The Bible Reading Marathon has begun in Washington, D.C. and will continue until Sept. 16.
A group of speakers began reading Genesis at 2 p.m. EST on Saturday and will continue reading for 90 continuous hours until Wednesday at 10 a.m.
The 5-day reading marathon at the Faith & Liberty headquarters was originally scheduled for the spring but was delayed due to COVID-19.
The Bible distribution ministry in Brazil, Indiana, Seedline International, has led the event since last year.
Keith Davidson, director of Seedline, said the purpose of the reading marathon is “to exhort our nation to return to Biblical principles.”
"This read, especially this year, is needed across our country. I think our nation's hope lies in the word of God," he proclaimed. "I think the Bible is our foundation and can give us that duration and give us hope to get back to where America once was."
The U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon started in 1990, according to the event’s website. Founders Dr. John Hash and Dr. Corinthia Boone started the live event in front of the Capitol Building. From 1994 to 2019, Pastor Michael Hall and his wife, Terry Hall, led the event.
“Because the Bible is at the heart of America's founding principles, it should be voiced at the heart of our Federal Government, exhorting our nation to return to God's precepts,” the site says.
“Therefore, it is our desire to publicly read God’s Holy Word on the steps of the nation's Capitol, every year, for ninety consecutive hours.”
Seedline International is a nonprofit organization that works to collate, bind and ship Bibles to missionaries all over the world. The group serves more than 21 languages.
Find out more about Seedline and how to donate at their site.
You can watch the marathon here.
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