TIFTON — A woman in Cochran, Ga., had a vision for the Bible to be read across the state of Georgia.
On Sunday, that vision may become reality as groups in all 159 counties read portions of Scripture at each of their county courthouses.
Tift County’s event will be held at 7:14 a.m. Sunday, July 14, on the Tift County Courthouse, according to organizers. Tift Countians will read Luke 24—John 5, covering the Resurrection and Ascension at the end of Luke and going into John’s writings on early miracles in Jesus’ life.
Matthew Moore, who’s heading up the Tift County event, heard about it a couple of months ago when a friend of his wife asked them if they knew anyone who could lead it here.
“I just want to be able to glorify God in the way we’re supposed to and uplift our country and our nation,” said Moore, who works as a lineman. “The way we can do that is to read His Word.”
“Several years ago I learned about a 99-county-wide reading of the Bible in the state of Iowa,” Jerri Tuck wrote to local organizers across the state. “As a passionate supporter of the public reading of God’s Word and coordinator of our annual Bible Reading Marathon in Cochran, Ga., since 2004, I was intrigued.”
The task of arranging such a reading across Georgia’s 159 counties seemed impossible, Tuck wrote, but Dianne Bentley, state chairman of the Bible Reading Marathon in Iowa contacted her after searching for other state Bible Reading Marathons.
Bentley told Tuck about a state-wide Bible reading in Iowa on July 14, and Tuck set out to do the same thing in Georgia. As of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, all 159 counties had signed up, she posted on her Facebook page.
This particular date — 7/14 — was chosen, Tuck said, as a reference to 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The event is scheduled for 7:14 a.m. as a continued reference to the Scripture.
Moore will be leading the Tift County event outside the Tift County Courthouse. All are welcome.