In the early 1970’s while Pastor Richard Diamond and his wife, Alwilda, attended a crusade in Atlanta, Georgia they toured a historical wax museum. After viewing scenes of past presidents, generals, and war heroes to their surprise the last scene was the Ascension of Jesus Christ. As they both stood looking they were both brought to tears and brought to their knees. As they were feeling God’s great holy presence, Rev. Diamond knew what one day he was to accomplish for the Lord. For God spoke to his heart and gave him the inspiration to one day build a museum that would glorify the great works of God, and of the love and mercy of His son, Jesus.
At this time Rev. Diamond was pastor of a small church called Faith Revivals, which was known throughout the city as “The Hippie Church”.
More than 10 years would pass serving God, witnessing some of the greatest healing miracles the city had ever seen and rejoicing in the restoration of many broken lives. The church had grown so much that a new church was needed. In May 1980, the ministry moved to its´ current location at Tingley Avenue but it wasn’t until January of 1983 that the inspiration began to unfold into reality.
The search for figures began. It soon became apparent that to purchase new wax or fiberglass figures would be too costly, so the search continued…only now focusing on used figures.
A member of the congregation, while calling various museums and manufacturers, heard of an outdoor Bible walk in Pennsylvania. After many and varied attempts he could never seem to locate an address or a phone number. Totally frustrated, he knew that only one thing could possibly help this seemingly impossible situation…prayer. After prayer he called information in Pittsburgh, the operator who assisted him wasn’t able to give him what he wanted but was able to give him what he needed. It just so happened that the operator drove by this bible walk every day on his way to work. The operator told him that the bible walk had been closed, but gave him the number of a township official. If that wasn’t enough answer to prayer, the township official lived next door to the bible walk owner !!
The owner, Bill Warren, was contacted, and soon Pastor Diamond and his wife were on their way to meet Bill and look at the figures. There were 22 figures that had been outdoors on a mountainside and were quite weathered. Nonetheless, a price was agreed upon and the first figures were on their way. Soon after that Bill and his wife Gail, came to Mansfield to visit the church and attend a service. They were so inspired by the work being done and the love they felt, they donated the figures instead of selling them.
By the end of 1983, three scenes were on display at Diamond Hill Cathedral, The Last Supper, Jesus and the Children, and The Woman at the Well. Receiving God’s guidance in this project was very important to Pastor Diamond. For the year of 1984, the congregation joined the Pastor and his wife fasting a day a week that God would lead and direct the ministry. God knows when you are serious about something, and indeed, the hand of God was evident at every turn, not only that year but for years to follow.
Pastor and Mrs. Diamond joined the tour guides and workers in thanksgiving and prayer and on August 15, 1987 at 10:00 am, the Living Bible Museum was officially open. Since then thousands have enjoyed the “walk of faith” and the work still goes on.
Our sincerest prayer is that the Word of God and the Holy Spirit would touch your life in a very special way as you walk through the Bible, inspiring you to a new awareness of the love, mercy, and eternal hope through the promise of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Day one begins in Washington D.C. with 1 night at the Hilton on May 13, 2023 before touring the new Museum of the Bible the following day. The museum is located 1.4 miles from your hotel. After touring the museum you will have free time to enjoy downtown before boarding the Amtrak at 6:30 p.m. to Capitol Limited #29 to Cleveland, OH.
You will arrive in Cleveland on Monday, May 15th at 3:00 a.m. Hampton Inn is located 0.6 mi from the Amtrak station. You will be able to check in early before heading to Hopkins Intl. Airport to pick up your 3-day car rental.
Tuesday, May 16th you will drive to Mansfield, OH. to visit Bible Walk "A Museum that brings God's Word to Life." The drive takes 1 hr. 19 min. (81 mi.) This is a full day adventure. There are several exhibits to explore!
Wednesday, May 17th. You have the option to return to Bible Walk for a second day or you can explore Cleveland's Historic District, visit the Museum of Art and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Tour A Christmas Story House, etc.
Thursday, May 18th. Your journey ends when you return the car rental at the Hopkins International Airport!
Thank you for taking this journey with us! We want to hear about your experience!
Note: Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
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In the heart of Washington, D.C. city center, this historic hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar and a 24-hour front desk. The Metro Center station of the Washington Metro line is 2953 feet from the Capital Hilton, providing easy access to all of Washington D.C.'s attraction. All rooms and suites at Capital Hilton are air-conditioned and have a private bathroom with free toiletries. On-site dining choices include North Gate Grill and The Statler Lounge. North Gate Grill offers a breakfast menu with fresh fruits, juices, omelet bar and freshly baked pastries and breads. WiFi is available in the lobby areas free of charge. A fitness center with cardio equipment, plyometric training boxes, studio room and weights is provided. The Capital Hilton is two blocks from the White House. The Washington Convention Center is 0.7 mi from the property. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 4.6 mi away.
In the heart of downtown Cleveland, only a short stroll from many popular sites, this hotel provides guests with many modern amenities as well as comfortable accommodations and friendly service. The Hampton Inn Cleveland Downtown ideally places guests within walking distance of the Galleria Mall shopping center, the city's theater district and the Cleveland Convention Center. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as Brown's Stadium, home to football's Cleveland Browns, are also nearby. Guests at the downtown Cleveland Hampton Inn can enjoy a restful night of sleep on the hotel's signature Cloud Nine beds. The hotel also provides a free hot breakfast as well as free wireless internet access.