Touching Lives in Louisiana: The 2015 Lafayette Scripture Blitz

by The Gideons International on March 27, 2015

Lafayette blitz

The Lord opened doors in the South as Gideons spent time out and about in Lafayette, Louisiana and the surrounding communities. During a recent blitz, there were 397 places of distribution visited in four days, including 92 hotels, 12 hospitals, five drug treatment centers, one university, six community colleges, and many other places.

The talk of the blitz was “Laissez Le Bon Livre Aller,” which means “Let the good Book go forth.” The theme verse for those days was James 5:20, “…let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” As Gideons prayed this verse over their activities, God was faithful to answer their prayers.

While distributing Scriptures at a Ramada Inn, the manager thanked Gideons for their work. “We are so excited to have new Bibles in our rooms. We are also pleased our staff has received their own New Testaments.” A hotel employee, Helen, was cleaning the lobby area where Gideons were unloading boxes of Bibles. A Gideon noticed her watching and offered her a New Testament of her own. Helen gladly accepted the Scripture. That started a casual conversation and soon after, she accepted Jesus into her heart.

Gideons also visited many local schools and colleges. Over 7,000 Scriptures were given to students including many at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Students were very receptive. Over 80% of the Scriptures that The Gideons International places worldwide go to youth and students.

Richard Marque, a Gideon from New Iberia, Louisiana, had prayed all week for God to place someone in his path with whom he could share the Gospel. After a distribution at a police station, Marque looked across the road and noticed a young lady walking out of the library. He knew this was the opportunity he had prayed for. He approached the woman to offer her a New Testament. From that simple conversation, Richard was then able to share the Helps section in the front of each Scripture. He remarked, “I simply asked if she was interested in hearing God’s plan for her life. She eagerly nodded yes. I shared the Gospel with her right there at the library.” After hearing the plan of salvation, the young lady named Tanika made no hesitation in accepting Jesus Christ as her Savior.

Gideons also spoke in over a dozen local churches about the effectiveness of these community blitzes and shared recent testimonies from around the world. By the end of the Scripture blitz, over 65,000 Scriptures were distributed throughout the community. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to spread His Word to all people.


What Happens To All Those Scriptures?

by The Gideons International on March 20, 2015

Pastor Danny Sinquefield photo

We praise God for how a single Gideon-placed Scripture impacted the life of Danny Sinquefield, who is now a pastor and helping promote the Gospel around the world.

We recently received this testimony of how a Gideon-placed Scripture touched the life of a young boy whom God would use to touch the lives of so many others.

For more than 20 years, Pastor Danny Sinquefield has served as pastor of Faith Baptist in Bartlett, Tennessee. It is one of the state’s largest churches. He is a past president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and a current member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. Under his pastoral leadership, Faith Baptist church has planted new churches and sent missionaries around the world.

For this pastor, it all started with a single Gideon-placed New Testament. Here is his encouraging testimony.

I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. Our family was not connected to a local church. We lived in a neighborhood that had a Baptist Church nearby, but we never attended there and as far as I know, they never invited us. My dad was a functional alcoholic. Although he held a job and worked hard every day, his addiction added tremendous stress and trauma in our family. The only time we heard God’s name in the house, it was likely preceding a curse word. As the youngest of five siblings, I remember well the tension and the terror on those occasions.

While attending elementary school in the 5th grade, our teacher introduced a guest one day in the classroom. He identified himself as a Gideon and his purpose was to give each student a gift of a New Testament. It was my very first copy of God’s Word. Our teacher must have been a believer. She made a class assignment to read certain sections of the New Testament and to memorize the 23rd Psalm. To this day, I remember reading and memorizing those beautiful words for the first time.

In God’s plan, that one New Testament would plant the Gospel seeds in a 12-year-old boy’s heart that would soon grow into a harvest. The summer following my 5th grade year, I was invited to attend a youth camp sponsored by a Baptist Church. It was there that I would respond to God’s call of salvation. I soon found myself involved in a local church’s youth group and was baptized as a member. Soon, the Lord would call me into ministry during my high school days.

Upon preaching my first sermon in “big church” as a 15 year-old, my Dad also responded to the Gospel and surrendered his life to Christ. The dynamic of our family completely changed.

It all started with a faithful Gideon sharing God’s Word with a class of young students in a public school setting. I don’t know his name, but I will be forever grateful for his outreach and for those who continue serving in this wonderful ministry of sharing God’s Word. That dear man could never have known how his gift would impact my life, our family, and beyond.

Forever grateful,

Danny Sinquefield

Edited by The Gideons International