From January 19-25, 2009, the entire country will once again be celebrating National Bible Week (NBW), and on the 25th, National Bible Sunday. The observance of NBW is empowered by Presidential Proclamations 44 and 1067 enjoining Filipinos to read and study God’s Word to promote spiritual, moral and social stability in the country.
NBW 2009 is anchored on the theme May They Be One, in response to the prayer of Christ for all His children to “be one,” (John 17.21). As a nation, the Philippines must uphold the Bible as the true and lasting bind that unites individuals, families, and communities, fostering harmony and national transformation. The celebration’s logo encapsulates the ideals of unity amid diversity, particularly of the eight pillars of society namely: Family, Church, Education, Government, Business, Media, Arts & Entertainment, and Science & Technology.
But May They Be One is more than just NBW 2009’s theme, it is also a Scripture Engagement Campaign that envisions putting a Bible in every Filipino Home. This 5-year Bible Campaign launched last September 30, 2008, seeks to encourage Filipinos to use the Bible as a manual to life, owning, reading and living it.
The Philippine Bible Society and partner organizations encourage churches, schools, offices and agencies to join the May They Be One Bible Campaign as well as to stage their own NBW 2009 celebrations via Bible Quizzes, marches, song and dance contests, poster-making competitions, Bible reading marathons, etc. For details on the National Bible Week 2009 events and information on how to conduct your own celebration, visit www.bible.org.ph or call Hazel Alviz at (02)524 5337, 524 6359 local 149 or +63917 5136234.
Heed Christ’s call now! Join NBW 2009 and help our nation become one under the banner of His Word.