Three hundred-fifty pastors and church workers were equipped following their participation in Bible Relevance in Modern Times Seminars (BRIMS) that were held in January 2016, two of which were part of the 2016 National Bible Week celebrations.
Last January 16, 17 pastors and church workers were trained by Rev. Mel Cartera in the effective use of the Cebuano Topical Study Bible in Liloan Cebu. Another 82 received instructions in Hermeneutics in a seminar featuring Philippine Bible Society Chaplain Rev. Noli Mendoza last January 18. Twenty-eight more individuals were equipped in the same topic in another seminar under Rev. Cartera last January 22. Both seminars were conducted at the PBS Ministry Facility along United Nations Avenue in Manila.
Rev. Mendoza and Rev. Cartera trained another 141 individuals in the seminars that were held last January 25 and 29 also at the PBS UN Ministry Facility.
Thirty-year-old Dan Anthony Aguilan of DDICFM Blessed Church Cabuyao was grateful for the Bible Society’s training program. “Maraming salamat ginamit kayo ng Panginoon. Naway marami pang pagkakataon na magkaroon ng seminar na ganito (I thank the Lord for using you. I hope there will be more seminars like this.),” he said.
Meanwhile, 78-year-old Thelma Cortez from the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church expressed hope that there would be more seminars to “help us understand our Bible reading.”
The BRIMS is a flagship program of the Bible Society conducted by Bible scholars designed to equip church leaders and workers and explain to Bible lovers in much simpler terms why the Bible remains relevant today.
Aside from the training, the participants also received 42,500 copies of New Testament portions for their respective churches and outreaches, while 280 of them were given their personal copies of the English Standard Version Global Study Bible Ministry Edition.