Thank you very much to all who have been praying into this situation and to those who have helped share the call for prayer around the world.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray…” 2 Chronicles 7:14
We want to share with you the response received from Hilton following an email sent to them on Friday requesting clarification as to their policy regarding Gideon Bibles. Hilton’s response was received on Friday evening so it has been encouraging to see how promptly Hilton have dealt with this matter.
We won’t quote the entire email received from Hilton but here are some very important and significant extracts:
I have taken extra time to review your letter and my reply on this subject.
Besides that I stated that we are driving to the reduction of printed material in our guestrooms, we (Hilton Brand or Hilton Worldwide) have not issued a specific instruction to remove any Gideon bibles from our guest rooms. At the same time, we are supporting the management of our environmental footprint better, in line with our environmental policy.
Reference on: “the decision of what is placed in the rooms are solely up to the brand management team of that location”…besides that we are mindful of our management on the environmental footprint – each hotel and its management can decide how to execute on this approach. This also includes placement of printed materials like the Gideon bible in a guest room which is at the individual property’s discretion.
Our team members in the hotel do work very hard to serve a range of requests from our guests – either pre-arrival and/or during their stay – if there is a request for a bible, I have not heard that this request was not served. If so – we can work on this.
As stated in previous Blogs, we must continue to promote the ‘Help keep a Gideon Bible in hotel rooms’ campaign:
“With God we shall gain the victory.” Psalm 60:12
Just as we took time to pray let us also take time to give thanks to the Lord for HIS unfailing love and faithfulness. As you read this please pause and give thanks to the Lord…and keep praying that all hotels will be open to receiving Gideon Bibles.