I Thank God for the Gideon Ministry
This morning, Mr. Ken Pickle is with us representing Gideons International. Virtually every year I’ve been in the ministry, I begin my 24th year this very day actually, every time I get a call from the local Gideons representative asking for a few minutes in worship, I always give an enthusiastic, “Absolutely!” There’s a very simple and elementary reason I say yes. It’s because I believe deep in my heart that the Gideons all around the world do some of the most important, indispensable, life-changing, soul-feeding work that anyone does for the Kingdom of God anywhere.
This morning, we welcome you Ken and we thank you and all the dedicated men (and women) around the world who call themselves Gideons (or Auxiliary Gideons) for putting the word of God into the hands of people. You never know how or when the word of God is going to touch and save a soul, but it surely does. The Gideons know that. That’s why they’re so inexhaustibly committed to doing what they do. After the service, let’s all be sure to drop a few dollars (or more if you are able) into the basket as you leave. In this way, you and I can participate in the glorious, Good News work called Gideons.
Look at these amazing Word-of-God facts about the Gideons:
*Gideons International was founded in 1899 and began distributing the word of God in 1908.
*Gideons is the oldest association of Christian businessmen and professional men in the United States of America.
*Gideons have placed or distributed more than 1.7 billion complete Bibles and New Testaments in more than 190 countries around the world.
*In some countries, Gideons are able to establish local groups where traditional missionaries aren’t allowed to go.
*Gideons distribute Bibles and New Testaments to students in the 5th grade and above, and to prisoners, police, fire, medical, and military personnel.
*There are over 287,000 Gideons and Auxiliary members (wives of Gideons) in more than 10,000 local groups worldwide.
*700 million Bibles and New Testaments were distributed in just the last 10 years.
*More than 84 million copies of God's Word were distributed last year.
*On average, more than two copies of God's Word are distributed per second.
*Over one million Bibles and New Testaments are distributed every 4.5 days.
That’s a lot of Word of God! Thank Ken this morning when you see him and give as you can to support the great Gideon ministry.
Your Pastor and Friend, Mark