Gideons And Auxiliary Share God’s Word During USA Scripture Blitzes This April

by The Gideons International on April 29, 2016

Cincinnati blitz 2016

One of the thousands of students who received a Scripture during the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Scripture blitz

In April, Gideons and Auxiliary placed copies of God’s Word into the open hands of tens of thousands of people during metropolitan Scripture blitzes in Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky and Fort Worth, Texas.

Reaching the lost by serving in distributions like these are why Christian business men and their wives join The Gideons International. During these blitzes, Gideons and Auxiliary share God’s Word at a variety of approved locations including schools, universities, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, medical offices, and jails.

Gideons in Cincinnati unload boxes of Scriptures as they prepare for the Scripture blitz

Gideons in Cincinnati unload boxes of Scriptures as they prepare for the Scripture blitz

The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky blitz was carried out by 336 Gideons and 147 Auxiliary from seven different states. More than 126,000 Scriptures were distributed, passing the blitz goal of 125,000 Scriptures.

“Almost a year of planning has seen results in an awesome and tremendous way,” said Dr. Glenn Casteel, a Gideon who served in the blitz.

Within two hours of receiving a copy of God’s Word from Gideons in Cincinnati, a police officer was able to use the Scripture to witness to a victim in a domestic abuse incident he was investigating. He told Gideons he was able to share some verses from the New Testament with the victim while she was being cared for in the hospital. “Through her tears she asked me if she could have that New Testament,” says the officer. He gave the Scripture to her and watched as she signed the Scripture’s decision page indicating she wanted to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

A student reads the New Testament she received from Gideons in Cincinnati

A student reads the New Testament she received from Gideons in Cincinnati

Overall, people were very receptive to Gideons sharing Scriptures with them. During Gideons’ distributions to the next generation at the University of Cincinnati, several students were so moved by the Gideons’ faithfulness in sharing God’s Word that they stopped and prayed over the distribution teams.

Auxiliary member Mary Ann Fickenwirth expressed her gratitude for the experience of serving with other the Auxiliary in the blitz. “As we prayed, organized, talked with drop-in’s, packed lunches, shared our lives, and laughed, we grew closer as women in service. I sincerely thank our Lord for that opportunity.”

Fort Worth, Texas was the location of another Scripture blitz. There were concerns about the weather. The local weather forecast called for an 80-90% chance of rain on Monday and Tuesday, the main two days of the blitz. 

“The Lord showed His power and faithfulness regarding the weather,” says Glenn Doughty, a Gideon who served in the blitz. The blitz team lifted a number of prayers to the Lord regarding the looming clouds. 

“Although we did have a few sprinkles on those days, the rain seemed to go around the area,” says Doughty. “It did not inhibit the distribution of His Word. In fact, the clouds probably helped keep the temperatures at a comfortable level.”

Gideons were sharing copies of God’s Word on the campus at the University of North Texas when a woman began to talk with a Gideon named Sam. After some discussion, the lady expressed she was having fears of dying, following the recent death of one of her own friends.

“I asked if we could sit down on the nearby bench so I could share what was in the New Testaments we were handing out,” says Sam. The woman agreed.

Sam then led the woman to the verses in the back of the Testament.

“You do not need to be afraid of dying if you know you are going to be with God in Heaven when you die,” he told her.

He then read to her the verses in the plan of salvation that reveal how we can be assured of receiving eternal salvation when we accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins. In response, the woman prayed aloud to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

By the end of the blitz, an estimated 140,000 Scriptures were placed and distributed in the Fort Worth area.

We thank our Gideons and Auxiliary for their faithfulness in serving in these blitzes. And we thank all our supporting pastors and their church members whose prayers and gifts helped make these blitzes possible. Most of all, we praise God for each and every single Scripture distributed and for these early testimonies. Please pray there will be many more testimonies to come.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Bill Reedy April 29, 2016 at 5:28 pm

awesome! To God be the glory

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Don Roy April 29, 2016 at 6:39 pm

I pray that every Bible will be a strong influence on the people’s lives

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Misael G. Sanoy April 29, 2016 at 8:16 pm

I pray that when the Bible blitz takes place in the Orlando, Florida area that I will be able to participate in spite of my being wheelchair-bound. Praise the Lord for such wonderful opportunity to spread the Word of GOD. To GOD be the glory!

Misael G. Sanoy
Orlando North Camp

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Katherine Boyette-Cipielewski April 29, 2016 at 10:28 pm

So pleased that God continues to provide us his scriptures in time of need for all who are willing to accept him and I rejoice in his mighty ways!

God bless all Gideon’s for being willing to be used by God.

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JOHN WAGUDE April 30, 2016 at 2:49 am

May God the Almighty bless the Ministry of Gideon in order to quicken the second coming of our Lord Jesus to establish His Kingdom which will ultimately solve the problems and suffering of mankind for ever.

Good work.

JOHN WAGUDE

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Bill Bentley April 30, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Very inspiring to know that 140,000 scriptures were distributed. One Christian sows, another waters, and God gives the increase!

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Waynereynolds May 3, 2016 at 8:01 am

Prase God .

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