WHO WE ARE


A BRIEF HISTORY


The Gideons International is an interdenominational association of Christian business and professional men who are members of Protestant and Evangelical churches. Our members are dedicated to saving the lost through personal witnessing and the distribution of God’s Word in 200 countries around the world.

The Idea In the autumn of 1898, John H. Nicholson of Janesville, Wisconsin, came to the Central Hotel at Boscobel, Wisconsin, for the night. The hotel being crowded, it was suggested that he take a bed in a double room with Samuel E. Hill of Beloit, Wisconsin. The two men soon discovered that both were Christians. They had their evening devotions together, and on their knees before God the thoughts were given which later developed into an association.

A Worldwide Effort It's been just over 100 years since The Gideons International placed the first Bible in a hotel room in Montana. Today, Gideons are organized in more than 190 countries around the globe. Bibles and New Testaments are printed for distribution by The Gideons International in more than 90 languages. Through God's grace and to His Glory, more than 1.9 billion Bibles and New Testaments have been placed through our association, and the work continues.


OUR REACH