Close to 500 high school students from three school divisions of Bulacan will receive free copies of the Bible on the maiden ride of the Word Riders Philippines (Word Riders) on Friday, June 26. Word Riders is a group of motorbike enthusiasts who “ride to help place the Bible in every Filipino home.”
Philippine Bible Society (PBS) Trustee Atty. Gerard Mosquera said he and about 14 other riders, along with twelve volunteers, will head to the NPC National High School in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Paradise Farms National High School in San Jose Del Monte City, and Meycauayan National High School in Meycauayan City to give copies of the Bible to Grade 8 students there.
“Word Riders is a Bible Society project that aims to provide young Filipinos, especially those coming from poor and/or rural communities, a guide to make correct life decisions and establish a foundation for an honest, just, and God-fearing nation. We believe that the right guide to life should be the Bible,” Atty. Mosquera said.
He furthered that they expect these copies of the Bible that will be given to the students will also be shared to the students’ families. “We, at PBS, believe that Filipino families, especially the poor, should have that opportunity to read the Bible so that they may live by it and be transformed by its power. It is our mission to make God’s Word known to all Filipinos,” he said.
Aside from the spiritual and moral change that the project advocates, Atty. Mosquera also shared that Word Riders also looks at raising awareness for the environment, in light of the worsening effects of climate change. “The Bible also tells us that we should be good stewards of God’s creation. That’s why our first ride will take us to the 62,300-hectare Angat Dam Watershed Reservation, not only to promote it but also highlight the need to protect this natural resource,” he explained.
For her part, PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora Lucero welcomed the new partnerships made through the Word Riders project. “We praise God for each opportunity to bring a copy of the Bible to a poor Filipino home because that family will be changed by God’s Word. We thank God for Atty. Mosquera and his initiative to organize Word Riders to bring the Bible to poor families,” she said.
The Word Riders’ maiden ride will begin with at short program at the PBS Ministry Facility along United Nations Avenue at 5 o’clock in the morning, where PBS President and Chairman Chief Justice Reynato Puno (ret.) will send them off. They expect to close the ride in prayer at around 3:30 in the afternoon after distributing the last copy of the Bible at Meycauayan National High School.