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Scripture blitz
Madagascar and Spain: Two Blitzes, One Purpose

In the two International Scripture Blitzes that were complete opposites on many levels, God worked through Gideons and Auxiliary to accomplish a single purpose: sharing the Gospel.

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Featured Article
In the Shadow of Death

William Funchess was serving as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army when he was taken captive as a POW in 1950 in North Korea. Night approached and a bitter cold began to settle in. As William shivered in the darkness, he felt something in his chest pocket. It was a New Testament bearing the Gideon emblem. 

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guest contributor
Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation

From 35 years of experience as a pastor to 35 self-authored books in print, Robert J. Morgan has a passion for God's Word. His most recent work focuses on Biblical meditation and why this discipline is important for believers. Read more from Morgan's perspective in this guest blog.

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Testimony
A Building Collapses and a New Life is Built

Laymon was working on a construction site in Arkansas when a building collapsed, injuring him and killing two men by his side. While recovering in a hospital bed, Laymon encountered the truth of the Gospel through a Gideon-placed Bible. Here is Laymon's story, in his own words.

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Scripture Blitz
"Dios Te Ama" (God Loves You)

The history of Guatemala bears many scars, brought by years of conflict imposed from within and without, but the people have shown impressive resilience and potential. Specifically, the Christian faith has remained strong in Guatemala, and the people are eager for more of the Gospel.

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Carlos Daniel Vasquez in prison with a New Testament
Testimony
Freedom Behind Bars

On March 16, 2017, Gideons in the Dominican Republic participated in a distribution at a police station. After providing each officer with a New Testament, the Gideons received permission to distribute New Testaments and speak to prisoners being held at the police station.

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Inspirational
He is Risen

When Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion – agreeing to carry out His Father’s will though it included measureless agony – He thought not just of His approaching death, nor His faithless disciples, nor the cruel betrayal of a friend.

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Jimmy Fortune on Guitar
Testimony
A Voice and a Vision

Jimmy began to show musical inclination from a young age, and in time began to reveal a great talent. His voice and skill with a guitar developed with each small, local performance. While many genres have informed his taste and style, Gospel music was his first love. The messages contained within Gospel were foundational in both Jimmy’s career and Christian faith.

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Testimony
From Restlessness to Rest

I had given my life to Jesus as Lord and Savior some years before, and I was growing more committed to living out my faith. I continually prayed, “Lord, what will it mean for me to be fully committed to You?” Still, I remained restless within. I had known for some time I was being called in a different direction. However, I seemed powerless to move ahead.

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Praise in a Storm

During the 2017 Auxiliary Presidents Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Katie McCormick received distressing news. In a text from her daughter-in-law, Jill, she learned an outbreak of tornadoes in southwest South Carolina had wrought devastation on their family’s farm. Katie immediately called to make sure everyone was OK. “I can’t talk,” said Jill amidst the sounds and screams in the background. “We are trying to get out of the house. Everything is torn up. Please come home.”

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Testimony
A Suicidal Veteran Finds Everlasting Hope

When Ray woke up that cold, overcast winter morning in Appleton, Wisconsin, he wished he hadn’t. He lay in bed thinking life was no longer worth living. The 52-year-old Army veteran had become addicted to the prescription medications he was taking for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and he was struggling with alcohol abuse.

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Testimony
Faith in Flight

Captain “Siva” Sivaraman began flying planes at 18, and the young pilot’s talent was sought out early by Malaysia Airlines. As his promising career unfolded, his job regularly placed him in hotels. Over time, he began to take notice of the Bibles frequently found in these rooms, and he grew curious. As he began to read, the words spoke to him. “It was like a voice calling to me,” he said. Captain Siva began to encounter God slowly, yet steadily, through the Gideon-placed Bibles he returned to on many quiet, solitary nights.

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Featured Article
Everest: A Journey of Faith

In addition to his passion for sharing God’s Word, 71-year-old Les Connell has a love for climbing mountains. Last September, that thirst for adventure put Les on the journey of a lifetime.

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Testimony
A Pocket Full of Power

I grew up in Northern Virginia, in a town called Manassas. I had loving parents who did everything in their power to raise me and my siblings right; they just didn’t take us to church. I remember making wrong decisions so many times growing up. I was a bad kid – a liar, addict, alcoholic, and blasphemer.

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Testimony
Raised in a Family of Substance Abuse

He was selling drugs by 12, and collecting money for other drug dealers by 17. After committing several crimes and running from the law, he was arrested. During his time in prison, Pat was visited by a Gideon.

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Testimony
I Wanted to be a Missionary

When I was a child, I wanted to be a missionary. I thought it would be great to tell others about Jesus and to help people get to heaven through those efforts. However, that didn’t work out, and I’ve only been on one mission trip in my lifetime. It was a great experience that helped me appreciate what I had, and it deepened my desire to help others find salvation, but I still didn’t know how to approach strangers and ask them if they knew Jesus.

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TESTIMONY
I Didn't Care if I Lived or Died

From an early age, Ryan Reis was exposed to the allure of sin. As a young adult, he found himself far from God. Temptation grabbed hold of him, and Ryan followed it to extremes. Ryan was thriving in his career, experiencing every comfort and worldly pleasure, but he was decaying within.

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TESTIMONY
Serving the Lord, While Serving up Great Food

If you’re driving through Crossville, Tennessee, and ask locals to recommend a great spot for delicious barbecue, they will likely point you to Lefty’s Barbecue. Lefty’s is owned by Bill Sanders, a faithful Christian. Bill also serves in the Crossville Camp of The Gideons International.

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Blitz
The 2016 Haiti International Scripture Blitz

Weeks before traveling to Haiti, Tim McCormick was standing in the middle of New York City’s Times Square hoping for a personal witnessing opportunity to share the Gospel with someone who did not know Jesus. Even with thousands of people all around, the 58-year-old poultry breeder from Blackville, South Carolina, was still challenged to find anyone there who would stop long enough to talk.

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History
The Christmas Eve When Gideon Scriptures Circled The Moon

On Christmas Eve of 1968, people throughout the world were watching a historic event unfold before their eyes. They were also listening to the three men at the center of that event, as they shared a message for all mankind.

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 INSPIRATIONAL
Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men

Christmas provides the counter-cultural opportunity to simplify. Before we sought any comforts of the world, we were sought first.

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Blitz
An Urban Harvest

New York City can be a place of unpredictability. Almost nothing is unheard of in this dynamic center of world influence and contrast. When a team of Gideons participated in a Metropolitan Scripture Blitz to the city earlier this year, the experience matched the reputation of the city in excitement and wonder.

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HOTEL/MOTEL
The Hotel Bible Placement That Made History

In the early 1900s, a railroad expansion into Superior opened a new route for more goods and people to flow in and out of town. One of the people working on that expansion project was Archie Bailey, an accountant for a railroad contractor. Archie was a regular guest at the Superior Hotel. He was also a Gideon.

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Testimony
God's Word Lights Up The Holidays

Lowell “Bud” Paxton’s broadcasting career led him from radio to TV and the birth of the Home Shopping Network. He was flourishing, yet his business ventures kept him busy and away from home, so much that he did not realize his marriage was failing. On Christmas morning, 1986, at the height of his business success, Bud’s life hit rock bottom.

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Testimony
Light for Darkened Alleys

For many, the presence of sin in their lives is an idea that is staunchly resisted. After all, no one wishes to feel evil or desperate. But for others, the course of their life brings undeniable awareness of the severity of the human condition. Such is the framework for JC’s story.

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Testimony
At The Stairs

During a recent International Scripture Blitz, Gideons were distributing Scriptures at the National University of Mexico.

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Blitz
The 2016 Mexico International Scripture Blitz

As Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus Christ, Gideons go into the world sharing copies of God’s Word. During an International Scripture Blitz, such as the one that took place for two weeks this October in Mexico, local members as well as several members from around the world, distribute Scriptures and share their faith with others all day long.

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Member
Ride For Christ

Brent Young is a 54-year-old Gideon from Warsaw, Missouri. Like many of his fellow Gideons, he enjoys watching people come to Christ, handing out the Word of God, and hearing testimonies of how God is changing lives around the world. However, Young’s ministry is unique in one way – he operates from the saddle of a red Trek bicycle.

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Pastor
A Pastor Calls Churches to Unite in Prayer

In the middle of a worship service during the summer of 2016, Pastor Kenny received the breaking news of the shooting of five police officers in Dallas. Shocked and heartbroken, the pastor immediately shared the tragic news with the congregation and called upon the church to pray. “This killing has got to stop,” he told them.

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Testimony
The Power of A New Testament

Last week, Gideons conducted the 2016 Botswana International Scripture Blitz. Early counts place the total number of Scriptures distributed at around 70,000 copies of God’s Word. The blitz team members witnessed more than 700 people pray to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

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Hotel/Motel
A Road Trip Leads to a Hotel Bible

On a cold, dreary night in the 1970’s, a young hotel executive was driving to Washington, D.C. With his career taking off and in love with his future bride, one might think there was nothing Shahn Wilburn lacked. However, deep inside his heart, Shan knew something was missing. On that night, he began to ponder the question, “If I were to die, where would I spend eternity?”

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Member
Tragedy Inspires A Song

The song “God Will Make A Way” has been sung by millions during worship in churches throughout the world. And while you may know the song, what you may not know is the story behind it. The song was written by Don Moen, a Dove Award-winning songwriter in Nashville, TN whose songs and recordings have sold millions of copies.

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TESTIMONY
From Prisoner to Pastor

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Both my parents were heavily involved with drugs and alcohol. When I was younger, my mom took us to church, but that soon ended…

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TESTIMONY
A Case of Miracles

The hallways of James Buchanan High School are filled with students representing small-town life in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Like most high school students, some strive for excellence in the classroom, while others push their limits on the field. Then there are those like Violet Clark—enthusiastic, a dreamer—those who exude joy and a heart for the Lord in everything they do.

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MILITARY
Equipping the World's Military for Spiritual Battle

As Christians, we are all called into a spiritual battle. Ours is a fight for the hearts of men, women, boys, and girls. By sharing God’s Word with the military, Gideons are equipping servicemen and servicewomen with the greatest weapon of all.

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HOTEL/MOTEL
A Welcome Comfort To Hotel Guests

A single copy of God’s Word in a hotel room has the potential to touch up to 2,300 lives during its six-year life span. Over the years, we have received countless testimonies from individuals who have encountered these Bibles and whose lives have been forever changed as a result.

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GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Room For Love

The most familiar words in all the letters to the Corinthians lie in 1 Corinthians 13. In an effort to remind ourselves of the impact of these truths, consider these verses and themes Paul writes about to the church in Corinth.

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Featured Story
A Life of Ministry

Jason and Paula Hall became members of The Gideons International in 2005. They joined with a desire to impact lives with the Gospel. Along the way, they discovered ministry had a way of making just as big an impact on their lives as well.

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Featured Article
Awakening in Nyeri

Deep in the Central Highlands of Southwestern Kenya, two lone men sat on the side of a steep mountain road. Their truck had lost its hard-fought battle against the road’s spongy orange clay, and it rested idly a few feet away from them, useless.

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Featured Article
Ministry Behind Bars

Gideons and Auxiliary have been distributing Scriptures to those in jails and prisons since 1916. No matter what the circumstances, there has always been a passion to get God’s Word behind bars.

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