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I Just recently I got involved with a movement that has been around for well over 100 years. I first heard and actually talked to someone who was part of this a few years back. It was guy I met at a networking event. We talked for quite some time, since he was a financial planner and at that time I was working for a merchant processing service.
He told me that he along with some other business owners do some great things within the community and because I am a believer, I asked him what exactly did he do that helps the community. We got together for lunch shortly afterwards and he tells me he is part of the Gideons. So I was intrigued, as I know when I have gone to hotels, inside the room usually is a bible by the Gideons. I really wanted to join then, but since I was not my own independent business owner but a statutory employee- ( what-ever that means), I could not join. I was however invited to their website to look over and also invited to two breakfasts that they had within a few weeks of each other- just to get some idea of what they did and meet other business owners. It was like a hole new way of networking but more networking the word then our businesses.
However, after some time, I lost contact with that person then we moved away to help out my mother in father in law in their ministry down in Honduras. We have been helping them with medical clinics, once / quarter to outside areas of the town they live in. We also have helped with social media, website development, and now even live broadcast of our services on Sunday and Tuesday night prayer meetings.
The Invite, Tragedy and Blessings!
We then had an invite to host the Gideon group at our church, and they came in one evening and introduced themselves and went through some stories that were quite amazing. One that I will not forget is of the miners that were trapped in the mine in Central America. I remember it from the news and it was horrible that all these people were trapped and could not get out. The interesting thing about this was that a girl got a new testament in Spanish and brought it home the night before the tragedy occurred! Her dad, took the bible from her and said “you are not going to read this, I will not allow it” and put into his top jacket pocket. Well the next day, he went to work as usual and went down to the mine. He was the leader of that crew so everyone followed him down.
All of sudden the ground shook and the mine caved in. It was a horrific picture to imagine people were down there for a long time with no water, no food and no oxygen, but they had their lights. When , they discovered all the bodies, they also found that little bible. The great thing was that it was signed by the fathers dad, with a note saying- Daughter, I was wrong. He then signed his name along with all the other miners to accept Christ into their lives.
I was just amazed at this and other stories that they had shared with us, that when the meeting was over and they asked who wanted to help spread the word, I was the first person to go up.
Why is this significant. Well just recently we went to distribute about 200 bibles to a military school here in San Pedro Sula. The captain of the entire school, signed the bible on the spot and was very thankful for us coming there. The next day, we then picked up from the distribution center our lot of bibles that we are going to spread out in schools, jails, hotels, motels, medical clinics and hospitals in this year. Since we had space in our facility, we requested that the rest of the inventory would be placed with us. I had no idea at the time, but that amounted to well over 150 boxes- over 11,650 bibles. We will be spreading the word as business owners to many places.
Spread the Word! Life matters more then ever!
If you are a business owner and have a heart to help the lost and share the word, please I urge you visit this site, and allow the Gideons to come into your church and share with you what they are doing. http://www.guideons.org
Pray that we can spread the word more then we have already done, and make a impact in our country and around the world. Hope you become part of this great movement of God. Great success to you and your business.
Ps . I know this is unusual post, but I had to share with you my heart as well as business concepts and ideas. I hope you find that refreshing!
“The sower soweth the word.”—Mark 4:14
Here are just a few pictures!
Packing up from the distribution center over 11,000 bibles to our storage location.