MANILA, March 11, 2013— The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) has appealed for help to fund five million Bibles for underprivileged families.
PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora Lucero said one way to help their May They Be One (MTBO) Bible Campaign is by organizing events such as the Bible Run 2 held in Manila last Saturday.
“We are grateful that different churches and group 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.
As of March 9, PBS already distributed 861,585 copies of the Bible to different communities nationwide.
The MTBO Bible is translated to 9 different languages including the English, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Ilokano, Bikol, Pangasinan, Pampango 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 to national transformation.
Because of growing poverty, many Filipino families today have not prioritized having a copy of the Bible for their home, the PBS said.
It said that this situation results in lack of understanding the Scripture including its relevance to the lives of the people.
The campaign aims to raise sufficient funds for the printing and distribution at the subsidized price of P50 each. Full production cost of a Bible is P150. The balance of P100 is what PBS and partners are raising funds for.
Thousands of Bible believers joined the Bible Run 2, highlighted by colorful themes and floats inspired by biblical stories.
The Bible Run is designed to help participants learn more about and engage with God’s Word through the scripture verses, biblical information and trivia that will punctuate the racetracks.
Participants got to interact with the Bible characters and have their pictures taken in a photo booths situated along the racetracks. (CBCPNews)