The Woman Who Saves Pennies To Get God’s Word To The Lost

by The Gideons International on June 3, 2011

In this video, you’ll meet Margie Howard, who is in her fourth decade of saving pennies to contribute to The Gideons International. She visited our headquarters this week and was gracious enough to share her story with us.

Margie’s efforts began back in the early 1980’s when she was attending a Gideon banquet in Ashland, Alabama with her late husband who was a pastor.

The Gideon speaker that night asked the question, ‘What can you get for a penny these days?’

The speaker went on to explain that while you couldn’t buy much for a penny at that time, a penny could actually cover the cost of a page of a Gideon Bible.

This inspired Margie. So she began saving her pennies and using them to contribute to The Gideons International to purchase Scriptures to be placed throughout the world.

Her efforts have even inspired others to contribute their pennies. And given that today, for $1.31 a copy, The Gideons International can get God’s Word into the hands of individuals who need Christ in their lives, it doesn’t take a whole lot of pennies to help make an eternal difference in someone’s life.

“A lot of times people in the checkout line, you know, they say, ‘Well, I’ve got a few pennies… I’ll give ‘em to you,” says Margie.

Margie says she knows the impact Christ has made in her life, and wants others to experience that for themselves. And what better way to do that than by getting God’s Word into the hands of the lost?

We thank Margie for her passion for sharing God’s Word and her commitment to making the most of every penny she comes across.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob Ward June 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Little is much when God is in it!


Tim Becker December 30, 2011 at 12:30 am

Labor not for wealth or fame, theres a crown and you will win it; if you trust in Jesus Name!


Todd Duff June 6, 2011 at 2:22 am

This would be a great thing to get the youth involved in our local churches. Just imagine what could happen.


Pat July 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Every “penny” given to the Gideons International goes a 100% to the purchase and distribution of bibles and testaments. Gideons and auxilliaries pay dues and that alone pays ALL of the adminstrative Overhead of the Gideon Ministry


john kellogg December 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Thanks for shareing these messages


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