It all depends on your first encounter with a Gideons Testament – what you think the Gideons do, that is! For some folks it’s a visit to hospital and the need to read something while laid up that provides the first contact, for others it can be a stay in a hotel, or possibly even in prison. But for most people in the UK their first encounter with the Gideons will be when they move up to secondary school.
The Gideons endeavour to provide a New Testmaent and Psalms to every Year 7 boy and girl as their own personal copy of God’s Word. As Gideons we believe that God’s Word is of eternal importance, and as such we want to ensure that everybody has access to it.
In the Southport branch we have a significant number of schools to reach each year. From Formby in the south to Tarelton in the north we have had the privilege of presenting Testaments year after year. The task of organising dates with busy schools and then arranging to speak with the children and present the Scriptures is a demanding one, but one that is well worth the effort. Knowing that every year we have been able to pass on God’s Word to all the school children on our patch is a real encouragement. Please pray that God will bless each copy of His Word and that each Testament will be treasured and used.