Young people unite to pray for the Bible cause worldwide


 

Who says young people can’t make a difference?

 

Over a hundred of young people from different churches and organizations, together with the members and staff of the Philippine Bible Society (PBS), gathered for the World Day of Prayer last May 9. This prayer gathering dubbed “Youth Empowered” was organized in line with the anniversary of the United Bible Societies, the global fellowship of Bible Societies in 147 countries worldwide. It provided an avenue for united and concerted intercession for the advancement of the global Bible work.

 

A program was also prepared to creatively present the ministry of UBS. This included a dramatization of the story of Mary Jones, a Welsh girl who saved up for six years and walked over 20 miles to get a Bible of her own. This is just one of the many testimonies that inspired the founding of Bible Societies worldwide in order to provide affordable and accessible Bibles to everyone.

 

Guest speaker Rei Lemuel Crizaldo, author of the books Boring Ba Ang Bible Mo? and Connected Ka Ba?, encouraged the participants to better engage with God’s Word by giving helpful reading strategies. He cited the use of multiple Bible versions, Bible study tools, Bible comics, and mobile applications. He also urged the young people to take advantage of latest Bible translations like the Pinoy Version, an ongoing project of PBS that uses Taglish. He explained that a translation like this which uses modern-day language may lead to deeper appreciation and study of the Word.

 

The participants were also invited to take part in the work of spreading God’s Word. In a Bible Giving Challenge, each of them was given a pair of New Testament. They were encouraged to give at least one copy to someone they want to reach out to and pray for. The program ended with a tour of the PBS Bible Museum for everyone who came.

 

Praise God for these young people ready to become Bible ambassadors and prayer warriors for the Bible cause!

 

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“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