The Gideons

More than Missionaries

The Gideons International is an interdenominational association of Christian business and professional men who are members of Protestant/evangelical churches. Our members are dedicated to saving the lost through personal witnessing and the distribution of God’s Word in more than 190 countries around the world.

Scripture Distribution Around the World

Having God’s Word can lead people to faith in Christ, and those new Christians can then grow by studying their Scriptures and even use them to share their faith with others.

For this reason, we focus on distributing complete Bibles or New Testaments. These Scriptures are printed in more than 80 languages and are either given directly to certain individuals or placed in selected public locations where large numbers of people who may be searching for answers will have the ability to encounter the Word of God.

Areas of Distribution

Scriptures are distributed one by one by members of The Gideons International to these groups:

  • Learners in grade 8 and above
  • Tertiary education institutions
  • Prisoners and police, fire, medical and military personnel
  • Anyone else Gideons witness to individually

Scriptures are placed in certain locations, including:

  • Hotels and motels
  • Hospitals, convalescent homes, doctors’ and dentists’ rooms, medical offices and domestic violence shelters
  • Prisons and police cells

Changing Lives for 100 Years

The Gideons International started distributing the Word of God in 1908. Today, we have more than 280,000 members—and an untold number of supporters—in more than 190 countries across the globe. These dedicated individuals give their time and money to make it possible for others to learn about the love of God by giving them access to His Word. In fact, we have placed or distributed more than 1.7 billion Scriptures around the world . . . and counting.


For more information about the Gideons or how you can be involved ask to talk to Bob Betts at our church.