hardworking men and women who have dedicated their time, energy, and resources to making the Bible known. May they remember that the one true source of their knowledge and wisdom is God, our heavenly Father. We also pray for His protection and comfort to be upon these Bible translators and their families. As they persevere in this challenging yet meaningful ministry, we pray for them to receive daily strength and good health.

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

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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.

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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