Are The Gideons related to the Judge Gideon?

The short answer is Yes.  

So why are they the Gideons?

The organization, The Gideons International,  takes its name from the Biblical figure Gideon, depicted in Judges 6. They are traditional, evangelical Christians and believe and teach the basics of orthodox Christian doctrine.

They began their work distributing free Bibles in 1908 by placing their first Bibles in the rooms of the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana. They believe that God needs no introduction, no explanation just His word and when they read it for themselves, it will increase His kingdom (1 Corinthians 3:7).

3 Because you still live as the people of this world live. When there is jealousy among you and you quarrel with one another, doesn’t this prove that you belong to this world, living by its standards?

4 When one of you says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos” – aren’t you acting like worldly people? 5 After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? We are simply God’s servants, by whom you were led to believe. Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow.

7 The one who plants and the one who waters really do not matter. It is God who matters, because he makes the plant grow (Good News Bible)

 All donations to the Gideons go for the printing and transportation of Bibles. There are still many to countries where traditional missionaries cannot go and so the Bible goes in their stead. In forty-eight of the countries where the Gideons are organized, people struggle to survive and without these folks, they will never own a Bible.

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