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Grundy County Bible reading marathon

September 18, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

What a joy and a privilege it has been to have been a part of such an historic event this past week. Approximately 77 people representing several different Christian denominations came together during the 6 day event at the Grundy County Courthouse. From the Chamber of Commerce beautiful gazebo the bible was opened on September 6th at 7:00 a.m. to Genesis chapter 1 and read aloud until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday brought new people to read and people returning to read as they had time. Some began their day at 6:00 a.m. in the cold sitting alone on a chair, some ended their day at 10:40 p.m. sitting and reading in groups. The rain came a couple of days, umbrellas came out and we lost an hour of time on Friday between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. to the storm. Through it all 66 books of the Bible or, 1,189 chapters of various lengths were read aloud by a range of ages from 11 years old to the oldest in their 70's.

Very apropos to the date, Sunday morning September 11th at 6:00 a.m. the book of Acts was opened and at 4:50 p.m. on Sunday evening we paused at Revelation chapter 20 to take 10 minutes of reflection on what had been accomplished and what was about to take place. Those who had read earlier in the week had asked if they could be there for the reading of the last chapter and a group photo with those who had been involved. It was amazing to see as by 4:00 p.m. people began to flood the gazebo area to listen to the book of Revelation being read aloud. We took a group picture at 5:00 p.m. with those who could be present and just under half of those who took part were able to make the photo.

We gathered back together under the gazebo roof and began reading the last 3 chapters of the book of Revelation. As the last chapter began around 5:30 p.m. everyone stood in honor of the Word of God. With a loud Amen and a unison voice of the Lord's Prayer the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation had been freely and openly proclaimed in Grundy County.

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Some of you came to simply lay your hand on our shoulder and thank us for what was taking place you will never know the encouragement that was! Some of you prayed, some were able to come and read but it took a combination of the whole to accomplish this amazing historic event.



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