In the secluded town of Buangan in Torrijos, Marinduque, several residents received copies of the May they Be One Bibles through their local parish. And with the help of their local Nutrition and Livelihood Program, a movement for Bible reading took a good leap this year. Aside from providing livelihood seminars, their program also included self-help groups. As a testimony, these ladies shared how they have experienced a wave of refreshment in their simple lives after taking on a 33-day Bible reading challenge and from it experienced life-changing results.
Delia Rosas: I’ve been learning a lot of beautiful lessons from the Bible. I have had many questions before but the Bible has answers for all of them! I am now able to teach good manners to my children, remind them to fear God, avoid vices and bad influences.
Anecita Cruz: I learned from the Bible that it was sinful to speak unkind words to your neighbor. Now I get to share the lessons I’ve learned to my children and my neighbors. I’m thankful to God because even if my husband is just a mason, he still gets steady income and sometimes takes home more than expected.
Amada Danosos: I became more humble and because I thought less of myself, I was able to understand people better and relate to them. I used to only read pocket books but now I read the Bible and pray often. For reasons I can’t explain, I always get relieved and lighthearted every time I read the Bible. My problems don’t even feel too heavy anymore. I love reading the Bible, so much so that I read it even while cooking or boiling water at home.
Mary Cristina Grimaldo: I might not have known the Lord were it not for the Bible Challenge. Before, I don’t think about God or Jesus. I barely know Him. I’m quick-tempered and irritable that’s why I often spank my grandchildren. But now I’m different because God teaches me through His Word.
Elisa Maritano: I want to finish reading the Bible. I’ve only read some of it but I’m really excited to know more. Our church is too far from my home. I need to travel an hour and cross a river before I get there. But it’s okay because it’s worth it.
Angela Andrade: Instead of wasting my time just watching TV, I now prefer reading the Bible and praying. My knowledge of God deepened because of it. I’ve learned also that I should be kind and not grumpy towards my neighbors and grandchildren.
With the Word of God transforming their lives in the most meaningful and practical ways, it’s as though God Himself walked through their streets and visited them in their homes and community.
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