Oklahoma Baptist University

New Testament Reading Marathon Begins April 4

Sophomore Tara Ryan particpated in the 2006 New Testament Reading Marathon

Oklahoma Baptist University will host its second annual 24-hour continuous New Testament reading beginning April 4 at 8:30 p.m. The event will be in the gazebo park adjacent to OBU’s Stubblefield Chapel.

“The reading is taking place during Holy Week, and is a meaningful event here on the OBU campus,” said Dr John Nichols, OBU associate professor of mathematics and coordinator of the reading.

Sine Nomine, a local music group, will perform at the start of the 24-hour marathon. A picnic lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 5.

“The purpose of the New Testament reading is threefold — to glorify God, to build relationships within OBU family, and to build relationships with area churches, civic organizations, and youth groups,” said Nichols.

Last year’s marathon featured approximately 275 scripture readers. Portions of the scripture were read in nine different languages including English, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Spanish, German, Japanese, French and Greek.

Volunteer readers represented OBU students, Shawnee residents and residents from Pottawatomie County and Seminole County.

The public is welcome to participate in the New Testament reading. For more information contact the OBU Campus Ministry Office at 878-2377.

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