Despite a challenging environment, many opportunities were provided for Gideons to legally share copies of God’s word during the recent International Scripture Blitz in Malaysia.
A team of Gideons from the U.S. flew to Kota Kinabalu, Saba earlier this year where they served with 75 local Gideons, sharing God’s Word in the 2014 Malaysia International Scripture Blitz. The Malaysian government has passed many strict laws against trying to convert people to other religions; therefore, Gideons have to take extreme care when conducting distributions to avoid any cultural conflicts.
Will Grubbs, a Gideon from Louisiana who participated in the blitz, notes that “…it is important to respect the law to preserve the ability for future distributions.” However, Grubbs admits he was saddened to watch schoolmasters excuse certain students from distribution assemblies so that those students wouldn’t be exposed to God’s Word.
Still, the Lord faithfully provided opportunities where Gideons could legally share copies of God’s Word. While waiting to make a presentation at one school, Grubbs encountered a boy named Zachary. The boy wanted to know more about Christ. Grubbs used this opportunity to read the plan of salvation from a New Testament. Shortly thereafter, he led Zachary in prayer to receive Jesus as his Lord and Saviour.
We thank everyone who participated in this blitz. We also thank those whose prayers and financial support helped make the event a success.
To date, more than 3.2 million Scriptures have been distributed in Malaysia through The Gideons International. We praise God for every Scripture distributed and for every life that has been transformed as a result