I was an officer in the South Korean army when, one day, I picked up a piece of paper at the army campus near the North Korean border, assuming it was political propaganda flown from North Korea. I read it and two words - “eternal life” - made me think of my own life. I began to feel something I had never felt before. I came to know that my flesh and bones were not my life but only a container that held my life – my eternal life. It was a strong conversion experience. My unquenchable thirst for alcohol disappeared instantly at that conversion moment.
A junior officer in the army had been praying for me for a long time before my conversion experience. He began to spend time with me regularly reading his Bible. I remembered that I had a little blue Bible on the bookshelf of my study room at home. It was a Gideon Bible and I had never read it. But it was what I needed urgently and desperately.
Many years have passed since then. I came to Australia and became an ordained minister of the Uniting Church in NSW, but I did not believe that every word of the Bible was God’s Word.
At a Gideons dinner in Dubbo, NSW, I shared my testimony. That evening, I realised that I had drifted a long way from my first love for the Word of the Lord. The Gideon community and their faithful work of distributing the pocket Bibles awakened me to my poor spiritual condition.
Since then, I have enjoyed reading my Bible and relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I thank God for the Gideons’ faithful ministry of providing Bibles to all people who need Jesus.