Last Saturday night, I had the privilege of attending a Gideons support dinner to raise funds for Bible distribution in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Prior to the evening, my perception of Gideons had been positive yet limited. I knew they had a focus on placing Bibles in hotel rooms, but not how they were unashamedly presenting the clear concise gospel in “blitzes” across the globe. God has used and is using this ministry in a way that no local church can on its own. It is so encouraging to see that God’s word is changing lives and producing fruit. Consider this…
- Established in 1899.
- 187,039 Gideon members worldwide.
- Reaching over 185 countries.
- Over 1.6 billions Bibles distributed so far.
If you are suffering from the Elijah complex and feeling that God’s truth is being drowned out in an increasingly hostile world, then you need to explore what he is doing in the big picture. For me understanding the impact that God is making through para-church ministries like Gideons has put flesh on the promise that the gates of hell are not prevailing against the growth of his church. Yes, there is more to be done in evangelism. But being inspired by what God has accomplished will prepare us for future gospel sharing.