News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

50 centres host 2016 Marathon Bible Reading

Holy Bible

By Obiageri Clara

The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) says 50 centres across Nigeria will host the 2016 edition of its Marathon Bible Reading.

The secretary of the organising committee, Mr Dare Ajiboye, said in a statement on Friday that plans have been concluded to hold a hitch-free exercise.

Ajiboye said the programme would hold simultaneously in Lagos and in the other centres from Sept. 5 to Sept. 9.

He stated that the event would give participants the opportunity to read the Bible in their native tongues.

He noted that “the programme will be declared open on Monday, Sept. 5, at Shepherd’s Flock International Church.

“It is scheduled for Lagos from Sept. 5 to Sept. 9 at 50 different centres simultaneously between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

“The unique feature of this programme is that it gives the participants opportunity to read the Bible aloud in their own native languages.

“Bibles in different languages such as English, Isoko, Igala, Igede, Ebira, Yoruba, Efik, Igbo, Hausa, Nupe, Khana, Urhobo, Fulfude, Jju, Bokyi, Edo, Arabic, Tiv, Itsekiri, Kanuri, among others, will be on display for the participants to choose from.”

Ajiboye urged Christians to take advantage of the programme as it promised to be spiritually rewarding.

“Participants, irrespective of denomination, age or sex, will have a three-fold joy by participating.

“There is joy in reading the Bible in their languages, helping someone else hear the word of God in a new way and joining others in continuous reading of the Bible,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Bible Society of Nigeria is a non-profit-making interdenominational Christian organisation that translates the Bible into Nigerian languages.

The society also publishes and distributes Bibles to individuals and groups as well as raises funds for evangelical and related works.

The Society has completed Bible in 24 Nigerian languages and gives Bibles free to old people’s homes and orphanages, people with visual disability, prisoners, the deaf, among others.