There are no boundaries in reading the word of God. You may ask why? Because it is now available in different formats and languages hence many people can read it and understand it well.
The Bible reading marathon was held from 15th to 19th September 2020. This was the first time the Bible reading marathon was done virtually!
Bible Reading Marathon is an initiative by Forum for Bible Agencies (FOBA) to encourage people to read the Bible in their languages. In the past, the marathon was held physically in a Church, where people would come from different locations to read the Bible in the language of their choice.
This year’s marathon was officially opened by the BSK Board Chairman Dr. Tim Kiruhi on September 15th at noon. He read from Ezra 7:10 which says, For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. He encouraged the participants to study the Word of God and apply it in their lives. He then read the first chapter of Genesis and the marathon progressed well after that.
The five-day marathon saw the Bible read in 13 languages including; Swahili, English, Gikuyu, Kisii, Lubukusu, Taita, Hebrew, Luo, Kimeru, Rendille, Kikamba, Maasai, Taita and Borana. It was exciting to hear the Word of God in different languages!
The readers, both young and old were from different countries including the United States of America, China, Ghana, Kenya, and beyond. It was such a joy to know that the Bible can unite people from all walks of life.
Onboard were children from Dream Children’s Home in Ngong where both boys and girls of different ages read the Bible on the third day of the marathon. Children from morning star children’s home also participated in the marathon. They expressed so much joy as most of them had never participated in a Bible reading marathon before. Street families from the Grogon area in Ngara were not left behind, they too were part of the marathon. We are so glad to testify that the Word of God is indeed open for all! The Bible Society branches were also involved including; Bungoma, Machakos, Nakuru, Meru Kisumu and Nairobi.
We also had a large following on social media who followed us live on Facebook and Youtube. We are glad that the online platforms created an opportunity for the Word of God to touch and give hope to many people who may have lost hope because of the COVID pandemic and other life challenges.
The marathon ended on a high note on Saturday 19th, 2020 at 10:50 pm where most people who had participated in the marathon gathered for the closing session. Mrs. Elizabeth Muriuki the General Secretary crowned the marathon by reading the last chapter of Revelation. She then thanked all participants for being part of this life-changing event and encouraged them to make Bible reading to be part of their daily lives.
We join the Psalmist in Psalm 119:105 in saying that His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths. We hope that the word of God which is alive and active will continue to unite us even as we hide it in our hearts.