Early Results From The 2016 Philippines International Scripture Blitz

by The Gideons International on February 5, 2016

Jon Wold, a Gideon from South Dakota, shares the Gospel with students during January’s International Scripture Blitz in the Philippines.

Jon Wold, a Gideon from South Dakota, shares the Gospel with students during January’s International Scripture Blitz in the Philippines.

Just last week, Gideons concluded a two-week International Scripture Blitz in the Philippines, where they distributed over 1.5 million copies of God’s Word. We’ve already received many testimonies from the blitz team members of how God showed up during the event, including this story:

I was conducting a Scripture distribution at a school in Cavite City along with several other Gideons. We had handed out many New Testaments, however things were slowing down. I then saw a group of students waiting for their school shift to end. Because of the large student body population and the limited school space, there are two shifts at almost all the schools, the first beginning at 7 a.m., and the second shift beginning at 1 p.m.

I walked over to the students and began sharing the message of Jesus with them. They listened intently as I told them about the Plan of Salvation inside the back cover of the New Testaments. I told them of God’s love and how Jesus died to save them from their sins. I asked if they would like to make a decision to accept Jesus as their Savior. Looking up at me with their beautiful brown eyes, they answered, “Yes!” I led them in the sinner’s prayer and 14 more young hearts came to know Jesus as their Savior.

Jon Wold
Labolt, South Dakota

We praise God for these students who have chosen to follow Jesus. Please pray they will continue to read their New Testaments and grow in their walk with the Lord.

Keep watching here for more news and testimonies from the 2016 Philippines International Scripture Blitz.

Edited by The Gideons International

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God’s Word: A Welcome Comfort To Hotel Guests

by The Gideons International on January 29, 2016

Hotel placement, 2013 Nashville Metro Scripture Blitz

A Gideon places a Hotel Bible in a guest room.

Bibles in bedside drawers are a convenience hotel guests have come to expect. After all, what else could bring as much comfort to a weary traveler as reading God’s Word?

Each year, Gideons place over a million copies of God’s Word in hotels throughout the world. And while that number represents just a fraction of the more than 84 million Scriptures Gideons placed last year, hotel Bibles are what people think of when they think of The Gideons International.

Gideons have great working relationships with hotels and motels across the world. Bibles are delivered to hotels by Gideons, who can also assist in placing the Scriptures in the guest rooms. There is no charge to the hotels, as the Scriptures are funded through donations to The Gideons.

Some hotel guests find such comfort from the Bible, they pack it up with them as they leave. And if having that copy of God’s Word helps someone continue on their journey with Christ, Gideons rejoice.

A single copy of God’s Word in a hotel room has the potential to touch up to 2,300 lives during its six-year life span. Over the years, we’ve received many testimonies from individuals who checked into a hotel and, as a result of reading a Bible placed there by The Gideons, came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Some of these testimonies were from people who had checked into a room when they felt all hope was lost, only to discover the peace and joy that comes from surrendering to Jesus.

Others have told us they were overjoyed to find a Bible waiting for them in the hotel nightstand while far away from home. Melony, a flight attendant from Florida wrote:

Dear Sir:
It is 9 a.m., I have been up for over 24 hours, and I just walked into my hotel room. I have done five beverage services and two meal services on my way from Miami to London and my first thought when I walked into my room was: “Is there a Gideon Bible in my bedside drawer?”

I have been a flight attendant for almost 40 years. In each city where I spend the night, I have always counted on having the Gideon Bible in my hotel room and have not been disappointed.

I do not know if you have ever thought about the thousands of flight attendants you have ministered to in all these hotel rooms for all these years since aviation began. Having God’s Word in each room is an amazing miracle and I, for one, cannot say, “thank you” enough.

I know of no other organization in the world that fulfills Matthew 28:19-20 better than The Gideons. God has blessed your efforts and they have been such an inspiration to me. You have blessed countless flight attendants who have many “homes” away from home and can always count on His Word to be there.

– Melony
Miami, FL

We thank God, as well as our members and donors, for making it possible to reach the hearts of so many through the placement of His Word. And on behalf of the many hotel guests whose lives have been touched by these Scriptures, we offer a special thank you to hotel owners and managers for allowing Gideons to place God’s Word in their hotels.

Edited by The Gideons International

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