“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands” – Rev. 7:9
God’s Word brings people together. Diverse races . . . diverse languages . . . diverse cultures . . . diverse people all become one when united in Christ. And this is exactly what your Faith & Action team experienced during the five days of the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon, which culminated in a closing ceremony on the National Day of Prayer.
In fact, our very mission statement is, “To bring the Word of God to bear on the hearts and minds of those who make public policy in Washington, D.C.”
That’s why we again co-sponsored the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon—where the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation, is read out loud and without interruption, from the famous West Plaza of the Capitol Building itself—the same location where the President takes the oath of office on Inauguration Day!
As I walked to the Capitol for the Opening Ceremony of the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon, I knew this year’s event was going to be special. Because when I turned the corner and approach the Capitol Plaza I saw the largest crowd ever waiting for the Opening Ceremony to begin!
That was only the beginning. Throughout the week our Faith & Action ministry team witnessed many milestones at this year’s U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon. It was the most diverse group of volunteers and audience than we have seen over the past 28 years. There were far more languages being represented in the Bible reading than we have ever seen. And those who stopped to listen were not only larger in number, but also in their interaction and engagement. It was beautiful to hear the Word of God read out loud in English, Korean, Russian, German, Chinese, Armenian, Spanish, Urdu, and Ukrainian! There is no doubt that God’s Word is for ALL people EVERYWHERE!
Faith & Action has been an active co-sponsor in this unique event that has taken place for the last 28 years. We read the Bible 24 hours a day for 5 days straight! (That’s right: all day and all through the night—no matter the weather!)
At this year’s Closing Ceremony, we were joined by the House Chaplain Fr. Patrick Conroy, the Liberty University’s singing group SHINE, and the American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA Troop to help us close this year’s marathon with a spiritual togetherness.
As grateful as we are for all those who helped us at the Marathon, we are especially thankful to you, our supporter in prayer and in the financial undergirding of the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon, our Daybreak Prayer Program at the Supreme Court on the National Day of Prayer, and the ministry of Faith & Action.
In fact, hosting and organizing events of this magnitude and importance is only possible with your support! And we need your help to continue this and outreaches like it. Please consider supporting us with a gift of $100, $250 or even a $1,000 so that we may continue this important work. Simply mail your gift to Faith and Action at 109 2nd St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Or you may call in your donation to Patty Bills at 202-546-8329.
Please pray for all those who heard the Word of God proclaimed on Capitol Hill during the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon.
On Behalf of the Faith & Action Ministry Team,
Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital