How A Single Copy Of God’s Word Can Impact The World

by The Gideons International on January 14, 2011

Years ago, there was a Gideon distributing copies of God’s Word on a college campus. He placed a copy in the hands of Craig, a young fraternity student who was on a collision course with God. But through God’s grace and mercy, that single copy of God’s Word has had an impact far beyond what anyone could imagine.

It was through reading that little, green, college Testament that Craig came to know Jesus Christ and accept him as his Lord and Savior. In particular, Craig says it was Ephesians chapter 2 that spoke to his heart. He came to understand that we don’t earn our way into heaven but that we are saved through grace.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” –Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)

So what became of that young college student?

Today, Craig Groeschel is the 43 year-old senior pastor of, the Edmond, Oklahoma-based congregation that Craig started out of a two-car garage in 1996.

Listed as one of the Top Churches To Watch In America by, has nine locations in Oklahoma, as well as other sites in New York, Texas, Tennessee and Florida. The progressive church is also spreading the Gospel online at with live broadcasts of its service as well as recorded videos that can be viewed online throughout the world.

As LifeChurch celebrated its 15th anniversary on Sunday, January 9, Groeschel shared his testimony including the role that The Gideons International played in his coming to receive Christ.

Perhaps most noteworthy of all, is Craig’s vision to spread the Gospel. Through the YouVersion Bible Internet site and mobile phone application that allows users to engage with Scripture in 41 translations in 22 languages, people all over the world can download free copies of the Bible. As of January 2011, the app has reached approximately 13 million downloads.

Isn’t it amazing to see how much impact a single copy of God’s Word can make?

We thank God for the Gideon who was faithful to go the college campus that day and distribute God’s Word. We thank the donor who was faithful to make the contribution that paid for that copy of God’s Word. And of course, most of all, we thank and praise God for all He has chosen do to as a result of that single, little, green Gideon-placed college Testament.

Visit to download the free YouVersion Bible App.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

admin January 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thanks for your input Reinhard. We do have a reading calendar on the USA site:


Wendell Bowers February 28, 2011 at 4:00 am

This thank you is especially for the many churches all over the United States, and the world, who partner with the Gideons International to get out God’s Holy Word! Thank you churches for your prayers and support of the Gideons. And Praise to God whose Word does not return void!


Junie George Santalia February 28, 2011 at 12:43 am

A copy of Scripture can save a lost soul.


Owen Krysl March 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thank God His Word is still powerful and can change our lives and set us free!



Bob Bash May 28, 2011 at 12:20 am

What a great testimony to add to my Gideon message as I go into churches in our area. Praise the Lord!


john kellogg December 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Thank for this testimony . Souls will be in heaven


Frank Rudd March 19, 2012 at 6:44 am

Great to read this Testimony! I’ll be speaking at a New Member Plan tonight, and will be using it!


Eligio Acabado, (Phil.) January 7, 2013 at 1:17 am

Browsing the Internet for various Christian ministries today, I came across the Gideons International website and eventually led to the Its no accident that I came across the many touching, beautiful testimonies which I can use when giving Gideon stewardship reports in churches. Truly, God’s Word is so powerful, it can change lives even in what to others are simply “hopeless”
situations. Praise God for the testimony about Craig and the others I’ve just read!


admin January 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm

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Bill Ellis April 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

There is an upcoming distribution in one of the big universities in Lansing, Michigan this next week and this testimony has convinced me that it is worth getting up at 3:30am and driving three ours to get to a campus where people just like Craig are needing a copy of God’s word. Thanks for sharing and motivating us Gideons to do God’s bidding to a lost and dying world. Praise God. Bill


Thomas Huggett April 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Does anyone know how can I download this video so I can use it during my church presentations?


Terry Moore August 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

I have heard Craig Groeschel preach at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an inspiration and has accomplished so much for the Kingdom of God. I am proud to hear that his ministry all started with the gift of a Gideon Testament.


James Nderitu September 9, 2013 at 5:30 am

This is a touching testimony. I will use it in a Gideon’s Sunday Service where I will be sharing in a church in Nairobi Eastlands.


francisco torres-arizmendi September 23, 2014 at 11:47 pm

I am traslating testimonies for my camp right here in Mexico.
I will visit an important and old methodist church this sunday as a gideon speaker whereby the pastor allowed me to share one full hour.
Praise the lord!


MILTON MUMTAZ November 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

its really great to know. GOD IS WORKING THROUGH HIS WORD.AMEN


MILTON MUMTAZ November 24, 2015 at 8:27 am



samsons Stephens mwanana May 5, 2016 at 11:12 am

iam really blessed and motivated by the word of God through my lovely Bible that I got in the year 2003 from the Gideons org.I pray that the Lord may Kept safe all of you….


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