Testimonies Of How God’s Word Has Prevented Suicide

by The Gideons International on August 14, 2012

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one million people die from suicide each year. The problem is a global one and affects all age groups.

Over the years, we have received many testimonies from people who had contemplated suicide, some just seconds away from the act. But their plans changed when they came across a copy of God’s Word placed through The Gideons International.

We praise God for how He uses Scriptures placed by our members to prevent people from taking their lives and instead, turning their lives around to bring Him glory.

Here are just a few of those testimonies:

Seconds Away From Pulling The Trigger

Teri was a single mom working a full time job – life was tough. She believed her life was meaningless and was spiraling downhill. When she looked in the mirror she saw a failure. Having reached the bottom, she found herself sitting in a dark closet with a pistol and planning to end her life. In desperation she cried out loud to God, “If for some reason I should not end my life right here right now, you need to do something.”

Just then her son burst through the front door of their home shouting, “Momma, Momma, come look what I have.”

Teri put the pistol away, composed herself as much as possible and walked out to meet her son. He was waving a New Testament he had received from a Gideon after school that day.

“A Gideon was listening and doing God’s will, though he had no idea that a life was literally seconds away from eternity,” says Teri. That day she and her son opened God’s Word together and began the journey of faith.

A Torn Page From God’s Word Becomes A Life Preserver

A young woman in Ukraine was in great despair and planned to drown herself. As she walked along the channel, a breeze was blowing and what she thought was a leaf blew up into her face. It turned out to be a page from the Psalms that had been ripped out of a Gideon-placed New Testament.

She read about a merciful God and the words gave her hope, so she sought out some Christians and accepted Christ as her Savior. She now shares her testimony in churches.

God’s Word Gives A Prisoner New Life

While in prison, Andy decided to take his own life. His situation had become so hopeless, he had lost the will to live.

One evening, he sat in his cell waiting for the day shift to change over to their nighttime colleagues. It would be then that he would put a noose around his neck, fix it up at the window, and let himself hang to death.

But then a quiet voice spoke to him saying, “Just read that Bible.” On the shelf sat a Bible provided by The Gideons International. His mind answered immediately, “What good is that going to do me?” Again the voice replied, “Just read that Bible.” Andy opened the Bible and started to read. At the parable of the prodigal son, tears started to flow. His hopelessness disappeared. And in the prison chapel that Sunday, Andy gave his life to Jesus.

In a letter to The Gideons International, Andy finished his testimony with these words: “The Gideons supplied the Bible that had been placed in that cell in the hope that lost work in prisons does make a difference. I’m proof. I pray my testimony encourages you in your vital work.”

Read more testimonies of how Scriptures provided through The Gideons International saved people from ending their lives.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob Ward August 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

The lost are found and the found grow!


Rick Coleman August 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Our great God reaches people in miraculous ways at their moment of need. He changes lives and gives solid hope for the future. I hate to think where I would be tonight if it were not for the hope that God placed in my mind and heart 33 years ago. He gave me compassion for the lost souls I would confront every day during my work. The Wonder of It All- the fact that God loves me!


mathivanan somu August 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

God’s word is only remedy for all human beings in this world. Praise be to God for His unique word!


Audrey Bruner August 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

I to am amazed at how God uses the Bibles placed in the world by Gideons. Our camp praises God each month at our monthly meeting for his Love, Grace, Mercy and Forgivness of sin and intervens to save those who call on his name.

May many more be saved as we strive to exceed our goal for scriptures placed around the world this year.

God is Great, Praise His Holy Name!


Lourdes August 15, 2012 at 9:03 pm

We always pray that more souls would know the Lord Jesus by reading His words.
May God bless Us!


Jeffrey August 18, 2012 at 12:45 am

Great testimonies, but it looks like The Gideons wants the praise instead of giving it to The Lord… to say ” the Gideons” so many times in a few testimonies makes it look like that… but nevertheless great stories, keep up the good work.


Robert Byumanine September 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

God is Good all the Time.
Thank you God for your goodness.


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