The people who came to join in the Bible reading were from all different walks of life.
All made an impression with me due to their passion for the word, and their belief that Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 and that their words would make a difference in their city their county, and their country. God managed to bring like minded individuals from all around and put them in one place for one purpose.
Each one of the participants, had more than one reason I am sure for reading. From these I’d like to briefly share two of these stories that impacted me greatly.
Meet Charlene. Charlene came to us on the very first day. Her name was not on the sign up
list, so I had her begin to read the New Testament, simultaneously with the reading of the Old Testament. I expected that she, like the others would read for her 15 -30 minutes and be gone. Imagine my surprise when she stopped reading – AFTER 8 HOURS!
When asked why she was compelled to read for so long, her story emerged. She proceeded to tell me that she learned to read not as a child, but as an adult. The Holy Spirit taught her to read, by reading the Holy Bible. She could not read too much, and certainly not too much if the readings were the scriptures.
Charlene came back every day to read for as long as we would let her. She was with us on last day as we finished our readings. What a sweet blessing she became to us, as new friends and sisters were made.
Story #2 is not as much a story as it was a HUGE impression.
Meet the family of Brian,and Abigail, with their little ones Joel, Shekinah, and Jaaziah. (With their toddler in tow.)
Since I didn’t know them before the event, I saw their name on the list and thought it great that an entire family would come and read together. What I was not prepared for, was the Presence that they brought along with them!
When they read, the Word came alive. The biggest surprise was when little Shekinah got up on the stool. She planted her little feet, she planted her little hands on each side of the Bible, and began to read. Loud. Clear. Now I kid you not, I almost fell over. The crowd of listeners fell silent. Whether it was the Holy Spirit coming out of that little body, or the culmination of His Presence being made manifest from every ones combined readings, I don’t know. What I do know is that HIS Presence was huge.
Imagine my surprise when I checked my mail that night, to see that they have signed up yet again the next day.
Join me in the next post for two more stories that I am sure you will love.