Testimony: A Gideon Scripture Intervenes In A Suicide Attempt

by The Gideons International on January 11, 2011

“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.

– Ruby

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jones August 24, 2011 at 11:11 am

Ok. it’s good to read the testimony… But not a clear information about the
person name / country / traveled country / which verse of the new testament talked with him.. these are all needed for a fine testimony of Gideon ministry.

Kindly try to put detail info or partial info.
Thank you


The Gideons International August 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Thank you for your comment, Jones. The amount of detail that we share in testimonies sometimes is limited due to many various factors. Because we are a worldwide ministry, we often receive testimonies from people in parts of the world where their English composition is poor and we edit to make it understandable. Often people may leave out many of the important details we would like to have in their testimonies. Also, we have concerns sometimes in regards to publishing names due to the location where they live may have a high persecution index. We are currently working on some advancements in collecting testimony data and hope that we will eventually have more success in capturing all of the information that is necessary for a more detailed account of the testimonies. As you know, testimonies are very vital to demonstrating the impact of what we do at The Gideons International. Thank you again. And God bless you.


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