The 4th annual Bible Reading Marathon kicked off Friday morning at 7 a.m. with a breakfast at Real Ministries Church.
Boone County Judge Robert Hathaway read a proclamation and said, “This century has been proclaimed International Century of Bible Reading by millions around the world who recognize the Bible as the inspired Word of God to mankind which is ‘profitable for instruction in righteousness.’ II Tim. 3:16.”
Hathaway also shared, “President Andrew Jackson called the Bible, ‘the Book on which the Republic rests’ and President Abraham Lincoln called the Bible the ‘best gift God has given to man.’”
Arkansas representative Jack Fortner encouraged the group that working with children is greatest. “When you get discouraged and think the world is a terrible place, just look into the faces of children. There is nothing more noble than teaching Sunday School. When you see the look on their faces …”
Fortner is known as Mr. Jack to his Sunday School class of students from ages 10-16. “Everyone else is afraid of this age group, but I love it,” he said. Fortner believes if we reach the kids at this age and let them know they are important and loved we wouldn’t need as much money in the budget for the penal system. Fortner has taught Sunday School for more than 25 years.
Leading up to The National Day of Prayer is the Bible Reading Marathon which is taking place all week in the Bandstand on the Courthouse Square.
Co-chairman Charlotte Stratton there are still time slots available for readers. “Just come down to the Courthouse, bring a lawn chair and listen to the readers and take a turn at reading,” she said.
The schedule will for week days is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday will be 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday is 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 through Wednesday May 1 the schedule will be 7 a.m. to 8:30. Call Stratton at (870) 391-9673 to sign up.
The National Day of Prayer service will be Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston will be the keynote speaker.