The Impact Of A Church Presentation And A Medical Testament

by The Gideons International on January 7, 2011

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The following is a testimony received at the Headquarters of The Gideons International. This true story is a reminder of the impact that a single church presentation by a Gideon can have for the kingdom of God. It also is a reminder of the impact of the Gideon Auxiliary, whose members distribute Medical Testaments to medical personnel.

When I was little and someone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always had an answer, but a different one every week. All that changed when a Gideon speaker came to my church when I was nine years old. He held up a little white New Testament and told us that those particular Testaments are given to nurses, because they are often the last ones to talk to patients before they die. God spoke to my heart that day, and I knew right then that I would someday be a nurse. As a teenager, I worked as a candy striper in a local hospital, and after college I worked in various areas of nursing, always being drawn to the terminally ill patients.

Soon I was sure that God was calling me to work in the hospice program, helping to prepare people for death. One of my patients was a nursing home patient named Jim. Jim was a former Marine – all muscle and a fighter – but he was dying, and his family had deserted him.

One thing Jim really liked was ice cream, so before visiting him, I would buy some to bring to him. I would feed him the ice cream, and we managed to build up a friendship during our time together.

Once, I asked him if he thought anybody loved him. He replied, “No.” Then I told him that I knew Someone who did. I quoted John 3:16 to him and told him, “He also promised you can be free, and have all your sins forgiven. You can be assured that you will go to heaven.” I prayed the sinner’s prayer with him and a tear trickled down his cheek. I asked him, “Now do you know that Someone loves you?” He nodded that he did.

Jim died the next morning. I want to thank that Gideon, whoever he may be, for coming to my church and for being instrumental in leading me into this field of nursing. Because of him, God’s plan was made clear to me.

Mrs. James (Jo) Edlin
Kansas

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Gerry January 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Thanks for sharing that wonderful story. I myself became a Christian 21 years ago after repeatedly reading the Gideons Bibles that I found in hotel rooms during times I had been on vacation at the beach. It changed my life forever. Thank you!

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The Gideons International July 11, 2011 at 8:29 am

Thanks Gerry for your comment. If you would like to share more of your Gideon-related testimony with us, we’d love to feature it – as you may know, testimonies are the way for us to demonstrate the impact of this ministry. Simply tell us what your life was like before, and then how you came across Gideon Bibles and how they played a role in leading you to Christ and how your life has changed since. You could reply here and most likely we would feature it on the blog and other places.

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Luis Gustavo April 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm

El Impacto De La Presentación En Una Iglesia Y Un Testamento Médico

El siguiente es un testimonio recibido en la sede de los Gedeones Internacionales. Esta historia real es un recordatorio del impacto que puede tener una sola presentación en iglesia por un Gedeón para el Reino de Dios. También es un recordatorio de las repercusiones de las Auxiliares de los Gedeones, quienes distribuyen el Testamento de pasta blanca al personal médico.
Cuando era pequeña y alguien me pregunto lo que quería ser cuando creciera, siempre tuve una respuesta, pero una diferente cada semana. Todo eso cambió cuando un orador Gedeón llegó a mi iglesia cuando tenía nueve años. Levantó un pequeño Nuevo Testamento blanco y nos dijo que los testamentos en particular se entregaban a enfermeras, porque a menudo son los últimos en hablar con los pacientes antes de que mueran. Dios habló con mi corazón aquel día y me supe bien que algún día sería una enfermera. Cuando adolescente, trabajé como aprendiz en un hospital local, y después de la Universidad trabajé en diversas áreas de enfermería, siempre asignada a los pacientes con enfermedad terminal.
Pronto estuve segura de que Dios me estaba llamando a trabajar en el programa de hospicio, ayudando a preparar a las personas para la muerte. Uno de mis pacientes en un hogar de ancianos fue Jim. Jim fue un marino retirado, todo músculos y un peleador, pero se estaba muriendo, y su familia le había abandonado.
Una cosa que a Jim le encantaba era el helado, por lo que antes de visitarle, debía comprar alguno para traerle. Yo le alimentaba con el helado, y logramos construir una amistad durante nuestro tiempo juntos.
Una vez, le pregunté si pensaba que alguien lo amaba. Respondió “No”. Entonces le dije que yo conocía a alguien que si lo amaba. Le cité Juan 3: 16 y le dije, “’El también prometió le puede hacer libre, y perdonar de todos sus pecados. Usted puede estar seguro que irá al cielo.”Oré oración del pecador con él y una lágrima rodó por su mejilla. Le pregunté, “¿Ahora sabe que Alguien le ama?” Él asintió que lo sabía.
Jim murió a la mañana siguiente. Quiero agradecer a ese Gedeón, quien quiera que sea, por venir a mi iglesia y por ser un instrumento para guiarme el campo de la enfermería. Por él, el plan de Dios quedó claro para mí.
Sra. James (Jo) de Edlin.- Kansas

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luis navarro July 10, 2011 at 8:15 am

mis amados hermanos no cabe la menor duda que nuestro DIOS es un DIOS de propositos . Que hermosa historia, damos toda la gloria y honra a DIOS por este ministerio de GEDEONES y por el espectacular alcance que tiene este ministerio. es de verdad un privilegio y un gran honor pertenecer a este ministerio, que DIOS nos ocupe como el lo a planeado bendito es por siempre.

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