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.