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Why I Became a Gideon
A little gift made a lifetime of difference.

A long time ago a simple gift changed my life. Two men came to my grade five classroom and presented my classmates and me with a small Gideon Bible.

When I needed comfort or was discouraged, I would get out my little Bible…

I grew up in a small town with my three siblings. Our family was a church going family. We had a fun, normal life until, when I was ten, my dad got cancer. Life changed when he died. As a 12-year-old I was angry with God and with the world. At times I felt as though I didn't want to live. I realized that if I were to continue, maybe I needed Jesus. Immediately, He was there. When I needed comfort or was discouraged, I would get out my little Bible, look in the front and read the verses suggested. Each time, I would find peace and comfort.

There were to be many more times that I would need such comfort. It seemed that everyone or everything I loved would either leave or die. I lost a cat, a childhood friend, my grandfather, and then my dad. Additional struggles included loneliness, alcoholism, bad relationships with women, addiction to chewing tobacco, living on the street, and later the loss of my farmland. Often I would pick up my Gideon Bible and read it.

Even though I may not always have recognized it, looking back I can see how the Lord carried me through. He was the only one who had not let me down. He never turned his back on me, even when I was straying away from Him.

One day in my loneliness, I asked the Lord to send me a partner. Soon afterward I met the woman who would become my wife. When our daughter was born I realized that I wanted her to have a better life and did not want her to suffer as I had, or to make the poor choices I had made. We needed to make changes in our lives and our social activities.

The first thing we did was to find a Bible-believing church. We were immediately welcomed into the church family. After some time at the church I was baptized and became a member. One day when my daughter was three, I came home to hear that she had asked Jesus into her heart. It was very exciting for us.

The Lord has freed me from addictions. He has answered prayers and done healings in my mind and body. He has given me hope that some day I might again see all the things and people I have lost along the way. It is His love for me that keeps me going. He has also taught me that I can trust Him and rely on Him.

Even today there are times when I feel as though I am groping in the dark, but I know He goes ahead of me and He knows where I am going. He has made me feel complete, even though I may never be perfect. He continues to refine me. It would be easy to become comfortable where I am now, but I feel it is important to share with others what God has given to me.

I thank the Lord for the many blessings he has given me, but especially for the little Bible I received and His servants who presented it. So when I was given the opportunity to join The Gideons, I thought of how important that little Bible had been to me and how important it is for the kids to get one. I wanted to help out. I knew that it was something I had to do.

I have taken my little Bible everywhere I go, and 36 years later that original little Bible is still with me. Now, as a Gideon member, I am able to return the blessing by helping to distribute God's Word to others.

"You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word" (Psalm 119:114 NKJV).

Weldon Scherger lives in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Originally published in The Canadian Gideon, June 2008.

 

 
 
 
 

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