Have you heard what happened to Bobby? Bobby was only 13 years of age the first time he got high on a substance. As he got older, the substance abuse continued until finally, he found himself in jail. Bobby’s story tells how he was rescued from a wasted life. The story is on video at Changed Lives, Gideons International.
Changed Lives gives other accounts of how reading a book set them on the path to a better life. The book is the Bible. We usually think that in the U.S.A. every home has at least one copy of the Bible, but this is not the case. Sometimes children enroll in public schools who have never read or heard of the Bible. In years gone by, often a teacher, principal, or counselor would introduce such a child to the Bible. That doesn’t happen anymore. Today, if every person in the U.S.A. and around the world has a chance to read the Bible someone must become actively involved in making this happen.
The Gideons International is one organization actively involved in helping people like Bobby.
Gideons International are now operating in 194 countries, utilizing 90 languages. Last year alone there were 78,992,812 Bibles placed by the Gideons. The number of copies distributed to date is 1.7 billion copies.
The Gideons began over one hundred years ago. It began with two men who were in a hotel room and decided to have a devotional time, but they had no Bible. Realizing their own need, they began to think of others. They decided to buy 25 copies of the Holy Bible and give them to a hotel in Superior, Montana to be placed in the rooms. From this start, the first Gideon Camp was established. Its purpose was to purchase Bibles and place them in hotels and motels. From that beginning the Gideon work has continued and is now extended to hospitals, nursing homes, public and private schools, colleges and universities, jails and prisons, and the armed forces.
There are countless stories like Bobby’s. The Gideon men who work and give faithfully will not know just how effective their work has been on this side of eternity.
Another story is that of a young Japanese girl who was in the U.S. attending college. Wanting to ‘sight-see’, the girl boarded a plane to view the Grand Canyon. The plane crashed killing everyone aboard. Her parents came from Japan to pick up her personal items and among those items they found a Green New Testament given to her by a Gideon. Passages in the Bible were underlined and with it was a letter she had written to them telling how she had come to know Christ and was attending a Christian church. The parents found the church, talked with the pastor and heard the Gospel. They, too, accepted Christ and are now attending a Christian church in Japan.
If you would like to be a part of this Kingdom work, all donations go directly to purchase Scriptures.