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Every Christian who qualifies should join Gideons International!

Updated on March 10, 2009

What is Gideons International, and why would I want to join?

The Gideons International is an association of Christian business and professional men. It is international in scope. Membership is in The Gideons International, but each member is assigned to a local group called a camp. The local camp is more than a fellowship. The members encourage each other in personal witnessing for the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture placement work is also done as a local group and in cooperation with the local churches. Therefore, the need is for men of good report and good standing who can participate in the work. For this reason the standards of the membership need to be kept high.

Article 2 of the Constitution of the Association states:

"The object of the Gideons is to win others for the Lord Jesus Christ, through: (a) the association of Christian business and professional men for service; (b) personal testimony and personal work by individual Gideons; (c) placing the bible - God's Holy Word - or portions thereof, in hotels, hospitals, schools, institutions, and also through the distribution of same for personal use."

The following is Article 3 quoted from the Constitution of the Association:

"The membership shall consist of business and professional men*, except clergymen, who believe in the Bible as the inspired Word of God, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God, have received Him as their personal Saviour, endeavor to follow Him in their daily life, and who are members in good standing of an evangelical or Protestant church, congregation or assembly."

Article 1, Section 2 of the Bylaws states:

"Any business or professional man who shall qualify under Article 3 of the Constitution, except those engaged in the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages, and except those engaged in a business the character of which is inconsistent with accepted Christian standards, is leigible for membership in this Association."

* Responsibility for defining these terms for the purpose of Gideon membership is assigned to the International Cabinet under Article 4 of the constitution.

For more information on how to become a member or to have a Gideons presentation at your church visit -

http://www.gideons.org

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      Anonymous 2... 2 months ago

      I was a Gideon clear up to 2009, when the Lord called me to be an ordained chaplain & minister. Then my local camp politely told me I could no longer be a Gideon. Why not?

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      Joseph R 22 months ago

      Since I have been born again, I have been looking for a way to be obedient by spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Although I have started on a small scale, I am still not as courageous as I should be to everyone I come in contact with. So, I donate to organizations that get the work out there, and I am getting more comfortable in speaking to strangers each day.

      One Sunday a Gideon visited at our Church and spoke, and at the end of the service, my Pastor told me I should think about becoming a Gideon. Since then it has been on my mind constantly, so I am sure that is what God wants me to do.

      I am now moving forward with finding out the information I need to be able to become a Gideon, and this is the first place God sent me to on the internet, in answer to my question: "What must I do to become a Gideon?"

      Thank you.

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      Nancy 22 months ago

      I'm a woman, so I'm disqualified, too.

      I don't care anymore.

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      Jeff 24 months ago

      So a pastor can not join? Why?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i want to join Gideons International because i want to distribute bible to the unbelievers .i workded in bpo and i share about jesus to my friends and they really want to read the bible but i cannot aford to buy the bible ,so suddenly i came out my mind to join Gideons International .

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I want to join Gideons International to hear how God wonderfully bless His people ad to share it with my love ones

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I may be able to help if you have not already found your answer. I am the Camp president to Kinstree, SC Camp in Kingstree, SC USA. My e-mail is smgraham3@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

      Thanks,

      Sumter

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wanted to join Gideons. However, there is no Gideon International here in Kuala Lumpur. Please send me information on how to join. Thank you very much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      sweet

      I think its great that business men and professional men can serve God and have part in the gospel

      i have lived i two different countries and the gideon s where present working hard and making a difference.

      Im in college right now but i can't wait to finish my career and join the gideons

      it would be a great honor to serve at there side.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: There are many non-Christian business and professional associations all over the world and somehow nobody has any problem with it, so why not a Christian business and professional association. Christian business and professional men decided to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. So far, with God's blessing they have done outstanding service: over 1.6 billion Bibles and Scriptures distributed in 194 countries and 94 languages. All that service, time and Scriptures given and distributed for free, yet someone had to pay for all these.. Jerry, do you see anything wrong with it?

      God's color palette of ministries is very rich, varied and vibrant but they are there not for competition or judgement. There are many other Christian associations and ministries out there: doctors, sportsmen, trades people, missionaries. etc; and not everybody can join every association. If you really want to serve the Lord, there is bound to be a Christian association or a ministry group you can join; just allow the Lord to direct your step. Oh by the way; Jesus was not a businessmen. He was a servant and a good shepherd, King of the Jews. He is also King of the Universe, in short: God.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't have business of my own just yet. I do help my father with is at times. I'm a loyal person who lovers jesus and would like to put bibles in places that are over looked. I've been thinking about becoming a gideon . Please let me know what I can do to get involved to spread the word. Thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We were visited 2day by Gideons International in my local church here in Lamu, Kenya. They were a blessing to me personally.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Was Jesus a businessman? Therefore, why would a "christian organization" that is supposedly spreading the word of Jesus, require their members to be businessmen only???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Without reading and studying my first Bible which was given to me by my maternal grandmother for my 9Th birthday I may have not found my faith in Jesus Christ. Her faithfulness to Christ by sharing His word with me has made all the difference in my life as I like many I have strayed but because of God's Word remembered from the reading of Him in the days of my youth I knew where to go for redemption, forgiveness and love. That Bible is the greatest gift I ever received other than the love of God itself. I admire the work of the Gideons for sharing the love of God by sharing His inspired words about Him and His Son through the Holy Bible. God Bless your work for bringing His Light to this dark world.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have enjoyed learning more about the Gideons. My son had a bad motorcycle accident on May 29th of this year. I was frustrated, hurt, and angry. How could God let this happen. I kept seeing the new testament placed there at Vanderbilt by the Gideons. Just that constant reminder helped ease my situation. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your comment Doug! I really enjoyed being a part of The Gideons! God bless!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your post. Please Search the Gideon Website for the information you are looking for.

      http://www.gideons.org/

      You will need your Gideon Member Number, your Camp Number and an email address to register for "The Connection" website for Gideon Members. Here you can order Bibles or other distribution materials. I hope this helps! God bless you! Thank you for doing a great work, wherever you may be!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi from Sydney, Australia where I'm a Gideon camp President in Carlingford. Gideons International has been independently assessed (by Mission Watch) as the most effective evangelical Christian mission in the World. So I too encourage you to join wherever you are in the world - just google to find your local contact number.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Me n my wife are gideons here in camp Kona,Hawaii would like to expand our ministries in the Philippines since we're doing back to school outreach in different areas in manila n northern luzon in month of may every year.Where n who are we going to contact.God Bless....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Me n my wife are gideons here in camp Kona,Hawaii at the same time missionaries in the Philippines doing back to school outreach in different areas of manila n northern luzon in month of may everyyear.Would like to add on our outreach distributing Pilipino Gideon Bibles,who n where we're going to contact? Mahalo n God Bless.....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am Gideon now here in the Philippines but got started in the United States with the Walnut Camp in California. I uphold the Gideons ministry's objective of winning lost souls for Jesus Christ.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am glad that you have opened this page. You have not put a link to the Gideons official website. Please do that. Thanks again

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The..... Most important media, for the furtherance of Gods Word and his work!

      If I could find a version in Chines, I would give it to my wife and teach her the story of the world, and of the Neew Testament.

      Bleess you and all your members

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      W8102BRaptured 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello! Thank you for visiting my lense on Gideons!

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      W8102BRaptured 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for you Comment Jun! It is a wonderful thing to be a part of the Gideons ministry! I wanted to inform people on the mission and requirements of Gideons, because I misunderstood a lot about them before I joined. I will be updating this page soon!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a concise, straight-to-the-point, piece/article why a Christian Business and Professional man should join The Gideons International Association.

      May I add that distributing the WORD is one way of being obedient to Jesus Christ's parting command (the Great Commission - Acts 1:8) to you and me to be "... My witnesses in Jerusalem, ... and to the ends of the Earth."

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hello

    Frequently asked Questions

    http://www.gideons.org/FAQ/FAQ.aspx

    Do people ever read the Bibles in their hotel rooms?

    Yes! Each Bible placed in a hotel room has the potential to reach up to 2,300 people in its estimated six-year life span. Research from the hotel industry tells us that approximately 25% of travelers read the Bibles in their hotel rooms.

    Is The Gideons International a denomination or a church?

    No. The Gideons are an association that works with Protestant/evangelical churches. Our members come from many denominations, live all over the world, and share a desire to see the lost come to Christ.

    What do Gideons believe?

    The Gideons International is a diverse association in that our members come from many Protestant denominations with a common interest in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. All Gideons also hold certain core beliefs:

    * The Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God.

    * The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.

    Members must also:

    * Have received Jesus as their personal Savior.

    * Endeavor to follow Him in their daily lives.

    * Be members in good standing in their Protestant/evangelical churches.

    * Have the recommendation of their pastors.

    Who is eligible to join The Gideons?

    Generally, Christian business and professional men age 21 and older (or retired business and professional men) who adhere to the core spiritual beliefs held by Gideons are eligible to join The Gideons International. In addition to meeting our professional and spiritual qualifications, potential Gideons must also be recommended by their pastors.

    Can I get Bibles or New Testaments for my church or my personal use?

    No. Our mission is to reach the lost. We do not distribute Scriptures to individuals, our church partners or other organizations for distribution. Our unique method is to have only our members distribute Bibles or New Testaments through designated traffic lanes of life, thus efficiently reaching a large number of people. We do not overlap, duplicate, or conflict with the mission of churches and other ministries.

    If you're searching for a copy of the Scriptures for personal use, visit the Read the Bible section of this website for online resources.

    How can military personnel get Scriptures from The Gideons?

    The Gideons will supply, free of charge, a small Testament to every member of the U.S. Armed Forces and to patients at U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals. Bibles are available to chaplains for placement in day rooms, libraries, and guardhouses on military bases and military chapels. Hospital Testaments with Psalms are available for the bedside in base hospitals or in U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals. Testaments may also be distributed to medical personnel working at such hospitals. Requests for military Scriptures must be received from a military chaplain, and orders may be placed through the local Gideons or the Headquarters Office.

    How do I contact The Gideons?

    We strongly encourage you to check your local phone book in order to get in touch with your local Gideons. You may contact our International Headquarters at (615) 564-5000 or by emailing us at tgi@gideons.org, Our mailing address:

    The Gideons International

    PO Box 140800

    Nashville, TN 37214

    A few books that inspire me

    Many of these books contain awesome testimonies of how Gideons International has reached people from all backgrounds and all nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! You will be blessed and encouraged when you read these books. Weather you decide to join or not please pray for Gideons International on a regular basis, God does great and mighty things when we pray!

    My religious or spiritual background

    I was raised Catholic, and converted to Pentecostal in my teens. Then I fell away and I took the road of sin for a while, but there is pleasure in sin for only a season, then we begin to reap what we had sewn. When I moved to Texas, the Lord called me out of my sin and despair, and led me to a wonderful Assembly of God church that I now call home and the congregation family. Last year my husband became a member of Gideons International, later I became a member of the Gideons Auxiliary. I truly enjoy the fellowship we have with the other members, they are a source of encouragement for me and my husband. I am glad to be a part of a ministry that strives to place the word of God in the hands of all people in all walks of life.

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