Hancock County joins Bible reading marathon

Gene Guenther and Gary Gjerstad of Britt, read aloud from the BIble during the Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon at Hancock County counthouse. Gjerstad was reading the Old Testament book of Jeremiah in braille.

Rebecca Peter | The Leader

GARNER – Visitors to the Hancock County Courthouse last week may have noticed a small group of people on the courthouse lawn reading aloud from the Bible.

Approximately 50 persons participated in the Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon. The Hancock County event took place Oct. 4-6. Groups of individuals took turns reading segments from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The goal was to read the entire Bible during the allotted time.

The first statewide event was held in 2016. Former Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation that encouraged Iowans join in the Bible Reading in front of Iowa’s 99 courthouses and encouraged individuals and families to read the Bible on a daily basis.

Governor Kim Reynolds signed a similar proclamation this year.

State Senator Dennis Guth (R) of Klemme participated in a Bible reading at the state capitol building in Des Moines in 2015 as well as in the in the 2016 and 2017 Hancock County events.

 “I get involved in Bible reading because it sets a tone of respect for God and what the Bible stands for,” said Guth. “There is a spiritual element to reading out loud that claims the territory for God and we want our local, state and national governments to receive the blessings that result from obedience to the principals contained in His word.”

Read the complete story in the Oct. 11 Leader.