“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

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

Hundreds of volunteers from across the nation participated in this year’s 28th Annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon. Peggy Nienaber concluded the Bible reading marathon alongside Rev. Michael Hall, Dave Kistler, Nate Kistler, and other supporting pastors. There were performances by Liberty University’s “Shine.” 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 U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon.

 

National Day of Prayer – Supreme Court (2017)

We held our annual prayer service at the Supreme Court. Our prayer service is the only observance of the National Day of Prayer at the seat of the Judicial Branch of The United States.

Only a few years ago, leading a service like this would be enough to get you arrested and charged with a federal offense.

We prayed for the judicial branch, the nine justices, and for the 850 federal judges under them. We hope that you’ll say a prayer as well!

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.

“Washington – A Man of Prayer” Event Recap (2017)

Last night, we joined with members of Congress, Christian leaders, and people of faith to honor George Washington as a man of Christian faith. Prayers were delivered on behalf of the nation, our President and his Cabinet, the Supreme Court and its Justices, and members of Congress during the sixth annual “Washington – A Man of Prayer” service in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Speaker Paul Ryan opened the event and Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., served as honorary hosts.

Watch Live Stream

 

 

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

Faith Comes from Hearing through the Word of Christ

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

– Romans 10:17

Faith & Action is a missionary team who seeks to show the love of Christ (and bring the truth of the Gospel) to all who work on Capitol Hill.  
 
One of the ways we plant the seed of God’s Word in the hearts of those on Capitol Hill is through our National Bible Reading Marathon! The U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon is exactly that – a time when the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation, is read out loud and without interruption from the famous West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol; the same location where the President of the United States takes the oath of office!
 
Faith & Action has been a co-sponsor of this unique event for over 20 years. This program is vital because it enables all those in and around the U.S. Capitol to hear the Word of God. It is our hope and prayer that the Lord will use this outreach to plant the seed of faith into the hearts of our leaders and their staff here in Washington, D.C.
 
We would love for you to be involved! This year’s event starts on April 30th and goes to May 4th, ending on the National Day of Prayer. You can be a part of this unique and powerful event by praying for us, volunteering to come and read, and by supporting the event with your very generous, tax-deductible contribution! In fact, you can sign up to be a member of our Extended Missionary Team by making a monthly pledge by CLICKING HERE.   
 
Thank you again for all you do to help us share the Gospel in Washington, D.C., and thank you for caring about every one of our nation’s leaders (and their staff too) and those in our nation’s capital.
 
On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Ministry Team,

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

P.S. Your special Bible Marathon gift of $50, $100, $250, $500 or more is needed now and will be deeply appreciated!

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer – Oral Arguments Recap

Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer.

In 2012, Trinity Lutheran Church applied for a state program in Missouri that reimburses nonprofits for the purchase and installation of rubber playground surfaces made from recycled tires. Trinity Lutheran Church hoped to use the funds from the state program to replace its playground but was denied by the Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources based on a provision of the state constitution that prohibits money from the state treasury from going “directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, or denomination of religion.”

The Trinity Lutheran playground case is the last remaining religious freedom case to be heard before the Supreme Court this term.

READ TRANSCRIPT HERE