Friday Blessing

I was doing a Gideon presentation at Cherith Christian Fellowship in Wycombe last week and there was a man in his 30s loitering about outside before the service. He was looking at the notice board then wandered off before coming back to the board. He was approached by one of the elders to try and help. The man said he doesn’t go to church and had not been in one since childhood but he asked, “what’s it about today anyway?” When he was told that it was a talk about The Gideons, he replied that he had heard of them and so would come in to the service.

He sat there very attentive all throughout the service and afterwards he spoke at length to the elder who had invited him in. He was then pointed in my direction and, after quite a chat, he prayed with me and gave his heart to the Lord! Praise God! I thought you would be encouraged and blessed by that – I certainly was!

Every blessing

Andrew, Member of the Bucks South Branch of The Gideons

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Friday Blessing

Dear Gideons,

Yesterday [18 June] I was baptised and had the opportunity to share the story of how God brought me to Him. A key part of this story was reading a Gideons New Testament that I was given at school, through which God showed me the truth.

I’d like to thank you for providing me with a copy of God’s Word, which truly is His power to save lives.

I hope this example of God’s work in my life encourages you to continue providing copies of God’s Holy Word to people all over the world.

I pray that God will continue to strengthen you in this wonderful work that you are doing.

In Christ,

Rose

Friday Blessing

Bible Helps

As a child I grew up in a home where faith wasn’t really discussed. My closest interaction with faith was the fact that I attended the nearest primary school to our house, a Church of England School. I always believed in God but had no real source of information, no one around me was a Christian to ask.

I am not sure if it was my primary school where I inherited ‘my little red New Testament and Psalms Gideon book’ (judging by my very childish handwriting most probably) but that little red book was to be my go to guide all throughout my childhood, my teens, and has continued to be my go to guide ever since!

It was that little red book that really brought me closer to God and connected me to Christianity when I had no one else to tell me about Jesus. In my early teens I started attending church with a school friend but a serious road accident that my church friends were in meant most of my friends were hospitalised. I fell away from attending my newly discovered church whilst they recovered in hospital.

But I still had my little red book!

The book took me through various aspects of my life – if I felt lonely, or afraid, or even if I needed to find a job – there would be a quick go to guide at the front of the book!

Years on and I’m now a regular church attending Christian, working in a church and singing the Gospel as part of a trio. Now with more than a few Bibles in my household I still use my Gideons New Testament and I use it to give others a verse when they are in need. Sitting in the busy reception of a church I often see many who are going through something!

I like to take my little red book on holiday, in fits just nice in my suitcase. The simplicity of the Gideons book really meant that even before I gathered the courage to attend a church I had somewhere to go and that simplicity still encourages me to find a verse for myself or others.

The Gideons book for me is more than just a little red book. It was the only place I could learn about Jesus and I have used it to tell more than a few others about Jesus too!

God bless you and your amazing simple but simply amazing ministry.

Juliette

St John Ambulance Celebration Service

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Cadets and Officers of St John Ambulance with their Gideon New Testaments (photo used with parental permission obtained by St John Ambulance)

Earlier this year, a service was held at Bentley Pentecostal Church to celebrate 40 years of the St John Ambulance in the villages of Arksey and Bentley near Doncaster. The St John Ambulance group was started originally in Arksey 40 years ago and then moved to Bentley Pentecostal Church around three years ago.

Stephen Anderson, Elder at the Church and Vice Chairman of the Gideons Doncaster Branch says, “We were delighted to be able to help our friends at St John with the use of our Church Community Centre and have enjoyed a good relationship with them which has included joint services together at Christmas and Easter. At the request of the St John Officers, the service included hymns, prayer and modern worship songs led by members of the church worship team.

Gideons have presented Bibles at previous awards ceremonies and were asked if Bibles could be presented at this very special celebration. Thanks to the great help of the team at the Gideons National Office and the kind permission from St John HQ, we were able to provide special celebration New Testaments. These were green to match the St John uniform with their crest printed in gold on the front and the Brigade prayer inside.

The Cadets and Officers received awards from St John for their progress and achievements and Stephen presented Bibles to each one. He was also asked to give a short message focused on the first line of the St John Oath of Chivalry taken by all Officers and Cadets which states, ‘To Serve God’.

Janet Havenhand, the Officer in charge of the St John group was there at the very beginning 40 years ago and received a special Presentation Bible also with the St John Ambulance crest on the front. A second Presentation Bible was sent to be on display in the St John Museum to commemorate the event. The Gideons in Doncaster, along with the Bentley Pentecostal Church, look forward to continuing this relationship with St John Ambulance in the coming months and years.

Submitted by Stephen and Ann Anderson, Doncaster Branch of The Gideons

Friday Blessing

Veterans Testaments

When I was going into the hospital in Irvine, Ayrshire to visit my wife Susan, I was wearing my Veterans Badge and as I was walking down the corridor this man called Joe spotted my badge and said, “Hi! What mob were you in?” Meaning which Regiment was I in. I told him I was in The Royal Scots Fusiliers and asked which Regiment he belonged to and he told me he was part of REME (Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers).

I said to him, “Before you go I would like to give you this” and I gave him a copy of the Gideons Veterans New Testament & Psalms. I explained to Joe about the Helps section and the Daily Readings at the front of the Testament as well as the Veterans Prayer inside the back pages. I then said that while we are here at the back of the book, if you should make a decision to follow Jesus as your personal Saviour, you can fill in your name and the date in the commitment page. Joe thanked me and went on his way.

Later I met another man named Henry and he also spotted my Veterans Badge and came out with the same question, “What mob were you in?” Again I told him, just as I had done with Joe and he told me he was with a Landing Craft Unit at Normandy. And so the next day I took along another copy of the Veterans Testament and I gave it to him and explained everything I had told Joe.

The next day, before I arrived at the hospital, Henry had spoken to Joe and thanked him for his Veterans New Testament and said how he hadn’t realised there was so much in it, “what a great book” he told Joe.

When I arrived, Joe came up to me and passed on what Henry had told him earlier. I don’t know how Henry had mistook Joe for me but I think it could be down to our similar haircuts, bald and short!

Henry also said he would continue to study it and see what more he could get out of it. So Praise THE LORD and please pray for Joe and Henry.

God bless

Sam Rodger, Ayrshire North Branch of The Gideons

Friday Blessing – “Read the Word”

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Pictured is Ronnie, who celebrated his 90th birthday on 1 April 2017

Ronnie, a ninety year old Christian friend, told me recently about an experience he had over 45 years ago when he was attending the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast to have his annual check up following an ear operation. For some time he had also been suffering with both vertigo and tinnitus. When he arrived at the hospital, he collapsed when he was just about to see the consultant. Consequently, he was admitted for observation and treatment.

As he did not have his own Bible with him, he opened the bedside locker and found a Gideon New Testament & Psalms in a bracket on the inside of the door. While lying in bed on his back with his eyes closed, he had a panic attack. He had the Bible on his chest when he clearly heard a voice in his head saying, “Read the Word. Read the Word. Read the Word.”

Ronnie ventured to open one eye and found he could focus without the vertigo causing him problems. He then opened the other eye with the same result. He instantly opened the Gideon New Testament & Psalms and his eyes fell on Romans chapter 8 verses 15-18. He found verse 18 especially comforting, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Ever since this experience, throughout his life Ronnie has returned to this passage of Scripture for assurance and comfort.

Ronnie says, “I shall never forget the blessing I received through reading that Gideon New Testament & Psalms while I was in hospital.” As his sight is now failing, he recently received an Ultra Large Print Gideon New Testament & Psalms for which he is extremely grateful.

Submitted by Sam McEwen, Down North Branch of The Gideons

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“Dear Friends,

In 2013 my family and I travelled to England from the United States for vacation. I chose not to take my Bible with me because of limited space in my luggage.

After several days without any contact with the Word of God, I was feeling very down and discouraged. When we checked into a hotel in London, I was delighted to find a Gideon Bible which I read excitedly!

Thank you for your work encouraging the body of Christ and bringing lost souls to salvation.

May God bless you richly for all you do!

Valerie Fountain

Mississippi, United States”

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Easter Blessing

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Hi folks,

I’ve been going through a black time in recent months. I was staying in a hotel in London last week and I hope you don’t mind but I took your very special book home with me.

Wow. After the first 12 pages I can now see the sunshine and smell the fresh spring flowers. Thank you so much for opening my crying eyes. Please forward details of where I can make a donation.

Once again thank you,

Michael

God is at work in this world. Share the Good News this Easter.

During the Easter period, around 25,000 New Testaments & Psalms will be handed to members of the public at Easter events around the country by Gideon members. Inside the New Testament is a special Easter bookmark pointing people to the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Please pray for many opportunities for Gideon members to witness this Easter. Pray that people will read the Good News and, like Michael, their eyes will be opened to what Jesus has done for them through His ultimate sacrifice on the cross and that they will put their faith in Him.

We thank you all for your support and we wish you a very blessed Easter.

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#PrayForLondon

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On Wednesday, three members of the Gideons National Office Team were travelling through London on their way to a meeting in Kent. Sat on the London Underground between Euston Station and Charing Cross, one lady spotted the Gideon badge on our jackets and began sharing her story with us.

She was on holiday in the Lake District many years ago where she was involved in a serious car crash. Luckily, or so she thought, she was totally unharmed. When she got back to her hotel room she opened the drawer by her bedside and took out the Bible, placed there by The Gideons. She opened it on Psalm 34 where she read, “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” Psalm 34:19-20

It was at that moment she gave her life to the Lord. She realised it was not luck that helped her survive.

Of the millions of people to pass through London that day, we were sat next to this lady. We were so grateful to God for this encouragement at the outset of a busy day.

Less than a mile from where we left this lady at Charing Cross was a stark reminder that day of how much we need the protection of our Saviour.

Wednesday 22 March 2017 was also the day that London, the UK, and the world witnessed a terrible attack on Westminster and on our nation. Please join us in praying for our nation and those affected by Wednesday’s terrorist attack:

  • pray for those who lost loved ones in the attack
  • pray for those who were injured
  • pray for our Prime Minister, Theresa May, and Leaders of Government
  • pray for those who follow evil ways and seek to inflict violence on others that they would find Jesus
  • pray for peace to fill our nation

We live in a world of evil and darkness but we serve a Risen King who has the victory over evil and darkness.

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Hello

I knew of the Gideon Bible but I have just discovered your website and realised you are an organisation that helps spread the Gospel by sharing the Word of God with people.

The Gideon Bible saved my life on 11 November 2003. I was at the lowest point in my life, I lost hope in everything and in the world. Absolutely nothing could renew my mind or give me hope.  I was given a Gideon Bibles outside Middlesex University in Enfield, London. I read the whole book of Matthew and no words can explain the calm feeling that flowed from inside me, I felt this peace that I have not felt in a long time and I had the best nights sleep ever. I woke up the next day full of confidence and hope, the key Scripture that has been my anchor in my life since that day is to “live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

My life has grown like a seed into a tree ever since. To keep my testimony short, I was told I would never have children but my faith has cured me and I am now blessed with two beautiful children, my son Jacob and my daughter Jada. My wife and I are truly blessed and we give all praise and glory to God and I thank Him for His power and wisdom that has renewed my mind and transformed my life from the inside out.

Thank you and God bless everyone involved in sharing the Word of God to the world. Now that I have found and discovered your organisation, I will now start supporting the work to help spread the Gospel.

God bless always,

Victor