The 2015 Nicaragua International Scripture Blitz

by The Gideons International on July 24, 2015

Nicaragua Scripture Blitz 2015

This young student was one of thousands to receive a Scripture from Gideons during the 2015 International Scripture Blitz. © 2015 The Gideons International

In late June, Gideons and Auxiliary in Nicaragua carried out the 2015 Nicaragua International Scripture Blitz. Members and supporters from around the world were praying for open doors to place God’s Word in schools, jails and hospitals.

Joined by Gideons from several other countries, this team would see how God responded to those prayers and greatly strengthen their faith. Before they headed out for their first distribution, one member remarked that he had never led anyone to Christ, perhaps largely because he didn’t feel courageous enough back in his home country.

That would soon change in Nicaragua. When he returned to the hotel later that evening, he shared how he had led someone to Christ that very day. He broke down weeping with joy in the middle of his testimony.

Going To The Uttermost
Nicaragua is economically depressed in many areas. In one maternity hospital, the teams saw patients packed into single rooms. The patients’ visitors were responsible for bringing their own chairs if they wanted to sit with a patient. And with no air conditioning in the building in the middle of a very hot day, the hospital’s conditions were that much more unbearable. But the Scriptures got through.

Reliable transportation was another challenge. Several vehicles broke down and a brand new van they had planned to use was impounded by the local authorities due to registration problems. Logistical challenges such as these were lifted up in prayer and God provided the solutions—two small automobiles were packed with over 8,000 Scriptures.

The teams left out of Managua and traveled the Pan American highway. They exited off dirt roads traveling several kilometers to reach remote schools. When they arrived at one of these schools, students rushed to the window and began shouting, “Biblios! Biblios!” For many, it would be their first opportunity to have their own copy of God’s Word.

The Gideons were greeted by a young lady named Griselda, the school’s assistant principal. She gladly escorted them from classroom to classroom as they shared God’s Word with the students.

As they concluded the distribution, one of the Gideons began to talk with Griselda. “Can I ask you a question? It’s a question I ask people all the time. If you were to die tonight, would you be sure you would go to heaven?” She shook her head no.

Nicaragua ISB 2015

Griselda poses with Tim Hammond, a Gideon from California, immediately after she prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. © 2015 The Gideons International

The Gideons then read passages in the back of the New Testament detailing God’s plan of salvation. One then asked Griselda, “Would you like to ask Jesus into your heart?” And there in the schoolyard with students looking on, Griselda prayed to receive Jesus. When she finished her prayer, she looked up with a big smile on her face and hugged the Gideon saying, “Thank you so much.” As Hebrews 7:25 reminds us, “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him.”

Gideons Experience God’s Power
At one of the prisons, officials told the Gideons that they couldn’t enter for distributions. However, it turned out one of the Nicaraguan Gideons knew the chaplain at the prison. And instead of turning around and leaving, they were granted access to the courtyard. And on that day, 27 prisoners turned their hearts to receive Christ.

Tim Hammond from California was on the blitz team and said it reminded him of what the ministry of The Gideons International is all about. “We all saw the enemy working against us, but we saw God working more powerfully. I think we all grew spiritually.”

The Gideons worked with local churches and gave presentations at over a dozen of them to tell of these wonderful Scriptures coming to their cities. At one church, a pastor said that the first Scripture he received as a child was from The Gideons. And in fact, he said it was reading that copy of God’s Word that resulted in him receiving Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

By the end of the week, Gideons and Auxiliary had distributed 95,551 copies of God’s Word to the people of Nicaragua. There were 124 one-on-one decisions for Christ.

Said one of the local leaders, “I am sure there are countless blessings in terms of the impact for the souls reached. We have great expectancy to see greater miracles in the near future in Nicaragua.”

We praise God for these testimonies as well as others we reported from the blitz and we thank Him for all He will accomplish through each and every one of the Scriptures distributed during this blitz. We thank our Gideons who travel on these blitzes at their own personal expense. And we thank all of our members and other supporters whose prayers and financial gifts help make blitzes like this possible.


God Is At Work, Even During Recess

by The Gideons International on July 17, 2015

Jocelyn (pictured left) and Vera.

Jocelyn (left) and Vera. © 2015 The Gideons International

Gideons recently conducted an International Scripture Blitz in Nicaragua during June, distributing over 95,000 copies of God’s Word in one week. Here is one of the testimonies received from the blitz:

At one public school in Chinandega, Gideons were distributing Scriptures to students in classrooms when the students were adjourned for recess. Gideons stood outside on the school grounds waiting for recess to end so they could continue with distributions. During this time, two students named Joceyln and Vera approached several of the Gideons.

The girls began to ask about the New Testaments. The Gideons responded to their questions as the girls listened closely.

After answering the girls’ questions, one of the Gideons said, “Can I ask you a question?”

The two girls nodded.

“If you died today are you sure you would go to heaven?”

The two girls looked at each other. Then both shook their heads, “no.”

One of the Gideons then opened a New Testament to the plan of salvation printed in the back pages. He continued to ask the girls more questions. “Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever gotten angry at your brother or sister, or your mother or father?”

The girls answered “yes” to his questions. The Gideons explained, “All have sinned, and in God’s eyes, we all fall short of His glory that’s why we all need Jesus.”

By this time, four boys approached and were standing behind the girls to see what they were talking to the Gideons about. The presence of these classmates seemed to distract the girls.

However, the Gideons asked the girls, “Would you like to pray now to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior?”

The girls then turned around and looked at the boys, perhaps to see how these classmates might respond to what was happening.

To redirect the girls’ attention to the fact that they were standing at the door as Jesus was knocking, the Gideons asked, “What’s more important? What these boys think about you, or spending eternity in Heaven with Jesus?”

The girl named Vera then turned toward the boys and gestured for them to go away. The boys looked at each other, turned, and left. Vera then looked at Jocelyn and together the two said, “We want to pray.”

As the Gideons led them in prayer, the two girls bowed their heads and asked Jesus to enter their hearts.

We praise God for this testimony. Please pray Jocelyn and Vera will continue to grow in their faith and that their testimony will be an inspiration to believers and non-believers alike.