Last Sunday, on February 7, we heard from Robert Campbell as he shared a testimony about the work of The Gideons International. During the message, Matthew interviewed Robert about what the ministry does and why others should consider getting involved.

Founded in 1899, the Gideons serve as an extended missionary arm of the church and is the oldest association of Christian businessmen and women and professionals in the United States. The focus of the Gideons is on distributing complete Bibles, New Testaments, or portions thereof. These copies of God’s Word are printed in more than 90 languages and are either given directly to certain individuals or placed in selected public locations, such as hotels, schools, and hospitals, where large numbers of people who may be searching for answers will have the ability to encounter the Word of God. In the Richmond area, Gideon Bibles can be found at John Tyler Community College, Maguire VA Hospital, Virginia State University, VCU, and many hotels, just to name a few places.

It has been just over 100 years since the Gideons 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. More than 2 billion Bibles and New Testaments have been placed through the association, and the work continues.

When asked how The Gideons International seems to fit into God’s ultimate plan for His people, Robert responded, “The local church provides, the Gideons plant, God uses what is planted to harvest souls for His kingdom.  May we together work to glorify Him.” There is always need for more of such planters to join together in this worthwhile ministry.

If you would like to learn more about the work of The Gideons International, visit their website here. If you would like to get connected with the ministry locally, contact Robert at

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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