Bible Reading Marathon Unites WWU CampusCategory:
By: Rachel Wood
“Ancient Words” Rekindles Appreciation of the Scriptures
Last week, Win A City Ministries and Campus Ministries hosted “Ancient Words: 72-Hour Bible Reading Marathon” at the Prayer House beginning Tues. February 25 at 7 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. on Friday evening at Vespers.
A roster of 78 people--comprised of students, faculty and staff and community members--took turns reading the Bible aloud during the marathon. People who participated in the event reported being blessed by the reading of the Scriptures aloud.
For 72 hours, the living room of the Prayer House glowed softly with the light of a single lamp on the reading desk, shining light upon the English Standard Version Bible especially chosen for this event. Candles flickered around the room, creating a peaceful and reverent atmosphere.
During the event, the Prayer House was open for anyone to come and go freely. Hot drinks, popcorn, and comfortable couches were available for those who wished to stay awhile and listen.
At 8 p.m. on Friday, Stephen Farr, founder of Win A City Ministries, read selections from Revelation 21 and 22 to the entire congregation at Vespers, while a slideshow of photos of each reader played in the background, bringing the marathon to a close.
If you would like to view photos the readers and see photos from the event, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/276418705816829/
Many who participated in this event felt incredibly blessed by the reading of the Bible together as a campus. The following are portions of the reflection journal entries written by the readers:
Kendra Haugen, a WWU nursing major and music minor, writes, “This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I got to read the book of Esther through Job 20. [These stories] helped me realize that everything that happens is for a purpose. Even if it’s going through trials. God has a plan and I just need to continue to trust Him. What a blessing this experience was! I will never forget this glorious February morning!”
Benjamin Ramey, a theology and history major at WWU, writes, “There is a mysterious feeling knowing that the Word is being constantly read…God spoke to me tonight, I mean this morning. As I sat and waited for my turn as the current person read, my thoughts turned toward my personal ministry. It is a difficult thing to not know for sure if you are called to direct ministry at times. So I had this uneasy feeling. I then looked up at the ‘Ancient Words’ poster and noticed the depicted verse, ‘I have chosen you.’”
Chelsea Bond, a history major at WWU, writes, “God is here in the 72-hour reading. He is inspiring readers and listeners alike, keeping us all strong. Even though I am sick and was afraid I would lose my voice, He didn’t let it falter once. I am humbled and blessed to have been a part of this.”
Carol Lindsey, a WWU periodicals librarian, writes, “I am real impressed that the students want to keep God’s word alive. May the reading of God’s word always be kept alive. May we always feel a need for God’s word. God is with those that read His word and pray to him.”
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Published March 7, 2014.