The Mission of Gideons International
Gideons International is a worldwide group of Christian men and women with the goal of winning men and women, boys and girls for Christ. They share the Gospel through personal witnessing and the distribution of Scriptures. Currently Gideons have over 160,000 members worldwide in 200 countries. Since 1908, they have given out over 1.4 billion Bibles and Testaments in 108 languages. Locally the group has forty-two members who typically give out thousands of Scriptures annually. These members supply Gideon Scriptures to most hotels in the county, local hospitals, medical offices, the Federal Medical Center, local shelters, pregnancy centers, and the Salvation Army. In normal years, they also hand out thousands at the county fair as well as at area parades and festivals. In addition, members hand out many more Testaments through personal distributions to people they meet in everyday life. Although Gideons buy a lot of these Scriptures personally, they also need the support of local churches. The Rochester Gideons and Auxiliary are very thankful for the support provided by these churches, of which Salem Road is one. If you would like more information about the Gideons or are interested in membership, please contact Gene and Margaret Hokanson.