These Bibles will be placed in the hands of men, women, boys and girls who live in countries that can’t afford to pay for their own bibles.
The guest speaker for the fundraising dinner at Regents on the Lake was Norm Cook from Mackay, who shared his adventures in Papua New Guinea as he and his team handed out 85,000 Bibles.
His photos showed excited children at many schools eagerly accepting their Bibles. At one school, the children all gave their lunch money so that Bibles could be given out to children in Australia.
The Gideons primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible free of charge. This Bible distribution is a global enterprise taking place in 200 countries, territories and possessions.
Members of the Gideons currently distribute over 84 million Scriptures around the world annually. On average, more than two copies of the Bible are distributed per second through Gideons International .
In April 2015 Gideons distributed their historic two billionth scripture. The distribution of the first 1 billion Bibles and new Testaments by Gideon members spanned 93 years. The second billion was attained in less than 14 years (2002-2015).
If you are interested in helping Gideons locally, they are having a membership dinner at 7pm on 15 October at Regents on the Lake. RSVP to David and Julie Hansen on 0410 563 078.