Words from Our Volunteers

There is no doubt that our volunteer Scripture readers were impacted by this year’s 28th Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon. We are still receiving many comments of just how meaningful it was for them to participate. Consider the following note we received from Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hankin:
 
“Reading God’s Word in the heart of our great nation’s capital was not just an experience, but a spiritual blessing for my wife and I that we cannot compare to any other in our walk with our Lord and Savior. Looking out over our beautiful Capitol, while reading the Bible, is a time we will both cherish for years to come. We are looking forward to next year!”
 
And then there is this wonderful comment from Becky Juett Miller, the author of God’s Lemonade Stand:

“I was so honored to be able to stand at the U.S. Capitol and let the word of God be proclaimed to those who passed. I sensed God’s presence and the Holy Spirit this entire day and at this event.”
 
Finally, we received this encouraging quote from a dear volunteer who, in the stillness of the yet dark wee hours of the morning, took his place at the podium to read Scripture. Willis McCloud told us:
 
“The experience of reading the Word at 2am under the stars, while standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol was humbling. I felt like I was speaking to God on behalf of America.”
 
Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
 
God’s Word, in its entirety, was proclaimed 24 hours a day for 5 days in our nation’s capital during this year’s Bible Reading Marathon, and we know, according to God’s Word, that His purposes will be fulfilled through it!
 
Please help us in our continuing efforts to bear witness of God’s love and saving grace to all our national leaders. Your gift of $75, $150, $250, $500 or $1,000 will go a long way in ensuring that we continue to sponsor this wonderful program as well as others that bring God’s Word to Capitol Hill! You may donate here or mail in your gift to Faith and Action at 109 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002. Or you may call in your donation to Patty Bills, at (202-546-8329).
 
If you have not signed up to be a member of our Extended Missionary Team by making a monthly pledge we encourage you to consider doing so by CLICKING HERE.
 
On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Ministry Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital

The Media Is Our Pulpit

“For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth’”—Acts 13:47

Can the Gospel be preached in Washington, D.C. and be heard around the world?

The answer is a resounding YES. As faithful volunteers, pastors, and congressional members joined us in the 2017 U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon to read the Word of God, little did they know that their reach would extend beyond Capitol Hill. Yet it did!  

Faith & Action was blessed to have media outlets cover the Bible Reading Marathon. Our friends from the Christian NewsWire, The Christian Post, Air One, Faithwire, BCN (Breaking Christian News), and CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) who streamed our closing ceremony LIVE, all covered the amazing story of God’s Word being read non-stop – 24 hours a day – for 5 days in front of the U.S. Capitol.  

How glad we are that people across our nation and world were able to read or see the Word of God being read thanks to the media that deemed it a worthy story to tell! That is why Faith & Action does the work that it does – because the Gospel is a worthy story to tell, and we creatively seek ways to share the Good News with all those we encounter in our nation’s capital.  

Please help us in our continuing efforts to bear witness of God’s love and saving grace to all our national leaders. Your gift of $75, $150, $250, $500 or $1,000 will go a long way in ensuring that we continue to sponsor this wonderful program as well as others that bring God’s Word to our nation’s capital! Simply donate by CLICKING HERE.   

 On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Ministry Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital

In the News:

 

“There Is No Greater Power Than the Word of God . . . “

There is no greater power than the Word of God . . . “
 
Imagine standing in front of the U.S. Capitol in the dead of night – the sounds of the busyness of the work day long passed and the silence of our nation’s seat of government surrounds you. With the exception of the security crews, Capitol Police, and late night owls walking in the distance, you feel seemingly alone, standing at a podium with a single reading light hovering over the pages of your worn Bible. It is then that your podium becomes a pulpit, and with those lingering around and God’s creation bearing witness, you pierce the silence and the solitude with the speaking of God’s Word.

That was the experience of one of our dear volunteers during the 2017 U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon. In the stillness of the dark wee hours of the morning, Willis McCloud took his place at the podium to read Scripture. McCloud told us, “The experience of reading the Word at 2:00 a.m. under the stars, while standing on the steps of the nation’s Capitol was humbling. I felt like I was speaking to God on behalf of America.”

Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

God’s Word, in its entirety, was proclaimed 24 hours a day for 5 days in our nation’s capital during this year’s Bible Reading Marathon, and we know, according to God’s Word, that His purposes will be fulfilled through it!
 
Thank you for your faithful support of the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon and the ministry of Faith & Action.  
 
If you can help us with a gift of $75, $150, $250, $500 or $1,000 that will go a long way in ensuring that we continue to sponsor this wonderful program of bringing God’s Word to our nation’s capital! Simply donate by CLICKING HERE.   
 
Thank you for helping us spread the Word of God at the U.S. Capitol!

On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Ministry Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital

Our Largest Crowd in 28 Years

After speaking to our President, Rev. Rob Schenck, on the thrilling impact of the Closing Ceremony of the Bible Reading Marathon, he excitedly observed:
 
“While inside the Congress was wrestling with one of the most contentious pieces of legislation ever—the repeal of Obamacare; with members actually calling each other names and impugning each others’ motives—outside peace filled the air with the beautiful sounds of prayers, the reading of the Word of God [with its hope of Jesus’ soon return], and the gorgeous, harmonious voices of young people, echoing off the gleaming marble as they sang out praises to the Lord. The tone of the two settings couldn’t have been more different, but when it came to outside the Capitol, it couldn’t have been more joyful and hope-filled! What an inspiration – and what a reminder of just how great our God truly is!”
 
Yes, the reading of the Word of God was a stark contrast to the usual contentious voices that fill the Capitol and all of Washington, D.C. This year’s Closing Ceremony attracted the largest crowd we have seen in our 28 years of sponsoring the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon! In fact, in its entirety, this year’s Marathon was the most exciting and impacting event that I have witnessed.
 
Thanks to you, our supporters, we were able to bring this important program once again to Capitol Hill!
 
Time and again, we were told by those who had signed up to read, that they had chills reading the Word of God in the heart of our nation’s capital city. Several said that when they were done reading they just couldn’t help but smile. We had congressional leaders, pastors, ministry leaders, business leaders, government staffers, grandparents, moms, dads, young adults, and even kids take a turn reading Scripture over five days.   
 
As exciting as it was to see the level of involvement in the event, that paled compared to those who stopped to listen! Every cross section of society stopped in front of the Capitol to hear the Word of God read unabashedly. Even in the dead of night, with the light of the Capitol behind the podium, God’s Word pierced the darkness and touched the hearts of the curious, the lonely, and the stressed out government employee working late into the night.
 
It is our hope and prayer that the seed of faith has been planted into the hearts of those who heard the Word of God spoken in front of the U.S. Capitol.  
 
Hosting, organizing events of this magnitude and importance are only possible with your support! 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 in your gift to Faith and Action at 109 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002. Or you may call in your donation to Patty Bills, at (202-546-8329).
 
If you have not signed up to be a member of our Extended Missionary Team by making a monthly pledge we encourage you to consider doing so! Simply Click Here.
 
Thank you again for all you do to help us share the Gospel in Washington, D.C.!

On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Ministry Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capital

P.S. As you know, on the National Day of Prayer, Faith & Action sponsors the only annual prayer observance on the plaza of the Supreme Court building, the seat of the judicial branch of the federal government! We are happy to say that this year we saw the largest participating crowd in prayer at our Daybreak event in all the years that we have been conducting this important event!

 

If you missed our Annual Bible Reading Marathon– here it is! The Closing Ceremony live-streamed via CBN News

Proclaiming God’s Word at the U.S. Capitol

“It never gets old . . .”
 
Every year, when I step up to the podium – with the U.S. Capitol looming over me – and open my Bible to read Scripture, I get chills knowing that God’s Word is being proclaimed in the epicenter of our nation’s capital. As many of our faithful Bible readers over the years have said, “It never gets old!”
 
We launched the 2017 Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon on Sunday, April 30th with a prayerful, and yes, joyful, Opening Ceremony. We were joined by pastors, youth, heads of organizations, and an audience who braved the heat to celebrate the power of the Gospel and our freedom to read it aloud in the midst of our Nation’s Capitol.
 
Today we are on Day 3 of our Bible Reading Marathon and we ask that you join us in praying for all those who are giving of their time to read Scripture (especially for those wonderful souls who are reading in the wee overnight hours) that they would be strengthened and that the Lord would use them to plant the seed of faith in all those who hear the Word of God being proclaimed.  
If you can help us by supporting the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon financially with a gift of $75, $150, $250, $500 or $1,000 we would be grateful. Simply donate by CLICKING HERE.   
 
Thank you for helping us make the Bible come alive at the U.S. Capitol!

On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Ministry Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital

28th Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon: Opening Ceremony

28th Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon:
Opening Ceremony April 30, 2017

Established in 1990 by Dr. John Hash and Dr. Corinthia Boone, the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon brings hundreds of believers to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to read aloud the entire Word of God without commentary over ninety continuous hours.

The public reading of God’s Holy Word will call the nation to return to God’s precepts and will lay a solid foundation for the National Day of Prayer.

God’s Word Changes Lives

 

Why did the Apostles freely give their life for the Gospel . . .
Why do missionaries risk their lives on a daily basis to share the truth of God’s Word . . .
And why do countless pastors faithfully preach the Word of God every week in their churches. . .

The answer is simple: God’s Word changes lives.

It’s for this very reason that Faith & Action co-sponsors the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon every year. This program enables all those in and around the U.S. Capitol to hear the Word of God being read 24 hours a day from April 30th to May 4th.

We would love for you to join us for the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m. on the West Plaza of the U.S. Capitol as we pray and anoint the iconic Bible-shaped podium. Or, you may also join us for the Closing Ceremony on Thursday, May 4th at 12 noon on the West Plaza of the U.S. Capitol. This special event will feature speakers, Members of Congress, performances by Liberty University’s “Shine,” American Heritage Troop & Trail Life Color Guard, and more. 

If you can’t be a part of this unique and powerful event please DO pray for us, the Bible Reading Marathon outreach, and all those who will hear the Word of God proclaimed at our nation’s capital. Also, you can help us by supporting the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon with a gift of $75, $150, $250, $500, or $1,000 by CLICKING HERE.   
 
Thank you again for all you do to help us share the Gospel in Washington, D.C.
 
On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Ministry Team,

Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capital

27th Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon – Closing Ceremony

27th Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon:

Closing Ceremony May 5th, 2016

We often think of the United States Capitol as a Godforsaken place. This wasn’t the case last week during ninety continuous hours of Bible Reading on the West Plaza of the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds of volunteers from across the nation participated in this year’s 27th Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon. Rev. Rob Schenck concluded the Bible reading marathon alongside Rev. Michael Hall, Dr. Corinthia Boone, Dave Kistler, and other supporting pastors. There was performances by gospel recording artist Nathan Kistler as well as Karen Knight, lead vocalist of the Sight & Sound Theatres. The Color Guard and Flag Ceremony was performed by the American Heritage Troop and Trail Life USA Troop. Special thanks to all the volunteers and supporters of this year’s Bible reading marathon.

 

7th Plague Hits Capitol!

At this year’s U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon, volunteers had already read Exodus 9:22, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, so that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, on man and beast and every plant of the field, in the land of Egypt.” Not long after those words were heard from the famous West Plaza, an epic storm blew in, pelting the iconic Capitol dome and everything around it with pea-sized rocks of ice!

“Somebody said it was like an illustrated sermon,” said Peggy Nienaber, Vice President of Operations and Program Director for Faith and Action.

Just before the opening ceremony for the Marathon, Rev. Rob Schenck had told readers, “Your commitment needs to be to read God’s Word regardless of weather conditions. It doesn’t matter if the wind tears the pages of the Bible out as you’re reading. Just keep on going!”

Rev. Schenck and his listeners laughed at the thought. None of them knew they’d be tested in exactly that way just 24 hours later.

“That’s part of the witness we carry in the Marathon,” Rev. Schenck said later. “I wasn’t there at the time, and didn’t have to endure the storm this year, but I have in years past. I remember one storm that poured down so much rain the Bible pages literally disintegrated as we read from them. People that work here in the Capitol said to me for months afterwards, ‘Man, you guys must really love that book!’ And, of course, we do!”

The Bible Reading Marathon will continue non-stop (no matter the weather), 24 hours a day, until this Thursday, May 5, on the National Day of Prayer.

Your support is needed now to ensure the Marathon and all its related activities end with a balanced budget. We won’t ask you to read in a downpour, but we do ask you to make a generous contribution now so others can!

To keep God’s Word going out from the U.S. Capitol—during sunshine, darkness, and rain—please make your fully tax-deductible contribution of $35, $50, or $100 now by DONATING ONLINE HERE!

The 27th U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon – Opening Ceremony

27th Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon:

Opening Ceremony May 1st, 2016

Established in 1990 by Dr. John Hash and Dr. Corinthia Boone, the U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon brings hundreds of believers to the West front of the Capitol to read aloud the entire Word of God without commentary over ninety continuous hours.

The public reading of God’s Holy Word will call the nation to return to God’s precepts and will lay a solid foundation for the National Day of Prayer.