I recently had trouble renewing the security software on my computer. I had no choice but to enlist technical support on the phone. As the program was downloading, I began a conversation with the woman on the other end of the line. Her name was Faith, and she was located in the Philippines. I told her the Philippines was one of my favorite countries. When she asked why, I explained how, in January 2011, twenty-three Gideon men from nine countries met with Filipino Gideons to hand out 1.6 million Scriptures; the most Scriptures distributed in a two-week period in the history of The Gideons International.
Her reply took me by surprise. “I was in college at that time, and I received one of those New Testaments,” she said.“It changed
A man who can sow terror would receive more attention and respect. That was what Pastor Ramon Lara thought as he grew up and lived where tough guys ruled and prevailed. He thought that the worse person you were, the more popular you would become and be respected. At the age of 10, he began smoking cigarettes. At 15 he was already a drunkard and a marijuana user. When he reached college, he was already a member of a fraternity. He started selling marijuana in school and his only notebook had a knife inside. His friends told him that his words were always associated with bad words and was never without them.
He always thought that life would be easy as long as he had friends and vices that
Carlos grew up without a father. He was living with his mother who got so engrossed with business that he was left alone to play with little kids. Since he was small in stature, bigger boys used to bully him, and that made him a tough kid in town. He grew up deciding for himself, built his own dreams, and set up goals for his own fulfillment that he sought a job away from home. Leaving alone was a life of struggle, but he managed to live and got married.
As he started his married life, his second child became so sickly, adding to the pain of having a failed business. He experienced times of crisis and hopelessness, but that situation opened a way for his conversion to Christ.
His first encounter with the Gideons was way back in 1987 when a group of men were distributing New Testaments at their university in Digos. He got hold of a blue Testament because at that time he was in dire need of a rolling paper. Without wasting anytime, he tore a leaf from the Testament and used it for marijuana smoking. He brought it home with a thought that he might still have future use for some of its pages.
One day, his friend decided to follow a group of ladies who were about to attend some kind of gathering. Attracted to the idea of meeting some girls, they went to the meeting just to find out it was a Christian study and fellowship group. Boy Baylon had no
Growing up in a rowdy environment, Herbie had learned to live as a drug dealer and user as well. He even became a gang dealer at the age of 21. However, his gang was busted by the police and so he turned to become a taxi driver. Like many others, Herbie overcharged foreign customers whenever he felt he could get away with it.
One day, a friend showed him a New Testament he had received from The Gideons during a college distribution. Learning that the Testament was written in English, he borrowed it from his friend thinking that he could learn more by reading it and cheat Americans easily. He began reading the Testament, but he was unprepared for the consequences. He not only learned English, but he also
Pastor Vince Castilla was once a member of a group called “Pitong Gatang”. His group did nothing but loitered and caused trouble. They were involved in many fights and were even fired upon the policeman. Luckily, he never received any single shot.
One day, Vince became overdosed with drugs that his body went numb. He could hardly breathe and was just hearing the slow but loud beats of his heart. He fell down the floor several times and saw the air dancing, the walls and roads moving. His entire gullet was so dehydrated and he was rushed to the hospital, but he was secretly taken out from the hospital by his gang for fear of investigation and never came back for any treatment.
Vince had a serious nervous
Pastor Oscar Modesto grew up in Angeles City. When he was a child his dream was to become a priest. His mother raised him up and brought him regularly to church. But in spite of this, Oscar joined fraternities, gangs, and indulged in cigars, liquors and drugs by the age of 14.
His life became even more of a mess when his mother passed away. He joined a rock group only to be an alcoholic, chain smoker and drug addict. To support his vices, he and his members were robbing wealthy Chinese businessmen in that city. Fearing for his life because his gang mates were getting arrested and tortured by policemen, he got married and eventually had three kids. Then he worked in a furniture shop but was still
While earning his degree at South Texas College, Daniel Silguero received a New Testament from a Gideon participating in a Scripture distribution. Already a believer, he thanked the Gideon, slipped the New Testament into his backpack, and promptly forgot about it. On July 24, 2015, Daniel was diagnosed with leukemia. The news came as a […]
The Gideons International officially began distributing Scriptures to soldiers in 1941 at induction centers under the motto, “arm them with the Gospel too.” While Gideons are mostly known for placing God’s Word in hotels, reaching the lost with the Gospel includes distribution of Scriptures at the military installations of a multitude of countries, including The […]
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The Gideons International partners with churches in 200 countries, territories and possessions to reach lost men, women, boys and girls with God’s Word, so that lives may be transformed by the Gospel as they receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. One of the countries where Gideons place and distribute God’s Word is Uganda. This […]
Last week, Gideons and Auxiliary hosted the 2016 Uganda International Scripture Blitz in the cities of Hoima and Masindi. Thousands of students now have their own copy of God’s Word they can take home to their families. There are so many testimonies from people placing their faith in Christ after having a Scripture placed in […]
The Gideons International partners with churches in 200 countries, territories and possessions to help reach the lost with God’s Word. Ultimately, this results in more men, women, boys, and girls coming to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. One of the churches Gideons partner with is Crossroads Fellowship, a 1,200 member congregation in the coastal […]
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Brent Young is a 54-year-old Gideon from Warsaw, Missouri. Like many of his fellow Gideons, he enjoys watching people come to Christ, handing out the Word of God, and hearing testimonies of how God is changing lives around the world. However, Young’s ministry is unique in one way—he operates from the saddle of a red […]
Last week, Gideons in Malaysia welcomed Gideons from other parts of the world as they came together to witness and share God’s Word during the 2016 Malaysia International Scripture Blitz. On the Sunday before leaving for the blitz, Montie Matlock, a Gideon from Jackson, Tennessee, stood in the hallway of Englewood Baptist Church with his […]
Chris Yuan Testimony from The Gideons International on Vimeo. Christopher Yuan was at home when he heard a knock at his front door. He opened the door to find himself surrounded by a dozen federal agents and police officers, as well as two large German shepherds. For Christopher’s parents, this moment was an answer to […]
On April 17th, Mary Kay Beard passed into the presence of the Lord. As a frequent speaker at events of The Gideons International, she shared the powerful testimony of how Jesus changed her life. And there’s no doubt her story will continue to inspire those who hear it. As a notorious safecracker and bank robber, […]
As faithful Christians, Gideons and their wives are dedicated to telling people about Jesus, no matter what the circumstances. So when a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador in April, The Gideons International implemented the Disaster Scripture Distribution Program. Members of The Gideons in Ecuador responded by placing copies of God’s Word into the hands of those […]
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