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Testimony: Miracle from a Helicopter - The Gideons International

Testimony: Miracle from a Helicopter

by The Gideons International on February 1, 2011

The following story was told to Robert W., a Florida Gideon, by Alexi T., pastor of the evangelical Christian Baptist Church in Noyabrisk, Siberia:

Several years ago, a hungry Nenets fisherman left the town of Ceaca on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia. The Nenets are hunters and fishermen who live on the Siberian tundra. This Nenets man went looking for food, and he prayed to any god who might hear him, asking for a sign.

Not long after he finished his prayer, a Bible fell from the sky and landed near him. He went back into town with the copy of God’s Word saying, “I have received a sign.” Today, he is part of a church where there are 30 Nenets Christians.

What the villager did not know is that a helicopter had flown from Salekhard the day he got his sign. In that helicopter were two government officials bringing relief aid to needy locales. As they flew, they sorted through their cargo. One said to the other, “The cans of food are good, but what do we need with these books?” So he began throwing the Gideon Scriptures out the window.

It may have been a miracle of God that the Bible fell beside that fisherman, but it was an act of obedience that put the Bible on the helicopter in the first place. Christians paid money to have those Scriptures printed; they paid to have them delivered to Siberia. Others were praying that the Gospel would find good soil among the Nenets people, and God used their faithfulness, their commitment to His mission, and their love for the Nenets people to perform this miracle.

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Don Henrikson February 2, 2011 at 12:12 am

Just wanted to say thanks for the blog. I was a Gideon for several years before becoming a pastor. Being able to read these testimonies on a regular basis is a great blessing. God is still working through His Word in the ministry of the Gideons.

Again – thank you.


Wendell Cook April 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm

PLEASE tell other pastors about the Gideons


Donald Faidley February 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm

God works in miraclous ways. His word will not return to Him void. DF


Taylor Smith February 4, 2011 at 12:48 am

Praise God! What a wonderful gift to bless an entire village. GO GIDEONS.


Thomas Hanna February 4, 2011 at 3:38 am

The Nenets fisherman story is one of my favorites. I have used it in church presentations about 15 times as a closing testimony. Sometimes people make delightful comments about it after the service.

God is amazing in how He uses His Word.


Rob February 4, 2011 at 4:23 am

Such a wonderful story, and a testimony to God’s loving, providential blessings in drawing people to salvation.


Robinson Candelario February 4, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I praise God for his love and compassion using his powerful Word to save people lost around the world. To God be the glory.


Luis Gustavo April 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Milagro desde un helicóptero
La siguiente historia fue contada a Robert W., un Gideon de Florida, por Alexi T., pastor de la Iglesia Baptista Cristiana Evangélica en Noyabrisk, Siberia:
Hace varios años, un pescador Nenets, hambriento dejó la ciudad de Ceaca en la península de Yamal en Siberia. Los Nenets son cazadores y pescadores que viven en la tundra siberiana. Este hombre de Nenets fue en busca de alimentos, y oró a algún dios que pudiera escucharlo, pidiendo una señal.
Poco después de que terminó su oración, una Biblia cayó del cielo y aterrizó cerca de él. Regresó a la ciudad con la copia de la Palabra de Dios diciendo: “He recibido una señal”. Hoy en día, es parte de una iglesia donde hay 30 cristianos Nenets.
Lo que no sabía el aldeano es que un helicóptero había volado desde Salejard el día que obtuvo su señal. En ese helicóptero iban dos funcionarios del gobierno a llevar asistencia y ayuda a los necesitados locales. Mientras volaban, iban hurgando en la carga que llevaban. Uno les dijo a los otros, “las latas de alimentos están bien, ¿pero para que necesitamos estos libros?” Así comenzó a tirar las Escrituras Gedeón por la ventana.
Puede haber sido un milagro de Dios que la Biblia cayó al lado de ese pescador, pero fue un acto de obediencia que pusieran las Biblia en el helicóptero en primer lugar. Los cristianos pagaron para que esas Escrituras fueran impresas; y pagaron para que fueran entregadas en Siberia. Otros estaban orando que el Evangelio encontrara buena tierra entre los Nenets, y Dios usó Su fidelidad, Su compromiso con Su misión y Su amor por el pueblo ruso para realizar este milagro.


Damon Soto May 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Gozate con este testimonio.


Erik April 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Vi er opsøgt af en nådig Gud.


Rosemary Lukich April 27, 2011 at 7:25 am

Thank you for this amazing testimony it is always good to get this kind of encouragement!


James May 12, 2011 at 5:18 am

How do we know that there was really a helecopter that day that did this. and how do we know what the pilets said? I think I believe all of the stories on this site are true, but i’m not sure about some of them, especially if someone is making them up.


admin May 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

While some of these stories may sound so incredible that they may sound manufactured (made up), they are in fact true. They are based on documented firsthand accounts as relayed to our field representatives and members throughout the world. As a Christian ministry, it would be a poor witness on our part to be making up such stories. We think the incredible circumstances are evidence of God’s ability to work in any way He chooses in terms of getting His Word out.


Marie Holtzmann June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Tremendous and proves Isaiah 55:11 “My Word shall not return unto me void.”
Praise Him!


David Lubuli munyengo July 27, 2011 at 4:59 am

Wonderfull I will use it in my next church presentation


JTK BIBLE THOMAS August 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I have been distributing Bibles in Prison for the last 25 years in Delhi, India.
There are many har core non christians even priest turned to Lord and became Evangelist and pastors.The hatred and bitter from the hard core criminals heartwas totally gone by reading the word of God .some were looking for to end their punishment period to revenge with their enemies.Jesus made them to love all, Pardon all, Pray ofr all, Bless all.
Bible Thomas
President, Gideon s Local Camp ,delhi


Anthony October 7, 2015 at 6:12 am

Thank you for your work for the Gospel in Delhi, India!


Gene Sedy September 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

I, too have used this testimony in presentations at churches in our area. Isaiah 55:11 is often exemplified in a way that only God can ordain. To some, these occurrences seem too hard to believe; I have found my faith to be strengthened by such testimonies. The words in Isaiah 55:11 are not just ink on paper; they come alive time and time again. God is faithful beyond our comprehension.

Praise God for Gideons everywhere and the churches that support us.


Marcelo A. Cobrador September 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Praise be to the living GOD! thank you very much for all the members and donors who continue to give and provide their resources to propagate the words of GOD to bring the people men and women, boys and girls to the saving knowledge of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.



Dieudonné BIABAK September 22, 2011 at 8:36 am

Un miracle par hélicoptère:
Gloire à Jésus-Christ pour son grand amour!
Élie était nourri par des corbeaux voici un villageois que le Seigneur nourrit d’une manière merveilleuse au 21è S.


Ludge Sarco October 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm

What an amazing God we have and what a unique ministry we are involve in as Gideons. Thanks for the testimony. It is sure to warm the hearts of the faithful Gideons and surely a must to share with churches for them to be blessed.


Hyacinthe RANDRIAMBOLOLONA November 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Merci mon Dieu Vous etes fidele et bonnes courages a tous les gedeons et auxilliaires que DIEUsoit avec nous


Helen Titiriga January 6, 2012 at 5:00 am

I know from some of my own experiences that God works in mysterious ways – I know that they are not explainable – each one has been a decision of my heart to believe – and because I believed – my faith keeps growing. I can truly say that with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.


Danny Jackson February 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I use this very same story I use as the “attention getter” in my Church presentations for the Gideons in Kentucky. I usually throw a Testament as an opening and then go into the presentation of “The Bible that fell from the Sky”. Talk about waking a few of the congregration up !! It is such a joy to bring some excitement about our Lord Jesus to a Sunday morning fellowship. It’s been a joy to serve our Lord for the two years I have been in the Gideons International !!!


Jim Taylor May 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Wonderful opening sequence to get the attention of the Congregation.

Jim Taylor


Jim Campbell March 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Paul in I Corinthians 3:6 tells us, “I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” We sow God’s Holy Word, but only our LORD knows whose life will be touched by the “Seed” we sow.


Lloyd Conrad May 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Thank you for all of these precious testimonies from around the world. My wife (Helen) and I have been serving with the Gideons since 1990 (Lloyd) in Dodge City and Wichita, Ks. We have been so blessed by the knowledge that the boxes of New Testamesnts we send each year via the Faith Fund are reaching people in 194 countries. We so thank God for the “much fruit” they are producing. All glory to God and thanks to all the Gideons and Auxiliary members in those countries. Praise God!


Andrew G. Mwangi October 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

As a member of the Gideons in my country Kenya am impressed by the testimonies which are a real proof that our our Lord’s miracles will never cease.


Wayne Robbins December 15, 2012 at 1:19 am



Celia Profeta May 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Meu marido faz parte dos primeiros Gideôes no Brasil. Conhecemos lindos testemunhos de pessoas que se entregaram ao Senhor Jesus depois de receberem um Novo Testamento. Esta história é linda! vou conta-la aos companheiros na proxima reunião do nosso campo aqui em São Paulo, Brasil. As respostas que Deus nos dá são sempre assim : antes de pedir…para na hora, ser imediata a resposta! que Deus maravilhoso nós temos ! precisamos trabalhar para que muitos mais recebam a Palavra antes do retorno do Senhor! Ao trabalho!!!!!


porno poufiasse June 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Sublime poste, persistez comme cela


Robert B. September 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm



Bill Bentley November 22, 2014 at 8:25 am

A truly inspiring story! We should all use this in our testimonies! It shows how our glorious Father turns all circumstances – favorable and unfavorable to perform His Glorious Task of spreading the Gospel of Salvation to people scattered in the remotest parts of the earth! Such powerful testimonies galvanize us to serve Him in ever-growing faith and joy!


Tommy Davis March 11, 2015 at 9:35 am

I have used this testimony many times in my Gideon report to a church. I always make a comment that even though this testimony seems dramatic, your testimony is just as dramatic to you and can be used to reach someone for Christ.


Siddartha May 30, 2015 at 7:53 am

Such a nice story and it looks from the story that god is still working through His Word in the ministry of the Gideons. Thank you for all of these precious myths from around the world.


RAJA RAO SEELAM March 5, 2016 at 12:24 am

it is terrific real story.witnessing of his experience and 30 fishermen also believed the god is Jesusin. I am really inspired and also wonderful message to the church and congregation
..as per isaiah 55:11 -never return god”s word.

thank you. god bless all


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