Today in Christian History – July 1

1899 – First Gideon’s Meeting.

Only three men showed up for the first meeting on this day: John Nicholson, S.E. Hill, and W.J. Knights.

By their first convention in July 1900, the Gideons had recruited six hundred traveling businessmen.

It was not until 1907 that the Gideon ministry took its familiar form. W.W. Crissinger surprised the annual convention by suggesting the organization direct its efforts to placing Bibles in all hotel rooms.

http://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/today/7/1

In late April of 2015, Gideons distributed their historic two billionth Scripture. The distribution of the first one billion Bibles and New Testaments by Gideon members spanned 93 years (1908 to 2001). The second billion was attained in less than 14 years (2002 to 2015).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gideons_International

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