Day 63 – Reaching Out with Good News

There are plenty of sources of bad news. Sometimes it seems as if that is all there is. Everywhere we look reports of darkness and evil proliferate. Notwithstanding, despite the plethora of negativity, good news can still be found.  A kind word from/to a stranger. A chance encounter with a wild flower on a walk through the woods.  The radiant smile from a loved one.  We need these things to stay sane. 

Spirituality has been the primary source of hope and inspiration since the dawn of human history.  Faith can sustain us, even at our most vulnerable, weakest points. For many millions, the Bible – in whatever iteration they turn to – provides needed comfort and encouragement. The word gospel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon term god-spell, meaning “good story,” a rendering of the Latin evangelium and the Greek euangelion, meaning “good news” or “good telling.” Brittanica

Wiki: The Bible has had a massive influence on literature and history. It has been asserted that the Bible has done more to shape literature, history, entertainment, and culture than any book ever written. Its influence on world history is unparalleled, and shows no signs of abating. With estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, it is widely considered to be the best-selling book of all time. One organization has made it their singular purpose for over 100 years to ensure that everyone has free can complete access, Gideons.  

Wiki: Founded in 1899 in Wisconsin, the Gideons’ primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible free of charge. This Bible distribution is a worldwide enterprise taking place in around 200 countries, territories and possessions. The association’s members focus on distributing complete Bibles, New Testaments, or portions thereof. These copies are printed in almost 100 languages. The association is most widely known for its Bibles placed in lodging rooms. The Gideons also distribute to hospitals and other medical offices, schools and colleges, military bases, as well as jails and prisons. The association takes its name from the Biblical figure Gideon depicted in Judges 6.

Gideons International: The Gideons International is the result of a meeting between two men who wished to band commercial travelers together for evangelism. What began in 1908 as an Association of Christian businessmen placing Bibles in hotel rooms has evolved into an expanding mission to provide Scriptures to all people in nearly every facet of life. Today, we have taken more than 2 billion Scriptures in more than 95 languages to 200 countries, territories, and possessions across the globe. Learn more about their history. Support the organization.