“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.”
– Psalm 42:5 (NKJV)
We’ve received numerous testimonies over the years from people who were about to end their lives only to be rescued by the light of God’s love shining through the pages of a Gideon placed-Scripture. Here’s a testimony from a woman who found herself far away from home, hopeless and ready to end it all. Only to discover there was a God who wanted her to embrace life through His Son.
I was leaving home to move to another country to pursue my dream of becoming rich. At the airport, my brother handed me a small blue book. “You’ll need this,” he said. It was a Gideon Testament.
I hurriedly stuffed it in my bag and did not think twice about it.
Upon arriving in the country, my poor command of the language forced me to settle for a low paying factory job. I was living with my sister-in-law who took all of my wages for board and lodging. I had to eat leftovers from their family meal. At one time, I was living on one loaf of bread for a week.
I became depressed. This was not the life I had envisioned. One night, I decided to kill myself. I had a bottle of medicine near my bed that I decided to overdose on. I reached out for the bottle, but instead my fingers touched a little book.
I took it and stared at it. It was the blue Gideon Testament. God began to speak to me.
I realized there is a God and there is always hope. I reached out to take hold of death. Instead I touched life.
Now I have a new purpose in life–that is to glorify God. I’m now a pastor’s wife. I am sure that little blue book came from you, Gideons. Thank you and keep up the good work. God bless you.