On August 1, 2004, Maria Graver and her husband and youngest daughter were enjoying some time at a park in the Puget Sound area. Maria took a moment and sat beneath a shade tree.
An elderly gentleman came down the hill and gave Maria a New Testament. He simply said, "I want you to know God loves you and everything is going to be OK."
Maria thanked the man and he turned around and walked back up the hill. She looked at her watch and it was 2:10 pm. Ten minutes later, Maria received an alarming phone call that would change her life. That evening, she would be turning to the New Testament she had received from the Gideon to help her get through some of the most difficult days of her life.
See Maria share her amazing testimony in this video.
Maria shares more about her testimony in, "Angel Bob," her book named for the Gideon who meant so much to her and her family. You can purchase the book at: angelbob.org
In May of 1968, Larry Sweat was loading the Flying Tiger, a plane which would take him from a U.S. Air Force base to serve in Vietnam. As he was about to board the plane, two Gideons asked him, "Would you like to have one of these little New Testaments?" Though Larry claimed to be an atheist, he agreed to receive one of the Scriptures, hoping it might provide some extra protection against any bullets in battle. Hours later, he was clutching that New Testament praying it would help him. Watch this inspiring testimony to learn how that single copy of God's Word would touch his heart.
In 1977, a young college student named Masashi left his home and family in Japan to study oceanography at a university in California. “I did everything to be accepted by the American students,” says Masashi. He found a small Japanese church that he attended weekly, mainly for the free Japanese meals. However his desire for God was not as strong as his desire to be accepted by college students, and he eventually found himself caught up in a world of drugs. One night, with his heart racing out of control from the drugs, Masashi realized he had nowhere to turn for help. For the first time in his life, he prayed. “If there’s a God, please help me. I’m dying! I’m at the end of my rope.”
Then he heard a small, still voice say, “You have the Bible…open it up and read.” He returned to his room and opened up the small New Testament someone had given him. It had a Gideon logo on the cover.
To see what happened next, watch this inspiring video testimony of Masashi Sugita recorded live at the 2013 International Convention of The Gideons International.