- Category: Nation
- Published on Sunday, 10 March 2013 18:18
- Written by Claudeth Mocon
THE Philippine Bible Society (PBS) is seeking support for its “May They Be One (MTBO) Bible Campaign” aimed at providing underprivileged families 5 million Bibles.
PBS General Secretary Nora G. Lucero made the appeal during the Bible Run 2 on Sunday held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.
“We are grateful that different churches and groups are supporting us in this Bible cause. We are sure that if people read the Bible and live out its teachings, our country will be transformed,” Lucero said.
The campaign aims to raise funds for the printing and distribution of Bibles at the subsidized price of P50 each. Full production cost of a Bible is P150. PBS and its partners are raising funds of the balance of P100.
The phrase “May They Be One” is derived from the prayer of Christ for all His children to “be one” (John 17.21), since unity is vital for making the Word of God accessible, understandable, respected and lived. It promotes oneness in individuals, families and communities resulting in unity in social actions working toward the national transformation.
As of March 9, PBS has distributed a total of 861,585 copies of the Bible to different communities nationwide. The MTBO Bible is translated to nine different languages and dialects, including English, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Ilokano, Bikol, Pangasinan, Capampangan and Samarenyo.
The MTBO Bible Campaign is a nationwide program that aims to put a Bible in every home and encourage Filipinos to read and live the message of the Bible resulting in national transformation.
Because of growing poverty, many Filipino families today have not prioritized having a copy of the Bible for their home. This situation results in lack of understanding God’s Word, including its relevance to the lives of the people, PBS said.