Hundreds of thousands of students across the nation are expected to participate in the annual Bring Your Bible to School Day on Thursday, Oct. 5. Participation in the event, sponsored by Focus on the Family, has grown from 8,000 students in the beginning to more than 800,000 last year.
“And this year we are hoping for over a million,” program manager Emerson Collins says. “Our culture is searching and hurting for truth and, perhaps now more than ever, the unchanging truth of scripture and the healing power of the gospel are exactly what we need.”
Bring Your Bible to School Day kicks off a larger initiative for families to become more engaged with their faith. As part of the special day, families can sign up for the Live It Challenge, which encourages families to practically grow their faith.
“My prayer is that this would be a day that students can launch into a faith movement at their schools,” Collins said. “That they can gather with other students and bring their Bibles to school to start a club, to start a Bible study, to start a faith activity group where you can begin to advance the gospel consistently throughout the year.”
Many Christian celebrities have joined Focus on the Family to promote Bring Your Bible to School Day, including Skillet singer John Cooper, Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson Huff, singer Tauren Wells and the rock band Newsboys.
“It was the Bible that changed my heart and my mind on Jesus,” Collins told CBN. “It’s God’s love letter to us, and it’s also our weapon against the enemy. I began personally carrying my Bible with me, not even knowing about ‘Bring Your Bible To School Day’, toward the end of high school into college. I said, ‘Hey, this is my weapon and I’m a soldier in battle, and I would hate to be caught in the middle of a battle, in the middle of this field of war, without my weapon,’ and so that was a personal conviction of mine.”
Want to stand with kids in school? Pray and take your Bible to work or take it with you during the day.
More information is available at The Official Site of Bring Your Bible to School Day – Focus on the Family.